New York, NY

About LILY Q.

LILY teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: Within a month


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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Threading the singer 4411 sewing machine, one of Singer's heavy duty but very user-friendly home sewing machines.


Freelance fashion designer and sewing Instructor
Sep 2010 - Dec 2016
SaveAthon Fabrics

Taught and built sewing clientele from a handful to over 1000 students and repeat students over the last 4years.


Fashion Design and Merchandising
Jan 2002 - Jul 2004
Katharine Gibbs school, New York, NY
BS in Physics, MBA. & AAS in Fashion Design and Merchandising
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004
Univ. of Ghana, Baruch College, Katharine Gibbs school.

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6 Reviews on LILY Q.

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Nikita Apr 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!
Nyima W. Apr 1, 2017
· Sewing · In studio It was a wonderful experience and I was able to learn so fast. She is a good coach. Will definitely take more classes with her
Theresa Jan 27, 2017
· Sewing · In studio Whether you are a beginner or not.Lily is the best teacher. Patient and knowledgeable. I sew and I'm still learning😁😁😁😁
Diana Ortiz Jan 25, 2017
· Sewing · In studio I met Lily Quain recently and was very pleased with her way of teaching. She is patient, very considerate and will share with her students a wealth of information. She will not fail in teaching all she can!
Bria Jan 22, 2017
· Sewing · In studio Ms. Lily is very patient and I learned a lot in the time spent with her.
Sol Jan 21, 2017
· Sewing · In studio Lily is excellent for first time beginners such as myself. She's very professional, patient, and her step by step instruction makes sewing so easy!

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