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

For online lessons you'll need a basic travel or hand sewing kit that contains needles, thread, scissors and other tools that I'll show you how to use. These can often be found at your local crafts and fabric stores, and below are links to a few examples of sewing kits:

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, online classes when you want with discounts for multiple people.

Number of Students
Online Video Chat


2 hours
One, 2-hour session


Group Classes
Discounts are available for multiple people so get friends or family members together for the class too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Live, interactive sewing lessons over video chat to learn to sew from the comfort of your home.

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?
We've developed an online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you so you can see actions from multiple camera perspectives as I guide you step by step.
Learn more or contact me about setting up a demo.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has over 18 years of experience teaching adults and children. In addition to offering sewing classes and lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing she has taught art, yoga and English to children as young as two through high school-aged kids. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys 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, small-scale manufacturing and consulting projects that 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 that she shares with students on how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.


Sewing Life Skills: Mending and Altering Garments

Our online classes are scheduled when 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.

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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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