Johanna Hertz is helping to resurrect what she calls one of the last great arts with Cloth & Bobbin. Since it opened last September, sewers throughout the region have journeyed to her Narberth fabric shop in search of great cotton fabrics. Her 700-bolt inventory includes names like West-minster, Andover and Amy Butler in an array of shades, patterns and materials. “It’s amazing, but people will travel for fabric,” says Hertz. “And people on the Main Line do sew.”
As for those who’ve never picked up a needle and thread, Hertz may just have you sewing before you know it. “I tell people to try their hand at sewing because it’s really not that hard,” she says. “The sewing community has a reputation for being friendly and helpful. That’s what I want this place to be: a welcoming place where people feel comfortable. Kids are even coming in with their sewing projects, and I love seeing that.”
Hertz’s monthly classes have been extremely popular, with topics including “Creating a Skirt” and “Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine.” Cloth & Bobbin has also hosted events where sewers can come and spend time with others discussing projects or showing off their latest creations.
In addition to fabric, Hertz has a collection of clothing patterns, from adorable pants and dresses for kids to flirty dresses and halter-tops for the ladies. Patterns also are available for aprons, pillows, placemats, table runners, totes and more. Or store all your notions in one of the shop’s trendy sewing baskets. And if you’re not sure what “notions” are, you’ll know after one visit to Cloth & Bobbin. 235 Haverford Ave., Narberth; (610) 667-5366, clothandbobbin.com.