learn to sew

Sewing is a fantastic creative outlet and a rewarding past-time, but it’s also a super-handy practical skill. It might seem a little mysterious at first, but I promise with a bit of instruction, patience, and practice, anyone can learn!

Are you in the Washington, DC area? Are you interested in personalized, in-home private sewing lessons? Do you want to make, repair or restyle your clothing, accessories, and home decor?  I’ve been teaching sewing professionally since 2010, and I would love to share my knowledge with you.
learn how to sew with private, in-home sewing lessons
Private sewing lessons are definitely for you if you’ve been wanting to learn how to sew (or learn how to sew better), but you never seem to be able to make it to a sewing studio or fabric store for group classes. Perhaps you are just more comfortable in one-on-one teaching situations, or maybe you keep crazy hours.
learn to make garments using commercial sewing patterns
If you live in the Washington, DC area you are in luck, because I am very happy to come to you, and design a curriculum specific to your interests and skill level. Don’t have a sewing machine? I can bring one for you to use during our lesson, no worries.


curriculum and rates

My hourly rate is $75, payable by cash or check at the end of each lesson.

Or, you may want to purchase a package of lessons in advance, at a discounted rate (see below for package options).

Buy as many packages as you like, because your lessons will never expire.

Whether you are a brand new beginner, are stuck in the middle of a project, or have very specific sewing goals, I will be designing each lesson to fit your needs and interests specifically.


lesson packages

Click on a package below to purchase, if you’d like to take advantage of the discount pricing. Otherwise, just contact me directly to schedule your first hour! Not sure how much time you’ll need for what you have in mind? Send me an email, and I’ll be happy to help you figure it out.


scheduling your sewing lesson

After you purchase your lessons, I will contact you to set up a schedule for us. Whether you prefer daytime or evening, weeknights or weekends, we will make it happen!

I take my sewing evangelism very seriously, and so my schedule for private lessons is very flexible. I want you to learn to sew and to love it!

I am happy to bring the absolute awesomeness of sewing right to your door. But right now I can only do that for those of you living in the Washington DC metro area. Are you somewhat Metro accessible? Then we are definitely in business. Not sure? Contact me before you purchase a package, and we’ll work something out. If you are on my Syndicate mailing list, you’ll be the first to know when my private lessons go on the road!
learn to sew by hand or on a sewing machine


cancellation policy

You can cancel or reschedule your private sewing lessons for a full refund or credit if you contact me at least 72 hours in advance of your scheduled session. For cancellations within a 72-hour window, I can’t offer a refund, but will be happy to reschedule your session for a better time.


materials needed for lessons

You and I will be chatting before each of your lessons to talk about your project and the exact materials you’ll need. I am happy to bring basic sewing supplies for you to use during your sessions, or I can recommend tools for you to buy to start your own well-stocked sewing kit.

If you have your own sewing machine, great! We’ll use that. If not, no worries, I will bring one for you to use during any private sewing lesson you schedule with me.
stack of metallic gold fabric

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can talk about sewing all day long, so don’t be shy!

~ Valerie