Classes Thomas House 1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW 882-3239

Beginning and advanced dressmaking, alterations. Tuesday afternoons beginning Sept. 10. Also needlecraft class, Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 12. $35 for eight two-hour sessions. Katherine Davis/ A Woman's Tailor 802 Janice Dr. Annapolis 301-268-1843

Two specialized courses: English tailoring methods, in which the student will construct a blazer or suit, $70 for eight lessons, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.; and apparel design through the flat pattern, for those who sew well and are interested in a fashion career, $250 for 10 lessons, Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service 2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE 678-2800

Sewing classes offered every Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. Also seasonal crafts every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, and creative fabric and fiber art every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon. Sandy's Fabrics Charles County Plaza Highway 301, Box 100-2 Waldorf, Md. 20601 301-645-1080

Sewing for beginners, plus French sewing, pants and blazer construction for those with basic skills. $5 per class. Times and starting dates vary. $5 preregistration fee for all classes accepted by mail or in person. Dannemann Fabrics and Crafts 5524 Leesburg Pike Bailey's Crossroads 703-671-0600

Sewing for beginners, and tailoring classes for the more experienced. Mornings and evenings available. $40 for six to eight two-hour classes. Lorelei Troup 13409 Grenoble Dr. Rockville 301-871-1546

Classes in English smocking, French handsewing, picture smocking, construction of children's clothes and more. Day and evening classes, $8 to $25. Locations in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Rockville. Karen Halcala Springfield 703-569-2657

French handsewing, five two-hour classes, $55 including supplies. Call for times and dates. Ardis School of the Arts 1728 Connecticut Ave. NW 234-6537

A variety of classes for all skill levels, including pattern-making and tailoring, pocket-making, millinery and shirt-making. Fees and times vary. Verna McCauley 12 M St. NW 682-0840

Beginning and advanced classes, Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Also Saturday. Six sessions, $35. Call Inez for information. The Sewing Woman 333-2057

Sewing fashions for the full-figured woman using regular store-bought patterns. Prior sewing experience helpful but not necessary. $5 per hour. Call for dates and times. Danneman Fabrics Maryland City Shopping Center Fort Meade Road Laurel 301-498-6500

Day and evening classes in basic sewing and tailoring. Six weeks, $25 to $30. Also sewing for the home, Saturdays, beginning in November, $15 per class. Prince George's Community College Greenbelt Department of Recreation Largo Campus 301-322-0797

Slipcovers, drapery, shades and pillows, quilting classes. Times, dates, fees and locations vary. Call for information. Maryland Sewing Machine and Vacuum Cleaner Center Allentown Mall Branch Avenue and Allentown Road Camp Springs 301-889-7200

A variety of classes: introduction to sewing; jacket, blouse and lingerie construction; embroidery; quilting; applique'; and Christmas ornaments. Times, dates and fees vary. Fashion Plate Box 2638 Springfield 22152 703-644-0679

Ultra Fit fitting classes emphasizing grain-line balance on the body without using measurements or flat patterns. For all sewing levels in bodice, skirt, pants or jacket. Fees and times vary. Write for information or call after Sept. 19. Terry Lee Williams 334 11th St. SE 546-4768 (evenings)

Beginning basic sewing techniques and advanced instruction, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, $40-50 for four sessions a month. Bishop Method of Clothing Construction Council Ramada Inn Tysons Corner Contact Ruhamah Strite, 703-560-1481

Adapting designer couture and ready-to-wear techniques for home sewers. Previous sewing skill desired. Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35 for two-day course. Gunston School 2700 S. Lange St. Arlington Contact Ethel Kocenski, 703-528-2461

Coat construction to learn tailoring techniques. Previous sewing experience desired. Nov. 14-16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $45. Mary Haddow Four Corners Silver Spring 301-681-5687

Basic sewing repair (hems, buttons, mending). No previous skill required, $6 per hour. Classes by appointment. Also English smocking, beginning and intermediate levels, $24 for four one-hour sessions. Day and evening classes available. Stretch & Sew 14340 Layhill Rd. Silver Spring 301-598-8640

Variety of sewing classes, including beginners, raincoat, jacket, lingerie, sweater construction and more. Fees about $5 per class. Times and dates vary. Call to register. Linda Wardle Arlington 703-533-8856

Instruction in sewing with Ultrasuede: skirts, jackets, pants, coat-dresses. Tuesdays, starting Oct. 1, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., continuing every two weeks through Feb. 11. Fabriarts Shady Grove Rockville 301-977-4198

Sew back-to-school clothes for your little ones. No special skills required. Eight two-hour classes, $80. Times flexible. Also applique', embroidery and textile-painting classes. Homa Akbar The Towers 4201 Cathedral Ave. NW 363-9099, 657-9480

Advanced sewing course covers personalized patterns to finished item, including evening gowns, bridal, coats and more. Two evenings a week, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $40 per session. The Studio/Workshoppe 4720 Montgomery La., Suite 805 301-654-4453 or 301-530-8609 after 6 p.m.

Classes for beginner to advanced. Two-hour classes meet weekly, $50 per month. Needlework classes meet 1 1/2 hours weekly, $40 per month. Also pattern drafting and more. Call for days and times. G Street Fabrics 11854 Rockville Pike Rockville 301-231-8998

Variety of classes includes basic sewing, tailoring, patternmaking, coat, lingerie and drapery construction. Times, dates and fees vary. Call to register. Maranatha Creations 14221 Sturtevant Rd. Silver Spring 301-384-1634

Basic sewing starts Sept. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., 12 classes, $26. Sportswear construction starts Sept. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., six classes, $30. Lingerie starts Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., three classes, $25. Home decorating sewing starts Sept. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., four classes, $50. District of Columbia Public Schools Division of Career and Adult Education Bell Adult Career Center 673-7314 Capital View Plaza 767-8272 Mount Moriah 544-5588 Roosevelt Adult High 576-6130

Josephine Sam teaches classes in clothing construction for all levels of skill, mornings and evenings. Millinery, too. Call for more information. Excel-Sew 202-829-1416

Sewing classes for beginners and intermediates. Locations and hours to be agreed upon. Fees vary depending on skill. Call for information. A Quality Co. 6309 Georgia Ave. NW 291-3000

Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. Machine instruction, machine embroidery, making jeans, tailoring and more. Classes meet weekly for six two-hour sessions. Fees from $25 to $60. Ramona Smith Oakton, Va. 703-255-3110

Beginning sewing every Monday through Thursday, noon to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Also intermediate classes for those who wish to further develop skills and techniques, every Monday through Thursday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. All classes start Sept. 16. Six one-hour sessions, $75. Soo Young Lim School of Fashion Designing 804 W. Broad St. Falls Church 703-532-3325/5535

General course in custom design teaches pattern-making, designing, fitting, tailoring, clothing construction and professional finishing. $65 per month for 10 months. Join anytime. Basic sewing skills required. Also basic sewing and draping classes. Call for hours and dates. Arlington Public Schools Vocational and Career Education Program 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington 703-684-9000

Sewing for beginner and intermediate levels. Tailoring, quilting and doll-making. Day and evening classes. Two to 10 sessions, from $10 to $57 per course. Times and dates vary. Cranford & Stiggons Sewing Center Suite 221 3405 Bonita St. Suitland 301-630-9164

Beginning sewing through tailoring. Morning and evening sessions, 2 1/2 hours. Six-week course, $49.95 Janet Stollnitz Silver Spring 301-681-5748

Hand-woven clothing includes garment design, selecting yarns, fabric finishing, closures and trims. Five two-hour sessions beginning the week of Oct. 1, $50. Seams for Scenes 10700 Bickford Ave. Clinton 301-868-0754

Basic sewing requires no skills and covers measurements, learning basic textiles and basic techniques. Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m, starting Sept. 14, $45. Continues in November with Basic Sewing II, with detailed techniques, zippers, covered buttons and more. Yolanda Voss Studio International Suite 200 Wilde Lake Village Green Columbia 301-730-8288 (between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.)

Tailoring and drafting classes taught days and evenings, one day to six months. Courses begin Sept. 14. Fees from $29.50. Write or call for information. The Design Studio 4207 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington 703-243-7377/533-2893

Classes in pattern-making, sewing techniques, construction and design. All levels of skill. Classes meet weekly for 2 1/2 hours. Also classes in draping and illustration. Call 703-522-5350. The Lady C Workshop 5122 St. Barnabas Rd. Temple Hills 301-630-5798

Basic sewing course teaches the fundamentals of clothing construction, no skills required, $60 for nine classes. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Portia Hamman 703-662-2238

Beginning to advanced, five- to eight-lesson courses. Days and evenings, $50. Sewing machines provided. Students furnish pattern, fabric and notions. Also tailoring and Ultrasuede classes (requires working knowledge of sewing), $60. Stefani's 2432-A Cedar Ave. Annapolis 301-266-5857

Beginning sewing class requires no experience and focuses on use of the sewing machine, selecting patterns and construction of a basic skirt or slacks. $60 for eight weekly two-hour sessions.Thursday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. Call to register after 4:30 p.m. Public Schools of the District of Columbia Armstrong Adult Education Center First and O streets NW 673-7356

Knitting, crochet and needle arts classes begin in October. Ten sessions, $5 lab fee for District residents. Register on first day at 8:30 a.m. in Room 230. Jane Lawler Savitske 7703 Tower Woods Dr. Springfield 703-455-0320

Classes in English smocking and French handsewing by machine. Knowledge of clothing construction and embroidery required. Fees $10 to $30. Learn to make heirloom Christmas ornaments, smocked children's clothing, baby bonnets and ladies' nightgowns. Call for schedule. The Weaving Depot 652-7080

Frame-weaving class working on a two-harness rigid-heddle loom, five weeks, $65. Also four- and eight-harness floor loom class, eight weeks, $95. Fees include some yarn. Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes meet Wednesday evenings or Thursday and Saturday mornings. Call Sally Stewart for more information. Kneedles and Knots 18229 Village Mart Dr. Olney 301-774-5047

Beginning and intermediate knitting, Thursdays, 10:30 to noon, and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Beginning and intermediate crochet, Mondays, 10:30 to noon, and Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Needlework and stenciling workshops, Tuesday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Call for fees and starting dates. Yarns & Twines 5008 Connecticut Ave. NW 686-6464

Beginning knitting teaches the inexperienced to make a vest. Five Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $40. Finishing techniques, one session Sept. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $20. Two-color knitting for advanced knitters, Sept. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $20. Crochet finishing techniques for the advanced knitter, Oct.10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $20. Rima Shaffe-Meyer 291-9324

Beginning weaving, Tuesday evenings for 12 sessions, $200. Beginning spinning, six sessions on Thursday evenings, $100. Classes begin the week of Sept. 30. Arlington Recreation Division Lubber Run Center 300 N. Park Dr. Arlington 703-558-2700/558-2671

Beginning to advanced classes offered. Machines available. Eight sessions, $10. Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., from Sept. 26, or Saturdays, 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., from Sept. 28. Knitting and crocheting from basics to advanced, meet Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 24, $10. Also workshops in quilting, holiday decorations and more. Call to register. D.C. Cooperative Extension Service Tomorrow's World Art Center Lansburgh Building 420 Seventh St. NW, 6th floor 829-1188, 727-6880

Learn to sew clothes for the family in a free 10-week course on Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call for information and to register. Ethel Martin 1711 28th Place SE 583-7382

Beginning and intermediate sewing classes offered two nights a week for 1 1/2 hours. Fees $5 to $8 per hour. Also tailoring and pattern alterations. Private lessons too. Call for information. Millie Shott Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW 282-2201

Sewing course includes design, cutting, construction, finishing and use of machine. Mondays, 10 to noon, $45 for 10 weeks. Register after Labor Day. Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Adult Education and Summer School 12518 Greenly Dr. Silver Spring 301-942-8304

Beginner's classes include clothing construction, blouse workshop and English smocking. For more experienced sewers: dressmaking, fitting and more. Day and evening classes. Most meet for seven two-hour sessions, $26. Call for location and registration information. Irene Conte Stafford 703-659-3309

Sewing, tailoring, design and draperies for all levels of skill. Courses limited to three students per class. Times and dates to be agreed upon. $5 per hour. American Sewing Guild and the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service Armory Place 925 Wayne Ave. Silver Spring Contact Roselyn Rensing, 703-690-2317 or Lorraine Harr, 301-423-7155

One-day surge-and-sew courses teaching use of overlock machines and knitting machines. No previous sewing experience necessary. Classes meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. $3. Curran Square Fabrics 6725 Curran St. McLean 703-556-9292

Ultrasuede jacket, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 10-15. Six lessons, $48. Ultrasuede skirt starts Sept. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Four sessions, $24. Custom fit, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $16. Using the Master Pattern, Oct. 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $16. Introduction to Patternmaking, three weekly sessions starting Oct. 13, 1 to 5 p.m., $75. Call for information on these and other classes. Warfield of Washington 3240 P St. NW 333-4445

Beginning smocking classes starting Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Four two-hour sessions, $45, including materials. Eileen Thornburg West Springfield 703-451-8637

English smocking for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Embroidering experience helpful. Fee $25. Call for times and dates. Burke Centre Conservancy Burke Centre, Va. 703-978-2928

French handsewing by machine, shadow-work embroidery, machine applique', beginning English smocking and smocked Christmas ball. Basic skills helpful and for some classes, require, $8 to $10 per class. Times and dates vary. Call to register. Dorothy Larkum Alexandria 703-836-2331

All aspects of embroidery, especially planning and working linen samplers. Individuals, $6 per hour; groups $4 per hour. Intermediate and advanced skills preferred. Times to be arranged. The Stitching Post 1675-G Crystal Square Arcade Crystal City Underground Arlington 703-521-8414

Beginning and advanced quilting, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Six weeks, $35. Also smocking and fabric stenciling. Call for information. The Quilt Patch 3932 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax 703-273-6937

Quilting, applique', quilted clothing and decorative items. Day and evening classes. Fees, times and dates vary. Mary Penders Quilting Classes Apple Pie Country Design Langley Shopping Center 1382 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean 703-734-0044

Beginning quilt-making teaches the techniques of patchwork, applique' and quilting. Thursday mornings and evenings starting Sept. 19. Six two-hour sessions, $55. Sampler quilts require a basic course. Tuesday mornings and evenings starting Sept. 17, six lessons, $65. Medallion quilts, an advanced course, Wednesday mornings only, beginning Sept. 16. Six lessons, $65. Morning classes are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., evening classes are 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Mary Alice Ahearn Garrett Park, Md. 301-946-8358

Beginning, intermediate and advanced weaving techniques including beading, applique' and warping. Looms available to rent. Times, dates and fees vary. Call to register. Smithsonian Resident Associate Program 357-3030

Courses include Japanese embroidery, applique', needle-weaving, fabric design on silk, and creative knitting. Dates, times, fees and locations vary. Jeanne Benson Silver Spring-Adelphi area 439-0673

Beginning quilt-making covers the basics in precision piecing, applique', the quilt stitch and finishing techniques. Six two-hour sessions, $48. Advanced classes also offered. Call for dates and time. Community Quilts 7248 Wisconsin Ave. NW Bethesda 301-654-7763

Beginning classes in patchwork, applique' and quilting. Six two-hour sessions, $45. Get-started-on-a-quilt class, four two-hour sessions, $30. Applique' and repetitive-design class, two 2 1/2-hour sessions, $25. Julie's Quilt Shop 282 N. Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg 301-258-7370

Beginning to advanced quilting classes. Call for fees, dates and times. Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Adult and Community Education 7510 Lisle Ave. Falls Church 703-893-1090

Crocheting, English smocking, needlework, knitting, weaving, quilting and more for all skill levels. Times, dates, fees and locations vary. Call for information. Hand Smocked Specialties 5105 N. 27th St. Arlington 703-536-3481

Beginning smocking, picture-smocking and smocking with ribbons and beads. Classes start the week of Sept 9. $45 for six two-hour sessions, including a supply kit. Stitchworks Westwood Center II 5110 Ridgefield Rd. (at River Road) Bethesda 301-951-1222

Classes in knitting, embroidery and needlepoint for all levels of skill. Also basket-lining, pillow-finishing and Christmas ornaments. Times, dates and fees vary. Preregistration necessary. Patricia Stone Bethesda 301-469-9353

Learn to stitch a Portugese needlepoint, or Arraiolos, wool rug. Four three-hour sessions, Monday and Thursday for two weeks starting Sept. 16, or Tuesday and Friday starting Sept. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday classes meet for three four-hour sessions starting Sept. 21. $80, includes materials. Call after Sept. 4 to register. Wild & Wooly Needlecrafts 703-671-3350

Knitting, needlepoint and crochet classes for all levels of skill, $30 for four weeks. Call location nearest you for more information. House of Fine Fabrics 6416 Springfield Plaza Springfield 703-451-6255

Machine quilting for those with basic sewing skills, $15 to $25 plus materials. Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Call for more information.