Kim Kotary

Ridgewood, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am very detail oriented. I can look at your hands and your work and tell you exactly what will help you improve. I am noted for my extreme patience and kindness as a teacher.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love inspiring creativity and the desire to make things. I teach to preserve hand crafting skills for future generations.


Ridgewood, NY 11385

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17 Reviews
  • Wendy B. Jun 15, 2017
    Crocheting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kim is a great teacher; she is caring, kind, patient and very skilled in crocheting. She is fabulous!
  • Jodi O. Jun 4, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kim has a great demeanour and very easy to get along with. She explains clearly and is very patient.
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 4, 2017
    Kim is a wonderful teacher for adults and children. She's always on time, creative, and very patient. If you want to learn how to sew, she is the perfect teacher. She is very talented and has lots of great ideas!
  • Jacqui R. Apr 18, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    A+ Instructor!
    Kim is AWESOME!!! She is flexible, very professional, and extremely knowledgeable without coming across as arrogant. Already scheduled a second lesson--she made me feel as though I could really be successful with my project.
  • Sabrina S. Mar 12, 2017
    Knitting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Knitting instruction
    Kim was patient and anticipated and answered my questions.
  • Aileen T. Mar 12, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
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    Knowledgeable easy to work wirh
    Had my first lesson with Kim a few weeks ago. She's very detailed oriented, has a wealth of knowledge and is very personable. She even sent me followup instructions after the lesson so I could finish my project. I've already booked more lessons to learn how to get a shirt to fit.
  • Danelle F. Feb 20, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent teacher, very affordable!
    I was looking for someone who could teach both myself and my 10 year old daughter how to use our new sewing machine. Kim was great from the initial email up to our 1st lesson. Kim was patient and understanding in setting up our lesson time, due to some scheduling snags. She was flexible in her schedule, arrived on time, and was a very intuitive teacher. I felt like, she understood what type of learners we were from the beginning, and by the time she left, we felt comfortable in the basics of sewing. Kim has a superior knowledge of sewing, and has experience with all types of machines. She taught us a lot of tips and tricks that will help us remember what we learned. She was pleasant, nice to talk with and ridiculously inexpensive. You cannot beat her price for a private lesson! We already scheduled our second lesson with Kim. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
  • Hali B. Jan 7, 2017
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kim is awesome!
    Kim is amazing, she is super knowledgable and very creative and happy to work with people of all ages and experience. Kim has alot of patience, and is very open to helping and taking a project from start to finish. I would highly recommend Kim and I plan to work with her again!
  • Ginnette M. Dec 31, 2016
    I took knitting classes on line. Kim can watch what you are doing and tell you exactly what you need to do. She is so patient!!!!
  • Aina S. Nov 4, 2016
    Sewing Lessons
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    I had so much fun sewing with Kim. She is very professional, and has abroad knowledges in sewing
  • Lori M. Jul 30, 2016
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very lovely and helpful.
  • Elaine R. Jun 16, 2016
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Arielle L. Apr 28, 2015
    Fabric Arts Lessons
    Verified Review
    Helpful, knowledgeable, and nice.
  • Patti Q. Apr 27, 2015
    Fabric Arts Lessons
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    Kim helped me sew a skirt for my daughter. She was very knowledgeable, very nice and took the time to find my building and neighborhood. Kim loves sewing and all textile work, and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm generously.
  • Joy B. Aug 18, 2013
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kim did a fantastic job teaching my daughter to sew. She saw it through beginning to end. I am extremely pleased with her service. Thank you.
  • Linda B. Aug 14, 2013
    Arts and Crafts Lessons
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    Kim is a great teacher.Her patient and easy to understand style is only complemented by her extensive knowledge.Even though I have been crocheting for decades,she added,in just our first lesson,things I have never done before.I am looking forward to our future lessons with so much enthusiasm.Have not yet seen anything in her teaching style that needs improvement.I think she has the confidence and professionalism to do all that she aspires to.Absolutely impressed!
  • Jane I. Jun 5, 2013
    Sewing Lessons
    Verified Review
    very friendly, very patient, sweet and informative. Definitely recommend!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge by the hour, not by the person. If you would like to share your lesson, you can split the cost with friends. You can also create your own class by suggesting a topic and recruiting students.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am learning Spanish so that I can be more accessible. I subscribe to magazines and follow design trends on the internet. Occasionally, I find a class where I can learn a new skill. If a student wants to learn something that I do not have a lot of experience with, I will review the skill before the lesson or find a recommend another teacher who may better meet their needs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I found a way to earn a living doing something I enjoy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I help students read and understand directions.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have a very talented student who loves to sew. The week before Valentine's Day we worked together and powered through a ton of projects he gave as gifts for the holiday. I still fill inspired by all we got done.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Communicate exactly what you want and need. I am very flexible, patient and creative. I have a vast range of skills, talents and knowledge. If I can't meet your needs, I will try to help you find some else who can. Shop around, read reviews, compare prices, class sizes, locations and schedules. If a class is in a store are they going to make you buy expensive materials? Are you going to be sharing the teacher with a dozen or more other students? Do you want the social atmosphere of a class? Are you shy and uncomfortable asking questions when you need help in group settings? Is English your second language? I regularly work with students who speak a variety of languages. I am trying to learn Spanish. I am specifically focusing on the words used by crocheters in all the different dialects and regional accents of Latin America.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
When magazines and yarn companies publish a designers work, the designer gets paid one relatively small amount. When the designer provides help to the consumers using a pattern, they do not get paid for providing that service. They do it out of the kindness of their heart. Patterns also get edited by a publisher. It is not always the designer's fault the consumer is having trouble understanding a pattern.