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Saralynn A.

Sewing instructor

Kirkland, WA (98034)

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I am a professional dressmaker/ tailor and have been in business for more than 20 years. I have been involved in teaching/sewing as a volunteer for most of my adult life in various forms and enjoy the opportunity to introduce others to an art that can be not only fun and economical, but with practice and work can also become a career.

Sewing, just due to its very nature, is better in a hands-on situation and such I would be planning to meet with students personally. Before the first lesson, I would prefer to speak with students on the phone and discern their interests and goals. From this I will be able to craft my lessons to match with these goals and recommend any such equipment as may be needed initially. I look forward to speaking with anyone who is interested in pursuing sewing or needle arts and would be happy to answer any further questions.

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I was taught basic crochet, embroidery and crewel work by my invalid grandmother as a young child as she was embarrassed that she had "failed" in her teaching of my mother, her only child. I still have several examples of tablecloths and such that we worked on together. My mother wasn't totally inept. Though she was primarily a fantastic gourmet cook, after my grandmother passed, she was determined to carry on the legacy that my grandmother and I shared and as such signed us both up for needlepoint classes for several years. I still have examples of this work as well. Other than passing on these skills to my four daughters & granddaughters (or at least attempting to in a couple of cases), I no other formal education in needlework-- just a love and appreciation of the results' beauty and design.

My teaching plan starts with acquainting the student with the supplies and the variations thereof. Though some supplies would not be suitable for a beginner, a knowledge of all the possibilities and an understanding of each variation limitations and uses gives the student the knowledge to make supply choices that are within reach of their skill level. From there, we will be working on small samples of the basic skills so to practice these skills until the student is familiar with the stitch/procedure involved and then to keep a good sample of their work for reference later. Further lessons go into an initial project using these practiced skills. As the lessons proceed, more complicated skills, finishing (framing, making the project into a garment or such, etc), and integrating these skills into other areas of crafting would be introduced. The time frame for this would vary on the time that the student has available for lessons and homework as well as possible physical limitations of the student.

Needlework involves skills that many in our society feel are outmoded. This, however, is incorrect as many professions have actually sought teaching in these areas to improve eye-hand coordination, improve the ability to focus, increase self-accomplishment and provide directed stress relief. Some of the most famous athletes, musicians, writers, etc. have been famous for creating special projects and then donating them to many charitable organizations. Needlework is for everyone.


I initially was taught to sew by my invalid grandmother. Initially she taught me hand sewing and eventually had me working by machine and hand small projects and mending for her as her illness progressed. My first formal classes were through a local Singer sewing store and then in junior high. During this period, I no longer was doing projects for just my grandparents, but also my own extended family. I also taught youth groups and individuals in these groups as a volunteer. I first took on paying projects during college when I developed a reputation for not only alterations & mending garments but also modifying clothes that had been sent by well-meaning parents to my friends and others. During this period, I took my first Edna Bishop tailoring course (classical tailoring), followed shortly by a job working and eventually teaching classes for a local Singer sewing store. As my children grew, I again took to doing alterations and mending on a neighborhood basis, but also took several classes through our local technical college and other seminars in fitting, couture sewing, modern tailoring and specialty fabrics. I still assist with youth groups acting as a judge for 4H and being their project connection. I have also worked professionally in production sewing and tailor shops, and nearly 20 years ago, began a small alterations business. Though I no longer work just by myself, but with one of my daughters, who I taught initially, it continues to this day.

The class progression would depend on what the student's or group's goal is. To be able to construct shorts or a formal dress would have an entirely different curriculum than someone who desires to make couch pillows, or just keep up the clothes that their children damage during play. The time involved, supply list and the costs of these supplies would also vary greatly and would need to be evaluated and discussed with the student or group to make sure that all of our expectations are considered. In the case of a group class, the allowable number of students would be determined by their current skill level(s).

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Great tutor! Highly recommended! Saralynn is lovely; very knowledgeable, organized, professional, informative and passionate about sewing. I am excited for my upcoming lessons and I would definitely recommend her to others wanting to learn how to sew. ...

— Heather from Seattle, WA on 6/1/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

All lessons are one hour with the rate of $35 for lessons to be located within 15 miles of my home. Further locations and groups groups of 5 or less are charged accordingly.

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Saralynn will travel within 25 miles of Kirkland, WA 98034.

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