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.
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 shown 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:
- Clover Compact Sewing Kit
- Singer Survival Sewing Kit
- Simplicity Vintage 60's Tin Box Sewing Kit
- Singer Travel Sewing Kit
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.
Learn from me in a live lesson where I'll personally guide you.
Live, 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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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.
Instructor-led 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
My custom, multi-camera system provides an immersive learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person.
In live sewing classes I make the same project along with you to guide you through each step. My system with multiple cameras enables me to toggle seamlessly to different points of view to show the sewing machine, tools, processes, and project from different perspectives for an immersive experience.
Recorded On-demand Video
Some sewing classes are available to enroll in to watch online and learn at your own pace. The techniques and projects shown are similar to the live classes. Follow along from your computer or mobile device when you want and return to pick up where you left off.
In-person Sewing Classes
The option to travel to you is based on my availability when you want to schedule the lesson and the travel fee is charged per trip.
|Zone 1 = $20 / trip
|Zone 2 = $40 / trip
|Zone 3 = $60 / trip
|Zone 4 = $80 / trip
|Custom fee for outside of the standard travel zones
About the Instructor
Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years and offers beginner to advanced sewing lessons to students locally and virtually across the country. She's also an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College and is a member of the Fashion Design Advisory Committee. 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.
Before confirming lessons with new students, in-person and online, I first schedule a 15-min, no-cost introduction video call to introduce myself, learn more about your sewing goals, and answer any questions you have. This way you can get to know me too and make sure the experience is right for you or your child before committing to lessons. If you're interested in online sewing lessons I also demonstrate what the learning experience is like in my virtual lessons.
Please complete the form below by selecting from available dates/times to schedule the introduction video call.