There was a time when most people knew how to sew. It was a necessary skill, to ‘mend and make do’, with the added benefit of being able to express creativity. It is rarely passed down the generations these days and when GCSEs were introduced in 1987, the Home Economic course was scrapped, Sewing is part of Key Stages 1 S3 design and technology; unfortunately, it is not always taught, as many schools select what they can teach in their allocated time, KS3.
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In addition, a poll commissioned by the British Heart Foundation found only 40% of adults felt confident at sewing, with 25% not knowing how to sew a button, with 20% admitting to replacing clothing with new if lost a button.
With today’s fast fashion, and us allowing more things to take up our time, clothes can be seen as disposable items.
I believe we can change this habit. As a skill, sewing is very beneficial for you and your family. If you have children, you can lose count of the number of trousers with holes in the knees. Or the times when you had a broken zip or lost button?
The great news is, it’s not as difficult as you think! The cost benefits can be amazing, not to mention the great sense of accomplishment after mending something or redesign and extend the life of a piece of clothing.
Most importantly, the benefits of relaxing and having some ‘me time’ have been at the forefront of mental awareness recently. The beauty of creating something without paying a fortune to someone else to do it pays dividends in so many ways!
You will also be doing your part in reducing the impact on the environment! In 2016, 300,000 tonnes of clothing were sent to landfill!
Let’s make a difference together, let’s be part of this change. My sewing classes are for YOU! Age and gender are irrelevant. They are for beginners and those who would like to build up confidence too.
I focus on teaching different techniques, that can be very helpful in everyday life: mending of clothes, restyling, alterations, repurposing etc. More information about the classes here. Take this action, enroll now!