This is a general guideline of how your skills and abilities match the classes we hold at SoS. But, there are always exceptions to the rules, if you want to discuss doing a class and not sure if it is suitable for you, call Karina to discuss.


Absolute Beginner

You have never used a sewing machine before, or you haven’t used one for so long you need a refresher class.
Suitable Classes: Beginners Dressmaking Course



You know how to thread a machine and sew a few straight rows. You may have made a couple of cushion covers, or even hemmed the odd skirt.

Suitable Classes:


Fearless Beginner

You’ve used your sewing machine to make a few things and you’ve used a commercial pattern once or twice. Or you could be a patchworker wanting to move into the wonderful world of dressmaking.

Suitable Classes:



You’ve made quite a few items of clothing and you know how to read commercial patterns. You will possibly need some help with finishing techniques, invisible zippers, welt pockets, attaching linings, making pants or coats. You may want to learn how to properly fit the commercial patterns you’ve bought. You could also be keen to tackle that overlocker you’ve got collecting dust and make some knit fabric garments.

Suitable Classes:



You’re a proficient sewster, but there are some techniques that are still a bit of a mystery to you. You may want to join in on a workshop or masterclass to improve your skills. Some of these include Jeans Making, Bra Construction, Tailored Shirt,

Suitable Classes: All of the classes listed in Intermediate, plus