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About Kim K.

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Read my REVIEWS!! I specialize in working with beginners and teach foundation skills for using a sewing machine, following a pattern, handwork, and finishing.

I can help you make curtains, pillows, bags, aprons and other household items. If you want to make clothing, I will guide you through using a published pattern.

I have been sewing for over 30 years and was making my own clothes by the time I was in second grade. My lessons are not like reality TV. Projects take longer than you may think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project.

Please note, I do not teach pattern making, draping, and advanced tailoring. My experience with serger/marrow machines is limited.

Students are expected to provide all tools and materials but I will help you find what you need for your project.

Recommend duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes.

About Kim
For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to fi
nd out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.
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Carlie October 29, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Exactly what I was looking for. My daughter had surgery last week and I wanted her to be able to learn to knit while she's at home for the next ten days. Kim was upbeat and clearly competent. She also went out of her way to help me (a leftie knitter) learn how to help my daughter if she ran into snags. Thank you, Kim!
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Joan S. October 27, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
I've worked with Kim before on knitting and I wanted to learn crochet so I contacted her again. I'm so glad I did because she is great. She has so much information and terrific helpful tips and advice.

Thanks Kim!
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Amy August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
It was a pleasure to take my first crochet lesson from Kim. She is knowledgeable, patient and shared technical instruction in a way that was easy to understand and follow. I'll definitely be scheduling more lessons with Kim!
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About Marlisa J.

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I also am a textile artisan. My love is doll-making, in the Waldorf style. I teach knitting (Continental style), crochet, and sewing.

About Marlisa
I am a potter who specializes in functional tableware. I teach in my studio and also at local art centers. I teach throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building. My work has been exhibited in national juried shows.

I also am a textile artisan. My love is doll-making, in the Waldorf style. I teach knitting (Continental style), crochet, and sewing.

My other love is gardening. I grow tree and herbaceous peonies. My cottage style garden is planted for fragrance and naturalness. I emphasize growing perennials because their beauty increases each year.
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Freyja May 1, 2016
· Pottery · In studio
I have had nothing but the best experience working with Marlisa. She is patient, she takes the time to verify that you've grasped a concept you're struggling with and works to find the best way to communicate with YOU. I don't think anyone would regret spending an hour or two learning and chatting with Marlisa. I feel so inspired and more confident each time I leave a session. If you're on the fence about trying this; don't hesitate!
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Heidi January 3, 2016
· Ceramics · In studio
Marlisa is a very kind, patient and knowledgeable teacher. I took my granddaughter to her for a pottery lesson and she was very happy with Marlisa's teaching, resulting in her being able to throw a bowl on the wheel that she can actually use. I would highly recommend Marlisa as a teacher for students of all ages!
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Soraya January 2, 2016
· Ceramics · In studio
Marlisa is an awesome teacher. I took a pottery class at Glen Echo years ago and was very disappointed, but with Marlisa's excellent teaching skills and enthusiasm for the art, I left her studio feeling like I wanted to buy a wheel and start throwing. I appreciate her hands-on approach and always felt taken care of attended to. Marlisa is a true artist and excellent teacher!!! I highly recommend her.
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About Milda B.

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I'm a former Fashion Institute of Technology Professor, teaching sewing & fashion art, and in the fashion industry for over 14 years. I have worked @Target Stores, for Alexander McQueen, and have a very close working knowledge of industry standards and needs.

I LOVE teaching beginners: getting them excited about using the computer like a Pro, sewing & learning to love it, or helping them set up their fashion business. I possess a wide variety of skills-so just ask, and I'd love to teach you!

About Milda
I am located in Los Angeles for in-person lessons , BUT I teach online via Skype all over the U.S. Please indicate the type of lessons + subject you would like to learn when you contact me. Thanks!

I am a former Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) Professor, teaching sewing and fashion art, and in the fashion industry for over 16 years. I have worked at Target Stores, Federated Dept. stores, and Alexander McQueen, and have a very close working knowledge of industry standards and needs. I facilitate students and fashion companies in the following areas:

-Sewing
-Patternmaking
-Illustration (computer or-hand-rendered)
- Fashion Portfolio Preparation.
- Hand Embroidery (I do not operate Embroidery Machines)
- Graphic Design (working in Adobe Creative Suite- Illustrator and Photoshop: which is a great software program to h
elp students to create more dynamic portfolios, or complete a graphic design project. )
- Consulting on how to produce your own clothing/accessories collection.
- Consulting on how to source and produce your Domestic and Overseas collection.
- How to create line sheets.
- How to create technical packets.
- How to create digital art for screenprinting.

OTHER:
-Computer Assistance for BEGINNERS- Learning to use the Computer, Basic Skills in MS Office, using the Web. etc.

REQUIREMENTS:
1.) You will have to have all your materials and most of your tools: sewing machine, computer with all installed programs or services, patternmaking tools and paper, fabrics, etc. I will bring some small materials to our first session to explain what tools to purchase.

2.) You must make yourself available for one 15 minute phone consult before scheduling your first lesson- please plan to do this at least one week to 2 days before you want to schedule your first lesson. We will discuss your lesson goals, and what materials to buy. You do need to allow time to purchase your materials, so please plan ahead. When you purchase your lessons, please email me a time and date (or several) to schedule this phone call.

3.) IMPORTANT:
Please schedule directly with me VIA EMAIL. I do have my general availability listed on schedule for everyday, However, I work with many students and teach classes that might not be reflected in this schedule. I will try my best to honor the time you request, but I cannot guarantee it. Please email me to confirm- I will also reach out to you via phone to confirm or reschedule a time if there is a conflict.

POLICIES:

- 24 hour cancellation policy/ no refunds given after this time.
- All sessions are a 1 hour minimum. Recommended time for sewing lessons is 1.5 - 2 hr increments.
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Angel June 4, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Very detailed !!!!!! I would highly recommend !!!!
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Joel May 30, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
Milda was super helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and very easy to work with. She packed all I needed to learn to help me with a specific project I was working on. Will work with her again.
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carolyn May 9, 2017
· Sewing · Online
I would like to say its been a pleasure having a teacher that's so friendly and welcomed. You are a great teacher and such a good future in helping others learn. Thank you for taking the time, and patience, with me, I really enjoyed the company. May you be blessed in your journey teaching others the skill.
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About Timpla S.

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Students can expect a Systematic Approach to Sewing, what I fondly call the SASsy way. We will start with foundational topics like the Anatomy of the Sewing Machine, building on that foundation one skill at a time. I've learned that remaining motivated to sew often holds people back so I will also teach you how to plan out projects and how to build a sewing habit that helps you see consistent results and keeps you motivated to sew!

About Timpla
Hello! You want to learn to sew? I'm Timpla and I can help you!

FEEDBACK FROM MY PREVIOUS STUDENTS:

"It was great! I learned so much about my sewing machine."

"Had a great time Timpla! I was able to hem my daughter's skirt and repair a shirt sleeve. Looking forward to next time."

"I definitely benefited from the class! Thanks so much!!!"

I LOVE helping my students conquer their "fear" of the sewing machine, which unleashes excitement about their potential to sew unique items for themselves and others.

I've been sewing since I was a young girl, learning from my grandmother.

My experience includes sewing women's and girl's apparel, home decor, and quilts. I decided to start teaching private and group lessons after receiving many requests from friends and acquaintances.

I look forward to helping you develop the
skills you need to tackle any sewing project.

~Timpla S.
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Bonnie June 19, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Timpla Stewart is absolutely wonderful!
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Dallas T. April 5, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Timpla is smart and funny and really patient. Her focus on doing to learn and repeating the basics was SUPER helpful for me and after one lesson, I feel like I have a much better grasp on my machine and on how to achieve my sewing goals. It was fun and I can't wait for our next lesson!
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Maima K. April 2, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very rewarding Timpla was very pleasant ,i like her teaching style
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About Renee D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I love to sew and greatly enjoy teaching the craft. I have been sewing since I was 7 years old, when I was taught by my Grandmother. A FIDM Fashion Design graduate, I worked in the garment industry as a pattern maker and junior dress designer. I then went on to work for 14 years in the Motion Picture industry in costume design and stylist work.

I enjoy working with children, guiding them to use their creativity in the process of sewing. Lessons can be tailored to the students needs, from learning how to use the sewing machine to the best way to approach sewing different fabrics and patterns. From fashion to interior design, I am happy to guide you to a finished product.

About Renee
I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of artists and designers. Following my career in fashion and costume design, I began making one of a kind silver jewelry. I have been working with fine silver for 8 years, selling my design pieces in art galleries and online.
I have always tried to share my passion for all things artistic with my two children. By volunteering to run art projects at their school, I discovered the joy of teaching. I decided to combine that with my sewing expertise to help children and adults realize their creative vision. I like helping students explore their ideas while making a project come to life on the sewing machine.
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shanteria September 21, 2016
· Sewing · Online
i don't have any experience but i do want to became a fashion designer and i don't know how to use a sewing machine so i hope we can have a great relationship together.
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About Tenneh W.

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Sewing lessons are structured according to your specifications. You can learn hand sewing techniques, application of closures such as zippers, button (etc), how to sew a dress, pants, suit and or fabric accessories. I can design a lesson plan to fit your Interests. You can also learn how to create a garment from conception (sketch) to a finished 3 dimensional product. Through this process you'll learn how to sketch your idea, create patterns, cutting, sewing and professional garment finishings.

About Tenneh
After obtaining a bachelors in Fashion Design from the University of Rhode Island and Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the Academy of Arts University, I have worked for over 10 years as a design/sewing instructor, fashion designer, fashion illustrator, garment pattern maker, and technical designer.
I've taught children, teenagers and adults how to create garments from conception to a three dimensional product. My tutoring strategy is to encourage students to embrace their creativity and confidently express themselves through design. Creativity development may include pulling inspiration from nature, pop culture, society, world culture and inner self. Lessons plans are modified according to each student wants and needs. The lessons are designed to create an interactive and fun learning platform in which students can successfull
y achieve their goals. I look forward to helping you learn and accomplish your creative goals!
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Kormasa January 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
I love TJ teaching style. She is vety hands on and brings an energy into learning that I love. She quelled my fears about my the domestic side and now I can sew a button, hem pants and even repair a rip. I look forward to learning more through her courses. Now that I have gotten the basics I trust TJ will take me to the next level with ease.
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Ant K. January 9, 2017
· Fashion Design · In home
Feeling like I could take on the world of fashion!!!! Wanted to learn how to sew just so I could put together my own ensembles and save a couple of bucks but am now interested in furthering my education with TJ ( the sewin DJ ) to share the art. She had helped me work on the skill but more importantly has shot my confidence threw the roooooffff!!!!
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Franklin Kurtz January 9, 2017
· Sewing · In home
She's sooooooo amazing!!!!!! Encouraging, patient, and tactical in teaching sense.
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About Lorena G.

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Knowing the sewing machine, handle it to sew the clothes with the techniques.

About Lorena
I encourage adults, youth and kids to create fashion, learn to design, create their ideas and develop them from creative training.
Generations inherited, since I was a little girl, more than 20 years as a job, long experience doing what I love most... Creating fashion but the best and important it is to teach.
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Lorena G.

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About Angely D.

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11+ years of Sewing, Fashion Design
My professional career is Fashion Design.
-College Degree: Fashion Institute of Technology
-High School Fashion Industries of Technology

I've designed for various fashion shows, fashion brands and personal clients.

Proficient in the following Fashion related subjects:
-Sketch
-CAD
-Fashion Technical Flats
-Draping
-Pattern Making
-Sewing
-Cutting & Fabric Layout
-Fitting
-Spec & Tech Packs
-Designing entire collections
-Adobe Photoshop
-Adobe illustrator

About Angely
My name is Angely, I am a Fashion Designer & Dancer. I was born in Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish-speaking caribbean island. My family and I moved to New York when I was 5 years old.

In New York I studied Fashion Design (11+yrs) , Dance (7+ yrs) , Spanish, Japanese and French. My current Hobbies are Dance, Capoeira, Designing my own apparel, Yoga, Taking care of my plants and Travel.

I love to travel. I've been to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Canada and of course Dominican Republic.
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The Handwork Studio is a needle arts and fashion community. Our organization has worked with thousands of people over the last 16 years to help educate them in these practical skills. We teach sewing, knitting, crochet, needle-felting and wet felting. We have a contingency of fabulous teachers that are skilled and patient.

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The Handwork Studio was born of one mother’s desire to provide a nurturing and inspiring environment for her children through using their creativity.

Headquartered in Narberth, PA, over the last 15 years, because of that desire, The Handwork Studio has grown to provide that outlet to children and their families in camps up and down the east coast, workshops, classes, parties, events and more.

We’ve designed all of our programs to be a resource in not only teaching practical needle arts skills, but to provide role models for your children as they learn about patience, achievement and problem solving. Our project based curriculum will not only teach you how sew or knit, but will instill a sense of accomplishment .
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About Elizabeth S.

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I have 17 years of sewing and design experience. My college deploma is in Fashion Design and I own a company in my field. My classes are tailored to your needs as a student. No matter what your experience level is there is always more to learn. My classes are fun and engaging. I want my students to be pationate and learn even after the lessons are done. When you are ready to start sewing contact me for lessons.

About Elizabeth
Fashion Design is my specialty. I have been designing and sewing clothes for 17 years. I have two deplomas in fashion design and own my own design business. It’s my passion and if you want to learn I would be happy to teach you.
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