Sewing & Needlework Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Online

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The Apparel Design & Merchandising program at the College of Alameda is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the apparel industry but, because this is a Community College, you may enroll for a few classes at relatively low cost without being in the certification program. Classes include Pattern Drafting and Grading, Sewing, Apparel History and Design.

Online enrollment available. Class Schedule can be downloaded.

College of Alameda

555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. Tel: 510.522.7221

Better Living Through Sewing offers one-day and four to six week workshops in basic sewing, copying garments, alterations, creating garments/accessories from patterns, costuming, home decorating, and specialty classes like making custom dressmaker's forms, hats and more.  Private and children's lessons also available.

Email for more information.

Better Living Through Sewing

North Oakland @ 40th and Broadway (Private studio; contact instructor for  address), 94609
Tel: 510.681.3779

Bolt's End offers Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Sewing classes. Call store for information.

Bolt's End

2743 Castro Valley Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Tel: 510.537.1684

The Fashion Design Dept. at Canada College offers classes to prepare you for a career in fashion or develop apparel skills for your own personal interest.Limited selection of evening classes.

Contact Ronda Chaney, Coordinator of the Fashion Design Dept. for more information.

Canada College

4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA 94061

Tel: 650.306.3370

The Costume Gallery offers online classes lasting 4-6 weeks. Class fees vary (approx. $50 - $75, plus cost of materials). Most classes require basic sewing skills. Recent classes include Making a Pair of Elizabethan Gloves, Parasol History and Restoration, Making a Late 18th Century Wardrobe.

Current class schedule and online registration.

The Costume Gallery

Online classes

Fremont Community Education offers classes in Beginning and Intermediate Sewing, Pattern Making and Sewing for Kids.

Fremont Community Education

4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont, CA
Beginning and advanced sewing/tailoring classes. Call or email store at for their newsletter that includes class schedule.

The Sewing Machine Place

239 Broadway
Milbrae, CA 94014
Tel: 650.697.4739

Beginning & Intermediate Sewing; Seams, Patterning, wide range of hands on classes such as Victorian Corset, Fitting the Muslin, Jewelry, Glove Making and more at the San Francisco Sewing Workshop.

Order a class catalog.

The Sewing Workshop

2010 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Tel: 415.221.7397

Renee Hathaway, owner of Seams Dreamy, a dressmaking business, teaches sewing classes in her home. Small class size and personal attention.

Contact Renee for upcoming class info.

Seams Dreamy

248 H Street, Fremont, CA 94536
Tel: 510.299-1524

Sew-it-All offers private sewing lessons, sewing classes, and specialty workshops.
3653-A Buchanan St. at NorthPoint, San Francisco, CA 94123

At Stone Mountain & Daughter in Berkeley, classes are divided in The First Step (Basic Sewing), The Next Step (Individual Projects, Zippers, Seams, Waistbands, Hems, etc.), Guest Workshops & Lectures (Sandra Betzina, Diane Ericson, Fred Bloebaum & others), Specific Garment Making (Knits, Pants, Jacket, etc.) and Speciality Classes (Hatmaking, Quilting). Classes are offered weekday afternoons & evenings, and weekend afternoons.

Complete class information is available on the website. You may register for classes by phone (510.845.6106). A printed schedule is available in the store.

Stone Mountain & Daughter

2518 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

The Village Sewing Center offers mostly quilting classes, but they do have a basic sewing class in addition to classes for the machines that they sell.

Village Sewing Center

210 Coddingtown Mall
Tel: 707.544.7529
The Vintage Pattern Lending Library is an online source for modern and/or historical construction techniques. These classes are appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced sewers. Students may access the Library's extensive collection of pattern copies to create period garments.

Vintage Pattern Lending Library

869 Aileen St.
Oakland, CA 94608
Tel: 510.655.3091

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Last update 7/26/12