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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
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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Kim K.

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Betty E.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I teach all levels including kids 7 and up.

About Betty
Basic Sewing
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Calinda D. October 19, 2016
· Sewing · In studio
She is a great teacher. She communicates very well and has a great personality. She makes you feel comfortable and makes learning interesting. Great experience!
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Kelly S. January 13, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Betty was friendly, professional, punctual, and has tons of experience and reference! She teaches clearly and makes it a fun experience. Take lessons with Betty and you will be happy you did!
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Betty E.

Betty E.

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About Melissa Q.

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Staten Island, NY
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My sewing curriculum is designed so that first time learners will feel motivated to keep on sewing. The first three projects are usually completed within the first 3-4 lessons. After learning how to operate the student's machine, together we will make a draw string bag, a skirt (for a doll, for a student or someone else) and a stuffed animal. These first three projects lay an important foundation; students learn basic and useful skills they will use over and over again as they begin to choose their own projects that we work on together.

I believe that if the student- whether a child or an adult- enjoys sewing and sees what they are capable of from the start, they will be more eager to learn more and take on new challenges.

Currently developing sewing worksheets for children.

About Melissa
Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a fashion design and sewing teacher on Staten Island. I have been teaching children and adults how to sew since 2014. I've been sewing since I was a child, and I've been teaching since 2007.

I am mostly self-taught, and that, coupled with my youth, gives me a unique perspective when teaching. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson- almost all of my students finish the first hour with a handy drawstring bag to keep their new sewing supplies in. I have a specific sewing curriculum for the first 3-5 lessons that helps lay a groundwork for making more exciting things.

After we finish those steps, I work individually with students to make whatever they would like, from Halloween costumes to memory pillows to peplum tops. The choice is
yours. I'm not the kind of teacher that is going to make you spend hours mastering a straight hem because frankly, that's really boring. I want you to learn while working on projects you care about

My experience includes;

-I worked in a tutoring school teaching kids from ages 5-17 in all subjects.
-I designed a program called Creative Studios for creative writing, fashion design and fine art. I taught these subjects to students aged 8-12.
-I teach sewing and fashion design (including fashion drawing) to various students in a one on one format.
-I teach fashion design and sewing to tweens, teens, and adults at SI Dance and Arts Center
-I am a resident costumer for Sundog Theatre.
-I taught at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund Saturday Academy
-I am pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Education in Social Studies

Please note that I am located in Staten Island, NY. I may be able to accommodate some Brooklyn students, but please inquire before booking. I have locations in 10306 and 10309 that can accommodate students if you don't wish to learn in home.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, four sewing machines, 2 professional mannequins, and a closet full of fabric and notions!
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Laura July 19, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
My daughter loves the classes and is crazy about Melissa.
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Janelle I. September 23, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.
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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10309
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About Amelie H.

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New York, NY
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With me you will be learning the basics of sewing: how to use a sewing machine. Together we will create many garments such as jogger pants, bomber jackets, flare skirts, pencil skirts, shorts etc. Whatever you want to make I'll be willing to teach. You'll be an expert in sewing in no time :)

About Amelie
Hi my name is Amelie and I have been teaching children how to sew since November of 2015. At my job I've helped my students perfect their craft of sewing from square one as well as creating costumes for school plays. I am a designer in the making and am in the process of creating a business and would love to teach others the art of sewing. I am very patient, reliable, prompt and can work with all age groups. I have also had my fingerprints done by the DOE and DOH (if I were to take on child students).
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Karena R. March 17, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very knowledgeable teacher. Lovely person.
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Madison S. December 7, 2016
· Sewing · In home
This was only the first lesson but I found Amelie to be friendly, patient and knowledgeable. As far as scheduling is concerned she was very flexible and accommodating. Looking forward to more lessons with Amelie.
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Elijah H. June 29, 2016
· Sewing · In home
She is a nice caring person. I would recommend her to everyone she is the best!!!!
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Amelie H.

Amelie H.

New York, NY 10011
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About Cindy S.

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Biloxi, MS
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I've been teaching sewing for 30 years and my students have gone on to creating their own clothing by use of patterns. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to gain knowledge of how to thread a sewing machine, tension, bobbin, stitches available according to your specific machine or ones I have available in my studio. As time goes on you'll be able to cut and sew a specific project's desired from patterns. I love working with students of all ages and I can't wait to meet you!

About Cindy
I'm multi-media artist who offers various pottery, painting, fiber art (fiber processing, various types of felting, natural dyeing, yarn making, rug making, sewing, crocheting, knitting) jewelry, candles, and soap making and canning workshops in my art studio. We also have an onsite mini farm with llamas, alpacas, sheep and peacocks. We shear our animals annually and use our processed fiber in our workshops. Students learn the ancient traditions of naturally dyeing fiber with local plants and how to spin into art yarn with spindles.
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Cindy S.

Cindy S.

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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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Beginner-You will 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
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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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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Shantell August 24, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Ms. Lily came to my house to give me my lesson and she came right on time. During my first lesson, I just learned the basics of threading the bobbin and the machine and I practiced how to do different stitches. She was very patient and helpful and is VERY knowledgeable of the sewing machine! I look forward to more lessons with her!
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Nikita April 4, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Lily is an exceptional teacher. She is very passionate detailed, organized, and caring. I am a person that needs a lot of detail and ask a lot of questions and Lily was so paitent with me. Before meeting Lily I felt unsure of my abilities to sew, but with Lily's guidance on how she structures her lesson I was able to grasp what I was learning. I definitely will be registering with Lily for more courses she's Awesome!
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

Irvington, NJ 07111
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$30 / 30-min

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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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Imani W.

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New York, NY

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Experienced seamstress & tailor for over 15 years. I have been teaching beginner/intermediate sewing for a little over 3 years. Lessons with me are unique because I tailor my lessons to what you want to make. Do you have clothes you want to fix? Bring them. Is their and Outfit you want to make? Bring your idea and pattern. Set your own pace and goals and I will help you get there. Let's have fun sewing! Message me to set up a class and get more details.

About Imani
I am a professional clothing and footwear designer who has worked for major brands sold in your local Macy's, Dillard's, Khol's and more. I have also been the head of my own clothing line for over 10 years. I have been sewing since the age of 10 years old and studied at Fashion Industries High School & Savannah College of Art & Design.

I have been a designer participant in NY Fashion Week, Louisiana Fashion Week, and more. I have worked with local designers to help develop their collections and continue to be a design consultant. I run a concierge tailoring business while continuing to work with private clients and teach sewing.

I can't wait to help your sewing dreams come true!

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Imani W.

Imani W.

New York, NY 10027
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$34 / 30-min

About Taja H.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Interested in learning the in's and out's of working your sewing machine? As well as designing your own clothes? Learn from a third generation seamstress. At the end of our classes get one step closer to designing your own garments and bags.

About Taja
I started sewing when I was 9 years old. My Mother worked as a seamstress for a dry cleaners for many years, I went to work with her and learned the tricks of the trade. Learning the skills of the trade had made me a resource for the community. I began to do alterations and started teaching mobile classes.
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Taja H.

Taja H.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

About Jennifer H.

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Broken Arrow, OK
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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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Jennifer H.

Jennifer H.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

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