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Sewing Classes San Francisco

Learn the art of sewing with a variety of textile classes in San Francisco. Discover the joy of creating your own clothes, accessories, and home decor while gaining valuable skills and unleashing your creativity.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, but 1 class live online is available.

Sewing 101: Basics (Virtual)

The New York Sewing Center @ Virtual Classroom

Ready to unlock your sewing potential? Join us at The New York Sewing Center for an inspiring journey through the basics of sewing. From mastering the sewing machine to completing your very own skirt, this virtual course is perfect for beginners and those in need of a refresher. Don't miss out on this opportunity to start creating beautiful garments and accessories!

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

 (4 sessions)

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Mending Jeans & Clothes

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Hey, you do a lot. And so do your clothes!  Why not take a moment to take care of yourself and the clothing that you love.  Transform your old clothes into something bright shiny and new! No matter the fabric, tear, missing button, or hole, learn how to care for your well-loved garments. In this class we will cover: hemming, interior patching, exterior patching, shashiko stitching and darning.  Students must bring clothes in need...

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Rag Lab Series 3: T-Shirt Collage

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

Class 3: T-Shirt Collage (Sewing machine optional) We will add personality to a T-shirt using scraps and hand stitching. Rag Lab is a series of workshops exploring ways to create interesting garments using mainly pre-worn clothing and found materials. If you have a pile of clothing in your life that you’re not feeling thrilled about wearing, Rag Lab is the perfect place to breathe new life into old rags. This class will be held via Zoom. A...

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Rag Lab Series 4: Sweet Sweaters

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

Class 4: Sweet Sweaters No sewing machine needed. We will add decorative embellishments to knit sweaters, using yarn and embroidery techniques. optional: sequins and beads. Rag Lab is a series of workshops exploring ways to create interesting garments using mainly pre-worn clothing and found materials. If you have a pile of clothing in your life that you’re not feeling thrilled about wearing, Rag Lab is the perfect place to breathe new life into...

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American Girl Doll Clothing

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This is a class for kids or adults or a team of a child and an adult. Make a fashion garment for your American Girl Doll! Choose any American Girl Doll Pattern and learn to construct it in this class.  Beginners should choose a simpler garment, while more advanced sewists and adult/child teams can choose a slightly more involved style. Enroll individually or as an Adult/Child team.

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Beginning and Advanced Sewing for Adults and Children

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Discover the joy of sewing as you create beautiful garments and accessories in this dynamic class for adults and children. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, you'll learn essential techniques and take on increasingly challenging projects. Join us at Desideratum and unleash your creativity with needle and thread.

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Wrap Skirt

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This simple wrap skirt features front and back darts, side pockets, and a bias faced hem that you may choose to make in the same fabric as the skirt of for a bit of surprise, make the bias hem facing a contrasting color or pattern. This is for Advanced Beginners and Advanced sewists.

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Recycled Garments and Accessories

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Do you have sweaters that have a hole, are stretched out, the wrong size or oops – were accidently thrown into the washer and dryer, garments that you love the fabric or embellishments, but you would like to restyle and combine with other garments or make into a completely different garment of accessory? Or do you just love the idea of recycling fashion to make new garments and accessories? In this class, students will work with garments that they...

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Soft, Silky, and Sheer

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

In this class, you will learn how to finish seams and hems on challenging fabrics. Students will start a simple project from suggested patterns to practice the techniques learned from doing the samples.  $35.00 kit fee includes instructions printed on cardstock for each technique, all fabrics, and stabilizer, silk ribbon and tissue paper.

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Cocoon Jacket

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Advanced Sewers - Knit fabric.  Make this knit, drapey, Loose-fitting Jacket with 7/8 sleeves, open front, rounded high-low hem, self-fabric band at neckline/hem and cuffs. The sleeves are just the right width so they hold in place when you push them up. Perfect for layering or as a cover-up. Make this simple jacket and proudly wear it with pants, dresses, or skirts. Can be casual or formal, depending on your choice of knit fabrics. ...

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Intro to Design

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

If you love sewing and fashion and are ready to design your own ideas but are not sure where or how to start, then this class is for you! You will learn how and where to look to be inspired to create your own design ideas. In this class, you will have exercises to make the process easy and fun! Once you begin to develop your design ideas, simple methods for sketching those ideas will be shown, allowing you to make preliminary sketches of your designs. ...

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Zip It - Zippers

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Never feel intimidated about putting a zipper into a garment or accessory ever again! In this class, you will learn how to sew a railroad zipper, lapped zipper and an invisible zipper. You will leave this class with sewn samples of the three zippers, as well as a cute lined zipper pouch, that you will construct in the class. Instructions for the zippers and pouch, printed on card stock, and the pouch pattern are included in the $15.00 kit along with...

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Easy Pillow Cover

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Learn to sew by making this simple envelope style pillow cover! This is a great class for adults as well as children - Ages 10 and up.  Please Note: All materials needed are listed in the Supply List will be emailed to the student.

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Easy Bindings and Facings

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

In this class, you will learn how to finish necklines, armholes, sleeves, and hems using bias. Add a one-of-a-kind feature to your garments using this technique. $20.00. kit fee includes instructions printed on cardstock for each technique and all fabrics.

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Re-Patterning a Basic Skirt

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Bring a basic pencil skirt pattern that fits you and learn how to re-cut the pattern to make many different styles of skirts. Techniques will be introduced using a 1/4 scale pencil skirt pattern You will learn how to manipulate this basic skirt shape into many different skirt designs. You will then be able to make the same adjustments to your own basic pencil skirt pattern.

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Beginning Sewing with a Pattern

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This class will be sewing with a machine from a clothing pattern picked by the teacher. We will cover sewing machine basics, choosing materials and how to work with a pattern. What to Bring: Students will need fabric and a pattern that will be discussed in the first class.  No need to purchase ahead of time. Suggested Materials: Sewing shears (special scissors) sewing pins (longer than normal) pin cushion.  Note:  ...

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Handsewing Basics

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Have you lost a a button on a shirt, snap has come loose, lost the eye or hook from a hook and eye to close the top of your garment, or part of your hem come undone and you have no idea how to fix them? Instead of paying high prices to have these simple "fixes" taken care of, take this class to learn how to sew a flat and shank button on properly, sew a snap, a hook and eye, pants or skirt hook and bar, and do an easy blind hem stitch. Find out how...

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Crash Course on Sewing

Desideratum @ 3009 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This course will introduce you to winding a bobbin, threading a machine, proper cutting, pinning and pressing techniques. You will learn to sew a plain seam, a french seam and how to match seams. Please Note: All materials needed are listed in the Supply List will be emailed to the student.

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Basic Sewing Machine SBU

TechShop San Francisco @ 926 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a sewing machine. Acquire skills to correctly thread machine, fill and place the bobbin, and change the foot. Also learn to sew straight, zig-zag, basting, and other specialty stitches. This machine sews through regular weight fabric but not heavy duty materials like leather or thick canvas. Go on to create pillows, clothing, plushies, costumes, and more!

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CAD to CAM Software: VCarve Pro and Cut3D 

TechShop San Francisco @ 926 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

In this information packed, hands-on, computer class you will learn the ins and outs of working with both VCarve Pro and Cut3D software packages. VCarve Pro is an easy-to-use CNC toolpath engine that generates precision toolpaths for virtually all CNC machines. You'll learn how to convert CAD DXF files and graphic designs into GCode-based CNC toolpaths for machining high quality parts and components.  Cut3D is a dedicated toolpath engine for...

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Discover the Best Sewing Classes in San Francisco

Sewing is a popular craft that involves using needles and thread to stitch together fabric and other materials. Sewing can be done by hand or by using a sewing machine. The first evidence of sewing is from the Paleolithic period when people would sew together animal hides to use as clothing or as a form of shelter. Sewing has come a long way since the invention of the sewing machine during the Industrial Revolution. 

Once the sewing machine was invented, hand sewing was no longer required to make clothing. This eventually led to the production of ready-made clothes. As a result, hand sewing in the West became seen as more of a hobby. However, hand sewing is still done for high-quality, detailed pieces. Hand sewing has also seen a surge in popularity as a cottage industry. 

If you live in San Francisco and are looking for a hobby, consider taking up sewing. There are classes you can take offered by local schools and community centers. You’ll be able to learn a new craft and socialize with others in your community. 

Why You Should Learn Sewing in San Francisco

Sewing is a great form of stress relief. When you sew, either by hand or by machine, you need to focus on the piece you’re creating so you don’t make mistakes. The focus needed when sewing provides a distraction from the stressors in your life. You can just spend the time you’re sewing thinking about the project you’re working on instead. This also encourages you to explore your creativity, as you design and plan out the project. 

If you have poor hand-eye coordination, you might benefit from sewing. Sewing requires fine attention to detail, which can improve hand-eye coordination. The nimble movements of your fingers that are required when sewing can also loosen your joints which can ultimately ease arthritis in some sufferers. 

There are sewing clubs and organizations that you can join to meet and socialize with other hobbyists. They’ll often hold sewing events that welcome new and experienced sewers. This will also allow you to ask experienced sewers for advice for your projects. 

In-Person Sewing Classes in San Francisco

You can sign up to take an in-person sewing class in San Francisco on CourseHorse if you’d like to learn how to sew. These classes are taught by expert instructors who will guide you through basic techniques. Some classes focus on hand sewing, while others use machines. Classes will be catered to a certain skill level. After you’ve worked your way through beginner-level sewing classes, you can sign up for intermediate and advanced courses. 

Sewing requires a few basic materials. First and foremost, you’ll need sewing needles, thread, and a sewing machine if you’d like to machine sew. Some classes will provide you with most or all of these materials, but other classes will require you to bring your own. You can check out the necessary materials for a class on the class page, or you can reach out to the host of the class to ask what you’ll be required to bring. 

New and returning in-person sewing classes are frequently added to CourseHorse. In the past, beginner-level classes have been offered, as well as classes focused on hand sewing. If you have basic sewing skills, you can also look for classes that focus on specific projects, like pillow covers and sewing on zippers.

If you’re interested in learning a craft that’s similar to sewing, check out the classes listed on CourseHorse. The Richmond Art Center, in Richmond, California offers a beginner-level crocheting class. Sewers might find familiarity with crocheting, which involves using a crochet hook to interlock yarn and other materials to create textiles. You can also take the center’s class, Beginning Floor Loom Weaving. In this class, you’ll learn basic weave structures and how to read a pattern.

Virtual Sewing Classes 

Virtual sewing classes are an alternative way to learn how to sew if there are no in-person classes in your area or if you can’t commute to a class. In a virtual class, you’ll be remotely led through the sewing process by a live instructor. They’ll provide you and the other participants with demonstrations and offer you feedback as you work through the class. Be aware that if you take a virtual sewing class, you’ll be responsible for procuring all the necessary materials ahead of your session. 

If you’re looking for a class in the basics of sewing, The New York Sewing Center offers Sewing 101: Basics. This class will teach you the fundamentals of sewing, like how to use equipment and read a commercial pattern. The center also teaches an intermediate class in pattern making. 

Sign up for Santa Monica College’s Home Sewing Bootcamp for in-depth instruction in home sewing. This virtual boot camp is perfect for beginners or those who need to refresh their sewing skills. An instructor will guide you through project-based, step-by-step exercises to help you gain sewing experience. By the end of the boot camp, you’ll have made a tote bag and a pair of drawstring shorts or pants. 

There are other virtual craft courses you can take if you’d like to branch out from sewing. The 92nd Street Y offers beginner-level classes in crocheting and knitting. You can learn about other virtual craft classes on CourseHorse. 

Private Group Sewing Classes in San Francisco

Are you looking to book a private group sewing class as a team-building event for your business or organization? CourseHorse has private group sewing classes that they can deliver to you and your team. 

You can use CourseHorse’s contact form on the website to reach out and ask about their private group sewing classes. You’ll be able to discuss your group’s learning needs and goals in taking the class. CourseHorse can also provide you with a 20-minute demo of a class for $100. This will allow you to see if the class is right for your group before booking. 

CourseHorse classes accommodate a range of group sizes. If you’re unsure of how many participants you’ll have, you can provide them with the minimum group size and update the number before the class takes place. 

CourseHorse does not charge a booking fee and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before the event. If you need to reschedule your class less than 48 hours beforehand, there will be a $150 rescheduling fee. Your group has the option of taking the class over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx. However, Zoom is the preferred platform. 


If your group is interested in other private craft classes, CourseHorse offers several. They have a virtual Macramé workshop and a virtual loom weaving workshop that your group may be interested in if they enjoy sewing.

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