Meet April Jackson, Master Alterations Specialist

April Jackson is the founder of the Jackson Sewing Academy, and the author and presenter of all our Alteration Specialist courses.

April begun to sew when she was 19 years old and immediately loved it! She learned to follow dress patterns to make her high school graduation dress and clothes for friends but wanted to learn more.

Aged just 20, April walked into one of the two tailoring businesses in downtown Wallaceburg, Ontario, and asked if they needed help.  By sheer chance, the owner wanted to retire, and had no one to hand the business to. April was his full-time apprentice for the next 9 months, and then bought the shop with money that was lent to her by her grandfather, at the age of just 21.

After 10 years of shop ownership, April decided to work for other businesses that required sewers including;

  • 9 years part-time at a drapery shop
  • 2 years at a shop that made custom formal wear from scratch
  • Professional sewing and fitting for two bridal shops
  • An alterations and repairs chain store

This adds up to over 30 years of professional, hands-on experience in the clothing alterations and repairs trade. What makes our courses unique is that April shares with Jackson Sewing Academy students all her ‘insider’ tips, tricks, shortcuts and unusual fixes she has learnt and used to custom-fit repair and alter almost any kind of garment.

April is also a natural teacher and tutor, as her videos show.