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Date: 10/11/11 10:57 AM

I was wondering if any of you knew of sewing teachers in Phoenix who give classes.

Now, I've done a few online sew-alongs and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I still need to do Gertie's bombshell dress on Craftsy.com. In fact, Craftsy is a great resource for online classes and I'm tempted to take some knitting classes. But, I digress.

While I find online classes very helpful, I'm still looking for one-on-one help with fitting, tailoring, and the such. An online class doesn't tell you what you are doing wrong and I think a teacher would give me increased success in my sewing projects. I've contacted a few individuals who offer sewing classes but found that I'm more advanced than they were (why would someone who could sew nothing other than a pillow give sewing classes??). Needless to say, I'm hitting a brick wall.

I could take a class at the local community college but that would be my last choice. After getting my master's degree, I have a general aversion to college campuses. LOL.

Can anyone help? Are any of you teachers? Thanks!

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Date: 10/11/11 11:36 AM

I took sewing classes at a community college in Tucson when I was working on my undergrad degree. It was a fun way to learn and create, a nice break from my analytic course of study. I made sure to matriculate as an auditing student, no worries about getting a transcript grade if my other academic priorities took time from sewing projects. It was also much cheaper as an audit student, something like $50 per course.

I hope you're able to find a personal sewing tutor but the classroom setting might not be so bad.

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Date: 10/11/11 4:07 PM

Do you have a local, independent fabric shop? I take lessons from the owners of the quilt shop where I bought my sewing machine. They ofter both quilting and garment sewing classes, as well as more open-ended "guided studio" classes, where you bring the projects you want to work on, and the instructors help you with them. I know far more about historical garment construction than my instructor--but she still offers tips on fit and sewing techniques that are new to me.

I've also found that even if a technique or process is unfamiliar to *both* of us, she's still an amazing resource as we work through something together. It's almost always easier to work on fit, for instance, with a buddy who can pin you into things and help mark them!

Even if your local shop doesn't offer classes, they may have information on people who do.

Good luck!

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Date: 10/17/11 11:06 AM

Thank you both for your responses.

Stir, I've looked at my local fabric stores and unfortunately, they all know quilting - not apparel. I don't quilt so I'm kind of out of luck.

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Date: 10/17/11 12:24 PM

Could you contact the teacher at the community college and arrange for private lessons? Or do you have a local adult ed. school?

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Date: 10/18/11 6:25 AM

Where are you in Phoenix? I do know that the Bernina Connection store on E. Indian Bend at the the 101 has classes. I've never taken any (just a part time visitor), but maybe they could give you some information.
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Date: 10/18/11 8:27 PM

I'm in the Basic Sewing class at the Community College that you're most likely looking at (there's only one community college that I know of that offers sewing). The enrollment process at the college sucks, but the class has been really really great and I'm finding it really relaxing compared to those pesky graduate courses that I took a couple years back.

To give you an idea of what we're doing, there are 3 projects due in the basic sewing class.. a drawstring pant/skirt/short, a top or blouse, and then finally a garment of your choice. Although it sounds like you're more advanced, so your class may have you work on different projects. Either way, I'm finding that there is more than enough class time to complete the projects and the instructor is both friendly and offers great advice and tips.

Hope this helps...

Little Pixel

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Date: 10/18/11 8:38 PM

Hi Bampitt,

You need to check sewingprofessionals.org, the website for the Association of Sewing & design Professionals. We just had our annual educational conference in Portland, but everyone who attended should be back home by the end of this week. Our membership includes custom clothing sewists, tailors, wearable art designers, instructors and more. Check for a member in your area. Even if they don't offer lessons, chances are they know someone who does.

Good luck!
Juliette

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Date: 10/20/11 10:10 AM

Check out American Sewing Guild on the net. You'll find the Phoenix chapter listed. If you write to the PHX chapter they probably can give you a name. Louise Cutting will be at 35th Ave. Sew and Vac this weekend. It may not be too late to join her class.

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Date: 10/27/11 3:46 PM

Hi,

Have you checked with Erica at the Sewin' Asylum? She's on Bell Rd, just inside the Sun City border. She's great, and you can find her class schedule on her website, www.sewinasylum.com .

Brenda

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