Barbara M. McDowell
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Hired 28 times
36 years in business
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I found Barbara after looking for quite a while for a sewing instructor. She came in and helped me finish some projects that had been languishing and we are now starting some new projects together. She is well spoken, knowledgable and is a patient instructor. She also thinks of innovative and creative solutions. I'm very much enjoying my sessions with her.Jun 6, 2016VerifiedBarbara M. McDowell's reply
Thank you Kirsten. I find you a pleasure to teach, abd appreciate your perfection. You're doing a great job sewing..
Barbara has been teaching me for several months helping me complete a project with two dresses, a jacket, a blouse and a pillow case. I am very blessed to have found Barbara! She has been teaching me through every step of the project. Her experience, her knowledge on different techniques, her amazing personality and extreme patience with teaching, make her an exceptional teacher. Barbara, you have been an angel shining light into my project and I will be forever grateful to you.Jun 4, 2016VerifiedBarbara M. McDowell's reply
Thank you Petra. Under the circumstancesof your time constraints for submitting your sewing projects you are doing quite well. I appreciate your questions, and success in recalling sewing terms and techniques.
well versed in instruction on my new digital machine. Patient and knowledgeable. Will use again.Jun 23, 2016VerifiedBarbara M. McDowell's reply
Thank you Patricia. I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
We communicated for several weeks over email but whenever it came time to actually schedule a lesson... she just stopped responding. She claimed her phone and computer were both broken.May 2, 2018Verified
Sewing LessonsApr 19, 2018Verified
- 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 $35.00 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 $70.00 to $105.00. on-going sessions can be arranged, too. The quote per hour decreases with on-going prearranged prepaid multiple sessions. Example would be a set of 6 sessions for $30.00 per hour vs $35.00 per hour. Group sessions are also available for specific projects. Group sessions less cost (than the above example) per person. Minimum student count is 2, maximum students is 4, depending on the project to be sewn. Deposit may be required.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Start a new with instructions and info, and refresh things they may have forgotten. I encourage questions, explain and demo until they understand, and review.
- 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.