From my sewing studio in Austin, TX, I teach online sewing classes to students locally, across the United States and internationally.
The earlier you make the request, the better chance we'll be able to schedule for when you want. We're often scheduling a few weeks out for weekend spots, and holidays/school breaks can be even busier.
With online lessons there is greater availability to arrange a schedule at your preferred time.
In the beginner sewing classes you'll learn how to use a sewing machine, basic sewing techniques, common terminology and much more to start your sewing journey.
If you already have some sewing experience refine your sewing skills by learning to make more complex projects, like clothing, accessories and home decor. Or focus on learning specific techniques like hemming, installing zippers or finishing techniques.
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.
Vanessa is an amazing teacher. She's patient, kind, and oh-so-knowledgable. I first went to one of the short sessions she had for a group, and, in the first twenty minutes, demystified several issues I'd run into trying to figure out how to sew on my own (which made me pretty much throw up my hands). She knows how to sequence the information so it's available when you're ready for it, and how to provide it in a way that is never anything but helpful. If you have any interest in starting to sew, or in improving on where you are, you can't go wrong in having Vanessa as your guide.— Jodi M.
I had such a great time in my sewing class with Vanessa. I can't believe how much I learned even though I've been sewing since I was a girl. What a great refresher and inspiration, plus I walked away with an adorable bag! Highly recommend for new and advanced student!— Katha S.
Vanessa is such a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable teacher. She's been teaching my daughter sewing for the past few months and now my daughter is motivated and capable of making her own projects. Doing online lessons helped my daughter become more confident on our home machine, so she's now able to sew on her own at home. Even though I know how to sew and tried to teach my daughter myself, Vanessa's lessons are much more inspiring than mine!— Lindsey H.
I took the intro to sewing class pack and to sum it up in one word... amazing! Vanessa took to time to tailor the private lessons to things I wanted to learn about while giving me a great base of knowledge. She is patient, encouraging, generous, and an expert at what she does. I had so much fun learning how to use my machine and enjoyed the small projects along the way (I still use my bag for the grocery store a year later). I highly recommend working with Ronkita Custom Sewing and Design!— Jordan R.
Whether you are about to begin your journey into sewing or are experienced and ready to learn new skills, Ronkita Custom Sewing and Design is there for you. Learning to sew with RCS&D, Vanessa, has been such a joy from the very beginning. She has helped me grow from making simple drawstring bags to sewing my own clothing! Always patient and very knowledgeable of the sewing process. Vanessa can explain your project clearly with helpful hints and navigate you towards successful completion.— P. Villarreal
My daughter has been taking sewing lessons with Ronkita for over a year, and we are really happy with the results. She is really enjoying her lessons and making great progress. Thanks to her lessons with Ronkita, she was able to enter several outfits into a local fashion show. Since we have been under quarantine, Ronkita has successfully continued these sewing lessons virtually, which is impressive!— Jane S.
Vanessa was awesome. She was clear in her direction, thorough in her explanations, and super patient. I also love that she has the technical background in how sewing machines work given that she repairs them. In 1.5 hours, she taught me to make a cute clutch. She rocks!— Val B.
Had a super fun time learning the basics of sewing from Vanessa! She explained a lot of the "why" behind what we did, plus some machine mechanics which made sewing seem much less difficult than I thought it was! Vanessa is smart, kind and obviously passionate about her work. I really enjoyed the two hours I spent with her! I also now feel confident that I can thread a sewing machine and do some basic sewing work on my own. Excellent experience all around!— Anna W.
Vanessa was the best sewing teacher I have ever had! She was so easy and nice to get along with and taught me step by step so efficiently! I really enjoyed how simple she made the whole process but how proud I was of my work afterward. Thanks again Vanessa!— Jordyn S.
If you're not sure where to begin and what you'll need to get started with sewing, here you can learn more about tools, sewing machines and classes.