Lily Quain
New York, NY
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Lily Quain

Lily Q.

New York, NY
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This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.
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Teaching Locations:
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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.

About Lily Q.

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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24 Reviews
Jameisha G.
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very informative and easy! will be scheduling next week!

Posted Aug 10, 2020
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Lilly has a lot of patience and extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions.

Posted Jul 2, 2020
Victoria Serrano

I signed up for Lily's beginners course-I literally didn't know a thing about sewing. By the end of the 1st lesson, I know how to thread the machine and sew a bunch of different stitches. Excited for the remaining lessons!

Posted Jan 14, 2020
Rose T.
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Lily is great! My mother really enjoyed her company and is looking forward to her next session. Thank you Lily!

Posted Jan 9, 2020
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Lily is a great instructor. She knows her craft well. She is patient, friendly and has a great smile and laugh that helps makes her student comfortable and at ease thus making learning fun. Lily has the knowledge to help anyone with sewing, embroidery, machine embroidery and more. I highly recommend Lily as an instructor for whatever area you are trying to learn from her huge arsenal of expert techniques.

Lily is helping me to become proficient using my embroidery machine. She immediately taught me a few tricks to getting my machine to do what it is suppose to do without much effort. She has in one lesson given me tons of information and help to get my embroidery hobby started properly. It's awesome to have one on one assistance right in my home so I don't have to take my heavy machine anywhere.

I'm disabled and having a service like this one available is invaluable. I have to keep my mind working and busy, and this helps me tremendously. Thank you LILY and TakeLessons for helping me to fulfill my goals!

Posted Oct 30, 2019
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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

Posted Sep 12, 2019
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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.

Posted Jul 30, 2019
Ann G.
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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.

Posted May 24, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Mar 26, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very nice and explains everything very patient. Also very smart

Posted Mar 26, 2019
Rikki *.
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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!!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
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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

Posted Sep 24, 2018
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Lily is amazing!

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Juice R.
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An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.

Posted May 30, 2018
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SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!

Posted Jan 17, 2018
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Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.

Posted Nov 30, 2017
Shirley S.
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Omg such a pleasure to work with. Great personality and very patient. Love her teaching. Will def. Request her again.

Posted Sep 20, 2017
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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!

Posted Aug 24, 2017
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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!

Posted Apr 4, 2017
Nyima W.
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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

Posted Apr 1, 2017
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Whether you are a beginner or not.Lily is the best teacher. Patient and knowledgeable. I sew and I'm still learning😁😁😁😁

Posted Jan 27, 2017
Diana Ortiz
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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!

Posted Jan 25, 2017
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Ms. Lily is very patient and I learned a lot in the time spent with her.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
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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!

Posted Jan 21, 2017

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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.



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Jul 2005

Department of Homeless Services, Catherine Street Shelter, NY, NY

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