FAQ – You have quesitons? I have the answers!

If you do not see the FAQ you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will get you the answer.

FAQ: What are your store hours?

A. Tuesday 12-5:30 PM & Saturday 10-2 PM.
Currently, the studio is only open for appt-based classes during the week. Please check the website for open dates/times.

Starting in April – Drop in Sew will be available on Tuesdays however we will no longer be open for retail/public on this day.

Open Studio time for $5/hr to rent the machines and $15/hr to get help while you are there; however, it is not a private lesson.

I will mostly be by appointment only for classes, workshops, private lessons, birthday parties, baby showers, etc. Please check my Facebook page for updates during holiday hours.

Q: How can I get in touch with the shop?

A: Please email jesy (at) needleinkandthread.com or use the Contact Me page.

Q: Do you sew for people?

A. Please email jesy (at) needleinkandthread.com or contact meI do this on a minimal basis. To be upfront, I charge $35/hr on all projects; you supply everything needed to create your project.
We will agree on a timeline that will need to be flexible as I do custom commissions on my time off from the studio. All that is included in the time for payment is any shopping required with a 50% charge if I have to buy for you.
All pattern cutting, sizing (if needed), alterations, sewing, cutting, ironing, pressing, finishing, washing, and drying (if the fabric isn’t pre-washed before drop off).
Any communication time fittings or meeting-ups. This is not negotiable. However, book a private lesson if you want to learn to make what you would pay me to make! I can teach you!!

Q: What is your address?

A: 2290 Patterson Rd, Dayton, OH 45420
I am located next to Dots Supermarket. I am right next door to Express Nail Salon. Parking is more accessible on the backside (east Lot) off of Rembrandt Blvd, at the light.

Future Site of Needle, Ink and Thread
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Future Site of Needle, Ink and Thread

Q: Do you offer a military,  student, or multi-sibling discount?

A. Please email jesy (at) needleinkandthread.com or contact me I offer discounts for these groups, after verification for military and students.

Q: Can I bring my machine for private or group sewing lessons?

A: Yes! I would love for you to learn about the machine you will be using at home; this will build confidence, and not all devices are the same.

However, if you do not have a sewing machine or don’t want to drag yours to the studio, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered!

Q: If my machine is OLD, like 20 years or more, can I still bring it to the group lesson?

A: Yes, if you are familiar with and feel confident about your machine. Also, all machines should be serviced and in working order.

But, If you want to take it to the Get to Know Your Machine, please sign up for a – Private Sewing Lesson .

I want everyone to get as much out of the class as possible.  With most vintage machines, they can be tricky and temperamental.  I don’t want to hold up the course, and I hope you can understand.

Q: What do I need to bring to class?

A: There will be a list of supplies in the group classes, plus bring your sewing kit.

You will also need all the supplies for your project and a sewing kit for the private lessons. I will have thread and needles, and some fabrics available for purchase if you need them.

If you are making a pattern and do not know what you need, please contact me at the shop before your class; I can help you assemble a supply list, or email me a link to the pattern or project you would like to complete.

Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking is communal for all businesses in the shopping center. The most accessible parking place is off Rembrandt Blvd, the “back” parking lot of Dots Supermarket.

Q: What is the minimum age to start sewing?

A: I will take students as young as five for hand-stitching and seven for machine sewing.  All kids learn at different speeds, and I try to be fair with the kids if they can mentally handle the group classes.

Q: What if I am late for a group lesson? Will you wait for me?

A: I am sorry, but I can not. I ask everyone to come at least five minutes early for class to set up their machines and stations.

All classes will start promptly at the scheduled time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for a class, you must schedule a private lesson to complete the project at your expense. In group classes, it is tough to start over, and it is unfair to those who arrive 5 minutes before or on time. I can not extend the class time; I usually have a class scheduled after the class.

Q: What if I am running late for my private lesson? I will still get my full scheduled time.

A: If you are late for your private lesson,  the lesson will still end at the scheduled time.  I may have classes all day long and am on a tight schedule.

I will do my best to get as much done as possible in our time. You may need to schedule another lesson to finish your project.

Your class will be forfeited if you are more than 15 minutes late without texting me.

Q: Are there any prerequisite classes for the group lessons?

A: Sewing 101; The Basics  ~ Please complete this class, or you must have prior sewing knowledge. If you can not make a group class, you can always schedule a private sewing lesson to complete the sewing basics.

The seamster will need to be confident with their machine, which includes knowledge of how to thread the machine, fill a bobbin, seam allowance, and switch your sewing feet.

The group lessons will state what the prerequisites are for each class.

Q: I signed up for a class, however now I can not make it.  Do you refund or credit my class fee?

A: Please check out the class policies.

For the short version, no, if you do not contact the studio within four days before, I can not refund, credit, or reschedule your class.
I am a single-person business, and each class scheduled ensures I can pay for the studio, utilities, website.. etc.

If I can get someone to take the time you cannot attend, I will give you a chance to reschedule, but ONLY if I can get someone to take your previously scheduled time.

Q: Do you have parties? Birthday, Baby Showers, Home School Groups, Girls Night Out, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H, Team Building, Etc.

A: Sure do!! Call or Email for more details; parties can be customized to suit your needs!

**Updated 2-26-2024


  1. Dianne

    Any suggestions on how to add binding to a t shirt quilt?

  2. You will not need to have everything cut to the same size, but to piece them together they should be, if you wanted to book a private lesson you could bring what you have and I can help you get started with piecing and such.

  3. Dianne

    Hi, I need some direction. I’m making my first T-shirt quilt for my daughter. They T-shirts’ have all be cut out and fusible interfacing has been ironed on the back of them. She has all the fabrics selected and what goes on what. I do not know how to begin. Do all the squares have to be the same sizes? All the cut outs from the shirts are different sizes. Should we see the smaller ones on squares first? Help!??? Please!!’and thanks

  4. Barb

    You have my email can you keep me up to date on new classes during the day

  5. Hi Barb! Right now I have private lessons, one on one classes available on the calendar. I can integrate some group classes into the mix for sure, to try again. I did it last year, and there wasn’t a lot of interest, but I am willing to try again! 🙂

  6. Barb

    Do you have day time classes during the week. For retired people

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