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14 Aug 2019

Great news for the creative industries!
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BA encourages booksellers to go green

1 Aug 2019

The Booksellers Association (BA) has created a Green Manifesto encouraging themselves,Booksellers and the Book Industry to improve their eco-friendliness.
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CHSI 2020 dates announced

12 Jun 2019

The UK's trade show for the creative craft industry brings together over 6,000 craft buyers looking for new ideas and innovative suppliers.
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Children's creative summer workshops

8 May 2019

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Stationery Show London 2019

8 Apr 2019

Get ready for this year's Stationery Show London
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Bring your craft store to life

5 Apr 2019

Visual merchandising tips to bring your craft store to life
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The Women's Festival of Cycling 2019

2 Apr 2019

Cycling UK, for the third year running, has organised the Women's Festival of Cycling
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Guidance in preparing for EU exit

11 Feb 2019

A new guidance has been published for the retail sector with information on preparing for the EU exit
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CHSI Stiches 2019

8 Feb 2019

Check out the CHSI Stiches 2019 event guide
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Yarn Shop Day is back

8 Feb 2019

Yarn Shop Day is back for 2019 and in its sixth year!
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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Sewing

Posted on in Creative News

Rachel has put together the ultimate beginner's guide contain the best tips and tricks to get you started. She promises that after this guide, you'll have the confidence to begin your own journey with sewing.

Sewing has ancient roots, the earliest sewing needles are believed to have been constructed from bone. Over the decades, several discoveries have led to sewing as we know it today. Charles Weisenthal, a German inventor, secured a patent for the first mechanical sewing needle in 1755 and in 1766, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. The 1800s saw the first practical sewing machine, the development of the electric sewing machine and the creation of the first powered sewing machine. In 1978, Singer introduced the first computerized sewing machine, and the rest is history.


What are the benefits of sewing?

Sewing can lead to a happier, healthier you!


  • It's a confidence booster
  • You connect with other sewists
  • It's a great time out
  • It lets you explore your creativity
  • It can improve your hand-eye coordination
  • You become a lifelong learner
  • It keeps your brain active
  • It can make you happier

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Sewing by hand vs sewing using a machine

Sewing by hand is:

  • Expensive
  • Portable
  • It is easier to control
  • More suitable and manageable for certain projects
  • More precise
  • It's enjoyable

Machine sewing is:

  • Faster
  • Produces secure stiches
  • Easier for thicker fabrics


There are benefits to both types of sewing and whether you opt to begin sewing by hand to machine, patience and persistence is key.

Click here for Rachel's full Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Sewing, with more tips, tricks and videos.

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