At work with Alison: Stitch Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Angie Miller has been working with a needle and thread for most of her life.

Stitch has monthly classes where you can make a variety of sewing projects.

"When I was about seven-years-old, one of my friends had entered a cross-stitch piece in a local fair and I thought, 'Oh man, I want to do that to'. So my mom was a cross-stitcher and taught me how to cross-stitch and I kind of grew from there," Miller said.

Miller became a registered nurse, but her true passion was sewing. She opened an Etsy shop, but held onto her dream of having her own fabric store.

"I started focusing on writing a business plan and seriously thinking about how I could make it a reality," she said.

Then, in February, Miller finally opened Stitch Morgantown.

"It's been great having people come in saying, 'Oh my gosh this is great, we needed a place like this.'"

At Stitch, Miller sells fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies, and also teaches classes. According to Miller, being able to sew is a valuable life skill.

"I know people who have said, 'Oh if I have a button fall off a shirt, I just throw the shirt away', like oh my goodness, things cost too much to be doing that," she said.

While many people may be intimidated by sewing or think it's an old-fashioned hobby, Miller doesn't see it that way.

"There are so many cool fabrics and patterns out there that are so trendy and modern, and I think people just don't realize that is available," said Miller.

Miller hopes her shop puts a fun, modern spin on sewing, quilting and embroidery, and that her classes will renew the interest of younger generations.

"There's just something [I love] about making something from pieces of fabric that you can turn into just about anything you want."