Have you heard of Craftsy online classes? Craftsy has over 600 online classes in the areas of sewing, photography, cooking, cake decorating, jewelry, etc.
I’ve been intrigued by their class descriptions in the past but never purchased a class until this past weekend when they were having their Valentines sale with classes up to 50% off. It looks like most of their classes are still on sale. I decided to buy a couple of classes and give it a try. So far, I’m pretty impressed. I bought Creative Serging: Beyond the Basics, and 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know. The two classes came to about $55. Both classes include about 7-8 videos, each video about 45 minutes to an hour long. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me! There are sewing classes in my community that I sometimes attend, but the last introductory serger class I went to cost me $60 and it was five hours long. The online classes are nice because you can go at your own pace from the comfort of your home.
Here is what the online class looks like:
The other nice thing about the classes are that once you pay for them the videos stay accessible on your Craftsy account page I believe for as long as you maintain an account. It is free to have an account.
The other nice feature of the online classes are that you can pause the videos at any moment by clicking “add note”, and then you can write notes which are saved in your “notes” page. If you click on a note it takes you back to exactly the spot in the video where you paused to write your note. It’s a really cool feature. Here’s what my notes page looks like:
Also, the classes come with materials, which you can print and keep in a binder. The materials include reference materials and note taking pages. I think there are also assignments to complete.
There is also a discussion forum so that you can communicate with others taking the class. You can also email the instructor and she promises to answer any questions within one to two days. If you make any projects while taking the class you can post them on the projects page, too.
All in all I’m definitely pleased with the amount of instructional videos included with each class and with the reference materials provided. Since I just ordered a Canon Rebel SL1 DSLR camera I’m thinking about purchasing a couple of their photography classes.
Have you tried any of their classes? Do you recommend?