Learn Sewing: A 2022 Guide to Sewing Classes Near You and Online

By Marian Kret •  Updated: Mar 12, 2022 •  Guides

In this article, you will find a comprehensive list of in-person and online classes for learning sewing. Enjoy and happy sewing and crafting!

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For a more complete list of creative hobbies, and an idea of where our new direction might take us, please see our (somewhat) complete list of Creative Hobbies, Arts and Crafts for Adults: A Complete Guide.

Why an Article on the Best Sewing Classes?

Quite surprisingly, in my fairly extensive research and digging around I have realized that there is very little available on the web right now about finding craft classes and instruction, workshops or open studio space for the various kinds of crafting.

In fact, if you want to find the best in person or virtual classes for, in this case, learning how to sew, it might be quite a bit more difficult than you imagine.

So I thought it would be super helpful to both us newbies and all those sewing enthusiasts out there to put together a list of the best available sewing classes – including group and private lessons – for 16 cities and metro areas around the United States, and to include some of the best online classes and books as well. But first… 

What Is Sewing?

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Too basic of a question? Yeah, probably, but still it might be helpful to really define what we’re talking about here, to make sure we’re all on the same (web)page.

Sewing is the art and/or craft of assembling fabric or other materials using needle and thread, either by hand or using a sewing machine. Sewing can also refer to the repair of fabrics or materials in a similar fashion, and to various detailing, embroidery or other decorative work.

An ancient art, sewing is a skill many of us take for granted, especially if we’ve learned from our mothers or grandmothers – or, of course, from our fathers or grandfathers.

But for many of us who may not have had this blessing, the process of even basic hand sewing, like setting hems or repairing our clothing, can be quite intimidating, and when you throw in patterns, full garments, a complex sewing machine, fancy stitches and invisible zippers – to name but a very few of the more advanced parts of sewing – it can get quite overwhelming.

But even without getting into piping, bias tape, curves, French seams, rotary cutters or professional looking button plackets, facings and waistbands, fashion design and manufacture, and just concentrating on the most basic aspects of sewing, like:

…it is so much better to learn the right way, and to have a good, stable and skilled foundation on which everything else can be built – a good instructor and a good class.

Whether you are a beginner, are looking for the next sewing project,, or want to explore the most advanced techniques and professional, next-level effects and finishes, a great sewing class – with a good, experienced and supportive teacher and well-designed and valuable content – can make all the difference!

What is the Best Way to Learn Sewing?

I wanted to make sure that you could quickly and easily find the right instruction and right teacher for learning how to sew, whether you want an online class, a local class or private teacher, just to gain some valuable sewing experience, or even the best books on learning sewing, so I put together this guide to answer some basic questions:

What is the best way to learn how to sew?

What is the best way to learn how to use a sewing machine?

How can I learn how to make my own clothing?

Are there sewing classes near me?

What are the best sewing lessons in my area?

What are the best private sewing lessons in my area?

What are the best virtual classes for learning sewing?

What are the best beginner books for learning sewing?

What are the best advanced books for learning sewing?

For local classes, I will concentrate on 16 cities and their metropolitan areas, with two subsections for each city, and so you will find below the best sewing lesson and the best private sewing lessons for the following cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / Saint Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle

Following the listings of best local sewing classes I will mention a few of the very best online sewing courses you can take, and then recommend a few of my favorite books for teaching yourself how to sew.

What Are the Best Online Classes for Learning Sewing in 2022?

Not everybody is able to go to physical classes, because of location, schedule, social distancing / enforced isolation, or other reasons. Luckily there are a lot of other good options, and online learning is one of the best – especially if you can find a good teacher, good course content and well produced classes. And with sewing in particular, online classes can be a particularly good fit – just like all the clothing you will be making!

So when people ask me specifically:

What is the best online class for Learning Sewing?

What is the best online school for arts and crafts?

How can I learn sewing online?

Are there any really good online learning platforms?

…based on my experience and feedback from lots of other makers in the community I have the following recommendations:

Skillshare

You may already be familiar with Skillshare, since they are becoming one of the most popular, best known and most highly rated learning platforms online – and quite well known for arts and craft classes.

You may not know, though, that Skillshare has some of the best classes for sewing – absolutely loads of them, in fact! – including both the basics and more advanced tips and techniques.

Domestika

Online Sewing Courses

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Not as big or as well known as the giants, like Skillshare or Udemy, Domestica still has a comparable level of excellence overall, with really fantastic teachers who are very clear and easy to understand and maintain a perfect flow and pace.

The courses are beautifully produced and often quite beautiful visually as well, and there is a great feeling of creative community and common experience.

Udemy

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Another giant of online learning, Udemy also has tons and tons of sewing classes, pretty much all of them very good quality – well produced and well presented, and taught by people who really know their stuff.

Ronkita

A very special online platform devoted entirely to teaching students how to sew, Yeah, these days there are lots of individuals teaching all kinds of arts, crafts and creative hobbies of all sorts online, but few have the kind of experience, patience, wonderful energy or clarity Vanessa at Ronkita offers to all of her students all the time.

Very highly recommended, and you can find more information here – Ronkita Online Sewing Classes

YouTube

It must be said that YouTube has some pretty amazing free content, and the sewing tutorials and classes are, or at least can be, pretty awesome. Another great thing about YouTube is the search engine, which when you’re searching for something as basic and popular as, say, “learning sewing” comes up with brilliant results right at the top of the page. 

But if that all isn’t easy enough for you, just click on this link and you’ll see what I mean!

YouTube “Learning Sewing”

If you’d like even more specific recommendations, please check out a couple of my favorite YouTube sewing channels:

Made to Sew YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/madetosew

Anita by Design YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc3bcyZ9Q4HGODXAbL3fGMQ

The Last Stitch YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/ThelaststitchTV

What Are the Best Books for Learning Sewing in 2022?

Can I learn sewing on my own?

Where can I find nice sewing projects and insopirations?

And we’ll close out this comprehensive online guide to the best resources for learning sewing with a short list of some of my favorite books on the subject. 

I had originally planned to list beginners and advanced books on sewing separately, but as I reviewed my own personal picks I realized that I greatly prefer books that offer both – ones that start at a basic, total beginner level, assuming no experience or knowledge, but also include advanced techniques, and often a lot of other resources, ideas and inspirations for people of all levels.

So while the first few books are really geared more at newbies, you will find that, even if you have no prior experience, any of these books will be a great choice and a wonderful resource.

What Are the Best Local Classes for Learning Sewing in 2022?

Anybody can use one of the countless online specialty search services for finding local classes and private sessions to join – like groupon or yelp – and in fact they do usually offer good, fairly complete and up to date listings of class offerings in the area – and you might even find a private lesson or teacher, or open sewing time. So you might want to check out some of the leading ones, like:

Usually these search services are really easy to use, by simply typing in what you’re looking for – “pottery classes” or “open studio” – and the area, city or state – “Monowi, Nebraska” or “New York, New York”- and then it’s just enter, wait and wade through the somewhat random listings.

Or, better yet, you can instead simply scroll down and find your area in the list below and try one of these recommendations. You can contact them to get any questions answered, find out when you can begin classes, or for information about special workshops, open sewing times, even in some cases private classes, parties or in home events – and more.

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Atlanta

Fabricate Studios

1537-B Howell Mill Rd

Atlanta, GA 30318

404-981-4665

info@FabricateStudios.com

Sewing Classes – Fabricate Studios

Sewingmachine.Com

228 Ottley Dr

Atlanta, GA 30324

(800) 426-2246

(404) 261-4240

sales@sewingmachine.com

Sewing Classes Georgia [Atlanta, West Point] Learn How to Sew – SewingMachine.com

Spool School

3112 Main Street, Suite 50, Duluth GA 30096

770-315-4991

hello@spoolschool.com

Spool School 2022 Classes

The Beehive

1250 Caroline Street, C120

Atlanta, GA 30307

404-581-9261

Sewing Courses – The Beehive

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Atlanta

Atlanta Sewing Academy

2731 Woodland Terrace, SE, Apt 324

Smyrna, GA 30080

(404) 374-7833

sew3022atl@gmail.com

Classes & Workshops

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Austin

Austin Sewing Machines and Quilting

1601 S IH-35, Suite 300

Round Rock, Texas 78664

(512) 310-7349

Quilting & Sewing Classes, Events in Austin, TX

Sew Much More

3010 W. Anderson Lane @ Shoal Creek

Austin, Texas 78757

(512) 452-3166

info@sewaustin.com

All Classes – Sew Much More – Austin, Texas

Sew True Studio

400 W Whitestone Blvd. Suite C

Cedar Park, TX 78613

(512) 423-3472

christine@sewtruestudio.com

Classes – Cedar Park

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Austin

Austin School of Fashion Design

1015 W University Ave. Suite 507

Georgetown, TX 78628

920-345-6652

ilonka.sp@austinschooloffashiondesign.com

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The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Boston

Newton Sewing Studio

161 North St

Newtonville, MA 02460

617-213-0344

newtonsewingstudio@gmail.com

Newton Sewing Studio

The Creative Sewing Studio

420 South Washington St.

North Attleboro, MA 02760

508-446-4406

creativesewingstudio@gmail.com

Adult Sewing Classes

Zoya Designs

1267 Broadway Street

Somerville, MA 02144  

(617) 475-0470

SEWING SCHOOL — Zoya Designs, INC 1267 Broadway Somerville MA 617-475-0470

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Boston

Laura’s Sewing School

785 Massachusetts Ave

Arlington, MA 02476

781-646-2463

Laura’s Sewing School Private Sewing Lessons

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Chicago

Ciao Bella Sewing

874 Greenbay Road, Suite 100

Winnetka, IL 60093

847-456-5720

CiaoBellaSewing@gmail.com

Classes & Events | Ciao Bella Sewing | Chicago’s North Shore

Lillstreet Arts Center

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

lillstreet@lillstreet.com

Sewing Classes 2022 | Lillstreet Art Center

Making It SewFun

9107 S. Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60643

773.505.4936

cherice@makingitsewfun.com

Making It SewFun | Sewing School | Chicago | Sign Up

Sew Crafty Studio

3845 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60613

773-698-8071

info@sewcraftystudio.com

Classes for Adults — Sew Crafty Studio

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Chicago

Making It SewFun

9107 S. Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60643

773.505.4936

cherice@makingitsewfun.com

Making It SewFun | Sewing School | Chicago | Sign Up

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Cincinnati

Silk Road Textiles

6106 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45224

513-541-3700

silkroadcincy@gmail.com.

Classes – Silk Road Textiles

Sew Easy Sewing Studio

11427 Lebanon Rd

Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

sewezy_sales@zoomtown.com

Sew-Ezy Registration Policy & Information for All Classes

Studio Tessuti

4426 Brazee Street

Cincinnati, OH 45209

(330) 310-1457

ssartarelli@gmail.com

Classes | Studio Tessuti

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Cincinnati

Studio Tessuti

4426 Brazee Street

Cincinnati, OH 45209

(330) 310-1457

ssartarelli@gmail.com

Classes | Studio Tessuti

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Dallas

C. Adele Creations

1409 Botham Jean Blvd

Dallas, TX  75215

214-649-3217

c.robertson@sewingforlife.net

C. Adele Creations Classes

Carol’s Sewing Classes

126 Suburban Dr.

Ovilla TX 75154

972-217-3204

carol.edwards@att.net

Learn To Sew

Petit Atelier

1722 Routh St – 9th Floor Ste 43

Dallas, TX 75201

(214)557-1471

info@petitatelierdallas.com

2022 Classes – Petit Atelier

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Dallas

Urban Spools Sewing Lounge

1152 N Buckner Blvd #121

Dallas, TX 75218

(214) 324-5755

Sewing Classes | Quilt Shop Dallas

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Denver

Fancy Tiger Crafts

59 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

303-733-3855

info@fancytigercrafts.com

Classes + Events – Fancy Tiger Crafts Co-op

HISS (Happiness is Simple Sewing) Studios

9250 W. 5th Ave

Lakewood, CO 80226

HISSstudio@gmail.com

Beginning Sewing Classes | HISS Studio

Sew-ciety 

1025 South Perry St. Unit 101-B

Castle Rock, Colorado 80104

720-733-8102

Sewing and Quilting Classes in Castle Rock, Colorado

Sew it All

8191 SouthPark Lane #111

Littleton, Colorado 80120

Sew it All Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Denver

Sew it All

8191 SouthPark Lane #111

Littleton, Colorado 80120

Sew it All Classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Detroit

All Sewn Up! Sewing School

3 Medford Circle

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-971-5610

info@allsewnupbyanne.com

Classes & Camps

Ann Arbor Sewing Center

5235 Jackson Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(734) 761-3094

Ann Arbor Sewing Center 2022 Classes

Sandy’s Make it Sew

28790 Plymouth Rd.

Livonia, MI 48150

734-266-2491

sandysmis@sbcglobal.net

Sandy’s Sewing Classes

Sew in Detroit

3815 W Fort

Detroit, MI 48216

248-252-7827

sewindetroit@gmail.com

Sewing Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Detroit

All Sewn Up! Sewing School

3 Medford Circle

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-971-5610

info@allsewnupbyanne.com

Classes & Camps

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Kansas City

Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co.

7918 Santa Fe Dr.

Overland Park, KS 66204

913-648-2739

CLASSES | Harper’s Fabric

The Sewing Labs

526 Campbell

Kansas City, MO 64106

816.888.3051

The Sewing Labs : Training Classes

Zoelees Fabrics & Sewing School

1329 NE Deer Valley Drive

Lees Summit, MO 64086

816-524-7217

zoelee@zoelees.com

Sewing Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Kansas City

Hadley Studio & School

2711 Troost Avenue

In the Treehouse

Kansas City, MO, 64109

hadleyanneclark@gmail.com

SEWING CLASSES + WORKSHOPS — HADLEY

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Los Angeles

Moving Thread

1039 Harrison Ave

Venice, CA 90291

310-699-1108

info@movingthreadla.com

Products – Moving Thread – Sewing Classes Los Angeles

Sew FYI

201 S. Santa Fe

Suite #102

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-537-0520

contact@sewfyi.com

Classes and Workshops

StitchSpace LA

13753 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, California 91423

818-849-6447

stitchspacela@gmail.com

StitchSpace LA Sewing Classes

Tanner’s Sewing and Vacuum Center

6230 West 87th Street

Westchester, CA. 90245

310-670-2429

Service@tannersewandvac.com

Adult Sewing | West Los Angeles | Tanner’s Sewing and Vacuum Center

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Los Angeles

Moving Thread

1039 Harrison Ave

Venice, CA 90291

310-699-1108

info@movingthreadla.com

Private Sewing Workshop – Moving Thread

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Lakes Makerie

5257 Chicago Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55417

612-385-7345

info@lakesmakerie.com

Classes – Lakes Makerie

Sewing Lounge

987 Selby Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55104

651-645-7645

maggy@sewinglounge.com

Sewing Classes | Sewing Workshops | St Paul, MN

Textile Center

3000 University Ave SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

612-436-0464

info@textilecentermn.org

Adult Classes – Textile Center

Treadle Yard Goods

1338 Grand Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105

651-698-9690

tyg@treadleyardgoods.com

Classes | Treadle Yard Goods | Apparel

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Lakes Makerie

5257 Chicago Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55417

612-385-7345

info@lakesmakerie.com

Classes – Lakes Makerie

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in New York

Karen’s School of Fashion

347 West 36th Street, Suite 1402

New York, NY 10018

917-696-2814

fashionschoolnj@gmail.com

Karen’s School of Fashion Sewing Classes in NYC

SewHo

415 West Broadway 6fl S

New York, NY 10012

(917) 715-8835

info@sewinginsoho.com

Classes – SewHo

The New York Sewing Center

246 W 38th Street, 9th Floor #9A

917-856-3021

New York, NY 10018

thenewyorksewingcenter@gmail.com

Classes / The New York Sewing Center

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in New York

Sew New York

Livingston St

Brooklyn Heights, NY

Laura@SewNY.com

Classes – Semi-Private Sewing Classes at Sew New York

The New York Sewing Center

246 W 38th Street, 9th Floor #9A

917-856-3021

New York, NY 10018

thenewyorksewingcenter@gmail.com

Classes / The New York Sewing Center

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Philadelphia

Butcher’s Sew Shop

800 S 8th St

Philadelphia, PA 19147

butcherssewshop@gmail.com

All Classes – Butcher’s Sew Shop

Cut & Sew Studio

1747 Chislett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 865-6565

hello@cutandsewstudio.com

2022 Classes – Cut and Sew Studio

Made Institute

448 N 10th Street Studio 501

Philadelphia, PA 19123

(855) 623-3745

Sewing Classes | Made Institute

Pamoja Co Sewing Service

5516-B Rising Sun Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

(267) 279-9601

Sewing Classes for 2022

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Philadelphia

Pamoja Co Sewing Service

5516-B Rising Sun Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120

(267) 279-9601

Private Sewing Lessons for 2022

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Phoenix

Make Sewing Studio

894 E Warner Rd. #104

Gilbert, AZ 85296

602-577-5702

makesewing@gmail.com

Sewing Classes – makesewingstudio.com

Sewing Nuts

4250 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-659-1222

Sewing Classes Phoenix Scottsdale

That Sewing Place

20015 E Riggs Rd.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

(480) 597-5281

Tori@ThatSewingPlaceAZ.com

That Sewing Place AZ Sewing Lessons

The Sewin Asylum

10050 W. Bell Road #1

Sun City, AZ  85351

623-398-6235

Learning to Sew…adults or children – SewinAsylum.com

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Phoenix

Sewing Nuts

4250 N Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-659-1222

Sewing Classes Phoenix Scottsdale

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in San Francisco

Hello Stitch Studio

1708 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94703

510-982-6549

HELLO@HELLOSTITCHSTUDIO.COM

Sewing Classes & Meet-ups | Hello Stitch Studio | Berkeley, CA

Marina’s Sewing School

116 La Mesa Dr.

Burlingame, CA 94010

650-685-9744

Marina’s Sewing School 2022 Classes

Sew at Walkershaw Clothing

29 West Portal Avenue

San Francisco CA 94127

415-920-1956

sew@walkershaw.com

Sewing Classes

The Sewing Room

2434 Webb Avenue

Alameda, CA 94501

510-332-9807

Jennifer@TheSewingRoomAlameda.com

The Sewing Room – Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in San Francisco

Jane Foster Sewing and Design

East Bay Area

Walnut Creek, CA

925-323-9932

jane@janefosterdesign.com

Jane Foster Sewing and Design Classes in Walnut Creek, CA

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Sewing in Seattle

Made Sewing Academy

124 N 103rd St., Suite A

Seattle, WA 98133

206-552-9632

info@madesewing.com

Made Sewing Academy Sewing Classes in Seattle

Seattle Fashion Academy

3120 NE 123rd Street 

Westmore Building

Seattle, WA 98125

206-367-1837

Sewing — Seattle Fashion Academy

Seattle Makers

3300 Wallingford Ave N

Seattle WA 98103

833-2-MAKE-IT

contact@seattlemakers.org

Courses & Events Catalog – Seattle Makers

Stitches

711 E Pike St.

Seattle, WA 98122

206-709-0707

info@stitchesseattle.com

Stitches Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Sewing in Seattle?

Seattle Creative Studio

12924 E Marginal Way South

Seattle, WA 98168

206-286-8108

Private Sewing Lesson – Seattle Creative Studio

Thanks so much for reading my article! I hope that this guide to the best resources for learning how to sew has been helpful, and that you have found what you are looking for – whether it be a great sewing class in your area, a great online learning platform for learning how to sew or the best sewing books.

And please let me know if you have your own favorite local class – in one of our featured cities or anywhere else – or if there are any online resources or books that you like, so we can expand this article and make it even better and more useful!

You might also be interested in our other articles in this series, which follow the exact same format in listing the best local crafting classes, the best online crafting courses and the best books for several other types of creative hobbies. You can access any of them simply by clicking the links below, or by visiting our website – Art Side of Life. Thanks again, and good crafting!

Hi, I am Marian (pronounced |mar·e·ahn|). I am a crafter, tech & business manager, and the founder of Art Side of Life™. I've been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a kid, testing different tools and supplies. I love the process of creating something out of nothing and through the articles on our website I want to contribute to your creative journey.

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