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Molly Hayden
Molly Hayden
Sew And Sews Place was opened in 2006, by a woman who deeply loves fabric. Namely me-Molly. I became frustrated at not being able to find fabrics that I wanted to spend my time, energy and money on. I have been sewing since I was six, mostly for myself. I have quilted and made home decor, but my true love is clothing.

This shop in Dayton is our third, since we moved here early 2019 and opened this location in September 2020. (Yes, in the middle of a freaking pandemic!) Now we also carry quilting fabrics and patterns, a first for us even though I have done a bit of quilting since I was 17.

All of these fabrics are hand-picked by me. I touch and feel everything first. Swatches are just too much fun! I'm an avid shopper, and I look at it as a challenge to find the best prices for both of us.
I enjoy teaching and earned my Teaching Certification from The Sewing and Crafts Alliance. I also enjoy going to more intensive garment construction classes whenever possible in order to bring that knowledge back to share.

As for patterns, I carry patterns from independent designers, not the 'big4' (although we may use them in classes). Most of these designers are located here in the US and a few are from Canada. They actually listen to your feedback on their product lines! So look for patterns from Sew ChicPattern Co., Collette, Pettites Plus, The Sewing Workshop, Serendipity Studio, and more.


MacKenzie Wood

MacKenzie helps make everything in Sew And Sews Place beautiful and it keeps ticking like it should. Without her the walls would fall in and there wouldn't be fabric on the shelves. If you can't find something she knows exactly where to look and where the replacements are when things run out. She is full of great ideas and energy on my hardest days, and has smiles and hugs, and cookies, when I forget to smile.

I'm not sure I deserve her in my life sometimes but I am eternally grateful God sent her my way. She was just in time. m



Vivian Housley

My mom taught me sew, and as I had my family I sewed for them. Over the years I also enjoyed creating the garments I wore when I was showing my horses and riding the trails. Now my horses are retired, the oldest is 32 and still going strong. I am an experienced seamstress, having spent many years working on Prom, wedding and bridesmaids dresses, and their alterations. Seeing all of the trophies was a great joy.

These days I spend much of my time working on my embroidery machine, sewing quilts and making crafts.



Richard retired in 2010 from the US Air Force. Richard is an active board member of Rhea County United Way, Main Street Dayton and Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation. He is also the Vice President of Tri-County Quilt Guild for 2021, Vice President of Spirit of the Veteran and Warrior Pow Wow. Richard has been quilting for 8 years and is an active member in 2 quilt organizations. Five years were spent in charge of the Fat Quarter of the month & Block Of the Month programs in Walden’s Ridge Quilt and craft club. As the Gadabout for both quilt organizations he informs those groups what is happening locally and with quilt shops and shows in the area.
Richard enjoys growing Orchids, gardening, quilting/crafting, cooking and baking. Richard has been the Chairmen of Pumpkinfest since 2010. Richard Owns Noah Built DeArk Designs, creating custom unique earrings and necklaces for all occasions.

Nancy Palmer
Nancy Palmer, is currently living in Dayton, TN, after moving from here from Mesa, AZ in December 2020 with her husband Ron. Nancy and Ron have four children and 6 grandchildren.

Nancy graduated high school in Moravia, Iowa, and studied to be a legal secretary in Ankeny, Iowa. Later she began to take ongoing classes to create porcelain dolls and when she moved to Mesa, Nancy owned and operated Dolldreams by Nancy, a porcelain shop. While there she joined the local ASG (American Sewing Guild) and learned the art of smocking and attended various conventions and classes.

Nancy has been taking classes in the creative operation of her Brother Quattro embroidery Machine then traded it for a Brother Dream Machine II, and really loves it.

Also while in Mesa, Nancy took classes in the Hot Blend Basic Crayon Technique. In May of 2016 she travelled to Crowley, TX to take classes to become certified to teach this technique through “Designs by Tana”. Since then she has been creating her own designs and combining them with quilting and embroidery, and teaching these classes at AQG, her local quilt club.

Nancy has also completed classes on edge-to-edge quilting in the hoop.

Kerry Hoyle
My name is Kerry Hoyle and I've been "doing art" of one kind or another for as long as I can remember. Originally from California, we moved to Georgia and then Tennessee with my husband in 2018. I'm an artist, illustrator, seamstress, crafter and quilter. I have tried most art mediums but love fabric, paper and paint best. I am also the owner and artist for keriART Creations featuring the illustrations for "Keri & Tutu" greeting cards.
I love sharing and teaching the things I love with other people!! I have taught Mixed Media, Rubber Stamping, Scrapbooking, purse and bag construction, clothesline baskets and bowls, wall hangings, small quilt construction, English paper piecing and beginning machine applique'.
I look forward to sharing with you!

Dr. Dawn Sullivan
Dr. Dawn Sullivan, lives atop Dayton Mountain on an active meat goat farm. The farm also produces vegetables and flowers using raised beds. Dr. Dawn is a lifelong learner and online university professor in the field of Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology. "Working from my home office allows me to have a balanced life with a flexible schedule." She strives to encourage and share knowledge to help others succeed.  

Originally from Northern Michigan, Dr. Dawn has gone from being an Air Force veteran to a consultant/owner of Eagle Consulting that specializes in Information Technology, Business, and Research for helping small businesses grow and innovate.  

Dr. Dawn’s crafting started at a young age with ceramics, scrapbooking, doll houses, to no-sew quilting. Her entire front office is dived between crafting and teaching, not to mention the other two rooms in her home dedicated to crafting. Sound familiar anyone? 

Dr. Dawn also teaches computer cleaning and operation classes here at Sew And Sews Place!

Just The Facts...

Our class sizes are small to ensure you receive individual attention and truly learn something while you are here at Sew And Sews Place!

As my friend Dr. Cindy Feelgood says, "There are no Perfect Police!", and chocolate is always welcome! Our doors and heart are always open too. Please stop by to check out the newest, latest and greatest-you just never know what you will find!

Creativity and ideas abound!

***Here is the Fine Print Information***

•No refunds on cut items

• We are happy to carry your machine if you bring your own.

• We appreciate you purchasing your class supplies at Sew And Sews Place. ‘Course, you’ll get them at 10% off!

• Bring ALL supplies the first day of class or arrive early enough to purchase (pre-washing is always a good idea).

• Supplies are NOT included in the class fee unless otherwise stated on the schedule.

• Sewing Machine use is not included in class fees.


• You must pre-register for classes.

• Minimum Class size is two students (Bring a friend!).

• It is necessary to pre-register at least one day prior to the start of each class. Our teachers need time to prep materials for you and all the students.

• All classes are appropriate for ages 14 and over.

No babies or children are permitted to accompany adults to class.

Cancellation Policy: Class fees are non-refundable. Please check your calendar carefully before committing to a class enrollment. Cancellations must be made no later than 3 business days BEFORE the date of your class*, in order to maintain a class credit. Failure to do so means forfeiture of your class fee. If arrangements are made before the deadline, students may transfer fees, as a credit, to another class (subject to availability). There are no make-up classes for any classes missed. If you miss one class in a series you may not be able to continue with the series without first scheduling a private lesson ($35 per hour) to get caught up. Please keep in mind that Private Lessons are not always available.

We know that’s a strict policy, but it helps us get wait-listers into cancelled spots in a timely fashion. We’re happy to discuss your dilemma on a case-to-case basis. In the unlikely event that Sew And Sews Place cancels class you can either opt to keep a credit for a future class with us, or choose to receive a full refund.

We accept Cash and POS payments.
Contact Info
  • Ph: (423) 285-5959
280 2nd Ave, Unit 4
Dayton, TN
  • Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5:30pm
    Saturday: 10am - 2pm
    Closed Sunday & Monday
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