Our Staff

Rachel Epperson

(owner/instructor) holds a degree in Fashion Design from University of North Texas, and has been sewing for 30+ years. An early entrepreneur, she started sewing as a child and peddling her wares in the school parking lot and classrooms. Out of college she designed 3 fashion lines that went to market, then moved to custom designing interiors for 11 years before discovering her great love of teaching in ‘03. She founded The Needle Shop in 2005 as a sewing school and quickly learned that her students needed a source for unique, modern fabrics, which prompted her to develop the retail shop. Rachel hand-picks every fabric in the shop, and in 2011 she ventured into fabric production with the Outside Oslo line.

Cheeri Ong

(instructor/store staff) is a regular both in the shop and the classroom, and in fact began her sewing career as a TNS student. Several years later, she's a natural at bringing whimsical fabric prints to life (usually as some kind of bag). Cheeri is our resident hand-embroidery expert, taking students beyond ‘Home Sweet Home’ and into some really unique projects. The Japanese Kokka line of fabric makes Cheeri (and most of us) giddy.

Design by Jessica Jones | Illustration by Ward Nipper | Coding by Hardage & Hardage
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