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Learning to sew at professional quality

gina | Posted in General Discussion on

I have been hobby sewing since I was a child, but now I want to take my sewing to a new level.  I want to sew professionally and at the best quality possible.  What is the best way to learn this type of top quality sewing?


  1. SEWWRITER | | #1

    Gina, it's not clear whether you want to sew professionally for others or whether you want to upgrade your skills for personal sewing.  Either way, visit the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC) website at http://www.paccprofessionals.org to see

    a) if there's a chapter in your area, and

    b) if there are instructors in your area (click on "Find A Custom Clothier", or contact the chapter rep in your area for instructor referrals)

    If you're willing to travel, PACC member Susan Khalje (http://www.susankhalje.com) has wonderful couture sewing schools in Baltimore, San Francisco and Paris.  I've never been (because I don't do that kind of sewing myself) but everyone who has been has raved!

    -Stephanie Corina Goddard-                                                                              Member, Baltimore Chapter PACC

    Edited 5/6/2003 5:12:48 PM ET by SEWWRITER

  2. MaryAnn | | #2

    Gina, check out the courses available through Palmer/Pletsch (palmerpletsch.com).  If you really want to improve, taking classes is the way to do it.  I haven't taken Susan Khalje's class, but I did visit her school once, and professional results were really the focus. 

    Mary Ann Duff

  3. BillieHood | | #3

    Hi Gina you might true a community College in your area, also teachers like Sandra Betzina,Marcy Tilton are some of the good teachers . Also if you are near San Francisco  there is the Sewing Workshop with a variety of teachers.

    1. gina | | #4

      Thank you for the info.  I am near SF, is the course just called Sewing Workshop and is it in the City?  The two names you listed, Sandra and Marcy(?) - how would you take a class from them.  Do they offer workshops?

      1. ElonaM | | #5

        The Sewing Workshop is a business at 2010 Balboa Street in SF. They sell patterns and notions, but their focus is sewing classes, of which they have a whole catalogue-full. Here is their website:


        Once there, you should find all the info you need.

      2. Ariadne | | #6

        If you are in the SF Bay area do not miss checking out the Fashion Design Dept. at Canada College in Redwood City.  This program draws students from the entire bay area region.  The quality of the classes cannot be beat.  You can find them online at:  http://canadacollege.net/fashion/.  When you visit the site be sure to look over the well known list of instructors, including Ronda Chaney (co-author of Make It Your Own), Fred Bloebaum (pattern designer and contributor to Threads), and Kenneth King (evening wear designer superb and contributor to Threads).  Sorry I didn't mention them all, they are all fabulous.

        1. gina | | #7

          Thank you for the information.  I appreciate so much all of the info everyone has been giving me!  I am looking at all the ideas and am so excited.  If anyone has more ideas - please let me know!  I can't wait to get started! 

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