There are a number of reasons on why it pays to be nifty with a needle
Why: From sewing by hand, home decor sewing, sewing for children/grandchildren, fashion/garment sewing, quilting, crafts, upcycling, sewing is a useful skill that is worth learning. Sewing can save you money and crafters will tell you what a great sense of accomplishment they feel with completed project.
How It Works: Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts and for thousands of years it was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine pathed the way for a wealth of new ideas and made life easier for hobbyists. Fine hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking.
Benefits: It’s a great way to switch off from modern life. Sewing is an extremely engaging activity. It’s a mindful process, you can’t multi task when sewing so it really does give your brain a holiday from the overload of a busy lifestyle. It’s a fantastic way of expressing creativity.
Creative Thread, Garstang
A varied programme of pop-up sewing and textile workshops. catered to those new to sewing and more skilled, either by hand or machine and various other craft projects www.creativethreadworkshops.co.uk
The Vintage Sewing Bunny, Lytham
Purpose built sewing studio is equipped with everything you’ll need from scissors and pins to top of the range computerised Janome sewing machines. www.thevintagesewingbunny.co.uk
Preston Embroiders Guild
The group meet on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm and from September to June. They have a varied programme of day schools and workshops each month. www.prestonembroiderersguild.co.uk
Machine sewing for beginners Myerscough College
A six-week course starting in April costing £85
Learn the basics and how to make bunting, and cushions, a sleevless top and apron. Look up courses at www.myerscough.ac.uk