Lily Quain
New York, NY
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Lily Quain

Lily Q.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hand sewing or needlework is an ancient but durable way of sewing, repairing and embellishing garments. It is also very therapeutic. As a matter of fact most high-end clothing like wedding gowns and designer wear are hand sewn. This gives them the supple elegant finish that we all love. Also, when it comes to clothing repair, especially on knits, hand sewing skills come in handy.

This class is tailored very much to your specific need area or goals. From: hemming a garment invisibly, to fixing a tear or a hole in a sweater to hand finishing a lining in a garment. You can learn to embellish your clothing with hand embroidery too. You will feel empowered by the sheer joy of learning to engage your hands in needlework.

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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44 Reviews
Pamela J.
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I am so glad that I took the course with Lily! She had raving reviews and after taking her course I definitely agree! She was easy to understand and very thorough! Would highly recommend!

Posted Feb 10, 2021
Penelope C.
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I am very happy I did this. Now I feel confident. Lily is very good and very patient. I will take all of her classes, as long as I can afford them.

Posted Jan 17, 2021
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Lily is very kind and patient. She can troubleshoot for me, even virtually. I thought I knew the basics of sewing but she’s really given me a better foundation of knowledge. Can’t wait to take more classes!

Posted Dec 22, 2020
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Lily was very patient and took time to explain everything to me. She made sure to answer all the questions I had. Will definitely book another session.

Posted Nov 30, 2020
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Lily is an incredible teacher! I went from barely knowing how to thread a bobbin to completing my first lined jacket in a little over 4 months! Lily is patient, kind, and has great attention to detail and teaching style. Lily will introduce you to everything from basics to complex techniques with ease.

Posted Nov 18, 2020
Marie Calheta
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Posted Oct 31, 2020
C. Boyd
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Lilly is a excellent teacher. She takes her time showing you the stitches and how to thread your machine. She encourages you to keep trying because you will learn something that you can use for a lifetimes. And most importantly once you make your first garment you will want to continue to make more of your outfits.

Posted Oct 26, 2020
Jan Baker
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Lily is an excellent sewing teacher and is always available with helpful suggestions. Her classes build confidence in beginning sewers in a pleasant atmosphere. I learned a lot about sewing with her.

Posted Oct 22, 2020
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Very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. She took me from complete beginner to confidently stitching before the end of my first lesson!

Posted Oct 21, 2020
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Miss Lily helped me get started sewing and fix my sewing machine. It was a very helpful session and I'm so excited to get started working

Posted Oct 21, 2020
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Posted Oct 20, 2020
Caeden K.
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My daughter loved working with Lily. She is really excited to have Lily continue teaching her. We were wondering how virtual lessons would go but Lily made it so easy. My daughter is 11 and had to do her first lesson without a parent to help as we were both working. She did it all without getting frustrated. Thank you Lily!!

Posted Oct 16, 2020
Kevin Bell
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Fantastic Instrutor. I’m a beginner at sewing she made the class very enjoyable. After the first class I’m comfortable using the sewing machine, and I can’t wait for the next lessens.

Posted Oct 2, 2020
Sabrina Donley
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Posted Sep 30, 2020
Charlotte ..
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Very patient and VERY knowledgeable; looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Sep 19, 2020
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Posted Sep 19, 2020
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Lily is wonderful. She is patient, knowledgable, professional, and knows how to use technology better than most people I know. She is always giving me tips to use that any manual doesn't mention. She has a way of making everyone feel comfortable around her - like my husband. Virtual learning does work well if the right person is running the show and giving the lessons. Lily is that person for me!

Posted Sep 14, 2020
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Lily, by far and away has exceeded mine and my wife's expectations. She was extremely patient and knowledgeable. We are in the process of opening a embroidery and screen printing store and Lily was very helpful with eliminating some of the road blocks we have faced over last month. It was only an hour but I felt that we accomplished a lot in that 60 minutes. My wife has accomplished a bunch of shirts in the one day since our lesson. With eliminating some of the road blocks she had encountered, she was able to finish a project without frustration and wasting hours. We look forward to next weeks lesson. I rarely give reviews and I am not doing this to be nice. I truly want to give LILY the Props she deserves. She immediately makes you feel very comfortable and never makes you feel dumb. We highly recommend her services.

Posted Sep 6, 2020
Julia L.
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I have the pleasure of working with Lily. My sewing skills have grown exponentially! She is so patient and flexible. I’ve been able to make more professional looking garments with the skills that I have learned from Lily.

Posted Aug 24, 2020
Denise D.
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Like many, I found a new craft during the Covid Shut Down: machine embroidery. I’m a seamstress, but embroidery presented a new learning curve that required expert assistance... & then I found Lily!!! Personable, patient, and so very knowledgeable! I look forward to my weekly classes and learning a new skill - stitching “like a BOSS” - because of my new teacher Thank you Lily!

Posted Aug 22, 2020
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
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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
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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.



Professional Proficiency


Framed plaque
Jul 2005

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

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