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Date: 9/14/10 0:55 AM

I consider myself an advanced beginner. But when do you consider yourself at the next level? What constitutes an intermediate? Do you need lots of practice with fittings? What else?

I am just curious. And also want to push myself a bit for with my sewing skills.

Thanks!

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Date: 9/14/10 1:53 AM

This might help

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Date: 9/14/10 2:01 AM

Son of a gun. Apparently I'm an Intermediate after all! (just barely though lol)

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Date: 9/14/10 2:31 AM

Same thing here though I think I'll have to work on my hand stitching to advance further as it is underdevelopped :D.

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Date: 9/14/10 2:40 AM

OK, I have three down. So I need to work on more skills.

Thanks for the link. I do appreciate it!

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Date: 9/14/10 4:08 AM

But you are advanced or maybe even an expert in sewing machine collecting

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Date: 9/14/10 4:57 AM

Quote: Sewnknit
What constitutes an intermediate? Do you need lots of practice with fittings?




I think it would be fair to say that a great many solid Intermediates either (1) know only the theoretical basics of fitting, in general or (2) are skilled only in fitting themselves, and possibly immediate family members.

Nevertheless, even with a minimum of fitting skills, you can be a strong Intermediate and create almost every garment and/or item you may desire. Also, as an Intermediate, you should *not* require of yourself that you know how to effect the majority of sewing techniques. There will still be many techniques that just don't become necessary in the garments or items of your preference.

But by the time you're an Intermediate, you'll be confident enough to know that when you run across a technique you don't know, you'll be able to figure it out, with a little help from your friends.

Personally, here on PR, I see many self-rated Advanced Beginners who are, in actuality, strong and solid Intermediates. Just keep sewing; it'll come quickly. --Lily

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Date: 9/14/10 7:34 AM

Personally, I find skill levels self limiting and potentially snobby. The former is why I took off my skill level a couple of years ago.

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Date: 9/14/10 7:42 AM

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I see many self-rated Advanced Beginners who are, in actuality, strong and solid Intermediates.


And some at the other end of the spectrum--judging by the link GlButterfly provided I won't be intermediate for a while, now. I like the concreteness of the list of techniques suggested for assessing one's skills. It seems to me, though, like there's a long road between "have attempted" and "are proficient at." How long do you think the road is?

(I put "advanced" because I've been sewing for a long time, but "beginning" because of being almost new to garments.)

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Date: 9/14/10 7:51 AM


I never really looked at them till recently.. I also have a problem or two with the set up.. It is one thing to have done a zipper, another to do it well, and there is more than one way to insert a zipper.. and so on. I am finding also that its one thing to sew a garment well, and another to do a quilt.. All types of sewing and one may prefer or be more proficient at that type of sewing. Some that do garments, never quilt or home dec or such. So one could be a beginner at quilting, and advanced at garment.. OF course PR is set up for garments primarily.. and so are the guidelines..

To me. if you just started sewing you are a beginner, if you have sewed for say five years . intermediate.. and if you sew every darn day.. you are advanced..and need another machine.. Maybe a lot of more machines.. and sergers, and so on...

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