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Is online sewing courses right for me. Penn Foster Career School

I received my diploma from this on-line sewing college program back when it was known as Thomson Education Direct. I took the program called Dressmaking and Design. This online sewing program consists of seven instruction sets that take you step-by-step through techniques and skills you will need to sew your own clothes. It begins with Introduction to Sewing and leads you right into reading patterns, pattern lay-out, creating seams, stitches, and simple pattern alterations. The program also covers fibers and fabrics, the sewing machine, and both basic and advance dress making skills.

From start to finish I feel this program was a huge refresher and benefit for me. However, I did not pass the tests given after each instruction set with flying colors like I thought I would have.  I had to study hard for some of them. The tools, books, and information given in this program were an asset and I keep them in my sewing studio to refer to from time to time. Small scaled patterns were included which were great practice for me.

This type of course sends you books, sample, patterns, and notes, for you to study. For best results I suggest you start a portfolio and do all of the samples and keep them in your portfolio for future reference. When you are 90% completely done the course you will receive a Brother Sewing Machine. I have to be honest, that's the first time I worked on a Brother Machine and fell in love with them. Our studio now has eight Project Runway Brother machines for our students.

If you are brand new to sewing and you want to learn everything, I highly suggest this program. It starts you from the beginning, covering line and design, silhouettes, and fabrics and fibers, and takes you all the way through to completion. It took me almost two years to complete the online sewing and dressmaking course but keep in mind, I took it as a review and I was in no hurry to complete it. I'm sure the average person spending more time a week on it then I did could complete it in eight or nine months.

I enjoyed the course, the tools, the books, and I especially enjoyed the final project I had to make to complete the course. I love a challenge, and made my daughter a lined summer halter dress for my final project which I received a 98% on. All of the books, sample patterns, and notes that came with this online sewing program became a nice addition to my sewing library in our studio.  Stratford Career Institute
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Keep in mind that I strongly feel that if you have never sewn one stitch on a machine before, I highly recommend you take a sewing class at your local fabric shop or sewing studio before you begin this program. It's one thing to not understand in the books how to attach a collar and have to seam ripe it out perhaps twice before you comprehend it, it's another not to understand why your sewing machine is not stitching correctly. Once you know how to use a sewing machine, and that sewing machine is your new best friend, than go for it and learn all you can. If you are thinking about attending a Fashion Design College check out our list of the top fashion design schools in the United States and England.
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