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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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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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About Timpla S.

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Clayton, NC

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Students can expect a Systematic Approach to Sewing, what I fondly call the SASsy way. We will start with foundational topics like the Anatomy of the Sewing Machine, building on that foundation one skill at a time. I've learned that remaining motivated to sew often holds people back so I will also teach you how to plan out projects and how to build a sewing habit that helps you see consistent results and keeps you motivated to sew!

About Timpla
Hello! You want to learn to sew? I'm Timpla and I can help you!

FEEDBACK FROM MY PREVIOUS STUDENTS:

"It was great! I learned so much about my sewing machine."

"Had a great time Timpla! I was able to hem my daughter's skirt and repair a shirt sleeve. Looking forward to next time."

"I definitely benefited from the class! Thanks so much!!!"

I LOVE helping my students conquer their "fear" of the sewing machine, which unleashes excitement about their potential to sew unique items for themselves and others.

I've been sewing since I was a young girl, learning from my grandmother.

My experience includes sewing women's and girl's apparel, home decor, and quilts. I decided to start teaching private and group lessons after receiving many requests from friends and acquaintances.

I look forward to helping you develop the
skills you need to tackle any sewing project.

~Timpla S.
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Judy bellinger January 30, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Just starting out but Timpla was warm, helpful and patient. Excited for next class.
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Gift Wali November 27, 2017
· Sewing · Online
My sewing experience with Timpla was simply amazing. She is a well of knowledge willing to share all her skills and tricks to make sewing more fun and less intimidating. 😁🤩 - I give her 5 Stars she was Absolutely Amazing!
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Bonnie June 19, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Timpla Stewart is absolutely wonderful!
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Timpla S.

Timpla S.

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About Renee D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I love to sew and greatly enjoy teaching the craft. I have been sewing since I was 7 years old, when I was taught by my Grandmother. A FIDM Fashion Design graduate, I worked in the garment industry as a pattern maker and junior dress designer. I then went on to work for 14 years in the Motion Picture industry in costume design and stylist work.

I enjoy working with children, guiding them to use their creativity in the process of sewing. Lessons can be tailored to the students needs, from learning how to use the sewing machine to the best way to approach sewing different fabrics and patterns. From fashion to interior design, I am happy to guide you to a finished product.

About Renee
I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of artists and designers. Following my career in fashion and costume design, I began making one of a kind silver jewelry. I have been working with fine silver for 8 years, selling my design pieces in art galleries and online.
I have always tried to share my passion for all things artistic with my two children. By volunteering to run art projects at their school, I discovered the joy of teaching. I decided to combine that with my sewing expertise to help children and adults realize their creative vision. I like helping students explore their ideas while making a project come to life on the sewing machine.
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shanteria September 21, 2016
· Sewing · Online
i don't have any experience but i do want to became a fashion designer and i don't know how to use a sewing machine so i hope we can have a great relationship together.
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Renee D.

Renee D.

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About KIM G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Sewing Machine, check! Material, check! I can help you bring the two together with knowledge and care as your sewing instructor. Whether you have a specific project in mind that you'd like help with, or maybe you just need some help getting back into sewing, each class is tailored to make the skills you have shine, while you absorb new ones.

About KIM
I am a fashion samplemaker, and a devoted sewing teacher! My greatest joy is seeing my students master new skills, empower themselves through crafting their own style, and applying their learning throughout their lives. I maintain a blog on Tumblr where you can see some current and past fashion samplemaking work (as released by the designer themselves) as well as video tutorials that I've made.

While I am patient, my enthusiasm is palpable during each lesson. Each lesson is designed for maximum student engagement using a show-not-tell approach. Sewing is a hands-on enterprise! So, I do my best to empower each student with each lesson.
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Christine February 2, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Five star stellar learning experience! Kim is an ace at sewing (and probably many other things) but I wAs most struck by how well she teaches. She is a for real capital T Teacher. There are geniuses out there in the world who cannot explain something to another human in a way they can actually understand. At that particular skill, Kim Grant is masterful. She instantly (intuitively?) understood where I was stuck and explained the next part or showed me a way of looking at it that made it perfectly clear. She came to where I was in my sewing knowledge and brought me a little closer to where she is. I took sewing lessons for 1.5 with a very fine Teacher but I feel like I learned more in those 2 hours with Kim than in a year with the other (very smart and extremely capable) sewing teacher. Kim was also extremely encouraging and reassuring and confidence boosting. I was thankful for that. I’m a huge fan.
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Elisabeth September 18, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Kim is super knowledgeable and great at connecting tools, skills and goals. I have learned a lot more already in one lesson than I would have expected, all of it relevant to what I want to be able to sew for myself on my machine. Thank you, Kim! Looking forward to my next lesson :)
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Cassandra August 7, 2017
· Sewing · Online
i Did not like the computer problems it time out quite a bit and the audio would not work but the lesson was great i will give it a another chance and see if i can learn more
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KIM G.

KIM G.

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About Nikkal F.

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Hemet, CA
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I sew all of my costumes for dance, as well as most of the costumes for my dance teams. I specialize in embellishing.

About Nikkal
Dance & music is my life!

My years of education is too long to list here.
I have had formal training in Music, many forms of dance, swim and Aerobics certified! Fully insured and background checked through the City of San Jacinto and the park and recreation centers.

I Love what I do!
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Nikkal F.

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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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Beginner-You will learn basic skills of hand and machine stitches, seams, darts, pleats, various necklines, zippers, pouch, totebag and build many more samples into a scrapbook.
Intermediate- Fabric dimension and behavior, cutting skills, bias binding and making a skirt or blouse. Make dress, skirt, pants or blouse without lining.
Advanced-Make dress, skirt, pants or blouse with lining.

About LILY
I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Melissa January 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!
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juice November 30, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.
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Shirley S. September 20, 2017
· Embroidery · In home
Omg such a pleasure to work with. Great personality and very patient. Love her teaching. Will def. Request her again.
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LILY Q.

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About Lorena G.

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West Palm Beach, FL
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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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Lorena G.

Lorena G.

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About Jennifer H.

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Want to learn how to use that sewing machine that you bought forever ago but never figured it out? I can help with that! I have been sewing for 15 plus years. I took college courses in Apparel Design and received a degree in Apparel Merchandising. I would love to teach you the basics and more in the art of sewing!

About Jennifer
Hello there! I have been sewing for 15 plus years and love making things! I live with my best friend, his pug, and my kitty cat! We have a very interesting house! I currently own a sewing studio in Broken Arrow, OK called Creative Outlets Studio! I love sharing this art with other people who want to learn!
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Sandra September 25, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Complete misunderstanding on the 24th with the scheduling and payment. Jennifer called and all was worked out. She was more than happy to help my granddaughter on her design project. My granddaughter learned so much in a hour and Jennifer helped her to start her project. Jennifer scheduled a time on the 25th to help my granddaughter.
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Sandra September 25, 2017
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She arrived early (after calling ahead of time) and was so friendly and knowledgeable. She explained in detail how to use the sewing machine and use the pattern. My granddaughter learned so much from her. She was awesome. Highly recommend her services.
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Sandra September 24, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Not very happy. We need help urgently and your schedule indicated availability on Sunday until you took my money and we learned you weren't available until October. This is deceiving!!!
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Jennifer H.

Jennifer H.

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About maria J.

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Oakland, CA

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I am a fashion and accessories designer living in Oakland, CA. My company 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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Julia February 13, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Maria was a very thoughtful and thorough instructor. I would definitely take another class with her!
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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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Oakland, CA 94602
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About Elizabeth S.

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I have 17 years of sewing and design experience. My college deploma is in Fashion Design and I own a company in my field. My classes are tailored to your needs as a student. No matter what your experience level is there’s always more to learn. My classes are fun and engaging. I want my students to be pationate and learn even after the lessons are done. When you are ready to start sewing contact me for lessons.

About Elizabeth
I am a fashion designer with over 17 years of experience. I have two degrees and a business in fashion design. My skills include sewing, technical drawings, pattern making, model nutrition for runway shows, and general application for home sewing projects. Seeing a student’s ideas come to life is the most rewarding part of what I do here. It’s my goal to inspire students as they learn and grown in their sewing projects.
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amanda February 21, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Amazing! Elizabeth was so patient and gracious! Very knowledgeable about my crazy machine too! Can’t wait for next lesson!
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Elizabeth S.

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