Tracey Siegel was 8 years old when a family member taught her to sew, and then in 7th grade, she furthered her skills in a home economics class.
Last year, she opened Stitch Niche Studio Designs, a custom sewing and embroidery business, and just recently added a sewing cafe.
"I've always enjoyed it," Siegel said. "I just enjoy working with fabric and I enjoy creating. I want to pass it on."
Stitch Niche offers a sewing cafe where people can come and take lessons, sit and sew, and attend educational and social events. Sewing machines are available to rent on the premises, or people can bring in their own machines. People can also bring in projects they're working on and get assistance.
In addition, Stitch Niche Studio Designs offers custom monogramming, sewing, embroidery and applique work. Siegel said she gets a lot of requests for gifts and accessories such as bags, totes, aprons and oven mitts.
Siegel has plans to offer sewing classes and summer camps for children.
"I just want to pass the skill on," said Siegel. "It's a learned skill, but it involves creativity as well,"
Stitch Niche Studio Designs is located at 10335 Cross Creek Blvd., Suite E. For more information, call (813) 907-3000, or visit facebook/stitchnichestudiodesignsllc.
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