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OUR STORY

We are a nonprofit, community sewing center located in St. Louis, Missouri.

THE BEGINNING

City Sewing Room opened in 2016 as a gathering place for all those who love stitching and sharing. 

 

It was modeled after the quilting bees of old when women came together, not just to sew a quilt, but to share; share their home life, share neighborhood news, discuss events, and encourage one another. 

 

A novel idea to the area at the time, it was built on the premise of “if you build it, they will come”.

 

And come they did!

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To carry on our mission of stitching, learning and sharing, in 2020 we incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit.

 

With our non-profit status, we increased our community spirit with more volunteers and donations. 

Now we regularly teach 20 youth

and 20+ adults every week. 

 

Additionally, we take in sewing and fabric donations to the tune of 400 pounds a week – yes 400 pounds a week! These donations are used by students, given to charities and sold for $2/pound to the

public through our Maker's Mart.

CSR TODAY

MEET OUR TEAM

City Sewing Room Staff

Anne Stirnemann
Boss Lady

Anne was a nurse in her previous life, but realized that she really should have been a costumer, so went back to school at the age of 50 to get a degree in costume design!  Soon afterward she opened City Sewing Room so she could sew with friends. And so she does! Every day, meeting new people and making new friends.

Dorothy Pino
Educator, Fun Facilitator

With over a decade of teaching experience as a public school music educator, Dorothy came to City Sewing Room in January 2022 to teach sewing classes. She has been sewing since she was a teenager, and learned from her mom, aunt, and friends over the years. Dorothy is our resident cat-lover and teaches beginner classes both on and off site!

Olivia Rae Davis
Guest Instructor

An up-and-coming fashion designer, Olivia loves to teach all levels! Founder of the ORD Academy, a 501c(3) non-profit located in St. Louis, Missouri, Olivia has teamed up with CSR to offer sewing skills for all levels. 

Sign up for her classes, which are found on her website!

Anne Hennig
Quilt Master

Anne is our resident quilting expert! Member of Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild and Ruler of our Bernina Q24 long arm quilter, Anne lends her expertise to teach classes in long arm quilting and quilt piecing. 

Janet Noe
Social Media Manager

Ever since CSR opened in 2016, Janet has been the marketing master behind our social media posts.  Janet keeps our community in the know about class offerings, special events, and everything in between! Find us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all CSR offerings!

Allison Platt Thien
Sewing Society STL

Founder of the Sewing Society of St. Louis, Allison welcomes all to come together to learn and grow their sewing skills. Sewing Society STL is a group for sewists of ALL levels! Check out her Facebook page or Instagram to stay up to date on all their events! And, be sure to sign up for one while you're there!

*Don't have social media? No problem! Email Allison instead at sewingsocietystl@gmail.com

Nita Pace
Sewing Machine Guru

Wisen machine guru that she is, Nita can diagnose and treat your sewing machine problems! Owner of Sew Happy Sewing Machine Repair, Nita keeps our machines running smoothly. If you're looking for a machine tune-up, give her a shout!

Michelle
Guest Instructor

A fashion shoe designer, Michelle enjoys coming in to teach specialty classes from dog beds to t-shirt quilts.  Watch for her classes on our social media accounts! 

New Teaching Partners Welcome!

 

Interested in becoming a teaching partner?

 

Check out our Giving Page 

or contact us for more info at citysewingroom@gmail.com

BOARD MEMBERS

Anne Pokoski

Gemologist, seamstress extraordinaire. 

Morgan Epperson

Pattern maker at Weissman Dancewear.

Rene Howard

Jack of all trades in sewing.

Kacie Starr Long

Executive Director of Sew Hope Sewing Room of Florissant.

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