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.
Students are expected to provide all tools and materials but I will help you find what you need for your project.
Recommend duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
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.
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.
I'm an experienced industry professional and have been working in major fashion companies in NYC for over 10 years. I am offering industry level patternmaking and sewing classes that cater to your needs. Whether you are a beginner who wants to start sewing or advanced level that you want to polish your skills or to start your own line, I can help you with all aspect of subjects that you want to learn. I teach hands on patternmaking and sewing skills used in the industry and garment production know- how if you want to start your own line. Classes include in-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, basic and advanced sewing, and production patternmaking. I help my students in different level to achieve their goals.
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 own 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
*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroi
dery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
My lesson with Vena was amazing! So glad I found her. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of technical design! I learned so much in just one hour! I will definitely be back! Thanks Vena!!
April 22, 2019
Vena is so knowledgeable and precise. I’m so glad to have taken her class as I felt very encouraged which motivated me a lot. She’s extremely understanding and patient and is generally very pleasant to have been taught by! 🌞
April 16, 2019
She is great !!! Very informative and shows you they way. She is well worth hiring.
**Although my availability does not list the weekend, I am flexible for some weekends. Contact me!**
Lessons I offer: -how to set up and use a sewing machine -sewing basics -sewing tips and tricks -going over how to read and use a store-bought pattern + completion of project -pattern-drafting basics (basic tote bag, skirt, top, some homewares - sorry no menswear patterns) + completion of project, etc. **Please note: I am NOT offering in-depth pattern-drafting lessons.
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
Sabrina teaches my twin daughters once a week and they love her!
January 27, 2018
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
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.
Hi all, I'm an experienced sewer with a degree in Textiles and Design! I've been sewing and teaching for over 20 years and love what I do. Because I've worked with children and created lesson plans I know exactly how to teach with clarity and work according to the needs of my students. * At this point, I will be only taking on students in the beginner/intermediate level of sewing.
After the introductory class, you can purchase packages of 6 for project A, which is designed for entry level sewers , must be purchased to allow for optimal beginner sewing skills to be developed.
—Itinerary— 1st class = 60 min: introduction/assessment
Package B (continuation of Package A) Lesson 1b- Lesson 2b- Lesson 3b- Lesson 4b- Lesson 5b- Lesson 6b-
My name is Adenike, you can call me Adé. I'm a trained fashion stylist and designer with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design from the University of Rhode Island.
I have taught sewing and design, to people of all ages, genders, and abilities throughout my professional career. It began in 2002 when I decided to work with the Americorps, Teach America program. There I created and executed a lesson plan that taught students how to sketch, render, sew, read patterns and adjusts garments for personal to suit their personal needs. The program incorporated science, math, and history so that they had a practical and anthropological approach to fashion design. It was great, and I discovered that one of my other joys in life is teaching.
Most recently, I've worked with Hobby Quest, where I teach children in an after
-school setting. Hobby Quest requires an extensive background check because of that fact that work is done with students on school grounds. I can supply references that will attest to my professionalism and easy going nature.
***For both sewing and styling lessons, it's required that you schedule for a 60 minutes introductory session. *** If interested in group sewing lessons: - There is a min 5 students/ max 12 students - Packages must be purchased in groups of 5: Level A then Level B ( optional)
Adenike was well-prepared and very flexible to the situation and all my questions. She adopted my goal as her own and did everything possible to get us there--which she did! I look forward to our next lesson.
Fashion industry experience 30 years Custom designer of evening wear, career wear & casual Knowledge & direct experience of pattern making Experience in teaching sewing to home sewers, fashion design students, staff seamstresses . Learn about your sewing machine, sewing all fabrics, patterns, hand sewing, woven and knit garments.
Hello, As a custom designer & seamstress of many years, one thing that I enjoy doing is helping and teaching students with creating a finished project. Whether it is a basic top/ shirt, a jacket, a dress, pants, handbags, hats, etc. One important part of starting to sew is the basic's . This will help you as a beginner to get through many obstacles even at intermediate and advanced. Fashion and sewing is exciting. It is something you create with your hands and imagination. Not only am I experienced with garments, I can help with interior design projects, such as window treatments and pillows.
Catherine is a phenomenal teacher. She is patient, kind and very helpful. This was my first sewing lesson with my daughter. It was a wonderful experience! We are looking forward to having more lessons with Catherine.
learn how to sew something you can actually wear or use. learn to make original garments or how to up-cycle used items. I Teach how to sew, make patterns or drape,hand finishes and tailoring for the more advance. Embroidery, appliqué
I spent years working as a designer for major apparel companies, but my passion is in sewing and making a garment from concept to actual garment. i am skilled in all fabrics. If you want to sew like a couturier or just make pillows, i can help you do that.
I believe its important to start with the fundamentals. Its important to learn WHY we take the steps we take. I learned to sew when i was a child - watching and learning from my mother. Learning a skill set while young is easy! I like to focus on teaching people how to use the machine they have, how to do simple alterations and sewing for the home projects. Skills they can really put to use.
I am self taught - i learned to sew when i was a small child - thru watching my own mother. I feel fundamentals are very important to new learners and i like to focus on those.
"Kim is precious. She was very knowledgeable. And very patient. She has awesome teaching skills. I am very happy and so excited to continue with my new ho
"My daughter had her first lesson yesterday and it was great! Mya Mya was very patient with her and also let her work at her own speed while learning the m
achine. She’s 9 and she wanted to go slow, then fast, then slow again. I’m glad I chose to use a one-on-one instructor because I feel like my daughter retained a lot more information than she would have in a group class. At the end of a pretty long lesson my daughter didn’t want to leave and asked to stay longer! We will definitely be going back for more lessons."
"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 l
ike 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!"
"She is great. Very patience and nice. Deja looks forward to her classes with Linda."
"Kim is fantastic! She worked with my 10-year old daughter who wanted to sew her own clothes. Kim was great about finding projects that were fun and acce
ssible, and my daughter really learned a lot! We will definitely take lessons from Kim again!!"
"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!"
"Lorena is amazing! Exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend."
"Shannon has years of experience working with customers and helping them with what they need, whether it be a sewing machine, a special technique, or advic
e drafting and fitting or altering garments. Her always positive and fun attitude toward solving problems is refreshing and motivating. She also digitizes custom designs for embroidery machines to personalize items as gifts or for sale."
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