ADULT SEWING CLASSES, ages 18 and up

Sew New York's Sewing Classses - Fashion forward classes for beginners with Laura McCracken

Beginner Sewing 101.

At Sew New York we focus on the construction of clothing and our beginner sewing classes offer classes for the new beginner as well as for the student who already has knowledge of sewing.

Start with the basics

  • Sewing machine basics,  and how to operate the sewing machine
  • Hand sewing techniques
  • Tools of the trade
  • Terminology
  • Seams and stitiches
  • Work with wonderful commercial patterns, how to use and read the pattern
  • Learn the beauty of different fabrics
  • Discover the great resources of Manhattan's garment district

If you already know how to use the sewing machine and other sewing basics, or if you have no knowledge you will just move on and progress from the beginning and on to newer skills as you learn the art of sewing, classes are for the new beginner as well as the student who is sewing at advanced levels. You will learn and become familiar with the tools of the trade. Discover all the great resources Manhattan's garment district has to offer and the best places to get everything for sewing in NYC. Learn the world of fabrics. Learn how to read and use a pattern.

Most classes are are semi-private with 2 students, so you will get plenty of one-on one attention as you work at your own pace, and the semi-privates are a bit more fun then the private one-on-one classes, as you also get to learn from the other student. Classes are 1hr 55 minutes, and meet once a week at your scheduled class time.

We can teach you how to sew interior goods as well.

Private one-on-one classes are offered, please email and write to inquire for a class time.  

Many sewing schools offer classes where you make a simple wrap skirt or a tote bag in about 4 or 5 classes, basically you are just sewing straight seams and not much more. In these classes you are learning how to use the sewing machine but you’re not learning the major fundamental techniques that go into sewing a garment, so that you will be able to sew and carry out projects on your own, and large classes don’t provide enough one-on-one attention. Our focus is to teach you all the correct fundamentals and techniques from sewing at the machine, as well as the many hand sewing techniques that go into constructing a complete garment.

So start sewing the right way, learn how to read a pattern, learn how to put in a zipper, or how to put a sleeve into a garment and so much more.

Your first project will be a complete skirt and the finished product will be beautifully and professionally constructed, one that you will be proud to wear.

Draping 101 (Draping classes are temporarily suspended). Apparel Design-learn the art of draping in 3 dimensional form. This class is an introduction to basic draping principles.  (Currently the draping classes have been suspended till further notice)

For rate info please go to the rates page.

To sign up for classes please go to the contact page or email Laura at

You will study with Laura McCracken, a former designer, stylist, weaver and teacher. Laura is reaching those who love the world of sewing and design with her Sew New York classes. She is also a former school teacher who was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. Her skills, patience and craftsmanship for this study spans over 25 years.


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