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Pins & Needles has extended it’s calendar through the beginning of June of 2018!!! 

We would like to start our year by saying a tremendous “Thank You” to our teacher and friend Sally Phillips!!!

Sally has moved out of town at the end of 2017.  Sally has been teaching at Pins & Needles Studio for the past three years.  She has been an integral part of the success of our classes and our Facebook pages during this time.  We will miss Sally so very much at the studio and we wish her all the very best in her new home!!!

We Love You Sally!!!

We would like to welcome our newest teacher, Vivian Sturgis.  Vivian has taught apparel in Wake County Schools for many years.  She is an accomplished seamstress and is a wonderful addition to our studio.  Vivian will be teaching Adult 101 and the new 4 week Adult 102 in April.

COMING CLASSES IN JANUARY THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF JUNE…

*****ADULT INTRO TO FLAT PATTERN DESIGN*****

and

****ADULT 102 – ADVANCED SEWING FOR ADULTS****

FLAT PATTERN DESIGN WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN BEGINNING THE THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY

THIS IS A FIVE WEEK COURSE AND WILL BE OFFERED ON TUESDAY MORNINGS AND ON TUESDAY EVENINGS.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT MAKING YOUR DESIGNS FROM “SCRATCH” THEN THIS IS THE COURSE FOR YOU.  YOU WILL LEARN THE BASICS OF FLAT PATTERN DESIGN AND MAKE A SLOPER TO FIT YOU.  READ MORE ABOUT FLAT PATTERN DESIGN ON THE “CLASSES” PAGE OR EMAIL NAN WITH QUESTIONS.  RESERVE YOUR SEAT EARLY.  LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS.

NEW………..

FOUR WEEK ADULT 102 – ADVANCED SEWING COURSE

We have had many requests for a way for students to continue to learn new sewing skills and techniques after they have completed the       Adult 101:  Learning to Sew Class.  We have considered many options and then decided to try a 4-week class on sewing a garment that will provide you with some new skills and techniques.  You will be bringing your pattern and prepared fabric to the first class.  We have guides and options for the selection of this pattern which are posted below.  These 4-week sessions will be taught during the month of April.   The cost will be $150.00.   If you are interested email soon.

4 SESSION SECOND-LEVEL GARMENT CLASS

This is a class for adults who have taken Adult 101: Learning to Sew.  If you have not taken this class you can email Nan to get permission.  Remember, this is not a class to re-teach the basics, but is a class to teach a progression of new skills.

  • Each participant of this class will need to select a pattern and fabric before the beginning of class…..see pattern selection guide below.
  • Each participant of this class will need to cut out the tissue pattern pieces for the view you are making and pin these tissue piece properly to your fabric according to the loyout…..see fabric selection guide below.
  • each participant of this class should bring your fabric with your tissue pattern properly pinned to your fabric to class.  DO NOT CUT!!!  This will give us a chance to double check your size before you actually cut your fabric.

Pattern choices…….Remember to choose a pattern based on your actual body measurements to determine your pattern size.  (Do not use the size you use when purchasing ready-made clothing.)  You want your project to challenge you with one to two skills or techniques that are new to you.  If you choose too many skills at one time you may not be able to complete your garment in the four week time period.  We suggest a skirt with more details than your first, a simple dress, or a simple top.  We would not construct pants at this point.

  • Examples of skills and techniques are:  bias neckline, matching plaids, zippers, pleats, tucks, gathers, sleeves, cuffs, collars, buttonholes, etc.

Fabric choices…….You want to choose a firmly woven fabric.  DO NOT choose a knit for this class.  Remember if you fabric contains 50% or more of cotton you should prewash before using.

  • Examples are:  cotton, cotton blends,polyester, polyester blends, rayon, rayon blends, etc.

If you have questions about a particular pattern or fabric send us an email.  All Participants must come prepared on the first day of class.

For those of you who are planning your schedules, the After-School Classes for Teens and Preteens will run again on Monday afternoons beginning the second week of January.    The After-School Classes run for six weeks,  There is a full description for you given below.

Our Adult 101 classes will continue on both mornings and evenings.  Check the calendar for all starting dates and times through the end of December.

  NEW “NOTE BOX” FOR  ANNOUNCEMENTS.

PLEASE CHECK BELOW FOR UPDATES ABOUT CURRENT CLASSES, WEATHER ISSUES, ETC.




Remember if you have questions or want to sign up for a class always email!!!

Email:    pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com

pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com

 The  procedure for signing up is:

1)  Email Nan at:  pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com
2)  Include the name of the class and the date and time of the class you would like to take.
3)  Nan will send you a registration on a return email. (Registrations are also still available on each class page.)
4)  Fill in the registration and mail it in with your deposit or full payment.  This will hold your spot in the class.
NOTE:  Please know that classes fill quickly which leaves little room for make up classes so please check your schedules so that you can attend and get the MOST from all six of your classes.
5)  Your name will be placed on the list for the class you are taking and a spot held for you when your registration and deposit/payment are received.
6)  Spots are held on a first-come, first-serve basis as deposits are received.
Just a quick reminder that Pins & Needles only accepts checks or cash right now, but we are working hard to add an innovative credit card link to our site so that you will be able to pay-in-full when you register.  We will let you know as soon as the link is added for your convenience.
As always, email Nan at:  pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com with any questions about your class before you come.
  • The calendar has been updated now and is posted.  You will find the new calendar on the “Calendar” page…just click on the link provided on that page to check it out.

ADULT 101 – LEARNING TO SEW CLASSES will still be offered throughout the year.  This is our most popular class for all adults. The Adult 101 classes are 2 1/2 hours in length and meet one day of the week for six weeks.  We offer both morning times from 10 – 12:30 (some classes are 9:30 to 12:00) and evening times from 6 – 8:30.  The cost for the Adult 101 – Learning to Sew class is $165.00.  Remember when checking the calendar for classes, look for “Adult 101 – Learning to Sew – Class #1” and this will show you the beginning date of the class.  Classes are numbered 1-6 for each series of classes for all Adult 101 classes being offered.

NOTE:  Please know that classes fill quickly which leaves little room for make up classes so please check your schedules so that you can attend and get the MOST from all six of your classes.

  • Adult 101 – Learning to Sew……There will be lots of new classes for adults in the mornings and evenings.  These classes are not only for the “true beginner” sewer, but also the sewer who would like a “true refresher” from the very beginning again!  You do not have to bring a thing to the first class!  We will give you all of the information at that time so you will be ready for the following classes.  See more information on the “Classes” page.

 ADULT AFTER 101 IS AN OPEN STUDIO class for adults who are working on individual projects and/or garments. Sign up to bring your work in during the After 101 times and we will troubleshoot and teach skills to help you develop more skills and techniques in sewing.  The cost for the After 101 Class for Adults is $25.00 per session.  One of our four teachers will be there to assist you with your needs.

  • You must let us know if you are coming to the After 101 Studio.  We ask that you let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance. 

  • Email ahead of time to: pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com

  • This will just give us a ”heads-up” that you will be coming to the studio.   If no one is signed up for particular sessions, the studio may be closed during that time or a different class substituted.

  • Remember, you can always sign-up or let us know ahead when you are in the studio…..no problem at all!!!

  • Adult 101 classes are always on Wednesday mornings and on Wednesday evenings and some Friday mornings when there is not an Adult 101 class.  If you need some time and cannot fit these times into your schedule please email Nan and we will find times for you to come in to work on your special projects.  Remember that one of our four teachers will be there to assist you with your needs.

AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES FOR  TEENS AND PRETEENS are continuing in in January.  Beginning dates are set for Monday afternoons.

  • Classes will be offered on Monday afternoons.   Classes will need to have a minimum of three students to be held.  These classes will be listed on the calendar.
  • If you are interested in these please email Nan.   A registration will be emailed for you to print out and mail in with your deposit.  These classes meet one day a week for six weeks at a cost of $185.00.
  • Classes begin as soon as your school day ends (and you can get to the studio) until 5:30.  Sorry, but we cannot give you a beginning time since school dismissal times are so irregular around the county.  Your individual teacher will set the class beginning time with attending students at the first meeting.

Also get to know our three great teachers at

Pins & Needles Studio!

Lisa Allen has been teaching at Pins & Needles Studio for the past four years in  Teen/Preteen, Adult 101, and After 101 classes. Lisa is also a current Wake County Public Schools Apparel Teacher at Cary High School.  She is an accomplished seamstress.

Kait Warnick has been teaching at Pins & Needles Studio for the past five months and is doing a super job.  Kait has experience in costume and garment sewing and is an accomplished seamstress.

Vivian Sturgis has been teaching apparel classes in Wake County Schools for many years.  Vivian will be teaching the Adult 101 class and also the new 4 week Adult 102 class.  Vivian is an accomplished seamstress.  Welcome Vivian!

Nan Alexander, owner of Pins & Needles Studio, teaches the After 101 classes and Flat Pattern Classes. Nan is a retired from 40 years at Broughton High School as an Apparel Teacher and also taught at North Carolina State University College of Design.  She is an accomplished seamstress.

Let us know if you have any questions!

              The best way to reach us is to email at:      pins.needlesstudio@gmail.com   

We try to answer emails on a daily basis usually once a day.  When we are teaching we do not answer phones or emails as a rule.  Feel free to email with any questions.

JOIN IN THE FUN AT PINS & NEEDLES STUDIO in 2018!!!


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 Pins & Needles Studio, LLC, seeks to foster and encourage a love of sewing.

Our goal is to introduce people of all ages to a creative experience, one that they will want to build on as they become more proficient.  We want this studio to be a place where sewers can come to learn, share and enjoy being with others in a creative and enjoyable atmosphere.

We hope to provide teaching and guidance for all levels, from the fundamentals to the intricate.




As always, Happy Sewing!!!!

Thank you!

Remember, your input creates much of our schedule!  Thank you!