Beginner sewers – What do I do next?

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OK, so if you now know where your machine’s flywheel is and know what a bobbin looks like, how to fill it and where it goes…. and perhaps getting to grips with how to sew a straight-ish line… then you might want to find a few projects that are not too hard and build some confidence using the skills you’ve learnt.

Tip: Don’t jump straight to a dress pattern as it’s important that you don’t get demotivated and throw your machine out the window!

Check out these 2 boards below on pinterest – I have gathered projects that are at the right level for beginners to sew a few projects from so that you can get a few wins under your belt:

Keeping motivated and doing smaller projects is best. Have fun!

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99-year-old Woman sews a dress a day

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Lillian Weber is 99-years-old and makes a dress for a small girl in Africa every single day.

By next May 6, when Lillian Weber celebrates her 100th birthday, her tally will reach 1,000 handmade dresses donated. In the past two years she’s finished more than 840 of them.

Lilian_WeberShe may use just a single pattern but adorns each one with special decoration, ribbon or ruffle that makes the dress one-of-a-kind.

Purposeful sewing that makes a difference – love it!

Watch her video.

Christmas sewing

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Join us in the run-up to Christmas to get your home ready for this beautiful time of year.

At the ‘Christmas housewarming sewing‘ sessions we’ll be sewing fun (or chic if you prefer): fabric wreaths, advent bunting, fabric ball-balls, reindeer head cushions, tea towels, placemats or table runners.

Check dates and book a session online to join us here.

We’ll also be making home-made Christmas gifts – easy but beautiful gifts for family and friends. From iPad stands, baby booties, stocking for every family member, lace cape for the celebration season and any of the above home warming makes from the too.

Bring your chosen fabric and top your colour scheme up with some fabric or buttons on sale from my haberdashery.

Check out the items that we’ll be making below on my Christmas Housewarming Sewing pinterest board.

 

Kids Summer Sewing 9+yrs

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Summer sewing for kids

School is out… Sewing machine classes are both fun and useful.

 

only 4 spaces available per session.
£40 (for 2 sessions)
£60 (for 4 sessions)
£80 (for 6 sessions)

 

Kids Holiday Club sessions are sold in pairs, so that all projects started are completed across the 2 days. All classes are 2-5pm Wednesday & Thursday every week in August
Choose from these date pairs:
29 & 30 July

5 & 6 August 
12 & 13 August
19 & 20 August
26 & 27 August 


Please note that the session fee does not include sewing machine hire – children are encouraged to bring their own machine or hire one for £5 per session. A basic sewing machine skills are required prior to this class. Please also book the introduction session if your child cannot thread a sewing machine.
Happy holidays!

Sewing Bee Series 5

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So my mother-in-law gets the TV listings sent to her monthly – she then peruses it with great care and calls me with enthusiasm if she sees anything of interest.

So with excitement – I announce that there’s another series of (drumroll)
‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ which starts THIS coming Thursday on BBC2 at 8pm.

So stick it in the diary or set to record it – there’s always something to learn or even simply interesting to see how others tackle projects and sewing challenges and great to get the creative juices flowing!

Buying a sewing machine – points to ponder

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Buying a new machine should be fun – after all, you’re excited about all the beautiful things you see yourself making once you have it! But making a decision can be rather daunting.

New vs 2nd hand: I find my clients are usually surprised how affordable a new sewing machine is and often consider buying 2nd hand before looking at the prices of a new machine. Currently, you can buy a new machine for the same price as a sewing machine service would cost. So I suggest buying a new machine as you just don’t know which parts are worn and may conk out at any time (this might not be the case for industrial machines and overlockers).

But please DO save any sewing machines your family might not be using anymore – a good clean and oil can do wonders for an ol’ gal.

Function: You only need 3 stitches on your machine…

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Christmas Glitz Swish Event

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Christmas Swish Event

Ealing Town Hall, W5
Wednesday 26 November
12 – 6.30pm

 
Bring and swap your pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories at this free local event. 

“Swishing extends the life of clothes and accessories, increasing value for money and reducing the impact of textiles ending up in landfill. According to research, an average of 30% of clothes in households, equating to roughly 1.7billion items, are not worn over the course of a year. That’s a startling figure.”

Fab for getting a new outfit for the work Christmas party. See you there!