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Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305

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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 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 or Woodbridge students, but please inquire before booking.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, six sewing machines, and 2 professional mannequins.
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August 13, 2019
Mike
Very professional, great teaching on machine , learned the basics to go on my own . Highly recommended.
April 17, 2018
Rose C.
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
March 26, 2018
Madison
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa

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Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY

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Lily Q.

New York, NY 10036

(19)

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 9years 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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September 12, 2019
Perlita
I enjoyed the session very much. The teacher was thorough and organize. The lesson was presented clearly and was easy to understand. I learned a lot in just 2 hours; looking forward to the next class
July 30, 2019
Isabel
We couldn't have imagined a more excellent instructor for our daughter. Lily has such a kind and pleasant demeanor. She is intelligent, patient, and is literally the best teacher that I have seen work with my daughter.

I give Lily my highest recommendation and always look forward to her coming and teaching my daughter. The relationship that they have formed is invaluable, beyond sewing. We are so appreciative and grateful to her.
May 24, 2019
Ann G.
Lily is very kind and knowledgeable. She was able to give constructive advice on projects I was having trouble with. Going to continue with her.

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Lily Q.

New York, NY

(19)

Vena H.

New York, NY 10018

(22)

About Vena

I'm a fashion designer and have been working in the fashion industry in NYC for more than 10 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, Elie Tahari, BLK DNM, Victoria's Secret. My specialty is patternmaking, draping, tailoring, sewing, and fitting. I have a great passion for 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 clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step.

Classes Provide:
- In-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, sewing, and patternmaking
- Flat sketching
- Tech pack making
- Design portfolio building
- Garment production know-how

*** For the students who want to have in-home class,

please note I only travel to the students who live within Manhattan and Brooklyn along R train. I do not travel to Queens and NJ***

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
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October 9, 2019
Maggie M.
Vena is a consummate professional. My son wanted to learn some basic sewing skills, as well as learn how to make clothes and accessories. In the first 1.5 hour lesson at our home, he completed a simple zipper bag. Over the course of six lessons he made a messenger bag, dress shirt and started on pants - which he finished while we were on vacation. Vena is an expert and also knows how to tailor her lessons to her individual students work style, needs and goals. I give her my highest recommendation. My son will be working with her again to learn how to design his own creations. Five stars all the way.
October 9, 2019
Marc
I think Vena is wonderful. She is patient, warm, supportive and knowledgeable. She can help you complete specific projects (make a dress or a stuffed animal), help you become a better sewer or teach you the art of pattern making. Also, I should mention, she work professionally in the fashion industry and give lots of great insight into how garments are designed. Love Her!
October 7, 2019
Shahida
I really enjoyed very helpful and knowledgeable!

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Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY

(22)

Sabrina Jacqui L.

Brooklyn, NY 11233

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About Sabrina Jacqui

I first learned how to sew from a wonderful woman teaching in-home sewing lessons. Her one on one lessons helped catapult me into the skilled sewer I am today.

I have been sewing since then for about 15 years now. I started my own clothing brand in high school where I created every item by hand (pattern-drafting to sewing). I then went on to receive my BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where my construction skills advanced. I am currently working on design commissions in NYC.

My sewing teaching methods are unique in that I have both sides of the equation to offer--structural/basics and creative/fashion. I am happy to work with any student on what they choose to focus on and what they are excited about gaining from the lessons. If you're unsure what you want to learn, we can work together on a small p

roject to get you going!
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January 27, 2018
Gwen
Sabrina teaches my twin daughters once a week and they love her!
January 27, 2018
Mandy
Hi Everyone! I went to Sabrina to learn some basic hemming and alteration techniques. But she was so great I decided to take a few more lessons to learn some construction techniques, as well and now I feel like I can make some basic clothes for myself. She was so great!
January 27, 2018
Karen
Sabrina was the most incredibly knowledgeable, patient and helpful teacher. I had just a rudimentary understanding of sewing but with a few short lessons she helped me so much to do so many things. Her knowledge of everything to do with sewing and fashion is just astonishing and her work is impeccable. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn more about sewing or construction.

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Sabrina Jacqui L.

Brooklyn, NY

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DrYamini S.

New York, NY 10019

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About DrYamini

Teaching is my passion. I am a professor for last nine years. I am professor of Finance. I Believe a teacher’s responsibility is to understand student and make them understand the subject. If a student fails, it’s a failure of a teacher. Every student is unique and they learn in unique way.
I am also involve in research for last 10 years. I have presented piece of my reaserch in prestigious institutions like Harvard university.
I am also dedicated to creative writing and teach calligraphy. I have received many awards for my creative writing at various places.

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June 24, 2019
Sangeetha P.
Ms.Yamini teaches Calligraphy in a well organized way. She takes time to correct until we master the steps.
October 8, 2018
Hale G.
Yamini is a very educated and good teacher. She makes Hindi easy thanks
July 2, 2018
Mamei M.
Dr. Sharma was very helpful in my getting a better understanding of finance. I recommend her.

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DrYamini S.

New York, NY

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Claudette B.

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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About Claudette

I have been crocheting, knitting and sewing since I was 8 years old. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and design knitted, crochet and sewing garment.

Over the years I have taught adults and children and currently teach at an after-school program. Previously, I taught both group and private lessons at my yarn Slip Stitch Needlecraft. My years of teaching has give me insight on different learning styles, and adapt my lesson to each student so that they can learn in and enjoyable, stress-free manner.

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August 6, 2018
Michelle
Great crochet lesson from Claudette. I wanted more info on design and the lesson was tailored around specifics that I needed to help me design new garments and also improve my existing designs. Claudette is very friend and personable and hugely knowledgeable on crochet!
April 23, 2018
Yvonne
Claudette has a vast wealth of knowledge in crochet, knitting. and garment design and is able to teach at all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. As a fellow teacher, I've learned from her as well.
April 23, 2018
Cassandra
So patient and very nice. Hands on. And the i aslo learned about the history of yarn and the varous kinds. I would highly recommend.

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Claudette B.

Brooklyn, NY

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Omer S.

New York, NY 10025

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About Omer

Been an artist for 30 years.

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August 16, 2018
Denise
Omer is a great origami teacher. His instructions and teaching techniques are excellent. he is very clear in his instruction. Not only does he teaches well but he also make sure he is understood. i feel i have made a lot of progress by learning from hi,

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Omer S.

New York, NY

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Francis

Saint Albans, NY 11412


About Francis

No games, no matter who you are you want it, I got the platform.

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Francis

Saint Albans, NY

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Crafts & Hobbies Reviews

Moriann
"Great lesson! Very much a lesson about doing and having help along the way. Loved it because I already have a finished project!"
Bill
"Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and
a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended."
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Pamela
"I contacted Mya in the beginning of January because I was in the process of applying to fashion school and needed help and guidance constructing my design
ideas. After I showed her my patterns, fabrics, and sketches, she confidently reassured me that everything would be okay. I came to Mya's home studio three-to-four days a week for three weeks. And during each lesson, she was incredibly patient in explaining sewing terminology, demonstrating techniques, and making suggestions on how to improve my designs. She was so knowledgeable that, at times, I felt like I was taking a college level sewing class. Seriously, I LEARNED SO MUCH! Moreover, Mya was sweet, funny, and incredibly hospitable. One evening, when I arrived to her house with pants wet from snow (because I had spent 1.5 hours digging my car out of my parking space), she gave me temporary clothes to wear while mine dried in front of her heater! No matter when I showed up, she always greeted with a big smile. I truly felt welcomed and accepted in her presence. And, even better, I finished my sewing projects nearly a week before my application deadline!!! THANK YOU, MYA :-D"
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Joseph
"Started slowly - but got into the strategy pretty clearly. Made the overall idea clear. Good added info for work toward next lesson."
Jason
"Atousa is EXCELLENT! She is incredibly kind, patient, encouraging, and really knows her stuff! I've had one lesson with her and seriously look forward t
o my others with her in a big way. If one wants to learn chess - I'd highly recommend Atousa. She's really good!!"
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Michael
"Siddarth is amazing with his students. He able to keep young children engaged and ensures students are all active participants in lessons. He manages to b
e observant of multiple games and always willing to give assistance. His knows his content and is exciting to watch work."
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Sarah
"Great first sewing lesson for my daughter!"
Raphael
"delays with equipment , kid is happy with lesson, thanks"
Leslie
"Morgan taught me some great tips on exactly the moves I most needed; I really learned a lot!"

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