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Mary W.

Fox Lake, IL

$40/hour

Practical sewing for children and adults

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 66 ratings
Very knowledgable and patient
— Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 3/20/16

$40/Hour


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Purdue
Theatre Psychology

Education

Purdue (Theatre Psychology)

About Mary

Three generations of women taught me every sewing skill that they knew, and I have been sewing since early childhood. After graduating college I was a professional costumer for five years. I learned to draft patterns, and how to work with different fabrics to achieve the desired effects. If I could see a picture of the garment, I could make it. Since I was working at a college, I had the opportunity to teach students how to sew. These students had little to no experience. After that, I sold sewing machines and fabric for both So-Fro and Joann's. Fast forward 27 years, I am back working part time at Joann's and discovered that the most asked question is "where can I learn to sew" So, I decided to offer sewing lessons. My approach is very practical, teaching to whatever level necessary. I take the stress, pressure and fear away from learning to sew.

My cooking experience followed the same path. At age 9, I worked for my mother as she worked in professional kitchens. Since then, I have cooked for groups as large as 150, or as small as 1. I can teach you how to make beautiful, practical meals for your family or for someone that can no longer cook but loves homemade meals. All fresh, healthy and flavorful.
Three generations of women taught me every sewing skill that they knew, and I have been sewing since early childhood. After graduating college I was a professional costumer for five years. I learned to draft patterns, and how to work with different fabrics to achieve the desired effects. If I could see a picture of the garment, I could make it. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Rate is for a single student. If two students, the second is 50% off. Adults lessons are scheduled two hours. Children lessons are scheduled for one hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Fox Lake, IL 60020

"Very knowledgable and patient"

- Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 3/20/16

"Mary is a Great Teacher"

- Linda, Lake Villa, IL on 5/21/16

"We would highly recommend Mary!"

- Noelle, Wauconda, IL on 1/5/15

"Great tutor with lots of experience and knowledge."

- Stacie, Waukegan, IL on 7/4/14
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Cooking

I have been cooking since a child. My mother was a professional cook, I learned to be her prep cook early on.

During the winter, I monthly prepare a for a social service group, consisting of 20 to 100 people. I have also catered graduation, engagement parties and have prepared meals for homebound.

I believe that the trick to preparing healthy, fresh meals for any size audience is planning, this is what I teach to everyone that works with me. The art of preparing meals that appear to be very complicated can really be easy to prepare.

Sewing

I have been sewing since I was a child, taught by three generations of women in my family. After college, I was a professional costumer that trained college students to meet their practicum requirements, adjusting my teaching styles to work with students of multiple skill levels.

For three years I sold sewing machines, providing machine lessons, again to multiple skill level students. One of my personal achievements was to teach a vision impaired person to use their sewing machine.

I pride myself on being able to teach students regardless of age and skills.

Purdue
Theatre Psychology

Education

Purdue (Theatre Psychology)

Very knowledgable and patient

Mary is great! She explains things very well and is very patient. She made sure she addressed my questions until i fully understand the answer, having me go through some sewing exercises to help me understand better.

— Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 3/20/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Rate is for a single student. If two students, the second is 50% off. Adults lessons are scheduled two hours. Children lessons are scheduled for one hour

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 40 miles of Fox Lake, IL 60020.