Welcome! I'm Nikki and I'm glad you're here.
My mom taught me to sew at a very early age. She was so patient to teach me and 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 and a year and a half later my husband deployed to the Iraq War in 2003 and throughout those nine months, my friend Jenn (whose husband was also deployed) and I could be found spending most of our free time sewing, working on all kind of projects, from knocking off garments we'd see at American Eagle, to slipcovering her furniture. Jenn was my first sewing student and I am proud to say she sews like a pro today!
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 and as with many things, even more joy was found in the community of sharing with other sewers! 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!
Our family currently lives in Hawaii (for now) and after starting to teach my little neighbor and her mom and another neighbor friend to sew, it occurred to me that while I've always said I don't like sewing for money, for clients, or making the same thing over and over again to sell, it turns out I really loving teaching others to sew! I was given the idea by my sister to hold Summer sewing camps for kids and that blossomed into some adult classes, a full calendar, and ultimately, Pin, Cut, Sew, the blog.
My mission here is to spread the love of sewing to both kids and adults, to inspire people of all ages to create things with their hands and to encourage others 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!