Sewing the Dream | Chapter 2: First steps

I had planned to write this blog much earlier but to be honest I have been having waaaay too much fun with my XV. 

I have to say I am a “jump in there and press all the buttons” type of girl rather than a “get a cup of tea/coffee and read the manual” type of girl. While waiting for my machine to arrive I did read the manual - a bit - and also actually made a list of what I was going to try when she arrived.  But once she was actually ensconced in my sewing room - all bets were off!  I was drawn irresistibly to My Design Centre like a moth to a flame!

Having installed the first upgrade pack, I simply could not wait to design something all by myself, right there… on the machine!

The first stitch out I did used an initial from one of the beautiful built in alphabets and I chose a background “quilting” design featuring some beautiful roses. Very simple to do as the machine is so intuitive (remember she arrived on Friday and I created this on Saturday morning!)

I decided to join a dedicate…

Using the Brother Innov-is VQ2 at Jaycotts

The Brother Innov-is VQ2 from Jaycotts.
I recently spent a day at Jaycotts finding out from owners of this wonderful machine just what it is that excites them so much.
What became obvious very quickly was the tremendous amount of enthusiasm and passion for this machine shown by both owners and staff, so I had to find out more!
I interviewed the group of  Jaycotts customers who all own this fabulous machine and have put their comments and thoughts together so that you can see it through their eyes
Ann has been sewing all her life and has not had the VQ2 for very long so she is still learning. She loves the electronic side of it, in particular, the extra-large colour touch screen which is so easy to use.
All Ann needs to do is to simply touch the screen to edit stitches, customise the settings, change to one of 13 built-in languages and set the clock. She also loves the on-screen video tutorials and built-in tutorials and help guides which recommend the perfect settings for her project.

Sewing the Dream | Chapter 1: Will it fit?

Hi – my name’s Angie and I am lucky enough to live on the beautiful Isle of Man – a little island right in the middle of the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland.  This is the first of a series of blogs about my adventures with the fabulous Brother XV – or Dream Machine, as she is known in the States.

When I told my embroidery and sewing friends that I would be getting an XV to a man – or rather to a woman – they exclaimed, “Where on earth will you put it”?  “Can you even get it through your front door?”  So early on the day, I prepared for an enormous box to be delivered.  Rest assured – that machine would get inside the house, even if I had to take out a window to do it!  My fears were NOT allayed when I called the courier company to be told that it was out for delivery but was a “two man job”  (My poor husband overheard “two VAN job” ….)

But, sure enough, later that day the courier hove into sight and two young men emerged.  Both taking one end of the box they carried it up our lane …

Brother Sewing at the Great British Sewing Bee Live 2017

The Great British Sewing Bee LIVE is an event for anyone with a love of dressmaking, textiles, fashion and tailoring. The show hosts hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, fashion galleries, catwalk shows, drop-in clinics and a celebrity super theatre, as well as over 200 loved exhibitors selling specialist dressmaking and textile supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your material stash, learning to sew, master the art of dressmaking, see the judges and contestants from the TV programme plus so much more.

In association with 'K+L', there was an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the creations from the 4 series of Great British Sewing Bee.

A collection of the most stunning, stand-out and some of the most bizarre designs from the programme!


The University of East London (UEL) 2nd year students had the amazing opportunity to work with costume designers on the set of Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie.

The brief was to produce a …