Private Sewing Lessons


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Have you always wanted to learn how to sew but afraid to touch a sewing machine? Or wonder why your hungry sewing machine keeps eating your projects and jamming? Let me help you get started and make you feel comfortable using a sewing machine, or help you finish your projects!

Private sewing lessons are a great way to master your sewing skills quickly! Whether you are a beginner, or have a project that you're working on, you can book as many hours as you'd like, and add more later!  We recommend that you book at least 2 hours/session.  Please email Marie at after you purchase your hours to schedule your private lesson(s). Private lessons are available most days between the hours of 10am-8pm.

Where: Trixy Xchange - 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Studio #232 Chicago, IL 60657 (Wicker Park) 
Cost: $30/hour 
Prerequisite: None 
Minimum Age: 18. Students under that age of 18 must have their parent's written permission to use a sewing machine. 
Trixy Xchange will Provide: Expert instructions, sewing machines, cutting tables, basic notions, basic tools, and fabric for mock-ups

Things we could explore: 
Parts of the sewing machine including various stitches, accompanying pressure and tension, and how to change your presser foot 
How to thread your sewing machine and wind your bobbin 
Seam allowances 
Seam finishes and hems 
Sewing and drafting darts with transfer paper and a tracing wheel 
Installing zippers 
How to layout and cut your fabric with a pattern 
How to pin your pattern and fabric together correctly 
Reading and following commercial patterns

Instructor: Marie Gouwens is the owner and designer of Trixy Xchange. She specializes in costumes and upyclced clothing. She believes in taking care of the world that we inhabit, and therefore creates a generous amount of designs that are upcycled from clothing and materials that are donated to her studio! It's a creative challenge that she has embraced, which also keeps her designs fresh, beautiful and eco-friendly. 

Directions to Studio: Trixy Xchange is located in the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park. When you get to the 2nd floor, take a left at the top of the stairs, take another immediate left, go around the bend, and look for our Clothing Recycling Bin in front of our studio! 

Contact: Please email Trixy at with any questions!

Materials to bring

Please bring any sewing projects they'd like to work on. If you are a beginner, just please bring yourself to the first session! We will provide the sewing machines.

What will be provided

Sewing Machines, Fabric for Mock Ups, Thread, Scissors

Trixy Xchange
1579 N Milwaukee Ave, #232
Chicago, IL, 60622

Student Reviews

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    Carel Q.
    Private Sewing Lessons

    Marie was awesome! I learned a lot during our 2-hour class. She focused on the things that I wanted to learn and shared her tips and tricks that make sewing easier. She paid close attention to the fact that I am a semi-beginner (I made a garment before but didn't like the result) and taught me well how to start from a pattern guide to creating patterns, how to deal in case there are issues encountered with a sewing machine, tools needed to make the job easy and sewing techniques to get better results. I'm happy to have taken this class and excited to start my next project..

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Hi! I'm Marie! I've been designing clothing for over 15 years! When I'm not making crazy, awesome things for, I like to teach others how to let their creativity flow. I'm always amazed at the ideas that my students come up with, and find that they in turn, inspire me as well!

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