Sewing School

Perfect your stitching

Although it is generally a skill you can learn at home, from a young age, community colleges have caught on to the sewing trend and now offer many sewing classes for all skill and age levels. Classes may also be specialized by the type of sewing or the sewing project.

Getting Educated

Finding a good sewing class can be difficult. There are many options available, but you want to make sure you get the one that's right for you. When you're looking for a sewing class:

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  • Assess your skill level. Investigate courses available at your community college to make sure they're at your level. In a course that's too advanced for you, you'll have trouble keeping up and may not have the core skills that will allow you to benefit from advanced training. On the other hand, in a course that's too basic for you, you'll be bored and won't learn anything new.
  • Consider your goals. Why do you want to take a sewing course? Are you looking to learn something completely new or perfect some skills that you've already learned? Is there a particular type of sewing you want to learn or do you need the basics first? Are you looking for a specific project, such as dresses, children's clothing or pet accessories? Make sure that the course you pick matches the goals you've established for yourself, so it will prepare you to meet them.
  • Establish your commitment. How much time, energy and money are you willing to put into learning to sew? Make sure you're available at the times classes are scheduled so that you don't find yourself continually missing out. There are a number of different classes and courses available at a variety of different colleges, so don't feel you have to take something that doesn't suit your schedule. You can also find classes at different cost and commitment levels, so make sure you take the time to find the one that's right for you.

Job Prospects

While many people who take a sewing class at their local community college do so purely for enjoyment, there are some who do so to improve their resume. There are over 400,000 workers employed in the textile product industry and another $300,000 working for apparel manufacturing companies.

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