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About Milda B.

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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. I'm best to suited for beginners through intermediate. I am willing to travel outside my travel radius at $35/trip depending on distance. If outside my travel area, you must book at least a 2 hour lesson.

I'm a designer with extensive experience that you won't find elsewhere. I am not a simple sewing teacher- I customize all my lesson plans, prepare our projects to be of most benefit to your specific goals, and have a unique set of skills that the average sewing teacher doesn't. I don't compromise on my rates as I provide an extreme amount of value for what I offer. My resources and tips alone are great ways of to make you excel at your project goal
s a lot more quickly than with anyone else. I believe in a holistic approach to tackling your projects- not just isolating one way of accomplishing it.

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 currently work as a costumer in Hollywood on films and television creating costumes for the stars. 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 FOR BEGINNERS in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop); though I work with general graphic design, my specialty is fashion garment illustration.
- 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 email consult on lesson goals 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 April 15, 2018
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
One simple word, OUTSTANDING !!
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Dw March 29, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Paid and she canceled so ya really not helpful.
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nil March 7, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Thank you, Helpful lesson. Good instructor : )
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Milda B.

Milda B.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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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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Leilani May 23, 2018
· Sewing · In home
She’s really easy to work with, very knowledgeable, just a pleasure.
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Diane Jacobs April 18, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Great lesson and I learned a lot!
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Jean March 10, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I was happy to work with Marie for several reasons. She was flexible with her time and saw me as soon as she could. I am an experienced sewer but she was helpful to work with me to better understand the alteration questions that I brought to her. I highly recommend her as she is a good communicator, skillful and easy to work with.
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Marie B.

Marie B.

Glendale, CA 91208
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$40 / 30-min

About Karla R.

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The perfect lesson for the ultimate beginner sewer! In these lessons we will go over the following:

- 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
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Sew a zipper or an elastic waistband

We will also be working towards sewing a basic pattern, either a tote bag or PJ bottoms or whichever project the student brings in that is a beginner's level

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. This is more of a guideline for lessons, as I will be assessing your learning speed and adjusting the lessons as I see fit for your best learning experience.

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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Mike June 3, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Excellent First Class...Great personality... Fantastic Knowledge.. looking forward to signing up for more classes !!
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Marisa Elsaesser May 3, 2018
· Sewing · Online
I signed up for this lesson because I had gotten stuck in my sewing project. I liked that we were able to jump right in to addressing the issue (as opposed to me spending a lot of time digging through tutorials online which never seem to answer my questions). Karla was able to get me unstuck quickly, which allowed time for us to discuss additional tips on the construction of my garment.
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Renee March 25, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Karla was extremely helpful. I liked that we didn’t have to use a set plan, but that she had lesson plans if I was interested. She could cater her teaching to specific questions I had or skills I wanted to learn. We used the camera to display what we meant and to assess my progress. Highly recommend!
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Karla R.

Karla R.

Ontario, CA 91762
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$30 / 60-min

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.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About kaneshia A.

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Arlington, TX

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My name is Kaneshia Andrews and I started sewing in 2004, mainly sewing as a hobby. Over the years, I started sewing professionally for my online store fierlessfashion.com, friends and family. In addition to sewing, I also make jewelry. I am affiliated with a national sewing organization such as ASG of Plano. I’ve taken online classes with Stratford Career Institute, Burdastyle University, Crafty classes and in-studio with Petit Atelier.

About kaneshia
My name is Kaneshia Andrews and I started sewing in 2004, mainly sewing as a hobby. Over the years, I started sewing professionally for my online store fierlessfashion.com, friends and family. In addition to sewing, I also make jewelry. I am affiliated with a national sewing organization such as ASG of Plano. I’ve taken online classes with Stratford Career Institute, Burdastyle University, Crafty classes and in-studio with Petit Atelier.

It is widely known that sewing is fun, educational, and practical. Learning to sew is a wonderful hobby for all ages.
 Sewing is a wonderful medium of empowerment
 Sewing is great for devolving problem-solving skills, strong motor skills, attention to detail, and enhances focusing skills
 Sewing not only helps people to learn a hobby that is fun and artistic, it teaches math, critical thi
nking, and spatial awareness
 Confidence building
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Shaquana March 21, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I enjoyed working with her! She is amazing! I had surgery so I took one month break! I can't wait to start back!!! She is very patient!
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MARYANNE L. December 9, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
It was outstanding.
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Holli W. October 23, 2016
· Sewing · Online
Kaneshia started me off with valuable trade secrets in the first lesson. I've been really excited to get the to the next lesson and can foresee my future forming around the knowledge she has shared with me.
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About Vinita M.

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Cerritos, CA
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Beginning students will begin with basic sewing skills, including how to use a sewing machine.
Students with basic sewing skills improve and learn new skills, including inserting zippers in skirts, pants, and dresses.

About Vinita
Vinita has been giving individual and group sewing lessons since 2007and is currently available to teach lessons at her sewing studio. Vinita has helped students learn to make skirts, pants, shirts, costumes, as well as many accessory and decorative projects.
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larissa May 23, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Wonderful class!! Super nice instructor 😍
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Sarah S. May 10, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Teaches well and is nice.
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Sarah S. May 10, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Great teacher
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Vinita M.

Cerritos, CA 90703
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$15 / 60-min

About Tuesday C.

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Van Nuys, CA
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I teach each student at their own level and help them turn their dreams into reality.

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Sewing & Fashion Designer to the Stars Tutor
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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.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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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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Maxine May 8, 2018
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Terry is an excellent instructor and she was very patient and also very professional. She has all the latest equipment and machines to make your sewing experience very enjoyable. Everything is right at arm reach and very nice set up for your sewing lesson ......
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Terry S.

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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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Kodjo A.

Riverside, CA 92505
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$67 / 30-min

About Tuwanda C.

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I specialize in Cosplay sewing. I can teach you how to sew spandex fabric without a serger.
I have 28 years of sewing various clothing. 11 of those years have been Cosplay costumes.
I can show you how to take the proper body measurements and alter patterns based on which costume you want to recreate.

About Tuwanda
Welcome future students! My name is Tuwanda and I want to help you learn how to recreate fabric based costumes of your favorite movie, video game or comic book character. I have 28 years of sewing experience and 11 of those years have been recreating cosplay costumes for clients.
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Tuwanda C.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
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$34 / 30-min

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