|This is the first on-line class I have attempted and I think it will be my last. I felt there was little interaction and even less help for students. Without this it was hard to try to keep any sort of motivation or enthusiasm for the class.
Here is the class info:
"Beginning with a basic pattern on July 10 (included in the class), we will learn how to fit a basic tee and tank from the same shell. I will show you how to add shelf bra support into your tanks, how to add a strap carrier to wear bras with your tanks, how to cleanly finish the edges of tees and tanks with facings, bias bindings, flip-and-fuse and more." Ialso chose to subscribe to a Pattern Plus offer that gave "FIVE more variations, PLUS six patterns that you will learn to make and adjust using your fitted tee pattern from class."
The lessons consist of approx 5 lessons posted each week, 22 in total, with a discussion forum for each step, which is started with a question from the teacher, Heather. A typical lesson could be
the information on how to draft a style of collar. The discussion would then be asking if it is a design that you might try, if not why not, what fabric might you use? For the first few lessons, we all dutifully posted replies but replies or answers were rarely forthcoming and eventually the postings petered out. Steps such as strap carriers and shelf bras were not covered in the classes at all. I have not, to date, been supplied with the pattern plus that I subscribed for.
I tried to contact SeeItSewIt to find out what had happened to the class, there is a forum on there. Until last Friday I heard nothing from the site owners, along with other members there were no replies to emails or phone messages. Volunteer Forum Guides did their best to help but had no idea where Heather, the site owner was or how to contact her.
Last Friday, after around 6 weeks, one of my messages was answered with a standard reply stating that they had been unable to access phone or email due to hurricane damage. The query was not addressed but the email said all their backlog of queries would be cleared by 1 October. So, I asked again. No reply, but another standard email with a special offer to sign up for a different course.
I have asked for a refund as I now have no confidence in the commitment to those who have paid their fees for a course. Again, I have not heard anything. I accept that the business has had problems, but find it hard to believe that there was no way whatsoever of getting a message to the site explaining the difficulties and advising those keen to subscribe to wait until the situation was resolved and existing customers sorted out.
To advertise for new classes when there are many waiting in vain for the ones they have already paid for is just not acceptable to me, I am very disheartened by this experience.