WITH The Great British Sewing Bee back for a new series, are you feeling inspired to pick up some thread?
Learning to sew means you can mend and adapt clothes, saving money and stamping your own style on outfits.
Here’s how to get handy with a needle without puncturing your budget . . .
SEWING STUDENT: Hobbycraft runs online sewing classes from £5 where you can learn simple techniques.
You will need a sewing machine.
The shop also runs an online introduction to sewing patterns, £8. No machine required.
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STITCH UP: You don’t need to take any lessons to stitch a pretty pattern with an embroidery kit.
It is an easy way into using a thread and needle — and is a relaxing hobby to boot.
Argos has a Professor Puzzle Be Happy kit, £7, with full instructions. Once you have followed a kit a few times you can create your own styles.
WIND A BOBBIN: If you’re going to get serious about sewing, you’ll need to invest in a machine.
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You can pick up a mini portable one for £14.90 from B&Q.
Or Hobbycraft sells a mini sewing machine for £35.
There are lots of great online tutorials available for free that go through how to use a sewing machine.
Try the free Learn To Sew course offered online at TheStitchSisters.co.uk.
FABRIC HUNTER: Cotton and linen are some of the best fabrics for beginners as they are less likely to slip in a machine.
Find cheap fabric at charity shops by picking up tablecloths, curtains, bed linen and larger clothes that can be used for other projects.
You can also try eBay for good-quality fabric at low prices.
Listings here may come direct from a supplier, helping to cut out the middle man and the additional costs associated with fabric stores.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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