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I teach all levels including kids 7 and up.

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Jasmine October 14, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Betty is awesome! I instantly felt comfortable with her warm personality and she was easy to work with. I’m so inspired after seeing her personal creations and excited to learn more.
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Melinda September 25, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
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Linda September 14, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Betty is friendly, knowledgeable and packs a lot of info into one lesson. I was extremely happy with my class
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I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring and alterations too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like ...

About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed
techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags
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THE ADVANCED SEWER
- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Stella S. November 17, 2018
· WordPress · Online
Lily was great! Very helpful tutorials on starting in Wordpress. Highly recommended!
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Moriann November 16, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Great lesson! Very much a lesson about doing and having help along the way. Loved it because I already have a finished project!
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Judy November 10, 2018
· Japanese · Online
She is great and friendly.
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About Kari B.

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Fairfax, VA
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I specialize in women's and children's clothing but have experience in all areas and sewing techniques. I love working with beginners who are eager to learn and those who are ready to step up to their next level of expertise.

About Kari
Hi, there! My name is Kari and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students learn to sew, crochet, dye, and craft. I have worked in costume design and craft at the Barter Theatre (State Theatre of Virginia) and am looking to spread my talents with students that are eager to learn. I love working with children and adults alike. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Christian B. April 14, 2018
· Sewing · In home
She was great....
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Mike M. April 11, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Kari is Awesome. I am an old dud who needed to learn some stitching for my furniture repair business. She was very patient with me, was always on time. Always professional. I highly recommend her. She has a great personality that would be good with kids or adults.
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Mike M. April 19, 2016
· Sewing · In home
I went to Kari to get help with hidden stitches to make upholstery Seam repairs. She really helped me fix a lot of bad habits. I'll continue to work with her on leather seams as well. She is very professional as a teacher. She has a very good eye and can catch mistakes quickly. I was quite impressed with her artistic abilities. Kari has a really unique set of skills.
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About LILY Q.

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Beginner-You will learn basic skills of hand and machine stitching, seams, darts, pleats, zippers, pouch, tote bag and build many more samples into a scrapbook.

Intermediate- Fabric dimension and behavior, cutting skills, bias binding, various necklines and making a skirt or blouse. Learn to make garment with commercial pattern.

Advanced-Make dress, skirt, pants or blouse with lining.

Note: Although students learn at different rates, the above results are expected, if taking lessons 2hours a week, for 5weeks for all levels.

About LILY
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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Zulima September 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 going..lol
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Sarah June 19, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily is amazing!
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Juice R. May 30, 2018
· Sewing · In home
An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.
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About Alexandra A.

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The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. We start with the fundamentals of hand-sewing and make our way up, all this with a mixture of fun, listenting and patience.

About Alexandra
I love learning and teaching languages and although I studied law I really prefer teaching languages (I speak 5 languages) and sewing (another of my favourite hobbies) love travelling and photography.

I will be happy to answer the questions which arise in between your one-on-one lessons. In short, I will do everything I can to increase your rate of language acquisition.

It goes without saying that I love to teach! I have an easy-going personality and a positive attitude. Learning such a beautiful and multifaceted language as Spanish or Romanian will be fun with me. I love travelling, I have hosted many exchange students, so I have developed good communication and creativity skills.

I will encourage your interest and curiosity into the different cultures by using amusing topics during the session, which will automatically imp
rove your experience.

I am able to communicate with students at a very personal level . I am very passionate and enthusiastic to get them to learn. I will also promote study habits.

I have a lot of nice material and is interested in what people have to say and their needs. I am friendly and kind; I try to correct students making sure they don't feel embarrassed. I makes people feel comfortable, and encourages them to participate and learn, -even the shy ones. I enjoy the class as much as you.
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Anita Z. October 24, 2018
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Tim August 8, 2018
· Romanian · Online
Alexandra is patient, pleasant and well prepared. I am looking forward to the next lesson!
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Phillip July 2, 2018
· Romanian · Online
Even with the many technical issues we faced in our first session- Alexandra went above and beyond to help. I've already learned a lot and am looking forward to my next session.
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About Rosemary O.

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Germantown, MD

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Make your clothes within 2 weeks of our classes. My goal is to bring out the best in my student and inspire them for greater heights.

About Rosemary
I am the Creative Director for Teddies Afrique and one thing I love to do is to teach sewing lessons. I'm a creative person, flexible and fun loving. I pay attention to details, impacting the lives of my students is part of me.
Connect with me today and have fun while you learn.
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Aurelie B. October 21, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Rosemary is a really good teacher and very patient. I am enjoying her classes. I’ve added more classes with her because I want to learn from her as much as I can. I totally recommend taking her classes.
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Margaret May 25, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Rosemary is patient, skilled, and talented. I'm learning so much, and having fun doing it! Lessons are well organized.
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Binta January 28, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Loved Rosemarys class. She is very patient and teaches in detail to make you understand. She also offers her personal tips for sewing as a beginner. I would be returning to her class for sure to continue with my training soon. It’s Rosemary all the way. Thanks for all you do.
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Riverside, CA

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My expertise in sewing always inspires creativity and passion within students, and the ease with which i guide them to explore their own creativity bring fun to the lessons. Having over 25 years of custom couture tailoring and teaching has given me a vast experience in order for me to equip any student with the requisite knowledge needed to tackle any sewing project.

About Kodjo
Most people simply call me Joe. I have a bachelors in Fine Art, an MBA and been making clothes for my clients for over 25 years. I taught many people sewing and they've gone ahead to tackle various projects on their own to their own disbelief. Creativity comes to me naturally and with a background in figure drawing and painting, my knowledge of anatomy of the human figure helps a lot in translating it into designs for all figure types and sizes. I have handled many interior design projects also, so all these experiences equip me with immense knowledge to transfer to those who want to learn all about sewing, whether as a beginner, an intermediary or advanced student.
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Petrina February 6, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I can sincerely attest to Kojo's examplary work and professionalism. He has been my clothes designer for years and great teacher in his field. I can't think of any better tutor and creative arts person who is an eventor in his field.
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I specialize in costume and cosplay design. Foam craft work, special fabrics, prop design and construction, replicas, furries, faux texture, costume reproductions, and more. I have more than 800 hours of professional cosplay build experience.

About Candice
I love seeing ideas come to life! If you have a costume design or want to honor your favorite character, I am the teacher for you! Bring your ideas, drawings, and creativity and I will show you how to use all types of materials and construction techniques to achieve your vision.

I have over 800 professional hours of experience in designing cosplay and costumes.
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About Lesley R.

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Garden Valley, CA

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Teaching and sewing are my passions!! With forty years of experience behind my machine, I bring all of my talents to the table. I will teach you how to use store patterns, PDF patterns, create your own patterns, and think outside of the box. I'm a gifted teacher with a love for teaching young children through adulthood. (As a mom of many I have even taught my sons to sew pants!) I am diverse and skilled in the following arenas: piece quilting; sewing with knits; alterations; costume making; home interior design; purse making; doll making... you name it, I probably have sewn it!
Let me help you with your dream project! I LOVE creating!
Whether you are a beginner or would like to sharpen up on your sewing skills this is the class for you! In this 1.5 hr class we will go over step-by-step sewing demos including threading the machine, winding the bobbin, adjusting the stitch length/tension, following seam allowance etc. We will also go over the woven fabric structure and how to properly ...

About Lesley
Hey there! Thanks for reading my profile! I am so excited to work with you and share my passion for creating custom items through sewing! I got my first machine when I was nine years old! It was instant joy! I love teaching! I love sharing tricks and helping others make their dream projects come true. As a mom and grandma I have enjoyed teaching my own kids to sew. I also work as a Birth Doula (coaching) and substitute teacher.
I have owned my own in-home sewing business where I performed wedding alterations, general alterations and custom sewing. My greatest love is to instruct students in the art of quilting and sewing. The accomplishment of a student's successfully finished project is such a highlight!
As a mother of twelve (* seven boys and five girls) I have created 75% of my families wardrobe as well as quilts, gifts, diapers, jack
ets, pillows, purses, backpacks, workout wear, couch slip covers, curtains, toys, dolls...etc,
There is nothing so satisfying then the ability to create something unique that you love.
Let's get started on your next project!
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Melissa November 15, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Taking lessons from Lesley has been so fun! Her knowledge and patience make learning easy. I can now assembly clothing and piece quilts. Thank you, Lesley!
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Gus November 15, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Leslie is extremely knowledgeable and expert. She's very patient and kind making her students feel comfortable as they learn the ins-and-outs of sewing. My daughter didn't know anything about sewing but now she feels very comfortable breaking out her sewing machine and taking on fun projects.
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