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learn how to sew with private, in-home sewing lessons


personalized, virtual 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!

Private, virtual 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, or your local options are closed due to Covid-19.

Perhaps you are just more comfortable in one-on-one teaching situations, or maybe you keep unusual hours.


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about Valerie

I am an accessories designer and textile artist, and I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. I began teaching sewing professionally in 2010, and since then, I have helped hundreds of students in the DC area of all ages learn to sew! You can learn more about the designer side of me by checking out my shop (or scroll up and click about from the top menu), but here’s what some of my former students have said about sewing lessons with me (and more at the bottom of this page):


“Valerie was very patient and encouraging” – Shawn, Clinton MD

“She has a hands-on style of teaching which sticks!” – Megan, Arlington VA

“She’s really great at explaining things and is super patient.” – Acacia, Washington DC


The only thing I love as much as sewing is helping other people love it, too. Whether you are a brand new beginner, are stuck in the middle of a project, or have a very specific sewing goal, I’m confident I can help you!


curriculum and rates

Please note that as of September 2020, all private sewing lessons with me will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. My hourly rate is $75, but you may want to purchase a package of lessons at a discounted rate (see below for package options), if you know you’ll want more than two hours of lessons.

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

If you are a brand-new beginner, then check out the two hour class I’ve designed especially for you! That lesson includes an introduction to the sewing machine, learning all its parts and how they work together, basic machine operation and troubleshooting, plus making a small project, so you can see your new skills in action! It also includes a kit that has everything you need for your first project, plus some essential sewing tools you’ll use for many future projects.

Beyond that, the length and content of your subsequent lessons will be completely customized! I will design each lesson to fit your needs and interests specifically.


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!

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cancellation policy

Your lessons never expire, so they are not refundable. However, you can reschedule your lessons whenever you like, even up to the day your lesson was originally scheduled! Just contact me a few hours in advance, and we can find a better time to meet. You can also gift your lessons to a friend or family member if you like!


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. The intro lesson, perfect zippers lesson, and hemming & mending lessons all come with a kit that includes everything you’ll need for class. I can also recommend tools for you to buy to start your own well-stocked sewing kit.

For virtual lessons requiring a sewing machine, you will have to have your own machine at home. If you are not sure what else you need, please contact me. ahead of time and we can make sure you have everything on hand!

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





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 4 reviews
 by Monique
Ms. Valerie is Awesome!

My plan is to sell a sewing product in the next 3 months. Ms. Valerie taught me how to use a sewing machine/serger, cut fabric, and make my own pattern. She taught me everything and provided me so many pointers as being crafter. With my (3) 2 hour sessions, I never wanted her to leave. She has a great energy and an awesome teacher. I am so grateful to have met her. Thanks Ms. Valerie for your knowledge! You are the best!!

 by Rebekah
Valerie is the best!

I've been hoping to learn to sew for a while, and I'm so glad I finally found Valerie! She is very accommodating, knowledgable, and patient! I am learning so much and am really enjoying exploring my creative side. I highly recommend learning to sew with Valerie!

 by Rani
Valerie is the bomb!

I have been learning to sew from Valerie for several years now and she has always provided clear and reassuring instruction, and really knows how to tailor her teaching style to be as hands-on (or not) as a particular student may need. If you have a sewing problem, Val will solve it!

 by Laura
Whistle while you work

Valerie is the Mary Poppins of sewing - she has all the answers. Supercalifragilisticxpealidocious!