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Cherri Hankins

804.869-7920 or 804.313.9717

Studio locations:

Classes are now taught almost exclusively at the Hobby lobby stores. There is one at Hancock Village in Chesterfield and on in Short Pump/Glen Allen, on Broad St.

You can put together a group of friends and we can do a class at your location, provided it is within a 40 mile radius of my home, or travel expenses are paid. I do travel to teach. And do offer residential retreats at our property in Buckeye, WV, or  Schuyler, VA.

59 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane Tenore permalink
    September 27, 2009 8:03 pm

    Hi Cherri:

    I am looking for a beginner sewing class in Richmond. I have my own sewing machine, but I am just starting. Can you give me more info? Do you have any classes starting soon?



  2. rivercityweaves permalink
    September 27, 2009 8:21 pm

    Thanks for asking Diane.
    You definitely should take a class where you can use your own machine. I have a morning class beginning on Thurs, Oct 1. We meet from 9:30 – noon.
    If you need an evening class, Monday night classes have just begun, and I can do a make-up to bring you up to speed, or you can wait until Nov 2 for Mondays, or Nov. 3 for Tuesday evening classes.
    I look forward to working with you.

  3. Ashley Weisleder permalink
    October 2, 2009 9:14 am

    Hi! I am looking for a beginners sewing class, am I too late for this month? Thank you!

  4. Linda permalink
    January 20, 2010 2:42 am

    Hi, do you ever have classes on how to use the Singer embroidery machine? I’ve had one for two years, and have never used it.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      January 20, 2010 8:10 am

      Although I don’t teach classes on the use of specific machines, I do assist machine owners in the use of their own machines. These lessons are best taught in private lessons, rather than as a class because it’s not easy to find a group of 3-4 people who need the same instruction on the same type of machine. Please contact me and we can get something booked. It’s helpful for me to know well in advance if you have your users manual, so I can have one on hand during the lesson. Hope to see you in the studio.

  5. Angela Whitakekr permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:11 pm

    Hello,I see that I have missed the beginner sewing class in Wednesday. Would you please let me know when your next evening sessions begin? Also, I did take sewing lessons when I was kid but I have no remembrance of anything. I also have my own Singer sewing machine which my parents bought me at that time. I am almost 50 so that tells you how old it is. The machine has been unused all of these years, and I did have it serviced some years ago but it’s been unused in the closet all of this time. Would this be sufficient in learning? Again, I have no idea how to thread it, etc. Thanks for your time.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      February 25, 2010 7:16 pm

      There is another beginner sewing class starting on 3/22.
      Another option is for you to come for a make-up on Sunday this week, and that will put you on point for the Monday night class (if you want to start this week.) Your sewing machine is fine for now. I have machines in the studio, which you can use until you know what you might want in a new machine. Or if you want to keep your metal machine. I like mechanical sewing machines.
      I’ll e-mail you and send you details. C.

  6. Brock permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:49 pm

    I am looking for a good class for my 13 year old daughter and her friend to learn to sew as beginners. One will have her own machine, the other maybe not. Which class is best for them?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      February 26, 2010 12:12 am

      I recommend that we begin an after- school to fit their schedule. If I can get another couple of students, that would
      be ideal, but I would run the class for the tw of them if no one else signed at that time. How soon are you hoping to start?

  7. Sarah Rawlings permalink
    July 5, 2010 12:24 pm

    Am considering signing up my 10yo daughter for your kids sewing camp in August. Where does this take place? Trying to figure out if this is logistically possible for me.


    • rivercityweaves permalink
      July 5, 2010 5:09 pm

      We meet here, in the studio at 3800 stillman pkwy, Richmond…. 23233.
      Look forward to receiving your registration and meeting you 🙂 cherri

  8. Michelle permalink
    August 17, 2010 5:48 pm

    Hi Cherri,

    I’d love to sign up for fall classes, but won’t be able to go consistently on Mondays or Thursdays since my fiance’s work schedule is different each month. I’ll need him to watch our our 15 month old for me while I am taking classes. I could go on Mondays or Thursdays, depending whether my fiance is working or not. Please let me know if there is anyway to work this out, as I am anxious to learn how to sew! Thanks!

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      August 18, 2010 12:02 pm

      Have you considered private lessons. With the “class” option, if you miss a class, you lose that week. Whereas with private lessons, you simply book times that are convenient for you. Although classes do meet for 2.5 hours, and private lessons are just an hour a week, The private lessons are dedicated to you, so they are very productive. Hope this is helpful.

      • Michelle permalink
        August 21, 2010 1:28 pm

        Ahh, gotcha. I checked the calendar and I may be able to sign up for the Mon. night classes. If not, how much are private classes, what is learned and when does the next session start? Thank you for the info!

  9. August 21, 2010 5:14 pm

    Hope you can join us. Monday night classes begin on 6/13. Cost is $125 + materials fee of $15.
    Private lessons are $40/hr. We cover a LOT in private lessons, and it can be more tailored to your goals. Similarly, if you can’t come one week, simply don’t book, whereas if you miss a class night, it’s lost. Hope this helps.

  10. Meredith permalink
    September 14, 2010 4:01 pm

    A friend and I are looking for a class in October, preferably on Tuesday or Wednesday. Are you planning any?


    • rivercityweaves permalink
      September 14, 2010 4:33 pm

      A Tuesday class is in the works. Are you looking for an evening class, or daytime?

  11. sydney permalink
    October 31, 2010 9:22 pm

    Cherri –
    I have a 8.5 yr old daughter and we are looking for beginning sewing classes to take together. Do you ever do that? She’s already had some experience, so actually has a leg up on me!

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      October 31, 2010 9:27 pm

      I have offered mother/daughter sewing classes. I don’t have one scheduled right now, but would be happy to teach a class, if you can get 2 additional people.
      Class fee is $140/person; $280/mother/daughter team.
      Materials fee also applies. It is $15/person. Hope this is helpful.
      Please feel free to call me, if you have additional questions.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      December 3, 2010 10:36 pm

      I have several families interested in a mother/daughter class now. If you are still interested, please let me know.

  12. Marie permalink
    April 2, 2011 12:24 pm

    Hello. I know how to sew but need to learn how to do button holes and zippers easely and correctly.
    Have my own machines.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      April 2, 2011 12:34 pm

      I’m sorry, but my studio is closed until July 15.
      If you would like to contact me in July, I should be able to assist you.

  13. amy permalink
    May 4, 2011 6:41 pm

    I sent you a detailed email to your posted email address inquiring about private lessons. Thank you!


    • rivercityweaves permalink
      June 3, 2011 10:01 am

      I’m back in the Richmond area, and teaching sewing this summer. (I got all the way to Minot, ND, then Minot was under mandatory evacuation due to flooding!)
      If you are still interested in lessons, I’m teaching from my home in Goochland.

  14. August 14, 2011 12:00 am

    Will you have any sewing classes this month? Particularly, the one day sewing basics class or the 5 hour class?

    ANy information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:05 am

      I’m actually leaving on Sat. for an extended bicycling tour of the US, and won’t be back to teaching until January, 2012. I am available for private lessons until about noon on Friday, though. Daytime or evening, hours are available until then. We can do a “crash course”. Cost is $40/hr, Hope we can do this ! Otherwise, perhaps I’ll see you in January.

  15. October 6, 2011 7:24 pm

    Hi Cherri,
    I’m interested in learning how to sew, but I don’t have a machine yet. Is there one you might recommend for me to put on my Christmas list?
    Thank you!

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      October 7, 2011 9:59 pm

      Sarah, I recommend that you learn to sew first. I provide machines, then, once you know what you are going to do/want out of the machine, we can talk about what machines will provide that.

  16. Patricia Paner permalink
    October 19, 2011 5:44 pm

    Good evening from Midlothian – I am giving my daughter a Brother serger for her birthday next week and am interested in giving her lessons as well. As she lives in the near West End she is rather close to you so I am hoping to be able to work something out for lessons. I am so pleased to find your website! thanks

  17. Noelle permalink
    November 8, 2011 12:02 am

    Hello, I would love to take your Tuesday morning beginners class starting 11/29 however, I was wondering if you might be able to offer another 2 week length class option instead (like the october one that just finished) around the same start date? Thanks!

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      November 9, 2011 12:55 pm

      Noelle, I’m happy to offer another two week class. You just need to find a couple people to take it with you. Then you can make the class to suit the 3 or 4 of you. Otherwise, my classes for Nov. are already booked and have registrants. I can’t change their class. Similarly, you can take 4 private lessons on your schedule and I can cover all the same things. Will either of those options work for you?

  18. chanel jackson permalink
    November 10, 2011 5:13 am

    Hi. My name is Chanel and I am very interested in learning how to sew. Is it too late to start a beginners class?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      November 13, 2011 3:22 pm

      Chanel, I have openings in the class beginning the week after Thanksgiving. You will need to go ahead and pay the fee to register. You can do that through paypal. My Paypal e-mail is
      When you make the payment, just include a note that it is for the Tues. night classes, which is the beginners night.

  19. Debbie Hancock permalink
    December 27, 2011 11:11 am

    Dear Cherri: I live in Greensboro, NC and especially enjoy sewing children’s clothing and garment construction in general. I have a new granddaughter in Richmond and will be visiting more often. Can you direct me to fabric stores that I might enjoy in the Richmond area (especially near the West End area)? Thank you so much!

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      December 27, 2011 12:16 pm

      Hi Debbie,
      If you want Hancock and Joanne, they are on Broad St, near Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse. You are probably looking for something more unique though. If so, there is a quilting shop at Willow Lawn Shopping Center.
      The Joann on Broad St is in the process of moving, so you wouldn’t want to go there if you are coming in the next couple of weeks. The new one will be on Broad St. at Wistar Rd, in the same shopping center with Marshalls and Tuesday Morning. In Richmond though, I find that the Hancock and the Joann’s on southside are better stores than the west end ones. In particular, the Joann’s at Watkins Landing (Just off 288) is wonderful. The Hancock on southside is on Midlothian turnpike.
      Enjoy your time with the grandbaby. I don’t have any yet, and envy you;0)

  20. Eileen Hennessy permalink
    April 4, 2012 11:24 am

    Hello. I received my Mothers sewing machine. I am clueless and I was interested in taking your beginner class on Thursdays. It was unclear the time of the class. Please let me know when you have an opportunity what time the Thursday class is. Thank you Eileen Hennessy

  21. Eileen Hennessy permalink
    September 23, 2012 10:51 pm

    Hi Cheri I spoke with you a few months back. I am interested in signing up for the beginner sewing classes offered Monday evenings starting in Oct. I did not notice a way to register on your page. How can I register. Thanks and looking forward to the class. Eileen Hennessy

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      September 25, 2012 9:25 am

      Hi Eileen, I’ve responded to your comment privately, via e-mail.
      To register for classes, simply make your class fee payment via Paypal and include a note as to which class it is for. Once there are no longer spaces available, I’ll post that on the Adult classes page.

  22. Khristie permalink
    November 19, 2012 3:49 pm

    Hi Cheri, Can you tell me if the beginner sewing class will be offered at the beginning of next year? If so, how can I register for it?

  23. Quantina Bullock permalink
    November 25, 2012 1:25 pm

    Happy Holidays!!! My god-daughter is inspiring to be a fashion designer. She already started a sketch book with many drawings. We are looking togive her a sewing machine this christmas. Do you have a beginner sewing class for 16 yr old starting in the new year. I would love more information.

  24. Patricia McCormick permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:24 am

    I just signed my retirement papers I can sew but would like to really get back ino it and eventually do some designing as well. Intermediate would probably be better to learn some new technichs. I would prefer daytime classes.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      January 11, 2013 8:32 am

      Congrats! Lets get you in some private lessons to customize you instruction to fit your needs.

  25. Quishaun Andrews permalink
    February 9, 2013 8:56 am

    Hi! I am looking for a beginners sewing class, when will your next class be?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      February 13, 2013 11:02 pm

      The next class to begin is a Chesterfield class. We will be meeting from 6-8 pm at the Hobby Lobby on Hancock Village dr. The first night of class is 3/4 and the subsequent class meetings are 3/11,18,25 and 4/8. We skip 4/1 due to the school’s spring break.
      Registration is open. Class will be open to 6-8 students.

  26. Robbie permalink
    September 6, 2013 8:08 am

    I am not new to sewing; although it’s been over 20 years since I sewed. In August, I completed my first project(a skirt). I was wondering should I take the intermediate sewing sessions or beginners? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      September 6, 2013 9:15 am

      Normally, I would say,”intermediate”, but the fall classes are so small that you could take either and be fine. The intermediate class, however, is full.

  27. Betty permalink
    December 10, 2013 8:23 am

    I am looking for a sewing class for a friend beginning in January 2014. I want to give this to her as a gift for Christmas. I can’t find a schedule for 2014 on your site. Do you have a class schedule?
    Thanks, Betty

  28. Lisa Murphy (Cameron "Cami") permalink
    March 16, 2014 7:04 pm

    What. is the age requirements for kids sewing classes?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      March 17, 2014 9:42 pm

      8 years old and up. Which location are you near?

  29. Shaka Thompson permalink
    May 13, 2014 9:10 pm

    I am looking to learn to sew. When will you starting a new beginner morning class?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      May 13, 2014 9:14 pm

      Adult or youth class?

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      May 14, 2014 7:16 am

      In September. I hope you will join us!

  30. June 17, 2014 12:47 pm

    Do you have any classes that start after 5pm Mon Fri or any classes on Sat and Sundays.

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      June 17, 2014 1:00 pm

      Tanika, summer is the one time of year that I don’t have evening classes. September will begin the fall season and the return of the 6-8 pm classes. Thanks for asking:)

  31. Tamika permalink
    August 13, 2014 2:00 pm

    Ehool do you offer classes for young girls age 13

    • rivercityweaves permalink
      August 18, 2014 7:54 am

      Yes, after-school classes begin on 9/3. Email me for a registration form

  32. Rashmi Chowdhory permalink
    May 21, 2016 12:21 pm

    I would like to enroll my 12 year daughter for the after school classes or any class you have in summer. We live in short pump area. Please let me know if you have ongoing classes.

    • rivercityweaves permalink*
      May 21, 2016 2:40 pm

      I Moved from Virginia and no longer teach there. Thank you for your interest and best wishes with your daughter’s sewing endeavors.


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