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About Johanna G.

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Hi, my name's Johanna, and I am a friendly, easy-going, passionate 22 year old seamstress who has been sewing since age 15!

I began teaching sewing lessons at a needle arts shop, Stitchers' Dream, in my hometown in June 2010 when I was 15 years old. I taught informative and professional yet laidback and stress-free lessons to both children and adults of all age ranges and skill levels. Now, a graduate of Boston University living and working full-time in Los Angeles, I teach two kids' sewing classes every Saturday at Miss Shannon's Sewing in Valley Village, and am looking to expand my class schedule!

I am very knowledgeable about the art of sewing, can operate just about any type of sewing machine, and am extremely patient and dedicated to my students' success. Sewing students can work on my own personal machine (a Husqvarna Viking -
a great quality machine!), or use their own if they have one. Students will learn everything from machine operation, cutting and reading patterns, garment construction, taking measurements, adding finishing touches, and so much more!

I sew my own clothing, accessories, and home decor for fun, and also have my own Etsy shop where I sell my handmade goods. In college, I was a costume designer for several theatrical productions, and made plenty of costumes for the shows. If you'd like to see some of my completed projects, don't hesitate to reach out - I'd be happy to show you photos!

Although I never officially taught knitting lessons at my old job at Stitchers' Dream, I am a skilled knitter who is able to provide beginner lessons to knitters. I taught several people the basics of knitting during high school, and have created several garments and accessories throughout the 8 years that I have been knitting, including headbands, hats, scarves, slippers, and a sweater. I am able to help students understand knitting patterns, and purchase the correct yarn and needles for their project.
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Johanna G.

Johanna G.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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About Marcel M.

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Glendale, CA

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About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Glendale, CA 91201
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About Guner A.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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I can't wait to meet you!
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Randi S. May 28, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Güner is so helpful and fun to talk to! I've learned very much from her.
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Michelle February 18, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
She took her time with me and made me feel like I knew more than I thought :) Great teacher !
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EDGAR October 26, 2016
· AutoCAD · In studio
she is very helpful and very nice
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Torrance, CA 90504
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About Marie B.

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Glendale, CA
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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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Marie B.

Marie B.

Glendale, CA 91208
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About Donna S.

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Aliso Viejo, CA
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Donna has 12 years experience programming HTML. She's built a dozen websites using SEO principles, Google Adsense, Facebook Ads and Amazon Affiliate Marketing. She's experienced on most social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. She also is experienced using Hootsuite, MailChimp, Aweber, YouTube and Wordpress.

Donna is an Astrologer and Feng Shui expert with more than 25 years' experience. She's the author of 10 books including Feng Shui Form and the latest installment in her best-selling series, Chinese Astrology 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep. She's spoken at the Build Boston Architectural Conference, the Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle and been on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. She has clients all over the world and does consultations and classes by phone and Skype.
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Meditation · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson with Donna. She was informative and easy to talk to. I look forward to my next lesson! :)
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Sarah February 4, 2017
· Astrology · In studio
I am thankful I found this astrology teacher. She is amazing at showing a beginner student how planets, signs, and houses may interact and influence one another without using an overwhelming amount of words that you can't understand at beginner level. Her way of teaching is almost like a mini-reading where you can gain insight into both how astrology works and how your chart is influencing who you are/why you feel/do things. I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to learn astrology!
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Will Sikes July 3, 2016
· SEO · Online
Donna is awesome! She's very patient with someone such as myself who is not acquainted with SEO and Wordpress. She went above and beyond my expectations for a first session, her insight and advice was invaluable. She event spent some time researching my issues before we had our first meeting. I look forward to working with her more.
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Donna S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Danschnieder A.

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Hello my name is Danschneider. I cannot wait to meet all of you. I have been teaching chess, singing, English, algebra, and basic Math since 2002. I am more than happy to teach in-home, or in-studio to anyone. I have been a martial arts practitioner since the age 15, in different martial arts reigning from Hung Gar kung fu, Karate, and my specialty the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. I have years of experience teaching drawing from basic line drawing, to shading, coloring, etc.. I write my own original poems. I have been working with two non- profit groups such as KIWANIS and S.I.P.A. Under KIWANIS I became more in tuned with different kinds of people.I'm also very good with the children and teens. S.I.P.A. was a program where I worked with children from ages 6-12. I might not be a parent, but I know how to keep the kids enthusiastic and
cheerful . I am willing to teach and work with anyone.
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Christiana December 21, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In studio
Great teacher he really helped me learn some handy Kungfu skills. He is patient and willing to work with you, if you want to learn Kungfu I recommend learning from him he is great!!
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Alina December 2, 2017
· Chess · In home
Excellent!
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Jhenny October 5, 2017
· Tagalog · Online
Will recommend
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Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Renee D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About Ainslie F.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am an intuitive, Jungian-based astrologer. A life-long yoga practitioner, I presently run a yoga nonprofit. Daily meditation is essential to me. I had my astrology chart done on a whim in the early 90's and immediately became enthralled with the art.

I began my daily blog, featuring Street Art from around the World, in April of 2013. I published two of my novels, written in the late 90's, this year as well. With an MA in counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion, I bring a psychological and philosophical perspective to my work. My PhD, from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, concentrated on symbol systems and Jungian Psychology. With over twenty five years experience in astrological counseling, I impart a unique, artistic vision, to my workshops and readings.
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Alexandra May 3, 2017
· Astrology · In home
Ainslie is equally patient and dynamic in her teaching style. Moreover, the breathe of her astrology knowledge is unparalleled, and she effortlessly imparts a thorough knowledge of the subject in terms that are clear and concise. After my own lessons, I would enthusiastically recommend Ainslie to any student interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of astrology.
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Antonia April 30, 2017
· Astrology · In home
Ainslie has given me two astrology readings.. both of which have given me a deeper understanding of astrology and myself. She is meticulous with her work and very patient while explaining all the information she gives, you can clearly see this in her weekly blogs. What I loved most about Ainslie readings is that you really feel how passionate she is about Astrology and this makes the experience so much more meaningful and fun! Thank you Ainslie!
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Gina April 29, 2017
· Astrology · Online
I have been consulting Dr. Ainslie Faust for online tutoring in the subject of astrology for the past two years. I won't see anybody else for my lessons.

She makes learning astrology easier because she breaks the subject matter down into simpler terms. She makes learning astrology fun because she is a brilliant storyteller.

I maintain my own astrology website, but I continue to educate myself about Astrology. When I need another lesson, I contact Dr. Faust. And I refer all of my friends to her as well.

She would be a tremendous asset to any organization.
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Ainslie F.

Ainslie F.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About Tuesday C.

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Valerie August 16, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
My teen learned a lot and was so happy after the lesson. He will definitely come back.
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Keisha June 8, 2017
· Sewing · In home
I met Tuesday at the fabric store. I gave her a photo and we picked out fabric. After my dress and vest was made... We were "the couple" of the night. I changed my design 3 times and she was patient and caring and I stopped the whole show because of her. My dress was much prettier than the original photo I had given her.
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Tuesday C.

Tuesday C.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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About Brian G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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As above so below. I have come to the conclusion that Astrology is one of the most important things to understand in this reality. Almost everything is governed by it. Now with this knowledge you are able to step into your birth chart and essentially your purpose here. I feel it is my missions to help people understand the concepts of Astrology and how it relates to everything around us. With my teachings I will offer you knowledge of yourself. Take the red pill and I will show you how far the rabbit hole goes.
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Brian G.

Brian G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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