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Date: 7/12/13 12:31 PM

Ok friends nobles and countrymen lend me your ear, what should you know how to do and have accomplished before you become an advanced sewer? Please be specific

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Date: 7/12/13 1:38 PM

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what should you know how to do and have accomplished before you become an advanced sewer?


Could you clarify this a bit? Your title and your question seem to be asking two different things.

The answer to the first question (checklist for a beginner) is way more straightforward. I'm pretty sure there are many different opinions on what someone needs to know to become an advanced sewer.

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Date: 7/12/13 2:00 PM

It might be easier to break this up into skills a beginner needs to develop, what skills an advanced-beginner needs to have, what for intermediate, etc. It's hard to make a checklist, because there are so many different skills and techniques.

If you want a straight-forward list of techniques that you can learn one by one, you could look up sewing classes (perhaps at textile and design schools in NYC--the extension courses might start at a real beginner level) and see what is on their syllabi. Lots of schools require teachers to post their syllabi, others just do.

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Date: 7/12/13 2:06 PM

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It's hard to make a checklist, because there are so many different skills and techniques.

The question was kathieh9's, but yes -- I agree. And everyone's checklist would emphasize slightly different things.

That's a great idea about the syllabi.


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Date: 7/12/13 2:09 PM

Sorry, I just hit reply on the last message--I didn't mean to direct my response specifically to you.

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Date: 7/12/13 2:11 PM

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Sorry, I just hit reply on the last message--I didn't mean to direct my response specifically to you.

No problem.

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Date: 7/12/13 2:18 PM

Bottom line, no one really cares what you call yourself.

I.E. - call me anything but late for supper!

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Date: 7/12/13 2:22 PM

What a great idea - any of the design schools, not just NYC, would have classes in more advanced techniques. And the syllabi would be pretty specific.

I would also add (because "checklist" got me thinking of it) that some of the skill involved is in the choosing and proper use of tools. Knowing exactly which kind of ___ to use in different situations - when it can be OK to substitute, and when it's not.

Including, but not limited to:
Scissors
Needles (for the machine and for hand sewing)
Sewing Machine
Fabric
Thread
Shortcuts (for any part of construction)

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Date: 7/13/13 0:39 AM

Yes that's more what I was trying ask

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Date: 7/13/13 9:58 AM

Well, I think you will get a different answer from each of us. Certainly, basic garment skills like sewing a seam, finishing a seam (all sorts of ways to do this), putting in a zipper (center, lapped and invisible), putting in a sleeve, putting on a collar, making buttonholes, and working with various types of fabric, etc. are skills that are needed for successful garment construction. Now an advanced sewer might be able to create his or her own patterns, and put all those basic skills mentioned above into making a professional garment that doesn't look homemade.
I learned to sew as a teenager (actually before that). I took two classes in high school and learned alot of stuff. I sewed fearlessly. I could make my husband a jacket and tailored shirts that looked pretty good. I could make myself a suit. I sewed about 90% of my clothes at the time. I could make my own patterns and do all kinds of stuff like bound buttonholes and welt pockets. I would have considered myself an advanced sewer at that time. I still know how to do those things but I no longer consider myself an advanced sewer. I find that I have great difficulty in fitting myself. I am still learning and I keep pushing myself to make better and better garments, etc. So, the answer to your question is very subjective. There is no clear definition of what makes an advanced sewer.

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