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Date: 2/12/10 10:36 PM

Anyone taken classes from Portland Sewing (www.portlandsewing.com)? How was your experience?

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Date: 2/15/10 7:32 PM

I've never taken her classes but I've heard wonderful things about her. Here's a link to her website.
http://www.studioskb.com

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Date: 2/15/10 9:51 PM

I'm glad you posted this! I've been looking for some advanced classes here in Portland. Any idea where the classes take place? I couldn't find any location info at all on the website (very odd).

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Date: 2/16/10 4:20 AM

The class info is at www.portlandsewing.com which tells location, classes, teachers, and prices (quite reasonable).

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Date: 2/16/10 11:50 AM

I couldn't find anything about location on the website. I found all the other info, but no locations.

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Date: 2/16/10 12:00 PM

FINALLY, I found it. I thought I had clicked on every link on the whole site, however I missed one. The classes are up in Hollywood - 2111 NE 43rd Ave. A little far for me to get to from my Beaverton job, but still do-able.

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Date: 2/25/10 2:37 AM

Hi guys -- Yes, my address is 2111 NE 43rd Ave., Portland OR (1 block from NE 43rd & Sandy & the #12 bus; 7 blocks from the Hollywood Max Station). The address is under "About", but I'll put it on the home page to make it easier to find. You can check my reviews at TeachStreet.com (portland sewing).

Cheers -- Sharon Blair, www.portlandsewing.com, Sharon@portlandsewing.com

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Date: 2/25/10 11:28 PM

Thanks Sharon!

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Date: 10/11/10 2:00 AM

Portland Sewing is a wonderful, wonderful place to learn whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced sewer. I am currently taking Patternmaking I and signed up for Patternmaking II. I love the class and always anticipate what's next. I plan to go on to take draping, tailoring, possibly more patternmaking and maybe some sewing machine classes like serger and industrial machine sewing. There are a lot of great sewing and business classes to take. Also, a new and exciting textile designing lab is in the works. Sharon is a very talented, knowlegeable woman and has a wonderful, warm, funny, attentive and personable manner of teaching and getting to know you as an individual. The classes remain small in order to maintain personal attention to each student which is great. Just stop in one day; you'll be just as excited about this place as I am!

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Date: 10/11/10 12:19 PM

I think I should take Beginning sewing 2 and 3. Class 1 is an A-lined skirt with a zipper. I have only made 1 a-lined skirt with a zipper. It is ok, but I had a little trouble with the waist band part and the hook and eye closure does not stay closed. I have worn the skirt a couple of times, as it will not stay closed at the hook area, and I am afraid it might fall off of me.

Class 2 is on buttonholes, pockets, interfacings and such. I did not learn much in this area and could use some help. As for class 3, no doubt about that is a class I need for sure. I could learn to do elastic a lot better than I do and to have a pair of longe pants to wear would be great. The ones I have made so far have not been satisfactory to me. Either big and shapeless, or too snug and I can't sit in them.

I have taken some of these classes with 2 so-so teachers, and it is my desire to learn correctly and enjoy the sewing process. A qualified teacher can make all the difference between hating sewing and loving it. I desire to love it. Now I need to take classes from a qualified teacher, and not just someone who knows how to sew, but from someone who also knows how to teach!

I do not need to take a class for an apron. I am currently sewing one and learning all about bias tape. :)

I could use the intermediate classes as well. I need to really learn the basics before I rush forward with the next level. This is something I did not learn early enough in my sewing life, and now I get to redo it all and really learn correctly.

Carol
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The serger classes would be a good idea too. I know how to thread it, but only use it to serge a seam before washing fabrics and to do seams. Kind of a waste of $800 for only those 2 things. I could have just used a zig zag stitch and saved my money. If I take the serger classes, I would feel much more comfortable with this machine.

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-- Edited on 10/14/10 11:53 AM --

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