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About Kim K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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Read my REVIEWS!! I specialize in working with beginners and teach foundation skills for using a sewing machine, following a pattern, handwork, and finishing.

I can help you make curtains, pillows, bags, aprons and other household items. If you want to make clothing, I will guide you through using a published pattern.

I have been sewing for over 30 years and was making my own clothes by the time I was in second grade. My lessons are not like reality TV. Projects take longer than you may think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project.

Please note, I do not teach pattern making, draping, and advanced tailoring. My experience with serger/marrow machines is limited.

Students are expected to provide all tools and materials but I will help you find what you need for your project.

Recommend duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes.

About Kim
For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to fi
nd out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.
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Carlie October 29, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Exactly what I was looking for. My daughter had surgery last week and I wanted her to be able to learn to knit while she's at home for the next ten days. Kim was upbeat and clearly competent. She also went out of her way to help me (a leftie knitter) learn how to help my daughter if she ran into snags. Thank you, Kim!
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Joan S. October 27, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
I've worked with Kim before on knitting and I wanted to learn crochet so I contacted her again. I'm so glad I did because she is great. She has so much information and terrific helpful tips and advice.

Thanks Kim!
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Amy August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
It was a pleasure to take my first crochet lesson from Kim. She is knowledgeable, patient and shared technical instruction in a way that was easy to understand and follow. I'll definitely be scheduling more lessons with Kim!
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About Milda B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I'm a former Fashion Institute of Technology Professor, teaching sewing & fashion art, and in the fashion industry for over 14 years. I have worked @Target Stores, for Alexander McQueen, and have a very close working knowledge of industry standards and needs.

I LOVE teaching beginners: getting them excited about using the computer like a Pro, sewing & learning to love it, or helping them set up their fashion business. I possess a wide variety of skills-so just ask, and I'd love to teach you!

About Milda
I am located in Los Angeles for in-person lessons , BUT I teach online via Skype all over the U.S. Please indicate the type of lessons + subject you would like to learn when you contact me. Thanks!

I am a former Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) Professor, teaching sewing and fashion art, and in the fashion industry for over 16 years. I have worked at Target Stores, Federated Dept. stores, and Alexander McQueen, and have a very close working knowledge of industry standards and needs. I facilitate students and fashion companies in the following areas:

-Sewing
-Patternmaking
-Illustration (computer or-hand-rendered)
- Fashion Portfolio Preparation.
- Hand Embroidery (I do not operate Embroidery Machines)
- Graphic Design (working in Adobe Creative Suite- Illustrator and Photoshop: which is a great software program to h
elp students to create more dynamic portfolios, or complete a graphic design project. )
- Consulting on how to produce your own clothing/accessories collection.
- Consulting on how to source and produce your Domestic and Overseas collection.
- How to create line sheets.
- How to create technical packets.
- How to create digital art for screenprinting.

OTHER:
-Computer Assistance for BEGINNERS- Learning to use the Computer, Basic Skills in MS Office, using the Web. etc.

REQUIREMENTS:
1.) You will have to have all your materials and most of your tools: sewing machine, computer with all installed programs or services, patternmaking tools and paper, fabrics, etc. I will bring some small materials to our first session to explain what tools to purchase.

2.) You must make yourself available for one 15 minute phone consult before scheduling your first lesson- please plan to do this at least one week to 2 days before you want to schedule your first lesson. We will discuss your lesson goals, and what materials to buy. You do need to allow time to purchase your materials, so please plan ahead. When you purchase your lessons, please email me a time and date (or several) to schedule this phone call.

3.) IMPORTANT:
Please schedule directly with me VIA EMAIL. I do have my general availability listed on schedule for everyday, However, I work with many students and teach classes that might not be reflected in this schedule. I will try my best to honor the time you request, but I cannot guarantee it. Please email me to confirm- I will also reach out to you via phone to confirm or reschedule a time if there is a conflict.

POLICIES:

- 24 hour cancellation policy/ no refunds given after this time.
- All sessions are a 1 hour minimum. Recommended time for sewing lessons is 1.5 - 2 hr increments.
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Angel June 4, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Very detailed !!!!!! I would highly recommend !!!!
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Joel May 30, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
Milda was super helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and very easy to work with. She packed all I needed to learn to help me with a specific project I was working on. Will work with her again.
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carolyn May 9, 2017
· Sewing · Online
I would like to say its been a pleasure having a teacher that's so friendly and welcomed. You are a great teacher and such a good future in helping others learn. Thank you for taking the time, and patience, with me, I really enjoyed the company. May you be blessed in your journey teaching others the skill.
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About Marie B.

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Glendale, CA
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I have been sewing for over 30 years and teaching for over 13 years. I am a Fashion Design graduate (FIDM) and can teach sewing, sewing machine care and basics, fabric cutting, using a pattern, pattern alterations, or pattern drafting, and draping.

I can also teach how to choose the proper fabric for your projects, and the different finishing techniques for hems.

I can customize the class to your needs and interests. I can teach you the making of garments, costumes, or home decoration items, or garment alterations.

It's up to you! I can't wait to teach you how to be proficient with your machine, and hand sewing.

About Marie
I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator.

My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a grea
t knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line.

I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays.

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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Blake November 16, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Marie was an amazing teacher! Besides the fact that we got to speak in French, her instruction was easy to follow and her breadth of knowledge was apparent. i wasnt her student for an extremely long period (as my work schedule got very hectic) but I'd go back no questions. 5 stars. thanks Marie!
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Carling S. September 11, 2017
· Fashion Design · In home
very good
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Ashlyn July 8, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Marie did a great job of working with my 12 year old daughter. She was quickly able to adjust to the skill level necessary to help my daughter continue to grow her sewing skills!
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About Karla R.

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Ontario, CA

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Sewing safety and how to use a machine, the sewing tools you'll need, how to read, cut out, layout, and follow pattern instructions, how to sew different stitches and using the correct length, pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems, sew a zipper or an elastic waistband.
~We will be working towards sewing a basic pattern (i.e. tote, PJ bottoms, etc) or whichever project the student brings in
~To get the most out of your lessons I highly recommend doing at least an hour long session
~A lesson plan will be sent to the student before their first lesson outlining the guidelines and key skills you will be learning each session.

Intermediate students must know all of the above and can bring in their own project. I also offer overlock/serger lessons if interested.

About Karla
Hello! My name is Karla and I love all things artsy and crafty. I learned to sew when I was 9 and have been improving my skills since then by taking classes or just trying things out on my own. I'm currently taking classes to get certified as a Pattern Maker, which is another passion of mine linked to the fashion industry. I've also spent the last year and a half building my Etsy shop for custom designed clothing for women and children. Since I also have my degree in Theater and Dance I enjoy being a freelance costume designer for dance or theater companies; creating custom designs for their shows.
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Jessica Doyle August 21, 2016
· Sewing · Online
Karla was great! She was helpful and patient and have great feedback. I was skeptical about doing an online sewing class but she had a great camera which allowed her to zoom on her stitching so you could see exactly what to do! I will be signing up for more classes :)
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Claudia February 10, 2016
· Sewing · In studio
Karla is a wonderful instructor! She is very knowledgeable, patient, cheerful and professional. I'm very pleased with what I have learned and I will be scheduling more lessons with Karla.
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Candice Voelker November 22, 2015
· Sewing · In home
Karla was great! Very informative and super patient. Wonderful personality also. I'll definitely schedule more lessons.
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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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I have been a professional costume designer since 2003 and have sewn everything from everyday apparel to sci-fi outfits to full-body monster costumes. I can teach you basic skills in a step-by-step curriculum fashion or I can help you create a specific project that you have in mind. Do you want something special for an event or do you want to make something out of some fun fabric you found? I am very flexible and enjoy being creative, so bring me your challenge and I will help you give it life!

About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
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Ken May 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Sarah was on time and she did her homework! She uses a Cannon and have have a Nikon, she read the owners manuel prior to the first lesson, very impressive. She answered all my questions and looking forward to the next lesson.
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Brandon February 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah is amazing, I truly enjoyed learning from her. She opened my eyes to the sewing world in general, and specifically to what I was interested in. I am grateful for the experience and am better because of it.
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Clifford December 17, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future.
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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After years working in fashion industry in NYC, I feel the desire to share and pass on my skills to the people who have great passion either in design or sewing but lack of the skills. I have verity of teaching materials and subjects. It all depends on what you need and what you want to achieve. Seeing my students grow and eventually finish a project on their own without my help is the best reward for me as a teacher.

About Vena
I'm a fashion designer and have worked in fashion industry in NYC for more than 8 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at varies companies such as DKNY, ELIE TAHARI, BLK DNM. My specialty is in sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. I provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills that we use in the industry. The courses are designed and catered to your needs. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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naomi November 12, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very good teacher! thanks
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Val November 9, 2017
· Sewing · In home
So patient and experienced! She really helped save a project that another teacher abandoned! Will definitely be seeing you again!
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Urvi August 22, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Vena is a phenomenal teacher. She really ensures that you understand the concepts fully when teaching and doesn't rush through anything to fit it within a certain time frame. In our first day, she helped me learn the semantics of patternmaking and sewing and apply it visually to a dress form! For any beginner or someone who needs to solidify their foundation, Vena is a great instructor!
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About Lorena G.

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Knowing the sewing machine, handle it to sew the clothes with the techniques.

About Lorena
I encourage adults, youth and kids to create fashion, learn to design, create their ideas and develop them from creative training.
Generations inherited, since I was a little girl, more than 20 years as a job, long experience doing what I love most... Creating fashion but the best and important it is to teach.
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About Trixy X.

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I am the owner and designer of www.TrixyXchange.com where I design and construct costumes, accessories and upcycled/revamped clothing. I have been sewing for over 20 years. I can teach you the basics, help you with your projects, teach you how to read patterns, or give you tips on how to start your own fashion line! My sewing classes are held in Wicker Park and are listed on my website.

About Trixy
I am the owner and designer of www.TrixyXchange.com where I design and construct costumes, accessories and upcycled/revamped clothing. I have been sewing for over 20 years. I can teach you the basics, help you with your projects, teach you how to read patterns, or give you tips on how to start your own fashion line! My sewing classes are held in Wicker Park and are listed on my website.
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About Maria J.

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I am a fashion and accessories designer living in Oakland, CA. My company, Calliope, www.thisiscalliope.com has been in business for 8 years.
I am a trained patternmaker; I graduated from the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion with an associate degree in pattern making in 1997.
I have worked in the fashion industry since then.
Vintage clothing is my obsession and I love to be able to design and sew clothing.
I have taught intensive sewing camps to girls and found it so rewarding.
I would love to share my skills and knowledge to budding fashion designers, crafters, and to those who want to learn how to sew!

About Maria
Hello! My name is Maria and I love fashion! I have been in the clothing and fashion industry for 20 years. My knowledge of sewing and construction is vast. I have taught since 2010 and love sharing my skills with students who have an interest in sewing and/or fashion.

A little bit about my education:

I graduated from NYU with an undergrad degree in History, received an associates degree from Sotheby's in London for 19th and 20th century decorative arts, received an associates degree from the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion in San Francisco in pattern making and design.

Presently, I am an owner/designer of a company called Calliope. We have been making fashion accessories which are all produced in Oakland for the last eight years.

I would love the opportunity to share and teach what I have learned over the years. I am
a good listener and have clear communication in an easy and relaxed setting.

I care deeply about the environment, especially the animals and my business and life reflect that passion. All of the products I create are vegan and our fabrics are thoughtfully sourced so as to leave as little "footprint" as possible. I care about putting beautiful and thoughtful products into the marketplace.
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Amy September 13, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Maria is a talented designer whose products show quality craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail. She is a calm and patient presence when teaching, even amidst a group of chaotic pre-teen girls as my daughters can attest! Maria makes quality choices with her fabrics and materials, making sure they are both beautiful and non-harmful to nature. You will love working with her!
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The Handwork Studio is a needle arts and fashion community. Our organization has worked with thousands of people over the last 16 years to help educate them in these practical skills. We teach sewing, knitting, crochet, needle-felting and wet felting. We have a contingency of fabulous teachers that are skilled and patient.

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The Handwork Studio was born of one mother’s desire to provide a nurturing and inspiring environment for her children through using their creativity.

Headquartered in Narberth, PA, over the last 15 years, because of that desire, The Handwork Studio has grown to provide that outlet to children and their families in camps up and down the east coast, workshops, classes, parties, events and more.

We’ve designed all of our programs to be a resource in not only teaching practical needle arts skills, but to provide role models for your children as they learn about patience, achievement and problem solving. Our project based curriculum will not only teach you how sew or knit, but will instill a sense of accomplishment .
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