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Tips for Finding a Sewing Instructor in Your Area
There are a number of ways to go about finding sewing instruction. What’s available in one geographic area is not always available in another, but you’re sure to find an alternative that works for you by making a few phone calls and inquiries.
The following information is provided to help you find the type of instruction that best suits your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask the individual instructor, school or program, or store for more information – or even names of others who have taken the class – if you’d like to find out more about a class or teacher before you register.
Where to Find Sewing Classes
- Formal classes can be found throughout the year at many fabric stores and most sewing machine stores. These classes are frequently structured around making a particular project, learning a certain sewing technique, or utilizing a specific function of a sewing machine.
- All types of sewing classes are offered in conjunction with sewing expos, conventions, and conferences. Most of these sewing events and dates are listed on the Internet and can be found by using the terms “sewing events” or “sewing conferences” in the search box of your favorite search engine.
- The Internet also has information about a variety of sewing classes, some of which you can take on-line – try using the term “sewing classes” in the search box of the search engine.
Internet Searching Tip - enclose a search term in quotes to ensure your seach engine results are specifc. For example, search for “sewing events” or “sewing instruction.” You can also further narrow your results by using plus (+) signs with your search terms. For example, if you want to find sewing educators in Atlanta, enter +”sewing educator” +Atlanta.
- Sewing and design classes can be found at colleges, art schools, and community colleges that have fashion programs. Many of these semester-long classes can be taken as an auditor rather than as a full-time student.
- Sometimes local adult education or park and recreation programs offer sewing and craft classes. This type of agency typically tries to respond to the interests of the community, so if you know several people who would like to take sewing classes, it’s worth informing the agency.
Individual instruction is a good alternative to taking classes. Depending on what you want to learn, there are several ways to go about finding sewing instructors. Many professionals who have sewing-related jobs, such as dressmakers, also teach sewing. Some of these professionals offer private instruction, and some offer classes periodically. Also, many individuals who sew for a hobby like teaching other people what they know about sewing. Although they may not be experienced teachers, they certainly have a lot of information and sewing experience they can share.
There are several ways to find an experienced dressmaker or tailor who also teaches:
- Inquire at your local fabric or sewing machine store. These stores often keep a list of dressmakers, and the staff may know if some teach as well. Also, these stores often have bulletin boards where people can post their business cards or notices about the services they offer.
- Contact dressmakers and tailors directly. Even if the individual you contacted does not teach, he or she may know of someone who does.
There are lots of opportunities to let people who enjoy sewing know that you’re interested in learning:
- Ask others in your work place, place of worship, recreational facility, or service organization if they know of anyone who sews.
- If the above places that you frequent have community bulletin boards, post a notice expressing your desire to learn to sew. There could well be others who also want sewing lessons.
- Tell your friends that you’re interested in learning to sew or in taking sewing classes. You might be surprised who amongst your friends sews or knows of others who enjoy sewing.
- Sewing organizations such as the American Sewing Guild (ASG) are useful resources for sewers.