About Clare Rowley


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Clare Rowley has always been creative, carrying a pad for drawing and another for writing throughout most of her tender years and enjoyed water color painting cards in instead of buying them.  At the age of 16 she purchased her first canvas, brushes and a set of primary color acrylic paint and set out to paint a Scarlet Macaw.

Clare was inspired by her father, Don Rowley when she stood just above his knee and he allowed her to create ear-molds for his patients when he was working with hearing aids. This memory at pre-school age never left her and helped her to believe that she could make something from nothing. She attributes this to the core of her success in life with most of her creative ventures.

She was first introduced to sewing at age 9, by her best friend's Mother using a Treadle machine to complete a pencil case for school. She also loved watching her mother sew and was sewing without patterns by the age of 16 years of age.

Clare Rowley has created unique patterns of her own starting with the frustration she felt at the cost of the wrap-around skirt released in the 70's. She and a friend ventured to the fabric store and pattern-less they cut the shapes she remembered seeing at the store on the skirt. Albeit the skirts were not sewn using traditional methods, because she had no formal training just observation. Clare enjoys figuring out how things work by analyzing first and then study after. This attitude is how unique techniques are formed and how she has created over 88 sewing and countless artistic painting techniques that had not been taught before. 

Her Parents started a sewing machine dealership when she was 19 and she began working with them. She ultimately purchased the domestic division of the store at 25 and continued until the Creative Feet grew to the point that she could no longer handle the store. To learn more about how she invented the Creative Feet click here.

She relocated from Southern California to Prescott Valley, Arizona, where she currently resides. Clare is a factory trained sewing machine mechanic on brands such as Bernina, Janome, New Home, Kenmore, Singer, Necchi, Vigorelli, Nelco, Brother, riccar and a wide array of industrial sewing machines as well. 

Clare also enjoys the art of writing, has recently completed her first Novel Title TBD and hopes to publish it soon. 

Clare is the inventor of all of the Creative Feet sewing machine presser feet, the Thread Dispenser, Octi-hoops free-motion quilting and embroidery frames and the author of Creative Feet Technical Guide & Workbook. She is producer of all of her videos. Not only does she create the content on the videos, she films, edits and regularly creates the music as well. Her innate ability to learn new things and change them for the better is why her Creative Feet are still the leader in sewing machine presser feet since 1989.

Her son Vincent, is behind the scenes as website designer with Clare's artwork and photography throughout and will begin directing her new YouTube series called Clare Rowley's Creative Notions. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to her YouTube channel so you can enjoy the weekly episodes schedule to begin airing Fall of 2014.

Clare Rowley inventor of Creative Feet presser feet, the Octi-Hoops embroidery and quilting frames photo for her How to Paint Your Sewing Machine instructional DVD

Clare Rowley Inventor of Creative Feet Sewing Machine Presser Feet

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Clare Rowley Inventor of Creative Feet presser feet and Octi-Hoops appears on Creative Living with Sheryl Borden