Learn to Sew
Learn to sew or take your sewing skills to the next level with sewing classes and sewing tutorials.
For beginners, start by learning how to use a sewing machine, common sewing tools and fundamental techniques. For experienced stitchers, expand your skills by learning to make more complex sewing projects in advanced sewing classes or arrange personalized sewing lessons to cover topics that you want to learn. Options are also available for training commercial sewing staff on industrial sewing machines and working in a production environment.
- For adults and kids (ages 7+)
- Taught by a professional seamstress and experienced teacher
- Advanced, multi-camera online learning environment
- Instructor-led private classes scheduled when you want with discounts for multiple people
- Enroll in recorded, on-demand classes to watch online and learn at your own pace
- Options for all experience levels, beginner to advanced
- Training for industrial sewing machines and commercial sewing staff
- Recurring and long-term lessons can be organized, including after-school sewing programs and camps
To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily offer private, instructor-led sewing classes that are scheduled when it's best for you - weekends, weekdays, evenings, holidays or school breaks. Some classes are also available to enroll in and watch online to learn at your own pace.
From my sewing studio in Austin, TX, I teach online sewing classes to students locally, across the United States and internationally.
If you don't see a sewing class that includes what you want to learn then personalized sewing lessons can be developed to cover exactly what you want to learn. For example:
- Create sewing projects using commercial patterns or your own designs
- Get help with a challenging part of a project
- Learn about altering, upcycling or refashioning garments
- Options for beginner to advanced students
- Projects include design, fashion, and decor
- Custom curriculum is developed to cover specific projects and techniques
- Can be coordinated with schools as part of their programs for students
- Keep kids active with engaging activities over school and holiday breaks
- Organize group lessons for friends or siblings
- Significantly discounted rates, with additional discounts for multiple people
Modular and custom sewing training programs are available to meet an array of needs. We collaborate with makers and sewing manufacturers to provide training options to onboard new staff or upskill their current staff.
Many of my students have been with me for over a year who started as beginners and are now learning advanced sewing projects.
Here are what a few of my students have said about their learning experience.
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.