about pins & needles

Welcome to Pins & Needles, a sewing studio, fabric store and modern crafts boutique dedicated to inspiring and supporting sewers and DIYers of all ages and skill levels. Located in New York City, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, we specialize in sewing and craft classes, camps, lessons and birthday parties for kids ages 7 and older, all with an emphasis on stitching and creative expression.

P&N’s airy, light-filled, second floor store is a space that invites creativity and learning: our style is colorful, bright and fresh with generous doses of whimsy. The boutique offers an edited collection of unique, modern and quality fabrics for garment sewing, home decor, fabric crafts and more. Sewing notions, patterns, embroidery supplies, stitching kits, books, ribbon and trim and other creative and craft materials are also available.

Since opening in 2011, Pins & Needles has become a home for those who love sewing, crafting and using their imaginations, including hundreds of kids who return for classes again and again. Our lessons focus on key skills as well as developing individual creative styles. Students learn the basics of design and fashion, how to use a sewing machine and work with patterns all while having fun selecting their own fabrics for projects in our boutique.

The Pins & Needles team is led by owner, founder and craft stylist, Rachel Low, who after many years in the corporate fashion world, decided to pursue her passion for sewing and crafting. Rachel is the author of the book “Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion: Design & Sew 5 Complete Outfits.” Learn more about Rachel here.

P&N has a bright and colorful studio space dedicated to all lessons, classes and workshops. If you’re looking for a unique and fun way to celebrate a birthday party or creative event, the Pins & Needles studio is available.

We are thrilled to work with those who share in our mission to expand our creative sewing and craft community, offering a place for people to start a life long journey expressing their creativity and personal style.

We hope you will visit!

Happy Stitching!
The Pins & Needles Team

a little Q&A

What kinds of fabric does Pins & Needles carry?

Pins & Needles’ inventory consists mostly of cotton prints, 44″/45″ wide. We also have a selection of upholstery, home decor weight cottons, canvas and knits and an ever changing selection of vintage textiles. We currently have the following brands in stock:

Liberty of London (Tana Lawn Collection)
Alexander Henry
Amy Butler
Cotton & Steel
Art Gallery
Michael Miller
Robert Kaufman
Dear Stella
Riley Blake

We are always adding new and amazing fabrics to our collection so be sure to stop by often to see what the latest addition is!

What does Pins & Needles carry besides fabric?

We offer sewing notions, embroidery supplies, thread and sewing and craft kits. Other offerings include an array of trims (lots of ribbons and ric-rac!), a library of great books,  buttons and gifty-type items!

Does Pins & Needles offer classes?

Yes, Pins & Needles offers a variety of classes and workshops for kids as well as private and semi-private lessons. Our studio is outfitted with Baby Lock sewing machines as well as all the sewing notions needed to create the various projects. If you are an adult looking for some stitching help -we offer private lessons for adults. Get more details on upcoming kids classes on our classes page.

Does Pins & Needles special order items?

Yes. Talk to us about your needs. If our suppliers offer things you want, chances are pretty good that we can get it for you.

Does Pins & Needles offer custom services?

Unfortunately, no. But we may be able to recommend another business which can assist you with your custom project.

Does Pins & Needles sell fabric online?

Not at this time but if you know the exact fabric and sewing notion you’re looking for and can provide an item number, we are happy to work with you to have it sent your way. Feel free to call us directly or email us at info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com.