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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.


What You'll Learn

  • 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



This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a refresher on the tools or techniques learned in this class.

Tools & Supplies

You will 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.


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Private Class

Instructor-led private sewing class scheduled at a time that is best for you.

Number of Students
See discounted price for multiple students

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Public Class

To provide a personalized experience and accommodate busy schedules I primarily teach private sewing classes and this class does not currently have any public dates available, but you can request it as a private sewing class.
See registration details below.


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Private Classes/Lessons

Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for private classes or personalized lessons so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?

I developed a unique online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person. I make the same project along with you and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I guide you step by step. Learn more or contact me to schedule a demo to show you what it's like.



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2 hours
One, 2-hour session

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. In addition to offering beginner to advanced sewing 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.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has detailed knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.


Most of my sewing classes are taught as private classes, one on one or in groups, that are scheduled when you want.

New Registrations Temporarily Closed
Thanks for your interest in taking sewing lessons with me!
Due to extremely high demand I am currently not available to take on more students. When open spots become available I will re-open registration.
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