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Date: 11/15/05 0:19 AM

I am trying to figure out how sewing skill level is determined... for instance the series of videos called Learn To Sew (never watched them) state that in seven videos you will become an "expert". In the last video you learn "Tailoring, bound buttonholes, welt pockets, notched collars, linings". Definitely expert, IMO. But in level six you learn "Buttonholes, collars, sleeves, plackets, button cuffs, special closures"... that seems not very advanced to me. I was just looking at Susan Khalje's website for her couture classes and she states "Professional dressmakers and others with solid sewing skills...will benefit from this excellent course". What exactly are "solid sewing skills"?

So, is there some standard? If you can do "x" then you are a beginner, if you can do "y" you're intermediate, etc.? I just never quite know where to place myself (you will not believe how many times I switched between "advanced beginner" and "intermediate" on my bio when I first signed up here! And based on this "Learn to Sew" thing I'm pratically an expert-- unlikely).

Argh! I know it's not really important to have a specific classification, but it's been nagging at me for a while...

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Date: 11/15/05 0:40 AM

Here is a good discussion on this topic:

Sewing Level Discussion

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Date: 11/15/05 7:56 AM

ARGH! I looked all over for such a thread in the Beginners Forum. I don't see how I missed it. That's what you get for cruising online at midnight I guess. Thanks Glenda!

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Date: 3/5/11 9:51 PM

This is all so helpful! I've been struggling with whether to jump up to intermediate. Like other posters, I have felt like it might be an arrogant move. But I am starting to realize how far I have come. I have pulled a couple projects out of the fire, even making them fit well. I have tackled boys blazers and been successful, teaching myself to recut the pattern to make a half lining into a full lining. I tackle zippers, both invisible and centered with ease and buttonholes no longer worry me. Interestingly, I was only recently tipped off on setting sleeves flat, as I was taught to set in sewn sleeves. So I guess I learned that backwards. :-) I have also developed my own way of creating adjustable waist bands on dress pants. I so often look at what I still have to learn (so much!), that I don't stop to realize how much I already know. Thank you all for making me take a moment to be pleased with my successes. And thank you also for all the good advice and tips I glean every time I visit this site!

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Date: 3/5/11 11:34 PM

Quote: EMSB
This is all so helpful! I've been struggling with whether to jump up to intermediate. Like other posters, I have felt like it might be an arrogant move. But I am starting to realize how far I have come. I have pulled a couple projects out of the fire, even making them fit well. I have tackled boys blazers and been successful, teaching myself to recut the pattern to make a half lining into a full lining. I tackle zippers, both invisible and centered with ease and buttonholes no longer worry me. Interestingly, I was only recently tipped off on setting sleeves flat, as I was taught to set in sewn sleeves. So I guess I learned that backwards. :-) I have also developed my own way of creating adjustable waist bands on dress pants. I so often look at what I still have to learn (so much!), that I don't stop to realize how much I already know. Thank you all for making me take a moment to be pleased with my successes. And thank you also for all the good advice and tips I glean every time I visit this site!

Given all these quite admirable advances (particularly boys blazers) you've made in your sewing, it is my opinion that you are *fully* qualified to call yourself an Intermediate.

A lot of members on PR prefer to eliminate completely their sewing level designation and that's perfectly fine, but I do think the sewing level designation has some real value when you're asking a 'how to' question, as the answering member has some frame of reference for the complexity of the answer.

And, just because you're going to designate yourself as an Intermediate *does not* mean that you cannot ask an extremely simplistic question, as sewers of every level never, ever know how to do absolutely everything. Our individual experience and/or interest, by definition, limits the scope of our sewing knowledge. Congratulations on your sewing accomplishments, Lily

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Date: 3/6/11 0:54 AM

I'm all mixed. Basically, I'm good at following directions. I have some books, they give ideas how to fit, I follow the book and I get good results. I don't *feel* intermediate because while I've successfully fitted patterns, have several taylored garments, altered things, I even made a jacked once.. I haven't done button holes or sewn on many fabrics, and I always chose patterns marked "easy" with the exception of Mr's shirt and pant pajamas with collar that I made this fall. That was a pain.

I just don't *feel* intermediate, but I'm not a beginner either, so advanced beginner it is!

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