Barbara M. McDowell

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4 reviews
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  • Jamie S.

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    4 stars because she was so flexible to come last minute.

    Dec 14, 2016Verified
    Barbara M.'s reply

    Thank you so much Jamie. I look forward to seeing you again.

  • Patricia S.

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    well versed in instruction on my new digital machine. Patient and knowledgeable. Will use again.

    Jun 23, 2016Verified
    Barbara M.'s reply

    Thank you Patricia. I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

About this pro

I am professional, skilled, confident, thorough, and patient with my sewing students. We have fun while I am teaching them in the privacy of their home. Consulting, and shopping services available. I want the questions...and I explain until the students(s) understand the answers, and can repeat it back. I insist that my students have patience, diligence, and build confidence while learning to sew. Basic, beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing instruction is available. Instruction for draping, basic alterations, and basic pattern making also available. My quotes are reasonable, and competitive. Discounts are available for multiple scheduled sessions, or group sessions with certain requirements, such as group sessions. All lessons are conducted at your location. For group sessions, and a different quote is submitted which provides less cost per person. Long distance travel outside of the greater Los Angeles area is available, too. Customer must meet certain requirements and conditions. Travel expenses, lounging and meals may be required. Consulting, and reimbursable shopping services is also available. Thank You Meeting new people, and helping them learn to sew and/or increase their skills by teaching how to use and care of their sewing machine. This also includes fabric types and characteristics, reading and understanding patterns and instructions, and pattern fitting. Seeing the smiles on their faces as they are admiring their accomplishments is priceless.

Years in business

34

Times hired on Thumbtack

25

Number of employees

1

Location

Los Angeles, CA 90047

Q & A

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
    Realizing there are competitors I quote an hourly rate for sessions lasting from 2 to 3 hours. The quoted dollar amount you see is multiplied by the total hours and minutes of the conducted session(s). One example is $25.00 per hour for a session that lasts from a minimum of 2 hours, and a maximum of 3 hours, the total fee would be from $50.00 to $75.00, accordingly, and NOT $25.00. If you'd prefer a series of sessions the cost is lower than the hourly rate, contingent on the quantity of sessions you desire. Group sessions are also available and less cost (than the above example) per person. Minimum students is 2, maximum students is 4, depending on the project to be sewn.
  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
    Start anew with instructions and info, and refresh things they may have forgotten. I encourage questions, explain and demo until they understand, and review often.
  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
    Certified Trained Sewing Instructor with decades of sewing experience and have sewn countless garments, and home decor. I constantly read articles, view videos, watch other seamstresses on their TV shows, previously worked in a large fabric store and help customers with their sewing projects, and fabric choices. Recently learned how to make patterns manually, and hone pattern fitting issues.

Business hours

Pacific Time Zone
Sunday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Coverage Area for Barbara M. McDowell is about 20+ miles of Los Angeles, CA.