SKILL LEVELS

Absolute Beginner

 

You are at the Absolute Beginner Level if you answer yes to ANY of the following:

  • Have never used a sewing machine before

  • Have never cut or pinned fabric

  • Have used a sewing machine a very long time ago and require a refresher to get re-acquainted

Level 1

You are at Level 1 if you can answer yes to ALL of the following:

  • Have used a sewing machine recently

  • Can wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine with help from the manual

  • Can sew a straight line and follow a seam allowance

  • Can pin and cut fabric

Congratulations!  You are ready for Level 2 classes!

Level 2

You are at Level 2 if:

  • You have completed our Sewing 101 - Learn to Sew course

OR

  • You can carry out the skills listed in previous levels plus:

    • Confidently wind and load bobbin and thread a sewing machine without assistance

    • Can sew to various seam allowances

    • Can backstitch at the beginning and end of seams

    • Can carry out a variety of seam finishes (zig zag, pinked, french seams)

    • Have used a pattern to sew a craft or clothing item

    • Have successfully completed a few simple sewing projects such as a pillow cover, tote bag, simple apron, etc.

Congratulations!  You are ready for Level 3 classes!

Level 3

You are at Level 3 if:

  • You can carry out the skills listed in previous levels plus:

    • Can confidently use a commercial or Indie clothing pattern

    • Can pin and cut fabric and sewing patterns without supervision

    • Understand pattern symbols and notches and can transfer them to fabric

    • Understand grainlines and cutting layouts

    • Can sew darts and insert a regular zipper

    • Can attach a waistband

    • Can shorten or lengthen a pattern and grade between sizes with confidence

    • Can sew with stable woven and knit fabrics

Congratulations!  You are ready for Level 4 classes!

Level 4

You are at Level 4 if:

  • You can carry out the skills listed in previous levels plus:

    • Are comfortable using a rotary cutter to cut a pattern/fabric

    • Can insert a regular, lapped or invisible zip without assistance

    • Can sew a button fly or fly front zipper with some assistance 

    • Can insert facings, sew button holes and insert a variety of pocket styles

    • Can attach a set-in sleeve

    • Have sewn pants

    • Can confidently sew with all types of fabrics including slippery or stretchy fabrics

    • You have now successfully completed a number of garments

    • You have a good understanding of pattern alterations through the process of fitting a muslin test garment and transferring the changes to your pattern

Congratulations!  You are ready for Level 5 classes!

Level 5

You are at Level 5 if:

  • You can carry out the skills listed in previous levels plus:

    • Can sew a button fly or fly front zipper with no assistance

    • Can sew a 2-piece collar

    • Can sew welt pockets

    • Can draft a lining or facings for a pattern that does not have any

    • Can create a jacket lining and use a ‘bag’ method to attach it

    • Can ‘hack’ together several patterns or redraft parts of patterns to suit personal taste

Congratulations!  You are a sewing genius and ready to take on anything!

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