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About Molly C.

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Raised in New York city, I attended Stuyvesant High School, the jewel in the crown of the NYC public school system. Traditional academic achievement was not enough for me however, and I went on to study fashion design, honing my artistic skills at Drexel University. Call me a renaissance woman or a Jill-of-All-Trades, I've been employed in fashion houses, graphic design firms and visual effects shops. I've also made my way freelancing as a photographer, web designer, and writer. In addition to this variety of creative skills, I have a Bachelors in Business Administration, and training in Quickbooks. I recently scored a perfect 170 on the GRE verbal, and obtained admission into several competitive doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology.

I realize it is not enough to merely have skills or intelligence in order to be a tutor. One must
be able to convey them to the student in a way that is effective and (hopefully) enjoyable. From the helping students prepare a portfolio for undergraduate admission, to teaching the basics of essay writing, I have a warm attentive attitude that sets students of all ages at ease. My teaching style is focused on the learning style of the person I am working with, tailoring the exercises to help achieve specific goals.
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Ada June 11, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Punctual, kind and thoughtful sewing teacher. Highly recommend!
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michelle F. October 30, 2015
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Molly is an outstanding teacher! She helped me learn Adobe Illustrator and now I am using it constantly! She was so easy to work with- flexible and very patient. She even helped me with a project that I was working on and was stuck with! I cannot thank her enough!!
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Lana Y. October 20, 2015
· Crocheting · Online
Molly was understanding in scheduling conflicts and worked with me so we could get our lessons done. She made sure that I understood each thing that we went over and gave me homework that helped me get some practice in that I needed. I made a blanket for my sister who just had a baby and it is a wonderful keepsake!

Thanks Molly!
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Molly C.

Molly C.

New York, NY 10025
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About Melissa Q.

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Staten Island, NY

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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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Rose C. April 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
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Madison March 26, 2018
· Sewing · In home
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Cathy G.

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Astoria, NY
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I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. I graduated with a degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week. I believe we are what we make and glitter is evil. I live in New York City with her husband and their very spoiled Tibetan Spaniel mix Ollie.

I am currently working toward the completion of a Certificate in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU.

I am highly conscientious, focused, and competent, and well as thoroughly charming.
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Linda W. April 10, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Today was my first lesson with Cathy and it was also my first time using Take Lessons. Everything went smoothly in signing up for a lesson. The lesson with Cathy went great!. Cathy is very experienced at sewing, she's also patient, warm, helpful and she explained things in detail which was very helpful. I liked that she welcomed my questions. She also made excellent suggestions, which was explained so that I learned from them. I like that Cathy had a very organized and practical approach to teaching and discussed my project in advance. I came to Cathy with plans to sew my mother a cape. I bought a Simplicity pattern along with a beautiful sheer fabric with embroidered butterflies on it, as well as a lining and fur trim that needed Cathy's profession attention. I learned the best way to sew this together. This was a challenging project and since I never worked with such delicate fabric I felt I needed Cathy's help. I learned quite a lot and it was great to see this great fabric transformed into an amazingly stunning cape. I have some finishing touches to complete, but after it's ready to go. I'm really looking forward to seeing my mother's reaction! I think she's going to love it! I would definitely take classes in the future with Cathy and I recommend her to anyone that would like to learn to sew from beginners to advanced. You'll learn a lot and will enjoy it in the process.
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Gianna D. April 3, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I've only taken one class with Kathy and I can't wait to go back! She was very thorough, answered all my questions, and really knew how to break down sewing in a way that anyone can learn! I highly recommend and will definitely be going back.
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Andrea R. March 1, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I am a complete sewing beginner and taking lessons with Cathy has been great! We discussed an appropriate project to start and she's overseeing the whole process. I get to see and practice the way a professional does it. These are insights the pattern book doesn't give you. I am picking up best practices from the get go and setting a strong foundation and I also get a sense of accomplishment as I have the accountability to move forward. Cathy is patient and pleasant. It's easy to see she knows her stuff. I have no reason to stop taking lessons with her.
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Cathy G.

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Patty L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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PATTY L. is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who has taught thousands on Craftsy, Interweave, Annie's and at knitting shows around the country
such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and STITCHES., Patty’s Craftsy class “Improve Your Knitting” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty's designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting, magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles and Kollage Yarns.
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Michele June 11, 2018
· Knitting · Online
Why can’t I leave MORE than five stars?

I’ve wanted to learn lace knitting for so long but it overwhelmed me every time I tried. Simply stated: I’m no longer overwhelmed or fearful of lace knitting!

Patty is patient, detailed and takes the time to make sure the steps make sense instead of just a monkey see monkey do what I do approach. This gives me an actual understanding of what I’m doing and WHY and removed so much of what confused me before.

Patty has a depth of technical knowledge that is fierce. Combine that with her ability to break it down and truly TEACH me what to do and that’s a recipe for pure awesomeness.

I’ve already booked 2 more lessons because um hello.... I need to learn ALL THE THINGS
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Ryan January 17, 2018
· Knitting · Online
She is awesome and explains wile asking each step of the way making sure I understood. She was open to answering all my questions and was very encouraging to continue in my knitting adventures down the road.
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Lisa March 27, 2016
· Knitting · Online
My session with Patty was extremely helpful. I really liked the online video format. I was able to correct some tension issues which I now need to practice. I'm looking forward to our next session!
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Patty L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About LILY Q.

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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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Sarah June 19, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily is amazing!
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Juice R. May 30, 2018
· Sewing · In home
An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.
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Melissa January 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

New York, NY 10029
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About Vena H.

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I'm a fashion designer and have been working in fashion industry in NYC for more than 8 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, ELIE TAHARI, BLK DNM, VISTORIA’S SECRET. My specialty is sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. The courses provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills used in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch or alter your own clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
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Stephanie March 30, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Vena is very patient and knowledgeable and answers all the questions I have for her. We have very varied lessons and they are all very informative. I'm excited to continue my classes with her.
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James February 20, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I have never sewn before and after two hours with Vena, I felt very confident in altering my pants. She has a great teaching style and an even better personalty. I am excited for my next lesson!
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Tammy February 17, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient...looking forward to the next class.
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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About John H.

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I am a chess teacher, tutor, singer, and Shakespearean actor in NYC! I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats.

I graduated with honors in 2009 from New York University with a BFA in Drama. I've been professionally teaching since 2012, but I have always loved sharing the game of chess with anyone who wants to learn (just ask my friends).

Students can expect to face new challenges and to improve each and every week. I am happy to work with students of all different ages and experience levels. As a teacher in the New York Public School system, I know how to make chess simple and friendly enough for Kindergartners, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between! And as an active tournament player (current rating 2000), I can offer great insight into the needs of any skill level. I am thrilled to work with ambitious tournament playe
rs and those who just want to learn how to beat their friends :).

Chess is a wonderful, challenging game, but I truly believe that anyone can learn to play if they are motivated. Come work with me and discover your new obsession!
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Felix H. June 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was great! My 10 year old son learned a lot and really enjoyed it.
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Nick June 13, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was terrific! He has a very nice way about him and the delivery of the information is understandable and fun. My son can’t wait for his next lesson. Thank you!
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Chip June 5, 2018
· Chess · Online
First of five lessons. Off to a great start! John is very attentive and insightful. Looking forward to my future lessons!
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John H.

John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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About Erin R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have been working with knitting and crochet since 2004. I am a craft yarn certified knitting and crochet instructor and have been teaching professionally since 2010. This includes locations such as Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School.

As my student, you can expect to learn basic through advanced skills crochet skills, including making a slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, how to make a granny square, crocheting in the round, and how to read patterns. In knitting, you will learn the skills of casting on stitches onto the needle, the garter and stockinette stitch, how to knit in the round using circular or double pointed needles, and how to read patterns.

No matter what your level, my goal is to make you feel confident and experienced enough for you to complete and cre
ate your own projects. Knitting and crochet are my passions and I am excited to help you reach your crafting goals. I look forward to working with you!
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Erin was great, helped me build a pattern from something with no information. From beginner to advanced or an intermediate crocheter like me, Erin’s your girl !
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Erin was extremely helpful trying to reproduce a project with no information to go on...Creative and thoughtful we worked through it with much success. Whether your a beginner or a self taught intermediate like myself, Erin is your go to instructor!
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Theresa B. March 26, 2018
· Crocheting · In home
She was very helpful and she knew what she was doing love her
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Erin R.

Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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About Bora Y.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Know thyself is the saying, and it applies to chess as well.

Everyone is different. Each has his/her different objectives. Everyone also his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

I tailor the lessons taking these into the account, and focusing on improving on the weaknesses within the framework of the student's goals.

I try to put the emphasis on calculation, middle-game positions, and endgames, however.
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Thomas May 22, 2018
· Chess · In studio
I am taking weekly lessons with Bora in order to push my game to the next level. Bora is passionate about chess, and it really shows in his approach to teaching, which I find to be both entertaining and effective. Bora is also a nice person all around and I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and/or their kids.
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Bora Y.

Bora Y.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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About Natasha T.

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My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was 9 years old. A Russian immigrant, she got a job in NYC sewing elastic into underwear. She practiced embroidery well into her nineties. I have taken what my grandmother taught me and applied it to many different styles and practices of embroidery. From art work to embroidered t-shirts and hoops, I've done it all.
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Natasha T.

Natasha T.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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$34 / 30-min

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