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Local Sewing Classes

We are always looking for classes to enhance our skills. The following is a list of teachers and schools to help fulfill our needs. If you know of classes not listed here please email with the information.

ASG Members

 Nancy Bensimon


Nancy teaches basic and intermediate sewing. She also offers instruction on all types of sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines.  A credentialed teacher with over 50 years of sewing experience, Nancy has written a Basic Sewing Workbook and A Machine Embroidery Workbook. Come and learn clothing construction, home dec, embroidery or quilting. Lessons are held in her home in Encinitas or client's home in North County area. References available on LinkedIn and pictures available on Facebook & Pinterest: SewCrazyNancy.  

Contact Nancy at 760-809-7787 or


Diana Cavagnaro

Diana has been teaching millinery for over 30 years, along with running a hat business, and writing a fashion column at San Diego Downtown News and La Jolla Village News.  The hat classes are at:

San Diego Mesa College

Each semester has a different 8 week class.  Check schedule for details on this 1 unit class and register at


West City College/San Diego Continuing Education

Textile Surface Design-Learn hatmaking and matching accessories.  Class is Monday from 5pm-9pm in room 211.  The class is FREE.  Come to class and register at 3249 Fordham Street, SD, CA 92110 or visit:


Alpine Hat Studio-Hat Classes from Master Milliner Diana Cavagnaro and classes from Guest Milliners from around the world such as Sydney Australia, Toronto, & Fullerton.  Current upcoming Milliner will be Jaycow from Toronto on March 2 & March 3 Check website for details on workshops:


Contact Diana at (619) 239-4287 or

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Jaci Gibson-Henrie


Jaci provides instruction on the most commonly used sewing machines; including various models of straight needles and sergers (overlocks). Classes are open to individuals or small groups at your choosing and venue, evenings or weekends. Age level sugggested would be from 12 to adult. Classes can be s specific as you require or skill building based. Learn 'gorilla mending', alterations, how to sew various fabrics, or just get a few hours to work through that last project problem and get rolling again. Enjoy the satisfaction of having clothing fit your unique figure; whether altering existing clothing or making something from the beginning.

Jaci's experience covers a wide range. She has been sewing for over 50 Years, worked in the garment industry, has taught as San Diego Continuing Education, and maintains a thriving personal Custom

Sewing business specializing in Costuming, Lingerie, and Dancewear. She is located in Central San Diego but is open to traveling within a 20 mile radius.

contact Jaci at 619-992-3282

Judy Stinton


Judy Stinton is a textile artist with a studio in San Diego’s Spanish Village Art Center. She produces award-winning hand dyed silk clothing that’s really wearable as well as jewelry and accessories. Her jewelry, which was featured in Sew News, has been described as colorful, flamboyant and elegant. As an author, teacher, artist, color & image consultant and designer, Judy’s career integrates many facets of her love for textiles.

Please visit her website for more information about her craft and classes.

Kathleen Swanson 

    Advanced sewing & fitting instruction

    Private & semi-private lessons

    Palmer/Pletch Certified Sewing Instructor


Kathleen Swanson

Valley Center, Ca

Public Schools

Grossmont Adult School


Poway Adult School


San Diego Community College District

which consists of City College, Mesa College, Miramar College and Continuing Education


Clicking on the link below will take you to a comprehensive district website where you can choose which school you are interested in.


Or you can click on the individual school link below


City College         


Mesa College        


Miramar College  


Continuing Education