Live Zoom Sewing School

Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Workshops and Webinars on Zoom logo

Our Palmer/Pletsch live online workshops and seminars are offered on Zoom.

Tammie Pontsler, Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor

Tammie Pontsler has been teaching sewing for over 20 years.  She began her career in Southern California as a Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics) teacher and developed a Fashion Design and Clothing Construction program.  Since that first job, Tammie has taught over 2,000 people to sew, from children to adults.  In 2014, she was hired as a Clothing Construction Instructor at San Diego College of Continuing Education. For 8 years, Tammie taught garment construction, textile arts and sewing home products.

During that time, she became a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor and utilized the tissue-fitting method with hundreds of students. She has taught upper body and pant fitting as well as tailoring. 

When the pandemic hit, she quickly turned her sewing studio into a production studio and began to teach all of her classes online. By creating over 500 YouTube videos, developing online courses and meeting with students over Zoom, Tammie taught 23 virtual, semester-long sewing classes to over 500 students. In 2022, she relocated to Grand Rapids, MI.  Since then, she has created a studio in her home for designing and teaching in-person and online courses. In Fall 2023, Tammie began online coursework at Savannah College of Art and Design in pursuit of an MFA in Fashion.

Tammie Pontsler, Certified Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Instructor

Tammie’s greatest passions are sewing, learning and teaching.  Empowering students with skills to make “wearable creativity that fits” gives her great joy.  She hopes that you will experience this joy while learning with her.

Tammie can be reached at 616-485-1499

What Pati Palmer says:

I selected Tammie Pontsler for our new venture of live Zoom classes because I have complete confidence in her! She was instrumental in helping set up bodice fitting and pant fitting virtual workshops during the pandemic for Helen Bartley and myself to teach tissue-fitting to ten instructors for a San Diego College. It worked amazingly well. Tammie is an expert at teaching online. She taught over 40 people tailoring in virtual classes at that community college. I saw photos of the finished jackets and was so impressed!

To ensure success of our hands-on Zoom workshops on fitting and sewing, we are limiting the class sizes to just six people. For those new to the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method, we offer an introductory tissue-fitting webinar that will make you more knowledgeable and excited to try one of the upcoming online Zoom workshops.

The Location

Tammie will be teaching our live Zoom webinars and workshops from her studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tammie Pontsler studio in Grand Rapids, MI

What's Included?

A BRING LIST of what you need to have ready for each workshop, along with each day’s schedule and other information, is available as a pdf. You can find the individual bring list within the class event description; just start looking for a class that interests you! If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it.