After 20 years in the medical field as a Respiratory Therapist, Cathy left medicine to pursue therapy in a whole new form. Sewing since she could hold a needle and making her own garments since the 4th grade, sewing and quilting were always more than just a creative hobby for Cathy.
Upon launching Smile Spinners in early 2000, Cathy quickly expanded her offering of bright and unique fabrics to include, now, some 5,000+ fabrics in an ever-growing variety of textile types for the Garment Sewer, Quilter and Home Dec Designer. In addition to high quality fabrics, Cathy designs her own line of patterns, teaches a variety of classes for sewers at all levels and sells and repairs sewing machines. (And yes, she does pretty much all of this by herself!)
In January of 2015 her daughter, Jessica, joined the team after spending 10 years developing textiles and designing for the garment industry in NYC. Jessica's Fashion Design degree from FIT and industry experience adds an extra layer of expertise and creativity to Cathy's already extensive creative offerings.
Smile Spinners has always put a high value on building and empowering a creative community, its more than just a name, its our mission statement.
A poem: What is a Smile Spinner
What is a Smile Spinner, you may ask… It certainly brings a great many options of fancy and fun to mind. Could it be the fabric? We do stock five thousand reasons to smile in the brightest bright colors, but that can’t be all. Maybe it’s quick classes over cutting counters, enthusiastic staff, or ideas when you’ve hit a wall. Perhaps the plethora of patterns or the inspiration galore. Put it all together and you start to realize a Smile Spinner is so much, much, more.
It’s a date on a calendar when you know you’ll arrive, and first project successes that keep passions alive. A quick tip, the right fit, good friends having good times. And a happiness that spreads, and even implores you to rhyme…
Simply put, a Smile Spinner is you, when excitement meets vision.
We’ll help you find it, every stitch of the way. Because for us,
Smile Spinners isn’t just a name.
It’s truly our mission!