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The New York Sewing Center

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The New York Sewing Center
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Time Out says

The New York Sewing Center offers numerous classes for people of all ages and skill levels.  There are plenty of basic workshops for beginners, like their Sewing 101 course. This program teaches essential sewing skills and terminology, as well as tips on choosing the best fabric for a particular project. More advanced students can definitely find something to meet their needs as well, like the Leather Tote Bag workshop. This course provides all the necessary supplies to create a stylish and versatile bag in under three hours.  Many of these classes can be attended in-person or live online via Zoom, meaning students who live outside of New York can also benefit from the high-quality education the school provides. 

Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities for kids and teens who are interested in learning to sew. Some of these include a fashion bootcamp for children ages 8-13, a fashion sketching class, and sewing birthday parties for ages 7-15. There is also a Fashion School Prep course for aspiring design students over the age of 14. Young people can also take advantage of the sewing center’s private lessons, which can also be conducted virtually. 

The New York Sewing Center was founded by fashion designer Kristine Fraling, who specializes in womenswear and sewing instruction. Fraling gained significant notoriety during the COVID-19 pandemic when she shifted the focus of her business to making over 10,000 protective masks, most of which were donated to local hospitals. Fraling has stated that she believes her courses provide more than just sewing instruction; they are tools to build confidence and inspire creativity. 

Students who have attended classes at The New York Sewing Center praise them as being excellent for beginners. They feel they were given all of the essential information and materials to independently create a piece to be proud of, and many students report wanting to take multiple classes at the center to continue their sewing education. Many students also appreciate the small class sizes, stating they were able to receive a lot of individual attention from their engaging and thoughtful instructors. 

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246 W 38th St
New York
Cross street:
between 7th and 8th Aves
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