A Word of Thanks



The Bits of Thread Sewing Studio is now officially closed. Thank you for eight wonderful years, and for sharing your memories and words of support.

We hope the studio lit a spark for you, and that you’ll keep on sewing! As many of your know, all of our instructors will continue to teach as well. Here is some information on how you can contact them:



DittoForm, the dress form made from 3D body scans developed at Bits of Thread, is still in operation! You can view information  and schedule scans at two locations in the DC area at www.dittoform.com.
Valerie Williams offers private lessons or small group classes in your home.

Valerie Williams is a designer and sewer who creates handcrafted fabric handbags and fashion accessories for her one woman shop, Holland Cox. Valerie comes from a long line of accomplished seamstresses, and first learned to sew at age nine. About fifteen years later, she started up again as as a way to relieve stress, and fell in love with sewing all over again. Holland Cox was born a few years later, first as a way to pay for her ever-growing fabric stash, and then as her full-time job.


10730819_10102898337370704_3731273284277050703_n Jen Biehl will be available to teach private lessons or small group classes in your home. She can be reached at biehl.jennifer@gmail.com.

Jennifer Biehl started sewing of her sewing career making one-of-a-kind couture gowns for her dolls. Years later, after earning her BFA in Fashion Design and Marketing as well as MFA in Costume Design and Technology, she has worked in theaters around the county including the Shakespeare Theater Company, Hartford Stage Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Currently she servers as the Manager for the Arlington CostumeLab. Her specialties include tailoring, stitching, draping, patterning, knitting, crochet, and period costuming.

antoinette_lee Antoinette Lee is starting a studio in her home where she will be teaching small group classes and private lessons. She can be reached by email at aspeciallee0521@verizon.net.

Antoinette Lee writes: “Learn . Sew. Teach. It is my goal to encourage other sewers to discover their talent. I began sewing at the age of 13 in Home Economics.  My parents bought me a sewing machine and I fell in love. My first summer job was a sewing internship that continued during high school. I have worked at several fabrics stores and taught sewing classes at Hancock Fabrics And G St. Fabrics since 2005. My specialty is working with kids and adult beginners, as well as Quilting and Wearable Art techniques. I love teaching beginning  classes because your first introduction to sewing should be a good experience. I also I look forward to seeing you in class!”

DC-23-91-099  Leslie Thomas  is available for private or group lessons.  She lives in Takoma Park, DC and is able to teach out of her apartment or travel to your home. She can be reached at lesliesthomas@gmail.com.

Leslie Thomas studied clothing construction in college and specializes in working with knit fabrics.  She loves teaching all types of sewing classes, but especially loves teaching people how to sew with stretchy fabrics (like jersey) as well as kids classes.