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Where to Take Sewing Classes

Want to take your first sewing class, hone your stitch skills, or find advanced training in fashion design? There are many places in DC and the Washington metropolitan area that offer courses or programs to meet your needs. We’ll be adding more programs to this list as we become aware of them, so check back often!

If you know of a sewing/fashion program, class, or event we should add let us know.

Program Name Adults Youth
Art Institute of Washington

  • The Art Institute of Washington (located in Virginia) offers a fashion and retail management bachelor’s degree program. For more information, visit their website at
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Baltimore City Community College 410-986-5522

  • Baltimore City Community College offers a variety of courses in fashion illustration, patternmaking, fabric selection and garment construction. They also have associates degree and certificate programs in fashion design, patternmaking, and fashion retailing. More information can be obtained by calling the number above or by visiting
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Bits of Thread Sewing Studio

  • DC Threads co-founder Allison Lince-Bentley offers group classes and private lessons for all levels in her fully-equipped sewing studio in Adams Morgan. She also organizes sewing parties and offers a sewing machine rental program. For more information, please visit
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DC Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Classes are available for adults and youth at several recreation centers in the District. To find out more, register with the Department of Parks and Recreation to search their catalog of programs. Visit for more information.
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DC Threads Sewing Lounge

  • Yes, we shamelessly self-promote! The Sewing Lounge is a great (and free) way to start sewing for the first time, get back into sewing after a long dry spell, or enhance your existing skills. Our once-a-month lounges fill up extremely fast, so be sure to get on our email list if you’re not already. More information can be found on our lounge page.
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G Street Fabrics

  • G Street Fabrics (with locations in Maryland and Virginia) offers a long list of classes year round for adults and youth. The course list can be downloaded from the home page of their website at
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Hancock Fabrics

  • Hancock Fabrics in Forestville, MD have a number of beginner sewing classes, advanced sewing classes, as well as classes on topics such as jacket construction, making handbags and totes, sewing for babies, sewing with Faux Fur, knitting and crochet, jewelry classes and much more! ¬†For more information or a listing of all of Hancock’s classes you can visit us on the web at
SiNGA, Inc.

  • SiNGA, Inc. offer a training program that prepares graduates for careers in retail and the clothing and textile industries. Students get classroom training and practical experience in fashion and textile design, manufacturing, retailing, production sewing, industry practices, business planning, entrepreneurial skills and teamwork. For more information, visit
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The Fabric Peddler

  • Sewing classes, courses, and services (including screen printing, embroidery, custom sewing, and alterations) in Capital Heights, MD. Location is 8505 Edgeworth Dr., Capitol Heights, MD 20743. For more information, visit www.thefabricpeddler.comor call 301-336-3646.

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Think Outside the Store

  • Think Outside the Store is a wearable art studio in downtown Silver Spring, MD, that provides local residents with opportunities to explore alternatives to store-bought fashion. It offers all the tools you need to make and model your own unique, eco-friendly clothing, jewelry and accessories, including sewing and jewelry making workshops, personalized instruction, and photography services. For more information, see


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