A Note from Suzanne

I love to sew. My mom taught me to sew when I was six. There’s something about the hum of the motor that calms me. The creative process is something I cannot live without. I continued sewing in Home Economics and later earned a BFA in Apparel Design from RISD. I spent many years in factories while working as a designer in New York and learned a lot from some amazing, talented women that sewed for a living. Wanting to set down some roots I earned a MA in Education at NYU and returned to Rhode Island to teach. I spent sixteen years teaching design, pattern making, and garment construction at RISD. Gradually I began to notice that fewer and fewer of our students came in with any sewing experience. This was when I decided to teach young people to sew. Two years ago I began the process of putting together a business plan and looking for a shop. I wanted a store front where people could see us making. Since I live in Wickford, it seemed natural that I work here as well. The-sew-op opened in September 2016. We offer private and small group lessons, workshops and summer camps in a bright, airy studio.

My intention is to offer instruction as well as a community space, open to the public. If you already know how to sew you can use our space and machinery. If you haven’t stopped by yet, please do so at any time. I look forward to meeting you soon!



The Sew-Op


14 Phillips Street
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

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