Group Class General Information




Classes are held in Inwood and Washington Heights.  Sewing classes are generally held in my home studio on Park Terrace West near Isham Park. Depending on enrollment size, hand sewing, art, and jewelry classes may be also held in 5030 Broadway studio space, or in one of several community locations in Washington Heights and Inwood. You will receive the address of the class location after registering.


Take the A train to 207th St. or the 1 train to 215th St. (see map).
Street parking is very sparse - expect to park in a lot if you're driving. There's an Edison ParkFast on 10th Ave and 213th and a small lot on Broadway and 215th. You can also take the M100, Bx7, and Bx12 buses.

For more information about my home studio or class location, please call or email.


Class Format

Class Size

All classes are relatively small, giving you plenty of personal instruction and still allowing you freedom of choice. Sewing classes are up to four students a time; jewelry, art, and hand sewing classes are generally 4-8 students.

Open Sew 

Need more time to get a project done, but don't have a sewing machine?  During open sew you may come and use my machines, cutting space and other equipment. Both daytime and evening open sew hours are available by the hour at $15 an hour, or $10 per hour when purchasing punch cards (starting at 5 hours).  Students should come prepared to work independently, though I am available on site for an occasional question.

Machine Rental

On select days, you may rent a Singer Stylist 7258 machine from me for $20 per day, plus a $50 insurance deposit which is returned if the machine comes back in the same condition in which it was rented. 

To reserve either open sew time or rent a machine, please email me or call (212) SEW-9231 and press 0.


Reservation Policy

All class reservations equal a ticket for the specific day of the class, except for open sew time and private lessons. Please understand that I cannot issue refunds for classes due to the small class size. If you would like to try before you buy, I occasionally offer free and low cost single session workshops in the community. Refer to my main class page for details.

Payment options

I accept cards on my site, cards in person, cash, Venmo, and PayPal. To set up a Venmo or PayPal transaction, please email.



Rachel is super outgoing, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She provided a great refresher for me with her introductory sewing class. Rachel was very hands-on and encouraging. The class was well paced and provided ample time to ask questions and receive guidance. Definitely worth taking.
— Katharine
Rachel’s jewelry making class was relaxed, informative and fun! She was very welcoming and I felt comfortable exploring a new creative outlet as Rachel allowed room for self discovery perfectly timed with instruction and guidance. I loved the necklace I made and gave it to my sister as a gift!
— Veronica
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Q. I'd like to learn to sew, but I'm not sure I have the skills or creativity.  How do I know if the class is right for me?

A. Everyone can develop creativity.  I can't throw a ball to save my life, but my son's Little League coach asked me to help out in practice, and to my surprise I had fun and did a pretty good job!  

All my classes can be adapted to the individual.  If you have specific needs or concerns, just ask!  I am accustomed to meeting individual needs and have over ten years of teaching experience with a wide range in ages and learning styles. I've taught reluctant middle schoolers, special needs students, college students, small children, and English language learners. I specialize in making learning approachable and fun. Due to my small format lessons, you won't be left behind.

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