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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.

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
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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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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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Candice August 2, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Thank you Kim! Amazing as always!
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Stephanie July 17, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Best instruction ever (seriously). So easy to follow and makes class fun and easy to follow.
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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
· Sewing · In home
My daughter enjoyed her sewing lesson with Dovile.
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Villa Park, IL 60181
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About Nicole B.

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Chicago, IL

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Wish you didn't have to go to the alterations shop every time a button pops off? Looking to up your DIY game? Whether you are making table runners for a wedding, or want to build your own Halloween costume from scratch, with my experience as a costumer and as a performer, I will teach you the basics of sewing so you can give that glue gun a rest!

About Nicole
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Hikari M. August 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Nicole is a very professional, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. Not limited to Broadway singing, she's very knowledgeable about many different methods of singing and can teach various techniques based on how you want to showcase your voice. She's extremely caring and makes sure her students can take something from her lesson each time. Wish I could give her 10 stars!!!
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Chicago, IL 60640
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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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Bonnie June 19, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Timpla Stewart is absolutely wonderful!
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Dallas T. April 5, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Timpla is smart and funny and really patient. Her focus on doing to learn and repeating the basics was SUPER helpful for me and after one lesson, I feel like I have a much better grasp on my machine and on how to achieve my sewing goals. It was fun and I can't wait for our next lesson!
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Maima K. April 2, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very rewarding Timpla was very pleasant ,i like her teaching style
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About Tenneh W.

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Providence, RI
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Sewing lessons are structured according to your specifications. You can learn hand sewing techniques, application of closures such as zippers, button (etc), how to sew a dress, pants, suit and or fabric accessories. I can design a lesson plan to fit your Interests. You can also learn how to create a garment from conception (sketch) to a finished 3 dimensional product. Through this process you'll learn how to sketch your idea, create patterns, cutting, sewing and professional garment finishings.

About Tenneh
After obtaining a bachelors in Fashion Design from the University of Rhode Island and Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the Academy of Arts University, I have worked for over 10 years as a design/sewing instructor, fashion designer, fashion illustrator, garment pattern maker, and technical designer.
I've taught children, teenagers and adults how to create garments from conception to a three dimensional product. My tutoring strategy is to encourage students to embrace their creativity and confidently express themselves through design. Creativity development may include pulling inspiration from nature, pop culture, society, world culture and inner self. Lessons plans are modified according to each student wants and needs. The lessons are designed to create an interactive and fun learning platform in which students can successfull
y achieve their goals. I look forward to helping you learn and accomplish your creative goals!
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Kormasa January 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
I love TJ teaching style. She is vety hands on and brings an energy into learning that I love. She quelled my fears about my the domestic side and now I can sew a button, hem pants and even repair a rip. I look forward to learning more through her courses. Now that I have gotten the basics I trust TJ will take me to the next level with ease.
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Ant K. January 9, 2017
· Fashion Design · In home
Feeling like I could take on the world of fashion!!!! Wanted to learn how to sew just so I could put together my own ensembles and save a couple of bucks but am now interested in furthering my education with TJ ( the sewin DJ ) to share the art. She had helped me work on the skill but more importantly has shot my confidence threw the roooooffff!!!!
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Franklin Kurtz January 9, 2017
· Sewing · In home
She's sooooooo amazing!!!!!! Encouraging, patient, and tactical in teaching sense.
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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I've been teaching sewing and patternmaking for less than a year. However I found it very rewarding to see my students grow and eventually finish a project on their own without my help. 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 material. It all depends on what you need and what you want to achieve.

About Vena
My name is Vena. I'm a fashion designer, tailor, sewer, enthusiastic craft lover. I had worked at major fashion brands in NYC for more than 7 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. 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. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that fit you, I will show you how to achieve that. The courses will design and cater to your needs. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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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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Nina B. July 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.
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About Angela C.

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Chicago, IL

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I have been teaching small group classes of children between the ages of 5 and 13 since 2010. My favorite memory from my earliest class was when my 10 year old student went home and adjusted her mother's sewing machine to sew properly! I have taught classes from very basic sewing machine skills to machine quilting.

About Angela
I learned to crochet in grade school, taught myself to knit and learned to sew from my mother at a very early age. Teaching grade school children/students is my passion. I believe learning to knit and sew can help students learn a level of patience and persistence that will help them in their school work.
In October, I retook and passed the NCLEX, and I have restored my nursing license to active status. I would love to tutor nursing students of all levels. My professional background is in Pediatrics - especially Pediatric Critical Care. I'm especially passionate about helping nursing students that need help with basic math/algebra.
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Georgina Kazan May 3, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Angela is awesome! She is kind, patient, organized, gives clear instructions and very easy to work with. My dogs barked the entire time and my home is less than white-glove clean; but she puts you at ease and you never feel talked down too or judged in any way. You will not be sorry for choosing her as your teacher.
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Chicago, IL 60643
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About Caitlin D.

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I've been teaching sewing for 5 years and my students have gone on to fashion schools, theatre college programs and professional sewing careers. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to accomplish simple hand and machine stitches and as time goes on you'll be able to cut and complete a full garment. I specialize in draping, typically use the costume technician's handbook. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Caitlin
Hi, there! My name is Caitlin and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students learn the basics of sewing including cutting a commercial pattern, finishing your first sewing project, and learning new ways to look at sewing projects. I went to at SUNY Potsdam College and earned a degree in Costume Technology in 2012. I'm an enthusiastic and reliable person and my teaching style is hands-on, goal oriented, and designed to make sewing as fun as possible. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Colleen June 15, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Caitlin was super nice, friendly and attentive to me. She was a great instructor and I look forward to working with her some more.
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Chicago, IL 60614
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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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Chicago, IL 60622
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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! I love sharing this art with other people who want to learn!
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Average Cost of Sewing Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute sewing lessons in Chicago is $43. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $60 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$26 average
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45-min $25
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute sewing lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute sewing lessons are 17% less expensive at $36, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $26.

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