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Message Board > Miscellaneous > your Profile: Beginner to Expert ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 2/20/13 5:51 PM

On your PR account Profile, there is a selection for Skill Level: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert/Couture.

I was a sewer who would try to sew; put the garment in the trash; and put my sewing machine in the closet for 5 years before trying again. So even though I had been sewing since 1968, I still classified myself as a Beginner.

This week I switched to Advanced Beginner. Why the switch? I made a fabric hat in 2012 that fit well and I enjoyed wearing it frequently. I have read enough books and watched enough videos that I find myself offering suggestions in the forum discussions.

How do you decide when to change to the next skill level on your Profile? What is your personal criteria?


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Date: 2/20/13 6:03 PM

It's all up to you. If you ask 10 different people, you'd probably get 10 answers on the subject.

Beware though...I removed my skill level a while ago. I was one of the victims of a snotty PR member who crassly criticized people's skill levels via PM's as well as their clothing choices. I wasn't going to let a label be food for fodder so I removed my skill level. Therefore, I simply let my reviews help someone determine where I fall as far as my sewing ability is concerned. And other than that, I really don't give a hoot.

Please don't get hung up over a label. If you think you deserve a "promotion", then give yourself one!

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If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

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Date: 2/20/13 7:28 PM

I stayed at advance beginner level for several years - but learned a lot of new skills so felt I needed to bump up to intermediate (no harassing letters, thankfully) I have issues with getting good fits and changing up patterns, so while I can sew most techniques fairly well - I won't change myself to advance until I can get a whole lot better at fitting and changing patterns. For me that is my personal criteria.

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Date: 2/20/13 7:37 PM

I started as advanced, made some super dumb mistakes and de-moted myself down to intermediate because I was so cross at myself.

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Date: 2/22/13 10:59 AM

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I removed my skill level a while ago. I was one of the victims of a snotty PR member who crassly criticized people's skill levels via PM's as well as their clothing choices. I wasn't going to let a label be food for fodder so I removed my skill level. Therefore, I simply let my reviews help someone determine where I fall as far as my sewing ability is concerned.

Wow, I had no idea anyone here was doing that. YUCK. That person must be very insecure.

Like fourkid, I listed myself as an advanced beginner for a long time, then I promoted myself to intermediate. I didn't do this because I thought I had learned a number of new skills, I did it because the term "advanced beginner" isn't very accurate. Someone who learned to sew decades ago and has no problem with zippers, set-in sleeves, etc. etc. isn't any kind of "beginner." But that doesn't mean the person is a highly accomplished sewer (sewist/ seamstress/ whatever).

I also bumped my level up because in one of the "beginner/ advanced beginner" contests there was a list of what each level was, and my skill set put me above advanced beginner. I like to be accurate. But hey, if there are snooty people out there who think they have the right to tell people they aren't as good as they think they are, I think I'll remove my category, too.

I confess I tend to nudge people to bump their level UP sometimes (quite a few people call themselves beginners who are able to do things that a lot of intermediates are just learning to do -- if I were a true beginner, I would find that kind of discouraging).



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Date: 2/22/13 11:08 AM

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I removed my skill level a while ago.

Darn, I tried to do this just now and there doesn't seem to be a way to anymore. There's no way to NOT choose a level, once you've chosen one.

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Date: 2/22/13 11:16 AM

Ryan's Mom, I'm always amazed when people feel the need to get all snippy on a message board. Really people, maybe we should all just work on our own lives and resign as general behavior monitors!!!!!

I list myself as an advanced beginner. I'm ok with most techniques but don't sew much at this time in life and need to work seriously on fitting. I don't really notice what level people put themselves at and don't actually care. I love the patternreviews. If they say it was 'really hard', I'll look and see their self-rating to judge what they might mean. Other than that I ignore them.
We are all at different levels with different skills - I'm advanced at drapes and a rank beginner with fitting clothing.
Sis

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Date: 2/22/13 11:48 AM

If you are comfortable with the description, then you have the correct skill level tag.

Even an expert can run into a problem when a pattern and/or fabric do not cooperate!

Continue to enjoy the sewing process.

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Date: 2/22/13 1:59 PM

You have mentioned this before and I am shocked that someone would be so cruel. I always thought you gave good sewing advice, Ryan's mom.

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Date: 3/1/13 10:29 PM

I am enjoying your posts and learning from you.

I applaud those of you who have met up with adverse posters and skimmed past their petty attitudes.

I am doing my first wardrobe plan. It is not the SWAP style plan where everything must go together. However, my list does include a skirt, a pant, a knit top, a woven top, a dress with bias tape edges, and a handbag. Once I can fit and sew that set of garments to the point that I will actually wear them, I will be willing to call myself an Intermediate sewer.

Practice, Practice, Practice. May your stitches be smooth this month.

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