Welcome! I'm Nikki and I'm glad you're here.
I am a firm believer that in sewing, as it is with any skill, there is always more to learn. Here at Pin, Cut, Sew Studio, I love to lead other sewists into trying new things. Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned seamstress, I hope you’ll find inspiration here to build on your skills!
My mom taught me to sew at a very early age. She was so patient to teach me and I still remember those first projects. For my sixteenth birthday, I was gifted a sewing machine of my own and the rest is really history. I got married at nineteen, a month before September 11th. My husband deployed to the Iraq War in 2003 and throughout those nine months, I could be found spending most of my free time sewing, often teaching friends while I was at it, working on all kind of projects, from knocking off garments we'd see at American Eagle, to slipcovering furniture.
Fast forward a few years and three babies later and sewing once again gave me a creative outlet and something to put my hands to during a particularly trying time of life. I discovered the world of sewing bloggers and realized there were other young people out there sewing and making it cool again. As with many things, even more joy was found in the community of sharing with other sewists! I started a blog back then called Fancy That and tended to it for many years.
I began teaching my little ones to hand sew when they were very young, as early as they could thread a needle and as the grew, helped them use the sewing machine. While teaching kids to sew, cook, or do any other worthwhile thing, the projects can seem very tiresome and tedious and it can feel hard to set that time aside to teach them. But, when they reach that age where they can join you in your hobby, the two of you creating together and they don't need as much help, all the effort suddenly becomes completely worth it!
When we got stationed in Hawaii for three years, I started offering kids sewing classes and felt I had truly found my niche! While I don’t enjoy sewing items for money, I found great delight in passing on the craft to children and often through them, to their parents too. At the time, I had a hard time finding sewing blogs or YouTube channels providing help for all skill levels, total beginners and kids included, and for those interested in all genres of sewing, not only quilting or only garment sewing. That’s when the Pin, Cut, Sew blog was born. Soon to follow was the Pin Cut Sew Youtube channel, where I create beginner friendly tutorials.
My mission here is to spread the love of sewing to anyone who desires to learn; to inspire people of all ages to create things with their hands and to encourage more sewists to take the time to invest in teaching others to sew too -- kids, tweens, teens and beyond — whether it's your own children, a little neighbor who needs a pal, or a young wife who's husband is in the trenches, I hope you find some inspiration here to pass the sewing bug along!
I’m so happy you’ve found my corner of the Internet! I would love for you to spend some time here. If you’re not sure where to start, below are some recent articles. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel and I’d be honored if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram as well, where I’m always posting the latest sewing news and inspiration!
Cheers, and Happy Sewing!