Lily Quain

Lily Q.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Embroidery is my favorite subject to teach. It offers the student endless creative possibilities. There are amazing machines that enable you to stretch your imagination beyond just sewing to decorating and personalized branding. You will learn how to hoop and set your machine for the best embroidery experience.

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Lily teaches



Lily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2004

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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Freelance fashion designer and sewing Instructor
Sep 2010 - Present
SaveAthon Fabrics

Taught and built sewing clientele from a handful to over 1000 students and repeat students over the last 8 years.


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.


Professional Proficiency


Framed plaque
Jul 2005
Department of Homeless Services, Catherine Street Shelter, NY, NY

Photos & Videos

Trouble shooting areas in sewing.
Intermediate student proudly strutting her stuff!
Threading the singer 4411 sewing machine, one of Singer's heavy duty but very user-friendly home sewing machines.
Flare baby-doll dress

circle skirt by intermediate student

A simple inspirational tote bag.

Tote bag by a beginner student

Shawl collared cardigan

Circle skirt with leather trimmed inside pocket
+ 7 more

18 Reviews

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Isabel Jul 30, 2019
Sewing · In home

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.

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Ann G. May 24, 2019
Sewing · Online

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.

Geraldine Mar 26, 2019
Sewing · In home

The best instructor in sewing I ever had. Very patient and smart. She explains to me every detail of sewing that I need to know. Looking forward to take more classes with her.

Geraldine Mar 26, 2019
Sewing · In home

Very nice and explains everything very patient. Also very smart

Rikki *. Feb 16, 2019
Sewing · In home

Taught me how to finish off a tote bag I was having trouble with. Lily knows her stuff. I would encourage any potential sewing students to take lessons with her!!

Zulima Sep 24, 2018
Sewing · In studio

I had my first lesson with Ms. lily love her she is so thorough with her explanations, patient, and kind. She knows her stuff and she makes me even kite excited to learn how to sew. Anywhere Ms.lily goes I'm

Sarah Jun 19, 2018
Sewing · In home

Lily is amazing!

Juice R. May 30, 2018
Sewing · In home

An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.

Melissa Jan 17, 2018
Sewing · In home

SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!

juice Nov 30, 2017
Sewing · In home

Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.

Shirley S. Sep 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.

Shantell Aug 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 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!

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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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