Sewing for Pleasure 2017

Whilst we were at Sewing for Pleasure last week, we had some spare time to wander and look at some of the wonderful exhibits on show. It's a fantastic show to see creative textile artwork at its best.

Claire Muir had a stand exhibiting her fantastic needle work and head pieces.

These fascinators and head pieces are all hand made by Claire, in her studio in Kings Heath, Birmingham. The designs use a technique called Free Motion Embroidery, whereby she moves the fabric around the sewing machine by hand, slowly building up layers and creating the lace design. No machine embroidery used here!

This is a brand new fascinator that Claire has recently finished. A stand out piece that took many hours to complete, but doesn't it look fantastic? Perfect for any special occasion!

Claire also runs classes and workshops from the Kings Heath shop. Here's how you can get in touch:

Claire Muir
Commissions, Talks & Workshops
17 - 23 Poplar Road
Kings Heath
B14 7AA

D C NUTT SEWING MACHINES undertakes a fantastic refurbishment to celebrate 21 years of successful trading.

DC Nutt Sewing Machines in Walsall have recently undergone a transformation! To celebrate 21 years, the store has been completely refitted. It will enable them to stock bigger ranges of machines, as well as threads, accessories and haberdashery.

They began trading in 1991, from the same shop premises, and have gone from strength to strength. They pride themselves on offering great customer service, and over 30 years worth of sewing machine experience. The team of 5 are able to help with any type of machine, and a selection of well known brands.

They stock a full range of Brother Machines - including the new V Series long arm quilting & embroidery machines. Upstairs they also have a classroom that is equipped with top of the range machines, so you needn't take your machine along.
Since 2009 they are Brother partners at Sewing Exhibitions in the NEC - including Sewing for Pleasure and Festival of Quilts.

To contact David Nutt at DC Nutt Sewing Machines:
55 Park Road

Home Counties Sewing Centre, High Wycombe Celebrates 30 Years Trading

Home Counties Sewing Centre is celebrating 30 years in business on 17th May 2013. A few words from a local press release....

Martin Johnson, who set up Home Counties Sewing Machines in 1980 explains,

" Increasingly over the years sewing machines have become highly technical products. Customers need good qualified advice when choosing a new machine. We listen to what the customer expects from a machine and help guide them towards a suitable model. We always fully demonstrate the machines we sell and offer expert, ongoing help. In our workshop (on the premises) we also carry out servicing and repair work for most makes and models "

Here at The Fabric and Sewing Centre, our long serving staff have a wealth of experience to call upon to help with all sewing related issues.

You can't stay in business for 30 years without being efficient, fair priced and customer friendly. We believe these are the qualities that set us apart.

But there's more to us than just machines - In…

Lena's in Limerick, Ireland Holds a Special Open Day

Lena's Sewing & Knitting Centre in Limerick had an interesting week with our Product Specialist Gill Rogers. She was there for 3 days to demonstrate our range of sewing and embroidery machines. A quote in the local Limerick Post says: "Lena's Sewing is now one of the busiest shops in Limerick as the recession has brought people back to the basics of knitting and sewing. A lot of people are making things from home, setting up machines and running small businesses".

Lena's has been open for 17 years, and whilst other companies are closing their doors, her business is thriving. "I have excellent staff who are knowledgeable and competent in all aspects of our product line and business."

In the newspaper article Lena speaks of diversifying, increasing and improving their product range and service all the time. In stock they have the full range of Brother machines. They also stock knitting yarns and machines; whilst they also embroider many items like bab…

Lords Sewing have expanded into a New Crafts and Sewing Centre at Oswaldtwistle Mills

A much larger Lords Sewing opened on 6th February in the new Craft and Sewing Centre located next to Stockleys Sweets. The new centre is a dedicated specialist department with a much expanded Carole’s Crafts who have also introduced many new ranges to their Oswaldtwistle Mills offering.

Add to this a huge selection of exclusive products imported by Lords which include Anita Goodesign Embroidery Collections, Floriani threads and stabilisers, Jenny Haskins Designs and stabilisers plus smaller items such as specialised thread squissors.

Lords Sewing are now in their 14th year at the Mill and have a reputation that attracts customers from all over the UK for their specialist products and helpful service.

Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machines from less than £100 up to £9,000 are on display for customers to see, touch and use.
Lords are a one-stop centre for all Brother accessories, spares, software, servicing and tuition.

Their range of Horn Furniture has been expanded to include a displ…

West Bromwich Church Start HandyCraft Group

We recently received an email from a Church in the Midlands that has been using our Innov-is 750E and PE Design Plus software.
St Michael and the Holy Angels in West Bromwich is a Grade II listed building in the town centre.  The Parish Wardens have started a handycraft group in the Church Hall with the aim to make alter cloths and other church furnishings.

The Wardens are encouraging the older members of the congregation to teach the younger members the arts of Knitting, Crochet and Needlework. Eventually some of the embroidered items will be sold at various Church fayres throughout the year, to raise money to redecorate the church.

We think it really shows that a bit of embroidery can bring boring old shopping bags back to life!
Full details for the church can be found here:

The Stitch Academy, Taunton Wins Prestigious Award.

The Stitch Academy is a great place to go and create individual items, learn new skills and remind yourself of old ones.

As local agent in Taunton for Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machines they cater for the complete novice and upwards and stock most of the materials needed for sewing related craft activities.

Presentation Ceremony at the Taunton Castle Hotel declares them as Silver Award Winner in the "Who Cares Wins" competition to recognise Quality Customer Service in Somerset.

Over 40 local businesses competed for the accolade and were assessed on business ethos, customer survey, mystery shopper, staff knowledge and helpfulness. The Stitch  Academy beat off nearly all others in the tense and hard fought competition sponsored by the Taunton Town Centre Management Company and the Somerset County Gazette.

The Stitch Academy's dream is to bring the creativity  and the satisfaction of making something yourself back to life, in a fun and friendly learning environment. They a…