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Class Policies

Attendance Agreements:

  • You acknowledge that crafting often involves the use of electrical equipment, irons, and sewing machines, as well as needles, scissors, and rotary cutters, and that the use of these tools includes risks that can lead to injury. You agree to release and hold harmless Needles & Bolts, LLC its instructors, and employees from any and all claims and liability related to any accident that may arise as a result of your or your child's participation in classes, workshops, or programs. You agree to first aid and/or medical treatment, should the need arise.
  • Each person who is planning to attend a class must purchase a seat.
  • Please be on time. We cannot accept students after 15 minutes before the start time of class. If you are later than 15 minutes and are not allowed into class, we cannot offer you a store credit or refund for the missed class.

Cancellations + Rescheduling:

  • All classes need a minimum of 2 students to run (except the "Make Friends" series). If a class has less than 2 students 24 hours before class starts, we will contact you and discuss moving your seat into the next available workshop or offer you a credit of the class amount paid to put towards a future class.
  • We do not offer refunds for classes unless Needles & Bolts needs to cancel for any reason. Store Credit or a transfer to another workshop is permitted. We do allow transfer of class credit to another student. We require a 48-hour notice of cancellation before the start of your class to receive a store credit. Please note that we cannot offer a store credit if you are within the 48-hour time frame. If you need to cancel a class or switch the date and the 48-hour deadline has not passed, please email us at to do so and we will be happy to help.
  • There are NO refunds, exchanges, or store credits given at any time for classes with out-of-town instructors and special guest instructors.


Additional Information

  • Free street parking is available on Germantown Avenue, Carpenter Lane, Meehan Street, and surrounding side streets. Please note that even if parking is free, there may be an enforced time limit. You may need to walk a bit to get to the shop, please plan accordingly.
Mass Transit:
  • The SEPTA 23 bus from Market Street Station in Center City headed towards Chestnut Hill stops directly in front of Needles & Bolts.
Private/Group Lessons + Gift Cards:
  • Please email us at to schedule private or group lessons - we'd be happy to do this!
  • If you have a gift card or store credit you would like to use to reserve your space, please email us at and we'd be happy to get you registered!
Privacy Policy:
  • We respect your privacy and do not share your information with 3rd parties. For complete details, read our full Privacy Policy.

Open Sew Policy

General Guidelines

  • There will be a $5 registration fee for the day and evening open sews. You will receive a $5 credit towards any purchase you make in the shop during the Open Sew for which you registered. The $5 fee cannot be transferred or saved.
  • We understand that life happens. However, if you need to cancel your seat, please let us know *48 hours in advance by emailing ( or calling the shop (215-316-5696) so we can open your seat.  If you do not let us know within this time frame or do not attend, your $5 registration fee will not be refunded but will go toward stocking the Little Free Stitchery Library.
  • Open Sew will be limited to no more than 12 sewists. We will have 5 sewing machine stations and 7 hand sewing seats. Five sewing machine stations will be available to use during Open Sew. We will have a separate registration for machine use, so please sign up for the right seat. If you want to bring your own sewing machine, please sign up for a machine station. Once the machine spots are filled, only hand-stitching stations will be available.
  • You are welcome to ask for advice on a project or assistance with how to use a shop machine or tool.  However, Open Sew is not the time for private instruction.  We simply do not have enough staff to work with each person individually.  You should be comfortable threading a machine and winding a bobbin before signing up to use a sewing machine station.
  • Open Sew registration will now be 1 month in advance instead of the entire year uploaded at once. This will allow new sewists who find us throughout the year to have a chance to attend an open sew and reduce the number of last-minute cancellations.
  • Open Sew was created to help build a strong creative community.  To build this community an environment characterized by mutual respect and civility. Every participant in Open Sew is responsible for ensuring that their behavior promotes these goals. Disruptions will not be tolerated and may lead to unenrollment from future open sews and classes offered in the shop. 

Machine/Tools Guidelines:

  • Please keep in mind that tools are used by multiple people – including during Open Sew and classes. We strive to keep things in good working order. However, you should always look carefully at the tool before using it on your project.
  • If you break a tool during Open Sew you will be responsible for working with the shop to have the tool replaced or repaired. Please treat our tools as if they are your own.
  • Thread will no longer be provided for our shop machines. Please bring your own thread. We will provide bobbins to use, which need to stay with the machines when open sew ends.

By signing up for Open Sew, you agree to abide by these updated guidelines.

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