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Unleash your creativity with sewing classes in Chicago. Learn from expert instructors and gain the skills to create beautiful garments and accessories while discovering the joy of bringing your own designs to life.

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3 Hour Sewing Open Studio Starts Every Sunday

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Join us at Sew Anastasia's Open Studio and banish your sewing woes! Practice sewing in a supportive community, with expert guidance and access to top-of-the-line machines and equipment. Perfect for beginners and experienced sewers alike.

Sunday, Feb 25th, 2–5pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

3 Hour Sewing Open Studio Starts Every Wednesday Night

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and hone your sewing skills in a supportive and expert-led environment. Join our open studio sewing classes and bring your projects to life with access to top-of-the-line equipment and a community of fellow sewing enthusiasts. No matter your skill level, you'll find the inspiration and guidance you need to succeed at Sew Anastasia.

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

3 Hour Sewing Open Studio Starts Every Thursday Night

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Discover the ultimate sewing haven where you can conquer your sewing woes, perfect your stitches, and unravel the mysteries of patterns. Join Sew Anastasia's Open Studio every Thursday night and surround yourself with a supportive sewing community that will help you become a sewing queen.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

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3 Hour Sewing Open Studio Starts Every Monday Night

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Join Sew Anastasia's Open Studio and transform your sewing skills in a supportive and creative environment. Work on any project you like, whether it's pattern-based sewing, upcycling, tailoring, or pattern drafting. Discover the joy of sewing with expert guidance and a community of fellow sewing enthusiasts.

Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Sewing 101 Basics

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn the essential sewing techniques and finishes used in modern sewing and garment construction at Sew Anastasia. Whether you want to sew a pattern, upcycle your wardrobe, or create a collection, this beginner sewing class will teach you how to use a sewing machine, basic stitches, and more. Plus, you'll get to take home a project you've made yourself!

Sunday, Mar 10th, 10am–1pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Flat Pattern - Stretchy Knitwear Design

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Unlock the secrets of designing stretchy knitwear with the expert guidance of Sew Anastasia. Learn to create special sloper blocks and add your design flair to create stylish and comfortable garments. Master the art of designing T-shirts, leggings, dresses, and more in this exciting 6-week course.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Advanced Sewing

Sew Design Studio @ 2608 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL

Experience the joy of sewing with like-minded individuals in a collaborative and creative environment. Sharpen your skills in reading and following pattern instructions while working independently. Join us at Sew Design Studio and unleash your inner sewing maestro.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–8:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Tailoring, Alterations, Repairs & Upcycling

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn the secrets of transforming your clothes to fit perfectly and have the style you love in this fun sewing class. No experience is necessary, just bring in your garments and let Sew Anastasia guide you through the world of tailoring, alterations, repairs, and upcycling. Give your wardrobe a new life and join us in saving the world, one stitch at a time.

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Advanced Beginner Sewing: Skirt

Sew Design Studio @ 2608 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL

Learn to construct a basic skirt with darts, seam finishing, and a zipper closure in this advanced sewing class. Perfect for sewists with previous experience or those in need of a refresher. Get back to the fundamentals and create beautiful garments at Sew Design Studio.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–12:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Intermediate Sewing I

Sew Design Studio @ 2608 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL

Learn the art of garment construction and pattern adjustments in this intermediate sewing class at Sew Design Studio. Sew a classic sheath dress and gain confidence in setting sleeves, working with darts, and zippers, and adding a lining. Perfect for both beginners and experienced sewists looking to refine their skills.

Tuesday, Feb 27th, 1:30–4pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Intermediate Sewing II

Sew Design Studio @ 2608 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL

Take your sewing skills to the next level at Sew Design Studio with our Intermediate Sewing II course. Learn advanced garment construction techniques as you create a stylish blouse or shirt, followed by a jacket or basic pants. Develop your skills in pattern adjustments, collar construction, sleeve setting, buttonholes, seam finishing, and proper interfacing use. Consult with our knowledgeable instructors to determine which project is best suited to your skill level.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 3:30–6pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Fiber Arts: Folk Art Bunny

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of needle felting and create a charming 6-inch-tall bunny adorned with a bow and flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of fiber arts while listening to captivating stories of a knitter, shepherd, and small business owner. All supplies are provided, including locally sourced and hand-dyed materials.

Wednesday, Mar 20th, 10am–12pm Central Time

Pajama Pants in Knit on a Serger

Linda Z's Sewing Center @ 1216 E Central Rd, Chicago, IL

Discover the joy of sewing your own comfortable lounge pants and shorts using a serger. Suitable for all sewing levels, this class provides expert guidance to create sleepwear as soft as your favorite tee. Don't miss out on this fun and practical sewing experience!

Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 1:30–3:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

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Sashiko and Non-Traditional Stitching

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Historically women in Japan collected fabrics and stitched them together using Sashiko, a hand sewing technique meaning “little stabs” to make their families’ clothes and interior decorations. Savor the therapeutic nature of quiet repetition through the Sashiko stitching process as we each create a stitched coaster and a sachet. The kit (Sashiko pattern and fabric, Sashiko needles and thread) will be available for purchase from the instructor...

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Upcycle Fashion

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Have old, forgotten clothing that needs to be repaired or updated? Learn hand sewing and sewing machine techniques while you transform secondhand fashion.  At the end of the class, you will have the basic skills to take off on your own sewing adventures! Come to create together! Bring your own clothing or vintage pieces to experiment with.

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Summer Sewing Design Camp

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Spend a week in the sewing studio learning from sewing educator Anastasia Chatzka. From beginner to advance learn at your skill level to advance your skills to the next level. Work on projects that speak out to you while learning new techniques and skills. Anastasia shows the basics of draping and pattern drafting to help you drape and pattern draft garments from muslin to final fabric. You can create as many looks as you can get through during...

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Introduction to Boro Stitching

Evanston Art Center @ Interactive Online Classroom via Zoom, Chicago, IL

Learn basic "Boro" stitching with indigo dyed small pieces of cloth. In Japan, Boro (rag or scraps of cloth that are sewn together) was a symbol of an impoverished past. Now the term also encompasses and represents an essential principle of rural ethics and aesthetics. Inspired by this Japanese mending technique, explore your own visual expressions through exercises, e.g. cutting, patching, and stitching.  The fabric set (hand-dyed fabric...

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Fall Clothing Sewing Class

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Fall's here! Time for some new clothes, and nothing looks better on you than clothes you made yourself. Sign up for this class and Anastasia will guide you making new cool fall clothes. Pre-requisite: Sewing 101 or equivalent sewing skills Each class starts cutting a sewing pattern for your size. Then we'll go over the steps and techniques to create each garment, and you'll make your clothes. Every week you'll get to work with new fabrics too. ...

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Streetwear Sewing

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of designing and sewing trendy streetwear pieces like joggers, t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, beanies, and crewneck sweatshirts at Sew Anastasia. Develop your skills using sergers, straight stitch, cover stitch, and embroidery machines to create fashionable and comfortable outfits. All supplies are included for a seamless learning experience.

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Swimwear Sewing 101

Sew Anastasia @ 2041 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL

Discover the art of creating swimwear with Sew Anastasia's specialized sewing class. From underwire swim tops to high-waisted bottoms, you'll learn construction techniques for a variety of styles, all while having fun embellishing them to make them uniquely yours. Join us for a creative and satisfying experience in making your swimwear sew cute!

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Discover the Best Sewing Classes in Chicago

Sewing is a popular craft that can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. When sewing, you use a sewing needle and thread to fasten fabric or objects together. Sewing dates to the Paleolithic period, when people were stitching together animal hides to use as clothing or for shelter. As time passed, more sophisticated sewing methods developed. Sewing also became a means of repairing damaged or frayed clothing. 

With the Industrial Revolution came the invention of the sewing machine. No longer did people have to sew by hand. These machines became more affordable during the 20th century, and the demand for sewing patterns grew. However, as ready-made clothing became widely available, sewing in Western countries was relegated to a hobby or cottage industry. 

Those who live in Chicago might be familiar with the exhibitions in the city that have used sewing as a form of activism. If you’re interested in the connection between quilting and activism or would like to create another type of sewing project that speaks to social issues, there are resources within the city that can help you get started. 

Why You Should Learn Sewing in Chicago

There are several benefits to learning how to sew, from mental to physical. Sewing for fun is a great stress reliever. When you’re sewing, you must pay close attention to the work your hands are doing. This allows you to focus solely on sewing, blocking out other distractions and thoughts that might be on your mind. Sewing also encourages creative thinking and productivity. Planning a sewing project requires you to think about how it should look as well as any necessary measurements. 

Mingling with other sewers provides a way to meet new people and socialize. There are sewing clubs and organizations in the Chicago area that you can join. Sewing clubs and organizations will typically hold workshops and events that new and experienced sewers can join. 

Sewing also improves your attention to detail and hand-eye coordination. Sewing requires constant movement of the hands and fingers, which your eyes and brain will need to keep track of. These constant movements also improve the nimbleness of your fingers and can loosen the joints in them. This is especially beneficial to people who suffer from arthritis in their hands. 

In-Person Sewing Classes & Schools in Chicago

There are in-person sewing classes offered in the Chicago area that can teach you the basics of sewing as well as more advanced sewing techniques. In-person classes can provide you with hands-on instruction by an expert instructor. Taking an in-person class also allows you to meet and socialize with others interested in learning how to sew. 

Sewing requires a few basic materials like sewing needles, thread, and scissors. Machine sewing requires that you have and can operate a sewing machine. While some sewing classes will provide the necessary materials, others will ask that you bring your own. Several sewing classes in the Chicago area are available on CourseHorse.

Sew Anastasia, a studio located in West Town, offers sewing classes for a range of skill levels. In their Sewing 101: Basics class, you’ll learn how to use a sewing machine, basic stitches, and fundamental sewing techniques. This beginner-level class is led by an instructor who’ll walk you through techniques step-by-step in a small group, before letting you work independently at your sewing station. You’ll be able to ask your instructor for advice as you work on your sample binder of seam and technique samples. 

Advanced students are welcome to take Sew Anastasia’s Sewing 102: Garment Sewing class. Over the course of this six-week class, you’ll cut and sew a garment in your size. Your instructor will go over grain lines with you and how to prepare fabric for cutting and sewing. At the end of the six weeks, you’ll walk away with a wearable project. Sew Anastasia also offers classes that focus on how to create specific garments, like t-shirts and dresses

Linda Z’s Sewing Studio, located in Arlington Heights, offers a beginner-level sewing class that will provide you with an overview of sewing. Your instructor will demonstrate how to use sewing tools and give you hands-on demonstrations of sewing techniques and patterns. You’ll be responsible for bringing supplies to this class, so feel free to reach out beforehand to ask about what supplies you’ll need for the first session. 

Anyone working on a sewing project that needs some guidance can stop by Sew Design Studio’s (North Side) open studio hours. A professional can help you work out how to get past roadblocks in your project and teach you new sewing skills. 

Virtual Sewing Classes & Schools

If you can’t make it to a sewing class in Chicago but would still like to learn how to sew, consider taking a virtual sewing class. Virtual sewing classes eliminate the need to commute because they’re remote. This means that you can take them from the comfort of your own home or office. If you sign up for a virtual sewing class, be sure to check out the supply list provided by the instructor. In-person classes may provide you with some or all necessary materials, but online classes will typically require you to procure all supplies.

The New York Sewing Center hosts a Sewing 101: Basics class that will walk you through all the fundamentals of sewing. You’ll learn about terminology and equipment, how to read a commercial pattern, and how to choose the right fabric. If you’re especially interested in pattern making, they also offer beginner and intermediate-level classes that will teach you how to make patterns for different types of garments. 

Santa Monica College hosts a virtual sewing boot camp. Over the course of the boot camp, you’ll work on a series of project-based exercises to help you learn how to use a sewing machine. You must own a sewing machine to take this class. 

Crocheting and knitting are other crafts that you may find similar to sewing. Crocheting uses a hook to interlock yarn, thread, or other materials. Knitting involves creating stitches by interlacing loops of yarn. If you’re interested in learning these crafts, the 92nd Street Y offers Crochet for Beginners and Knitting for Beginners.

Private Group Sewing Classes in Chicago

Are you interested in booking a sewing class for your organization as a fun team-building event? CourseHorse has private group sewing classes for groups in Chicago that they can deliver to you. 

Reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website to find out about what sewing classes they offer that will fit your group’s needs and goals. You’ll be able to find out about the group sizes that they accommodate in their sewing classes. If you’d like to book a class but don’t have a finalized headcount, CourseHorse will allow you to book your class with the minimum group size and update them with a finalized count before the class takes place. They can also offer you a 20-minute demo of a class for a fee of $100. This will let you figure out if the class is the right fit for your group before booking. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class is scheduled. If you need to reschedule your class less than 48 hours before it will take place, you’ll be charged a $150 rescheduling fee. CourseHorse classes may be taken using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx, although Zoom is the recommended platform. 


CourseHorse has other private group craft classes that may interest you. Macramé is the art of knotting together fabric and other textiles. If this interests your group, you may be interested in CourseHorse’s virtual Macramé workshop.

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