Learn simple techniques for mending and altering your clothes

Sewing Life Skills: Mending and Altering Garments

Learn how to make common repairs and alterations to your clothes without using a sewing machine.

You've probably experienced at least one of these problems: a button coming off your shirt, a zipper on your dress or pants coming off its track, pants or skirt that needs hemming, a hole in your jeans, or a drawstring that came out of your hoodie. It can be very frustrating when you experience problems with your clothing, and often these are issues you can easily fix yourself with basic hand sewing stitches and techniques.

You'll learn how to

  • Tie a tailor's knot
  • Reattach a button
  • Apply techniques to hem pants or a skirt
  • Fix a zipper that has come off its track
  • Repair a hole with a patch
  • Rethread a drawstring


None! This class is for anyone who wants to learn these useful techniques.

Tools & Supplies

Sewing Kit

Included in the price of the class are all tools and materials for you to learn and practice these techniques, plus your very own sewing kit to take home with you.

If you have a garment that has one of the problems described above, bring it to the class so you can learn to fix it there.


Private Sewing Classes When and Where You Want

$35 / hour

Plus discounts for multiple people and classes

2 hours


Group Classes
Discounts are available for multiple people in your group, so bring friends or family members too.

2 students
$55 / person (21% off)
3 students
$50 / person (28% off)
4 students
$45 / person (35% off)
5 students
$40 / person (42% off)

Multiple Classes
The more classes you take, the more you save. For consecutive classes taken within 60 days, the prices are:

  • Classes 1-2: Standard rate
  • Classes 3-6: 10% off standard rate
  • Classes 7+: 15% off standard rate

* Classes taken at partner locations are not applicable to be included in the bulk class discount.

Sewing Machines
Sewing machines are not needed for this class.

Fabric & Materials
All needed fabric and materials are provided for this class.

Travel Fee

Learn to sew where you want. If you want the class/lesson to take place at your location, input your address to find your travel zone and related travel fee. The travel fee is charged per trip.

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $15 / trip
Zone 3 = $20 / trip

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $15 / trip
Zone 3 = $20 / trip
* Outside the travel zones, please contact us.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has 18+ years of experience teaching adults and children. She was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress, working with clients on a wide variety of custom projects and production, that helps to keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines. This experience is shared with her students by showing them how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.


Sewing Life Skills: Mending and Altering Garments

Our sewing classes are taught on-demand, meaning they're scheduled when and where you want. Submit the form below, and we'll get back to you with our availability and next steps. Please also feel free to contact us with any questions.

Name *
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Input your address if you want any of the sessions to take place at your location.
Experience Level *
Number of Students *
Sewing Machines
Will you need sewing machines provided for some or all of the students?
Fabric & Materials
Are you interested in having needed fabric and materials provided for this class/lesson?
What are your sewing goals?
Select your preference for day(s) and time(s). We'll let you know the soonest availability for your preferred days and times.
Anytime OR 9am - 11am 11am - 1pm 1pm - 4pm 4pm - 6pm
More Info
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Custom Sewing

Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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