Once you discover the love of sewing you often want to share that passion with others. To meet up and share tips, advice, swap fabrics etc. Using the search bar above you can check if there are any local sewing groups near you, but if there aren’t why not set up your own?
I spoke to Beth Edmondson, founder of the Liverpool Sewing Club to find out how and why she set up her own sewing group.
What led to you setting up the Liverpool Sewing Club?
How did you go about attracting members?
Initially we just used the traditional forms of advertising, posters and flyers in local sewing shops. As time progressed I decided it was time to join the 21st century as I already used Facebook & Twitter personally so I decided to setup sewing clubs on both social media platforms – Facebook and on Twitter. These have both helped immensely and have brought new members to us and also helped people to find us when searching online.
Where and when do you meet?
What do you do in a typical session?
We all get stuck into our projects, getting out any equipment that may be required, including the two sewing machines that we saved up to provide. We deliberate purchased two entry level machines so as not to overwhelm any beginners but still being versatile enough to be useful for most projects. Offers and requests for help occur as required, usually along with at least one more cuppa. Then when it’s time to pack up, which usually is a bit later than it should be as we’re having too much sewing fun, we all chip in.
What sorts of things do members make?
All aspects of needlework are covered at Liverpool Sewing Club, from embroidery to patchwork with a number of beautiful quilts being produced by our members; to homewares such as cushions; soft toy making; upcycling such as replacing the lining on a coat; bag making and full dressmaking, with a number of beautiful garments being produced by our members. We’ve even been known for members to bring along their knitting and crochet projects.
What are the benefits of being part of a sewing group?
What tips could you share with someone who wants to set up their own group?
Research – Is there already a sewing club in your area? If so, is it daytime or evening?
Advertise – Flyers and posters in your local sewing shops are always good. In this digital age, social media is a must – create Facebook and Twitter accounts and use them.
Venue – Find a good central location with reasonable rent and good amenities – a kettle is a minimum! Is there power available to plug in any sewing machines? Is there natural light?
Communication – Speak to your members, what do they want from a sewing club?
Provisions – Decide what you will provide and ensure your members know this. Initially we just provided the space and members brought their own supplies; now we’ve been able to save up for the basics – sewing machines, thread, scissors, fabric scraps etc.