About Rachel

Rachel Low is the owner of Pins & Needles - a place to sew, shop and create. Overlooking a fashionable stretch of Lexington Avenue on the upper east side of Manhattan, Pins & Needles features a modern collection of fabrics, notions and modern crafting supplies. Rachel also offers private and group classes that has instantly become a local favorite for creative expression and modern crafting. The bright and stylish boutique is heavily influenced by the places she has traveled abroad. Flea market finds, Japanese fabric, on-line design discoveries, craft and fabric shows all set the creative tone.

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fall class project preview…

To kick off our first day of classes today, here is a preview of the projects that our students will be working on! The P&N team spends a lot of time leading up to each semester designing each project – – we brainstorm as a team, take ideas from our students, look at the season’s trends, […]

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more new fabrics!

More new fabrics arrived this week… We’re loving Joel Dewberry’s Home Decor Fabrics from his Birch Farms Collection. The Antler Damask is soooo fun! We also got the Indigo Swarm print from Tula Pink’s Moonshine Collection. Heather Bailey has done a really vibrant collection of voile and rayon fabric called Momentum. They are all incredibly chic […]

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customize your school notebook…

School may be in full swing but there is still time to get creative with your school supplies! Using some basic sewing and crafting supplies you can customize your notebook into a fun one-of-a-kind classroom essential. Here is how to make your own….   MATERIALS/TOOLS: – Felt in sheets measuring at least 12″X18″ as well as […]

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more new fabric…

Although we are sad to say goodbye to summer, we’re really looking forward to the coming of Fall! It is hard not to start thinking about the new season when all the new Fall fabrics, patterns, kits and more start to arrive. Last week we shared about some of the exciting new collections that came […]

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dorm room decorating…

With summer coming to a close (well one more week) we are beginning to hear rumblings of “Back-To-School”. The P&N team has been brainstorming some fun projects we look forward to sharing in the coming weeks, but we recently have had a handful of clients stop by looking for materials and ideas for some dorm […]

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new fabrics and new patterns…

There have been a lot of packages being dropped off at the shop the past few weeks…whenever the boxes arrive it is like Christmas – – we can’t wait to get the box open and see what is inside – and yes, most often it is new fabric! So today we wanted to give you […]

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pins & needles is getting bigger…

We have some very exciting news to share…Pins & Needles is getting bigger! Yes, after three and a half years, the team is so pleased to announce we are expanding. We are taking over the space next door and adding more creative studio space! Now we will be able to accomodate more classes and students […]

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summer sewcial with dear stella…

The team at Pins & Needles always welcomes the opportunity to host a group of sewing and craft enthusiasts at the shop! Of course we jumped on the chance to have the girls (Jessica and Hayden) from the “Dear Stella” fabric company come stitch with us for an afternoon last week. We tossed around ideas […]

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put on a happy face…

Stitching up pillows is one of the most popular projects at P&N! They are simple to make and offer the students and clients a great opportunity to be super creative with their choice of fabrics and appliquéing and decorating the fronts. There have been pillows designed with over-sized initials, giant mustaches, silhouettes and even a […]

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looking for some summer crafting ideas…

We hope that you are enjoying your summer! As many of us spend days at the beach, nights with friends and family we hope that you are finding time to do a little sewing and crafting…our mission is always to inspire you to get creative so if you are stumped for ideas here are just […]