How do you Rate?

I’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks. There are some websites to which I subscribe, not all sewing related, that in your profile, ask you to rate your skills. I find this to be an interesting social experiment. Let’s limit the discussion to sewing for right now. How do you rate your skills? I don’t mean, do you think you are beginner/intermediate/advanced. I mean, how do you decide what level you’re at? Me? I would probably say I’m advanced in many areas. But there’s the rub. I’m not advanced in all areas. I can’t draft a basic sloper if my life depended on it. So am I advanced? No, not there. But boy, can I take anyone’s pattern and make a gorgeous garment from it? You bet! Can I drape a beautiful, but simple top and skirt? Absolutely. Can I do a phenomenal job fitting pants to any body? Mmmmm, maybe not.

So I decided, on one of them, to remove my self-rating. Why? I was rating myself alongside folks whose skills I can only dream of. Some people who rated themselves as less skilled than I are (IMHO) better than me at many things. And there were folks who rated themselves as the same skill level as me or higher, but I wouldn’t let my dog sleep on their work. Snarky? Maybe. But it’s true and I ain’t naming any names so don’t take offense; there is none to be had.

Look, we’re all good at certain things. I’m a really good technical teacher. I can get a couch to sew a straight seam and produce a ripple free garment. Given enough time, I can personally produce a couture garment worthy of Paris or Milan. But I can’t do everything, and so I don’t really want to give a blanket statement that says, “I’m xxx level!” Heck, look at medicine – you’ll find specialists, and generalists. They don’t claim to be experts at everything. Why should you?

Happy sewing, however you rate yourself!

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5 Responses to How do you Rate?

  1. Summerset says:

    Interesting. What is a label, really? You’re so right, we haven’t all arrived in the sewing world. That inspires me to get with the program and work areas of sewing that I’m not so good at. BTW, I can’t draft a sloper, either, and am working on improving my fitting skills.

  2. Gigi says:

    I feel the same way about my skills as you feel about yours. My skills are excellent *in certain areas* – in other areas, not so good. 🙂

  3. cmarie12 says:

    A truer word was never spoken about rating ourselves and our skills. I really liked the reference to the medical profession and how some are specialists and some are generalists. Very few people are good or very good at everything!

  4. Tara says:

    It’s such a relief to read this. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who conciously decided to not select a skill level for the site you are referring to as well.In some areas I’m an advanced beginner. In others, I’m a rank beginner. In still others, I’m Intermediate. It felt awkward to try and put myself in a category. Like you, I don’t always feel the ratings people give themselves match what I see. On most, I’d bump them up a step. I didn’t like that chronic feeling of dealing with the whole “how do I decide to anounce my skill level”.I’m not there for that. I’m there to learn, make friends, get inspiration and have fun. Thanks for bringing this topic up.

  5. Mary Beth says:

    I just removed my rating after seeing the work of those who have indicated their skill levels as advanced.For the longest time I stayed middle of the road, not wanting to indicate my background and training but found that I was pretty much ignored without extra stars and rating. So I changed it and upped my personal PR info. Now, I’m going back to zero as fast as possible and if I could erase stars, too, I surely would! My personal protest!!! Rant over

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