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About Needles & Bolts

Needles & Bolts is a destination for modern makers in the charming Mt. Airy Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Founded in 2022, we cater to quilters and stitchers of all kinds - from machine piecing & quilting to hand stitching, our desire is to build community through inspiration & education. What would you like to stitch?

Needles & Bolts was born from the idea that stitching should be accessible to anyone who wants to experience it. Our shop is designed as a creative space for sewists of all types to congregate and collaborate, and we encourage everyone to bring their authentic selves through the doors. Originally conceived as a mobile stitchery in early 2022, Needles and Bolts set out to become Philadelphia's first mobile quilt shop. As luck would have it, the perfect shop space became available as plans were being made. We pressed pause on the mobile idea, opened the storefront, and voila, Needles & Bolts was born! 

At Needles & Bolts, we specialize in offering a curated collection of quilting fabric, linen, select garment fabric & quilting supplies, along with embroidery, sashiko, and other stitchery tools.

About the Owner

Owner Stella Singleton has been stitching since she was in her single digits. Starting with pre-printed cross-stitch panels, her Nana taught her how to thread a needle and make a series of "X"s that turned into a sweet floral placemat. Once cross stitch was mastered, she moved on to macrame, embroidery, and machine sewing.

Stella learned to crochet in college and in 2002 took a knitting class at The Tangled Web in Chestnut Hill, eventually working at the shop part-time and teaching knitting and crochet classes. In 2006, Stella took an intro to quilting class at Fabrics on the Hill, also in Chestnut Hill. Once she learned the magic of creating quilts, her immersion into the quilting world was imminent.

After moving to Phoenix, she joined the PHX MQG and quickly enhanced her skillset learning foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, applique, and any other skills she could put in her toolbox. Not long after, Stella moved to North Jersey and immediately joined the NJMQG becoming the Vice President of the Guild for a year and then the Programs Director for a year. She loved the camaraderie the guild brought with stitchers of all skill levels coming together to share their fiber love.

 


Our Values

We know that where you choose to spend your money is important, and we sincerely appreciate when you choose to support Needles & Bolts. Our vision is to inspire people to reach their crafting potential through modern and sustainable supplies and quality instruction. We believe that stitching should be accessible to anyone who wants to experience it.

Our primary objective is to be a leader in the world of independent craft retailers, to kindly and enthusiastically encourage crafters of all levels and backgrounds, to support local and quality craft-supply makers, to provide a wealth of knowledge to customers, and to host a sustainable, rewarding, and fun work environment. Our goal is to support the local and regional economy whenever possible and build community in Philadelphia.

Social Policies

We welcome all regardless of race, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, size, or age.
We commit to hosting free, monthly community stitch nights that is open to all (check the classes+events page to see when the next one is scheduled & register to join us!)
We plan to work with local charities to give back to the community through shop proceeds, donated time, or hand-made items. Contact us if you would like to assist with this!

Anti-Racism Action Plan

We believe Black Lives Matter. We believe we have a role to play to dismantle white supremacy and the systems that perpetuate it in order to help create the equitable world we want to live in. We are committed to the following actions and principles:
- to employ a racially diverse staff
- to highlight makers of color on our social media and on our newsletter
- to donate 3% of our inaugural year profit to non-profits that empower the Black community and increase this amount to 5% in the following years
- to actively seek out and stock products from BIPOC-owned businesses and designers
- to create a work environment that encourages diversity and is inclusive
- to ensure the values of the companies we carry align with ours
- to educate ourselves and support our staff in anti-racism education and action
- to hold our customers to these same standards
We will not tolerate any racist comments/remarks/actions when shopping in our store or online in comments.

Covid-19 Updates

(as of October 15, 2022)

The city of Philadelphia no longer requires the use of masks indoors, however, masks are still strongly recommended in indoor public settings to help reduce transmission and keep Philadelphia at a low risk level.
Currently, there is no vaccine or testing requirement to shop in store. Our online store is also available if you choose not to shop in person.
Please sanitize your hands upon entry, we have sanitizer available for use at the door.
We have a limit of 10 customers in the store at a time.
Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet between yourself and other customers.

Our current hours are:
M + T: Closed | W + Th: 11a - 5p | F + S: 10a - 5p | Sun: 12p - 5p
Come by and say hello - we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome in the shop!

Classes

Due to the size of the classroom space and for the safety of our community and staff:
- Currently, there is no vaccine or testing required to take a workshop
- Please sanitize your hands upon entry. Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
- Classes are limited to 8 people, including the instructor, and might be smaller due to class type.
- Any shared tools will be sanitized between sessions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send us a message or give us a call at the shop for clarity.
Thank you so much for supporting your local community of makers!


The Little Free Stitchery Library

We're delighted to sponsor a Little Free Stitchery Library, located in front of the shop, in a decommissioned newspaper box! Here you can leave any stitchery bits and bobs including thread, fabric, patterns, notions, books, etc., and take anything you need to start or finish a project. We ask that you be respectful of this shared space and not leave any trash or items you, yourself, would not want to use in a project.

Items to donate:
- fabric of any size or type
- thread of any color or type
- stitchery books
- notions like buttons, zippers, snaps, needles, pins, etc
- tools such as scissors, seam rippers, rulers, rotary cutters, blade refills

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a haberdashery?
In British English, a haberdashery is a business that sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zippers, and other notions. Fun fact: in the US, Haberdashery refers to menswear so we're adopting the British definition for our purposes.

Why don't you sell yarn?
We know being a small business can be tough and we want to uplift our crafty neighbors. At the moment, we do not carry any yarn or knitting supplies. To find beautiful knitting supplies check out the following local yarn shops: Wild HandHidden River YarnsLoop, and Yarnphoria.

Will you carry garment fabric?
Philadelphia has a robust garment district in Center City that can fulfill many garment fabric needs. Currently, we carry alternate substrates such as cork and linen and a curated offering of garment fabrics such as rayon and poplin. We are always looking for unique items to add to our inventory - let us know if you are looking for something specific and we can work with you to find it.

Can you upholster my chair, sofa, or other pieces of furniture?
We cannot. Unfortunately, our sewing skill set does not include upholstery.

Do you offer longarm services?
At this time we don't have the space to offer in-store longarming services, however, we have cultivated relationships with local longarmers including our neighbor, Cut & Sew PHL who offers longarming services as well as studio time to learn to longarm your own quilts. Reach out to us if you would like to learn about our favorite longarmers.

Do you sell completed quilts?
At the moment, we do not have any completed quilts to sell. We do anticipate holding sample sales throughout the year as our fabric rotation changes. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of any future sample sales!

I'm new to sewing, will you teach me?
Absolutely we will! In fact, we would love to. Check out our classes and workshops to see what's on the calendar. We hope to see you in class!

Will you sew a quilt for me?
We will not, but we will teach YOU how to sew a quilt! See our classes and workshops to sign up!

Do you offer sewing machine repair/maintenance?
We are currently hiring for a part-time sewing machine repair/maintenance person.
If you are interested in partnering with us, reach out at hello@needlesandbolts.com


Returns

We will make every effort to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. If you are unsatisfied with your stitching or notions purchase for any reason, we will accept a return for store credit or exchange within 30 days of the date of original purchase.

Kits and thread/notions must be in original condition and not used or opened.
We will issue a digital gift card for the return.


We cannot accept returns on cut yardage, any books, patterns, or sale items.
These are final sale and may not be returned.



Class Cancellations

Cancellations must be made no later than 7 days prior to the workshop date in order to receive a full refund.
No refunds or class makeups are given for failure to attend or cancellations within 7 days.
If a class is canceled by Needles & Bolts or the instructor, a full refund will be given to all students.


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