I am rubbish at sewing, I take all my minor alterations to a local shop and pay to have them done. But I saw something at a cafe in our area that could save me money, they’ve started a sewing bee!
Learn to use a sewing machine with expert help on hand
Having not used a sewing machine for years I needed help, I could never thread it right. I needed step-by-step instruction about threading and tension and it was all available here in the group.
Have access to equipment without having to splash out
There are a few sewing machines and a most fabulous overlocker. I’ll admit I had no idea what an Overlocker was, I discovered it sews and cuts away excess fabric at the same time. It gives that very neat finish we see on our shop bought clothes. I now want one!
Save money by doing my own alterations
Long sleeves are always too long on me, a quirk of my arthritis is my elbow joints are slightly set which means my arms aren’t fully straight. It’s not noticeable other than affecting sleeve length. I take all alterations to a local shop, that’s an expense i’ll no longer have. The cost for the Sewing Bee is £1 per week.
Support a local community group
The group has been set up with funding from Wellbeing Enterprises and needs support from the community to keep it going. The group also have ideas for supporting others. Making ‘twiddle cuffs’ for Dementia patients or anxiety sufferers is a project the ladies are involved in.
Learn skills, make friends & drink tea
The group is lovely, the ladies (Men have their own group called Sew Macho) are friendly and helpful. For some it’s a chance to be out of the house and meeting people, especially for anyone who is a carer at home. All aspects of sewing can be taught, embroidery or needlework, things you can do at home instead of watching TV. Although you are allowed to bring your knitting if you prefer.
And best of all, being set in a cafe is a great idea, cups of tea and cake are always available!
Look out for community Sewing Bee’s where you are.