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How it Works and FAQ

Whether you're a beginner sewist who feels overwhelmed when you walk into a fabric store and don't know where to start or an experienced crafter who just doesn't have time or energy to plan your next sewing project, we've designed our subscription boxes to make sewing your own clothes easy, accessible and fun - just as it should be!

Let us handle all the hard work of finding the right interfacing, the matching zipper, the perfect buttons. That way, you can get down to the really good stuff - the actual sewing of your own handmade wardrobe!

Below, you'll find a handy guide to how our subscriptions work, what each box contains, and how you can make the most of your monthly sewing subscription box! 

Already a subscriber? You can find a step by step guide to managing your subscription by clicking HERE.

Each month, we plan four different levels of subscription boxes: Sew Fearless Box, Sew Confident Box, Sew Curvy Box, and Sew Indulgent Box. Each box contains a carefully selected pattern based on the theme for the month. Then, once you pick a box, you have the choice of three beautiful, curated fabrics with which to complete the pattern. After that, everything is coordinated for you. Easy-peasy! Pick the red crepe, you get a red zipper, red thread and all the necessary notions to complete the pattern!

Each of our boxes comes with everything you need for a sewing project, right in one convenient kit. That includes the paper sewing pattern, enough fabric to make the largest size for the pattern, and all the notions the pattern requires, from buttons to interfacing to zippers.

Sew Fearless Box - $65

Want to up your sewing game, but a little hesitant about it? Enter the Sew Fearless Box. There's nothing to be afraid of with this carefully curated kit. This is typically the easiest pattern, and the fabric choices are mostly cottons and synthetics. But that’s not to say we won’t throw in a lovely wool or linen in there from time to time. It’s a great option if you're comfortable with the basics of sewing, and you’re looking to get your hands on good quality fabrics. The fabric selections are easy to sew, press easily and, as an added bonus, won’t slip right of your sewing table when you’re not looking. It’s also a perfect box for creating a closet full of staples that you’ll love to wear day in and day out.

This box was formerly called the Lightweight Box

Sew Confident Box - $85

Ready to move on to some more challenging sewing? Then this box is perfect for you! For advanced beginner to intermediate sewers who can insert a zipper without screaming and who can understitch like a pro, this box digs deeper into the fabrics at your disposal. Flex those sewing muscles you’ve been building with jacquards, tweeds, lace, and more, and make some knock-out items that will have your friends asking where you bought that new outfit.

This box was formerly called the Medium Weight Box

Sew Curvy Box - $105

Say hello to our box with extended size patterns that fit up to US size 30! Like the Sew Confident Box, this box is designed for advanced beginner to intermediate sewers who are looking to make clothes that fit their body and make them feel fabulous. And like the Sew Indulgent Box, you'll find luscious, high-quality fabrics that are a step above anything you can find in ready to wear stores. And honestly, after getting this box, you won't want to go back to ready to wear anyway!

This box was formerly called the Curvy Box

Sew Indulgent Box - $125

I like to call this the “Treat Yo’ Self” box.  Make clothing that can truly be called bespoke. Whatever you make with this box is designed to last you for years. Wools, silks, brocades: this box curates luxury fabrics that look beautiful and feel amazing. Plus, depending on the theme, this box may contain two patterns to make a whole outfit. A wonderful choice to make high-end clothing without the designer price.

This box was formerly called the Heavyweight Box

When you first sign up for your subscription, you will be charged on the day you purchase. Then, every month after, you will be charged on the 1st of each month. When your box is shipped, you will receive a tracking number so that you can impatiently watch its progress as it travels through the postal system.

For a step-by-step guide to managing your order, find more information here.

The first time you purchase a subscription, you pick your fabric choice before putting the subscription in the cart. However, for every subsequent month, your subscription is automatically billed, so there is no need to add to cart each time. Instead, go to your account and click on the link “Manage My Subscription” or simply choose the “Manage My Subscription” option under the main menu. After logging in to your account, you'll see your subscription listed. You select the "Manage" drop-down menu, select "Swap Products." You will be shown the boxes available to swap, and you can select your next month's choice, essentially swapping your current month's fabrics for the next month's options. 

Each month, the boxes are locked on the 15th in order to give us time to gather the fabrics and put your box together for shipping. With that in mind, your selection must be chosen by the 14th of the month before the box is locked. If you do not select your fabric choice before the lock date, you will receive the first fabric listed for the box on the product page. We understand that everyone has busy lives, so if you realize that you forgot to select your fabric and are in a panic that you really wanted a different fabric, email us at info@needle-sharp.com and we will try to accommodate you.

We will announce the next month’s boxes on the 15th of each month. And if you subscribe to our newsletter, you will be one of the first to be in the know.

Of course! We would never presume that we are always going to be able to pick a pattern or fabric that you love (though damned if we’re not going to try). If a month’s selections are not for you, simply go to “Manage My Subscription” under your account or select the link from the main menu. There, you will be able to select the option to skip a month. Once that is selected, you will not receive a box for that month and your credit card will not be charged.

Please note that the skip option must be selected EACH month. If you want to stop being charged automatically for good, you need to choose to cancel your subscription.

Why, yes, you can. You are not locked in to one box for all eternity. This isn't a gym membership. We know that depending on the month, different boxes might appeal to you more than the one you're subscribed to. Maybe you started out with the Sew Fearless Box, but you want to take a foray into something more challenging. Or maybe you made a one of a kind piece from the Sew Indulgent Box, and you're looking for a palate cleanser. Each month, you're welcome to choose which box you want. 

To select a different box than your initial order, you simply choose the "Add Product to Subscription" option from your Account page. Then you change the quantity of what you want to receive. For example, if you are subscribed to the Sew Fearless Box but want the Sew Confident Box this month, you add the Sew Confident Box to your subscription. Then you change the quantity for the Sew Fearless Box to zero (0) and leave the Sew Confident to one (1). Each month, you can toggle between the two boxes simply by adjusting the quantity.

Each month, we provide you with enough fabric to make the largest size the pattern calls out. Plus, for patterned fabrics, we give you (at least) an extra 6” on each yard to account for matching plaids, stripes and florals.

However, if you find that you've made a mistake, cut the wrong size or, eek!, had a laundry disaster, we usually (though not always) have some fabric left over that can be purchased by the yard. All you have to do is email us at info@needle-sharp.com.

If you are outside the pattern sizes and are planning to grade your pattern upwards, simply let us know before we ship out your box so we can provide you with a larger continuous yardage for a small extra fee. Again, email us at info@needle-sharp.com by the 15th of the month.

Currently, we ship to the United States and Canada.

We ship with the United States Postal Service in the United States and with both the USPS and UPS internationally. While the subscription boxes always ship on the first of the month, fabric by the yard, patterns, and the sewing kits will ship within 1-3 business days of purchase. 

Estimated shipping times:

United States: 1-7 business days

Canada: 3-7 business days

Any customs, duties or taxes are the responsibility of the customer. 

Delivery estimates listed are provided by the USPS and do not include time held up in customs

For subscription boxes, you can return a box within 7 days of receipt. Boxes can only be returned if the fabric is unwashed and uncut and if the notions are unopened. Email info@needle-sharp.com for details on how and where to return your box.

All fabric by the yard is non-returnable once cut and shipped.

Certainly! We are always willing to work with our clients so they can create their next favorite piece of clothing. Want white buttons instead or black? A contrast zipper instead of a coordinating one? Feel free to ask us. While unfortunately we cannot accommodate every request, we will do our best to satisfy your needs.

We also always appreciate suggestions of theme ideas, patterns and fabrics. Our store is always evolving and we would love to hear what you have to say!

Email us at info@needle-sharp.com

All of our packaging is recyclable and/or reusable. The box, paper bags, and tissue paper can be recycled with mixed paper. The plastic bags for the notions can either be repurposed or recycled with plastic bags (#4). You can find a recycling location in your area by checking out this link to the very useful site: Earth 911.

Any other inquiries, feel free to ask.