December 2014, Sips N Sews, Inc., opened it’s doors to provide the sewists of San Francisco and the Bay Area a place to develop and exercise their creativity in sewing. Our goal was to create a community that puts sewing skills back on the list of life experiences. The Studio is doing this by eliminating the overwhelming need of effort, space and expense required in maintaining a sewing hobby or profession. We are promoting and growing the industry of sewing in our community.
For Tammy Gustin, founder of Sips N Sews, sewing has always been her favorite hobby. While working in the tech industry, she turned to sewing as a stress reliever. One day while downtown San Francisco, she stopped in a local downtown cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee, when she saw three students in the cafe who were using sewing machines. Seeing anything sewing, she approached and engaged, she found out they were students enrolled in local fashion design programs. Each one had a different story about what and how they ended up doing homework that the cafe. All the stories had one thing in common, NO SPACE, whether it was school lab was booked, too many roommates, or simply no space to dedicate to sewing. The stories are etched forever in her memory.
The lack of creative space in San Francisco has always been an issue, for a sewist it has been extremely hard to find. She also noticed that Lifetime’s “Project Runway” show has been influencing people who have never touched a sewing machine to want to learn how to sew, proving that even beginners could be drawn to a space that offers support in getting started, and so Sips N Sews was created.
Our “One Stop Shop” provides you with the necessities needed for many sewing projects, including machines, thread, scissors, cutting tables and much more at one monthly price.
With unlimited access to a wide range of sewing machines, a vast array of supplies, access to technique classes and project tutorials, the
ability to consign your creations in the studio’s public-facing retail shop, and an endless selection of specialty teas, Sips N Sews is your personal sewing studio solution.
The ‘Sips’ part encourages a relaxing and social environment, one begins with preparing a cup of tea from a vast collection of cups and teas, then finds their perfect spot on cozy rocking chairs. One can also dive into the library, one of our many Membership Benefits, it is packed with current magazine subscriptions, how to books, project idea, pattern books, quilting patterns, fabric and color charts, everything you need to expand your sewing knowledge or inspire the next project.
The fully stocked Notions Nook and Thread Wall provides you with everything else. Our Notions Nook is a sewist paradise. The tool notions include seam rippers to rulers, patterns, pattern paper, threaders, & grommet presses. Structural notions include dozens of elastic types, zippers, buttons, multiple weights of interfacing, pattern paper and many more. Lace, ric rack, ribbons, iron on decals are just a few of the decorative notions that are in the Notion Nook.
Our classes offer the perfect setting for learning new techniques, and with the always changing list of Classes, you always have access to something new to learn. Our Instructors are obsessed with teaching unique and trendy projects. Most of our classes include all required notions, and machine usage.
To be a successful member, all you need to do is have a desire to sew (at any level) and bring the fabric you will need. We provide everything else required to complete most sewing projects. The comfort and usability of the studio will be the primary focus of our staff.