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jocelynd1994
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Date: 10/13/12 11:25 AM

Hello! Well I'm not sure where to start...
I'm currently a high school senior who really wants to learn how to sew and wants to explore it because I want to pursue a career in fashion design. As part of graduation requirement we have to do a project that involves >35 hours of work in order to learn a new skill. I decided to learn how to sew, but since I know no one who can teach me how to sew, I came to this forum for help:) Is there anyone out there who is willing to be a mentor and take a student who wants to learn how to sew? I live in the Inland Empire/ Riverside Area, but I'm willing to go to Los Angeles:) Does anyone know someone who might be interested? I will commit fully to the project and I will buy my own supplies. I just really need someone who can guide me to a final product.
Thank you so much your time and have a wonderful day!
Feel free to ask any questions please:D
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Date: 10/13/12 11:30 AM

Hello! Well I'm not sure where to start...
I'm currently a high school senior who really wants to learn how to sew and wants to explore it because I want to pursue a career in fashion design. As part of graduation requirement we have to do a project that involves >35 hours of work in order to learn a new skill. I decided to learn how to sew, but since I know no one who can teach me how to sew, I came to this forum for help:) Is there anyone out there who is willing to be a mentor and take a student who wants to learn how to sew? I live in the Inland Empire/ Riverside Area, but I'm willing to go to Los Angeles:) Does anyone know someone who might be interested? I will commit fully to the project and I will buy my own supplies. I just really need someone who can guide me to a final product.
Thank you so much your time and have a wonderful day!
Feel free to ask any questions please:D

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Date: 10/13/12 11:52 AM

Oh gosh, how cool! I do not live anywhere near you but if I did I would certainly want to help! Although I am probably not experienced enough to really qualify.

Good luck in your search and I hope you find someone who can do this for you!

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Date: 10/13/12 12:13 PM

Hi, Jocelyn, welcome to PR!

Congratulations on your project. I have a couple of questions and suggestions.

Is it strictly necessary for you to have an in-person mentor? I've learned almost everything from the Internet, and the person I consider my mentor is an online friend I've met only once (and we didn't get a chance to sew). If you are a self-starter and brave, you may be able to get enough guidance from folks on PR (who LOVE to help newbies!) and tutorials, etc online.

That said, I would look for classes at nicer quilt or fabric shops in your area (maybe a fabric shop that's also a sewing machine dealer). Many shops offer classes for beginners all the way up to guided studio time, where you bring in whatever project you're working on and get help from the staff on site. The quilt shop where I bought my sewing machine offers a class like this, and I've taken it twice now to work on specific projects, and I hope to take it again this winter, because I need a little extra motivation to learn how to use my serger! :)

Even if your shop doesn't offer classes itself, the owner/staff may very well know local sewists who DO teach--so again, a very good resource!

Another place to look for guidance is the American Sewing Guild, who might have an active chapter in your area. I'm afraid I don't know much about this organization, but a web search should get you started.

One issue you may run into is a lack of garment sewers in your area. Sometimes you may find yourself in a community where most of the local people are quilters or crafters or decorators and don't do so much garment sewing. Try to work around that!

Best of luck!!

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Date: 10/13/12 12:29 PM

I agree with the other responders.
You could also try your local community college for a beginners sewing class. They usually are convenient and reasonably priced especially if the place you purchase your sewing machine does not give classes.
If you can purchase a machine that will provide classes. They are wonderful and usually free.
You could also try craftsy.com for classes online. inexpense and can take indefinitely if you have a full schedule.
good luck in your carreer choice.

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Date: 10/13/12 12:56 PM

I second checking local sewing stores and the American Sewing Guild. Your local chapter is even having a fashion show!

If I were you, and lived in Riverside, CA, I would go to Moore's sewing classes. They seem interesting, and reasonably priced.

If, as a high school student, you're having trouble finding someone, you could see if you could get a job or an internship there, to help pay for the lessons, or get to take them for free.

I would also check:
Gaye Marie's Sewing Lab
Sewing in Corona
Adnaw Sewing and Design
Element Apparel

They all seem like good places to start.

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Date: 10/13/12 12:59 PM

Since you are in High School and old enough to work and volunteer, if you could not find someone though a fabric or sewing store (as I bet there are some there, that could do that, particular if you actually just wanted to pay them for a sewing class or private lessons) my other thought is most dry cleaning and alterations shops also do some sewing. In order to get one to maybe help you out and be a 35 hour mentor to you, maybe you could print up a little card or something about it, and even go visit some of those, and offer to work there/volunteer for free, for some like hours, doing even something else there, like helping to clean up or paperwork or whatever for them, in trade for them letting you sit with them, and watch and learn while they do some of those alterations?

The other thing you could try possibly, would be to list it someplace as a labor bargin/trade maybe, hours in trade of yours, for hours in trade to someone else. Depending on just what your skills on something else might be? I'm thinking maybe you could just more easy trade "babysitting hours" with it, with someone that sews, or maybe tutoring some of their younger grade kids in some subject you might be good in, for some sewing instruction in trade even?

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Date: 10/13/12 2:18 PM

You might find some contacts in the American Sewing Guild. Look for the contact for the local group.

asg.org

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Date: 10/13/12 3:59 PM

Hi Jocelyn,

Craftsy.com offers online classes, including one for beginning sewing, at very reasonable rates (i think it is called Sewing Studio, and it is taught by Diana Rupp). The Craftsy format allows you to go at your own schedule but still allows you to ask questions and get feedback.

Good luck to you,

Elizabeth

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Date: 10/13/12 4:56 PM

I would like to suggest ROP; it's a state wide voc ed program given by the school districts and is open to high school age and adults. I taught this for many years, in the legal field, and really enjoyed it. I believe Inland Empire is one of the districts that covers ROP (I used to teach in the San Diego region) Most of the classes are free, or might require a small fee. Look into contacting your school district office and ask (It's Regional Occupational Program). The cool thing about it is when you finish, you don't get letter grades, but a list of competencies that you can take with you when you start fashion school.

Good luck!

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