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Published May 9th 2011
If you've always wanted to learn how to sew, so that you can re-create all those wonderful New York fashions you see, you can choose from a number of places in New York City that offer sewing classes. Some of the locations are "all-in-one" meaning you can buy the materials you need as well as take the classes in the same location. They can even sell you a sewing machine for when you're ready to try it on your own.
Some of the locations offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced sewing lessons. Others offer those, as well as classes for those who want to specialize in certain types of sewing, such as that you would do for home interior design or for making special occasion clothing. You should have no problem finding a sewing machine course that will interest you.
If you're close to the Avenue of the Americas, or 6th Avenue, then you're close to the City Quilter. It's located at 133 West 25th Street, which is between 6th and 7th Avenue.
Don't let the name put you off—you can learn to quilt and sew, both by hand and on a machine. You'll use one of the 12 machines that are available at the store to learn different sewing techniques.
You can choose from over fifty different classes each semester. Each semester includes courses in beginning sewing as well as specific sewing techniques such as making bags, dolls, and other items. You're sure to find something that interests you at City Quilter.
Sew Fast Sew Easy
Located at 147 West 35th Street, Suite 807 in Midtown Manhattan, Sew Fast Sew Easy has a 10-session course called "Stitch and Bitch." Just the name of the class alone might be enough to attract you.
During the 10-week session, you'll learn the basics of working with patterns, both using and cutting them, as well as the really important sewing techniques you need to know. In addition, you'll learn how to incorporate your own sewing ideas into patterns and designs you're working with.
You'll also learn the basics of how a sewing machine works, which will make it possible for you to sew on almost any machine. This way, you don't have to worry about running into an unfamiliar machine; you'll know the secrets that apply to all of them.
Sew New York
Your teacher at Sew New York is Laura McCracken who is a former school teacher. Her sewing knowledge and experience comes from her attending the Fashion Institute of Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. You'll also enjoy the one-on-one attention you get from Ms. McCracken, because her classes have no more than eight students in them at one time.
You can choose from Beginner sewing classes, which include a Quick Start course in the basics of sewing machines. You'll actually be creating three projects in four weeks. After you've mastered those classes, you move on up to Advanced Classes and Creative Sewing Skills.
Looking for something totally different for an after-school activity for your child? Enroll your child in Kids After School. Your child will make a different project each week, using either hand or machine sewing techniques.