Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sewing Classes are launched in Darlington!

The Singer Shop in Darlington is long established and been the centre for sewing in the local area for years.Owned and ran by Mum Joan and Son Stuart, in the last year the whole building has had a complete re-refurbishment. See my earlier post about how much the building has been renovated.
The light and airy shop has plenty of space to show you lots of Sewing Machines, Janome of course, also a huge selection of haberdashery, sewing accessories and patchwork fabrics.
The rooms above the shop have been converted into a boutique Guest House, The Old Tailor, namely so, as the premises used to be used as a Tailors Workshop many moons ago. When the renovation where taking place, Stuart and Joan tried to save as many original features as possible, so not to lose the character of the building. Not only are the rooms above a Guest House, but during the day, the large kitchen / dining area becomes a classroom for running sewing workshops. Plan are to run residential courses, so you everything will be under one roof. The class programme starts in September, and places are filling up fast!
For more information on the Singer Sewing Shop and buying sewing machines, habby, fabrics etc, follow this link to UK Sewing Website and Facebook page.
For The Old Tailor Guest House, see their website and Facebook page.
For the sewing workshops and other classes ran in the old tailors rooms, follow this link to www.wakeymakey

The new cafe that is just oh sew stylish | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk

The new cafe that is just oh sew stylish | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk

New Sewing Cafe opens in Birmingham!

Sheila-May opened the Birmingham School of Sewing in 2010, to share her knowledge of dressmaking, tailoring, bridal, and lingerie. Sheila-May has huge experience of the bridal business and has designed and made wedding dresses for many years. Birmingham School of Sewing offers a wide range of sewing classes, including soft furnishings, alterations, dressmaking, pattern drafting, corsets and knickers, tailoring and bridal. Also, regular workshops on getting to know your sewing machine and overlocker for beginners.
In August The Birmingham School of Sewing is opening it's doors every Tuesday and Sunday as a Sewing Cafe. The School has Janome sewing and overlock machines for you to use, on your unfinished sewing projects, or maybe something you have been meaning to start for ages.

The sewing cafe will be open every

Tuesday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 12 midday to 3pm.

As well as the machines, you will have access to large cutting table, and professional pressing equipment. So, if you are a beginner or have been sewing a long time... why not have a day out with some friends... get creative and enjoy free tea and coffee at the same time??
For more information, check out Birmingham School of Sewing website.

ESC (formally Elgin Sewing Centre) moves to new premises in Keith, Scotland!

Elgin Sewing Centre was established in 1973, by Alan's Dad, in Elgin town centre. Since then Alan has taken over the business and moved the shop into Keith, a pretty little town about half way between Elgin and Aberdeen.On the 1st June this year, Alan moved premises again out of the town centre, and into the retail area near the newly built Tesco. This give customers, easy free parking directly outside the shop, ideal when collecting heavy machines. The shop is a sewing tardis, and it may look small from the outside...but stocks everything you need to keep your sewing running smoothly!
From a good range of Janome Sewing and Overlock machines, from £99 - to the top of the range MC11000....
To every sewing, quilting and embroidery thread....
to a fabulous selection of haberdashery and sewing accessories.
Alan is a fully trained sewing machine mechanic, and is happy to service and repair any make or model of machine. He looks after all the schools accounts in the North of Scotland, and over the summer months will be found behind piles of schools machines in for their annual service!
For more information, check out ESC Website, or why not pop in next time your in town... his new shop is

Sewing Workshops in Woverhampton with Brewers Sewing Machines

In June, Debbie Harper, seen on the left, started her sewing and craft classes at Brewers Sewing Machines in Wolverhampton. Debbie has years of experience is sewing and can turn her hand to dressmaking, soft furnishings, patchwork and quilting and also free machine embroidery. Julie, above, had never tried free machine before... and this was her first attempt.. hasn't she done well!

Janome Sewing Machines are available for you to use on the classes, which are running weekly, in the classroom above the shop on Dudley Road.

Kathleen, see here on a Janome event in the classroom last year, owns and runs the shop with her husband Alan. Kathleen has always been a sewer herself and what Alan doesn't know about the inside of a sewing machine, isn't worth knowing! Brewers Sewing Machine stocks a huge range of Janome sewing and overlock machines, and is happy to service and repair and make, model or age of machine.

Contact the shop for more details on the workshops, or why not follow them on their Facebook page, and have a look at their website for more information.