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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.

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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.

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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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Nadra E. February 12, 2018
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Nan February 9, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Kim is a natural. She listens to your questions and answers them and shows you how sewing techniques are done. I will be definitely be taking more classes with Kim. Thank you Kim so very much!
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julie February 4, 2018
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wonderful . knowledgable. thorough
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About Dovile R.

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Villa Park, IL
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I've been sewing my clothes since 13. I was supporting myself during my years in Art Institute by sewing for clients. After graduating I partnered with SBA Concern and my designs were produced commercially. In 1994 I got award for pachwork design from French magazine "Modes & Travauch". I can teach how to sew from table runner to coat and beyond.

About Dovile
I began teaching while studying in Art Institute. My first students were 5 to 7 yr. old kids. It was very challenging, but also very rewarding. I was teaching them skills, they were teaching me patience. Later the age of my students grew, until I ended up teaching the same students I was in the same classes just 6 months ago. Again another challenge. I love challenges and even more I love helping others to overcome them.
My philosophy about teaching is that everybody can learn, it is only the way how we learn is different for different people. Another very important thing - I strive to be creative, respectful and approachable.
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Eyani G. September 15, 2017
· Sewing · In home
She's has many years of experience and also patient. I'm a beginner and she takes her time while teaching me.
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Alexa March 2, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Dovile is so great!
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Janet February 15, 2017
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My daughter enjoyed her sewing lesson with Dovile.
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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Timpla Stewart is absolutely wonderful!
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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
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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
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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
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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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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 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 Terry S.

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Glenside, PA

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Custom classes designed to fit your specific needs. Lessons for the beginner and intermediate sewer who needs some help. Do you need help with learning a specific technique, installing zippers, adding a lining, hand stitching, pockets, choosing the correct needle, thread, seam variations or just want to learn how to alter your own clothing? Each class will be designed personally for you.

About Terry
I learned to sew as a teenager. It became a hobby that I became passionate about that grew into a business when I decided to take an early retirement. I’m interested in helping others learn how to perfect their skills and and be proud of their work.

I’m familiar with the challenges that sewing can present and knows the patience that it can take. Some time you may need that extra help or opinion on how to get something done correctly. I would like to share my experience and lessons learned with you.
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About Kodjo A.

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Riverside, CA

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My expertise in sewing always inspires creativity and passion within students, and the ease with which i guide them to explore their own creativity bring fun to the lessons. Having over 25 years of custom couture tailoring and teaching has given me a vast experience in order for me to equip any student with the requisite knowledge needed to tackle any sewing project.

About Kodjo
Most people simply call me Joe. I have a bachelors in Fine Art, an MBA and been making clothes for my clients for over 25 years. I taught many people sewing and they've gone ahead to tackle various projects on their own to their own disbelief. Creativity comes to me naturally and with a background in figure drawing and painting, my knowledge of anatomy of the human figure helps a lot in translating it into designs for all figure types and sizes. I have handled many interior design projects also, so all these experiences equip me with immense knowledge to transfer to those who want to learn all about sewing, whether as a beginner, an intermediary or advanced student.
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Petrina February 6, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I can sincerely attest to Kojo's examplary work and professionalism. He has been my clothes designer for years and great teacher in his field. I can't think of any better tutor and creative arts person who is an eventor in his field.
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