Finding the Right Skill Level

You’ll notice that our coursework is “leveled” in order for you to more easily assess the level of experience required for each class. If you’ve been wondering what class is right for you, the following will provide the road map. If you have any questions about your level expertise and whether a class is appropriate for your level of skill, please do give us a call.

Please note that some of our classes have prerequisites for enrollment. Much like a university environment, some of our coursework builds upon the instruction provided in the prerequisite course. Prerequisite coursework is important in these circumstances, and are not waived.

Please also note that some of our classes have prerequisites for enrollment. Much like a university environment, some of our coursework builds upon the instruction provided in the prerequisite course. Prerequisite coursework is important in these circumstances, and are not waived.


Beginner – The number “1” follows the Course Code

Let's face it, you know absolutely nothing or remember very little about sewing or quilting. You may have taken a Home-Economics class back in Junior High, but when someone asks, "How often do you change the needle in your sewing machine?" you say to yourself, "I didn't know you could change the needle." (Another question: Do you hold your breath while cutting and sewing?) These classes are great opportunities to "fill in all those sewing blanks."

Confident Beginner – The number “10” follows the Course Code

You're fairly certain you can cut out a pattern or use a rotary cutter and sew a 1/4 inch seam. You can rattle off what needle to use with what fabric and can regurgitate what stitch length, too (though you still might not really understand why these things are important!) You can get along fairly well, but still need some help ironing out the intimidation, and only really panic three-quarters of the time. As a quilter, you’ve assembled one or two quilts, and are starting to think about how much fun it would be to cut not just squares of fabric but triangles, too!

Intermediate – The number “100” follows the Course Code

You're feeling pretty confident (and pretty, too) and think you can conquer the world. You're ready to put darts and princess seams in your garment, ready to manipulate your patterns to fit, really, and absolutely have a hankering for expressing yourself more stylishly. If you're a quilter, you can piece and appliqué simple blocks and designs. Putting on borders and miters pose no threat. You can set blocks straight, on point and sashed. You understand what it means to set blocks straight, on point, and sashed. You are beginning to be able to break down patterns into units. You can piece and bind and finish a quilt. You call yourself a quilter! Listen to you roar!

Advanced – The number “200” follows the Course Code

Little intimidates you, and even if it did, you'd try it. And you'd do it in muslin first to work out the bugs before daring to destroy your $60/yard fashion fabric. You manipulate your own patterns and are fairly confident of your abilities, but still enjoy the assistance of the instructor, though you really don't need his or her help. And you can talk and sew at the same time!

Transcendental – The number “300” follows the Course Code

Having transcended all limitations, you sew for others not only because you’re a fantastic caregiver and you must, but because you’re really good. Adjusting and manipulating darts and seam lines, linings and jackets and fitted gowns are your specialty. And you really enjoy a good challenge! Not only can you read a pattern, you can draft your own, and you can also teach others how to do it! (Would you be interested in some part-time employment?)



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Sewing Arts Center
3330 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, California
90405

Ph: (310) 450-4300




Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday through Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM

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