Sew Fast Sew Easy

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Sew Fast/Sew Easy, Inc.
Company typePrivate
FoundedJune 23, 1993[1]
FounderElissa K. Meyrich
DefunctDecember 10, 2012[1]
New York, NY
Area served
New York City
ProductsOnline Video Learning, Sewing Patterns, Sewing Machines, Sewing, Knitting, Crochet Education and Products

Sew Fast Sew Easy was a corporation based in the Garment District in New York City, that is best known for sewing classes, sewing patterns and sewing books. It was founded in 1991 by Elissa K. Meyrich, a designer in New York City's garment district for over 26 years, an instructor at Parsons School of Design, and an author and contributing writer to sewing publications. Sew Fast Sew Easy classes were part of a resurgence in traditional home economics[2] enabled by networked technologies including Internet chat groups and digitally-adjustable patterns.[3]


In 1997, the company created NYC's first Stitch and Bitch group.[4][5]

In 1998, the company started an Internet guestbook, the Stitch and Bitch Cafe.[citation needed]

In 1999, knitting book author Debbie Stoller established a knitting group called "Stich ‘n Bitch" [sic] in the East Village of Manhattan.[6]

A controversy around rights to the phrase "Stitch and Bitch" then arose. In 2002, Sew Fast Sew Easy registered a service mark designation for "Stitch & Bitch Café".[7][8]

In 2005, many sellers on Café Press who created goods using related phrases received cease and desist letters on behalf of Sew Fast Sew Easy,[9] which had filed for a "Stitch and Bitch" trademark related to sewing goods. The website was formed shortly thereafter, urging crafters to boycott and protest Sew Fast Sew Easy.[10]

Stoller filed a petition to cancel Sew Fast Sew Easy's trademark application, arguing that the term had been in use previous to 1998. The two parties settled in 2008.[8]

In December 2012, Sew Fast Sew Easy ceased operations.[1]


Brands marketed by Sew Fast/Sew Easy included:[citation needed]

Company timeline[edit]

  • 1991 – Opened the first Sew Fast Sew Easy classes held in a small studio in New York City.
  • 1992 – Sew Fast Sew Easy opens a full service sewing center with knitting and crochet classes, sewing notions, patterns and machines.
  • 1994 – New York Newsday features an article on Sew Fast Sew Easy entitled "It's SEW Soothing".[11]
  • 1995 – Sew Fast Sew Easy creates its first computer fit made-to-measure sewing patterns.
  • 1996 – The New York Post features an article in which the classes by Sew Fast Sew Easy are described as being "on the cutting edge".[12]
  • 1997 – The New York Times publishes an article discussing Sew Fast Sew Easy's computer fit made-to-measure patterns.[3] Burda Mode magazine labels Elissa Meyrich a "PowerFrau" (powerhouse).[citation needed] The New York Times features the company in an article.[13] Sew Fast Sew Easy creates its first Stitch and Bitch Nights in New York City.
  • 1998 – The online forum, Stitch & Bitch Café, along with the Sew Fast Sew Easy website are started. Magnetic seam guides are made to support the Stitch & Bitch Café brand and incorporated into manuals and instructions.[citation needed] How to be your own Designer first airs on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Public-access television.[citation needed]
  • 1999 – Sewing trade magazine, Round Bobbin, titles Sew Fast Sew Easy as the pioneer of hip sewing as "Lone Cowgirl on the Open Prairie" while MSN Sidewalk lists its classes in a City Survival Guide.[citation needed] CNN[citation needed] and The New York Times feature Sew Fast Sew Easy's voodoo doll making classes.[14]
  • 2001 – First release of its online video learning series.
  • 2002 – Best of New York lists company as "Tailor Made".[citation needed] Sew Fast Sew Easy: All You Need to Know When You Start to Sew by Elissa K. Meyrich is published by St. Martin's Press.
  • 2003 – The New York Historical Society features Sew Fast Sew Easy patterns in exhibit.[citation needed]
  • 2004 – Stitch & Bitch product line expanded to include knitting.
  • 2005 – Sew Fast Sew Easy featured in Teen Vogue.
  • 2006 – RIP IT!: How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams by Elissa K. Meyrich is published by Simon & Schuster and featured in Elle Girl and Readymade magazines and on[citation needed]
  • 2007 – Company expands and moves to a West 35th street location. In June 2007, Stitch & Bitch Café digital learning center, has a grand opening. CNBC World News includes the company in its showcase of the modern face of sewing and technology.[15] Stitch & Bitch magnetic seam guide featured in Craft Magazine.[citation needed] Series of t-shirts offered under the Stitch & Bitch Café brand.
  • 2008 – Sew Fast Sew Easy: Sew On by Elissa K. Meyrich is published[16] by St. Martin's Press with former Vice President Gregory Garvin on the cover. Teacher Kenley Collins goes to Fashion Week as a finalist on Project Runway.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Entity Name: Sew Fast/Sew Easy, Inc". Division of Corporations. New York State Department of State. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "It's Sew Trendy". 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  3. ^ a b Owens, Mitchell (1997-03-02). "Sewing: 30 Million Women Can't Be Wrong". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  4. ^ Yun, Helen (2007-12-13). "NYC's Best: Craft Stores". TimeOut New York. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  5. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (2006-11-02). "It's getting bitchy in knitting circles". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  6. ^ "Debbie Stoller". JWA Profiles. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  7. ^ "STITCH & BITCH CAFE USSN #76026522". United States Patent and Trademark Office. US Department of Commerce. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Robertson, Kirsty (2010-03-01). "Embroidery Pirates and Fashion Victims: Textiles, Craft and Copyright". Textile. 8 (1): 86–111. doi:10.2752/175183510X12580391269940. ISSN 1475-9756. S2CID 146418502.
  9. ^ Sh-ahh-let (insabatu) (2005-05-29). "Can you copyright 'Stitch n' Bitch'?". Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  10. ^ So, Hemmy (2006-02-07). "She's Saying: Don't Thread on Me". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  11. ^ Morrill, Diana (1994-03-02). "It's Sew Soothing". New York Newsday. S1, S4.
  12. ^ Jacobs, Patricia (1996-02-26). "A Sewing Class that's on the Cutting Edge". The New York Post. p. 27.
  13. ^ Muhlke, Christine (1998-06-21). "PULSE; Sewing Circles". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  14. ^ St. John Kelly, Erin (1999-02-28). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: MIDTOWN -- BUZZ; As Cupid Sheathes Arrows, Voodoo Dolls Come Out". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  15. ^ Isdal, Karin (October 10, 2007). "Arts & Crafts are Big Business". CNBC World News. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12.
  16. ^ "Threadbanger Book Club- Sew Fast Sew Easy Sew On". September 7, 2019. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2019-09-06.

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