Miami, FL, Schools with Sewing Classes
Students interested in taking sewing classes only have a couple of choices in schools in the Miami area, which are described in the paragraphs below. Program costs, among other school information, can be found in the comparison table.
- The Lindsey Hopkins Technical College, an institution that offers career programs to adults and high school students, has a sewing program that covers various topics in the fashion industry. The center is located 1.6 miles from downtown Miami.
- The School of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Miami Dade College, located 3.1 miles from downtown, offers a series of classes on sewing and pattern design. The classes are held during the day and evenings.
Comparison of Schools
While both schools highlighted above have open admissions or admit most of their applicants, they vary in terms of student enrollment, program costs and retention rates.
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical College||Miami Dade College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Four-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||646||56,001|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2019)|| $2,688 for complete program (resident)**
$10,762.50 for complete program (non-resident)**
| $133 (Learn to Sew)***
$133 (Sewing Advanced)***
|% of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||93%||82%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||71% for full-time students; 83% for part-time students||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate*||21% (5% transfer-out rate) (began 2014)||31% (7% transfer-out rate) (began 2011)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Lindsey Hopkins Technical College, ***Miami Dade College.
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
Governed by the Miami - Dade school board, the Lindsey Hopkins Technical College offers technical and vocational instruction to students 16 years of age and older. This school offers a fashion technology and production services program that provides sewing instruction.
Fashion Technology and Production Services Program
This 1,050-hour program prepares students for employment as tailors, custom sewers and pattern makers in the fashion industry. Students learn to practice safe handling techniques and maintain sewing equipment. They also develop the ability to use commercialized clothing patterns, as well as machine and hand sewing techniques.
The program consists of three 150-hour courses in the following areas of study: patternmaking, industrial seamstress, and garment fabrication. There are other courses required in the program for machine embroidery, menswear tailoring, and alterations. Students can enroll in each course individually or take all and complete the program. The curriculum consists of classroom assignments and lab work. Applicants should have tenth grade-level skills in math, reading and language. This day program can be completed in one year by full-time students.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is a large school with nine campuses that offers day, evening and weekend courses. The School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, located at the Kendall Campus, offers several sewing and pattern design classes.
Learn to Sew Class
This class is aimed at beginner and intermediate sewers. The 18-hour class is held for three hours, one day a week for six weeks. Students purchase their own materials based on a requirement list provided on the first day of class. The student can develop basic and advanced sewing skills by hand and on a sewing machine.
Sewing - Intermediate/Advanced Class
The student gets to choose a project and complete it using advanced sewing techniques learned in class. Each class is three hours in duration. Students entering this class should have already completed the 'Learn to Sew' class or possess knowledge of basic sewing and pattern usage. This course is 18 hours.