UK Sewing Machines

With the BBC's new show Great British Sewing Bee coming up, some voices in the sewing community are concerned about the unrealistic expectations of prospective new sewers.  What if they buy cheap, unsuitable machines, get frustrated, and never sew again?

Our new post over at the Great British Sewing Bee blog addresses the question of how interested viewers can start sewing and, hopefully, have a good experience.

Have any tips yourself for newbies on the sewing scene?  We'd love to hear them!

Written by Matthew Tulloch — March 31, 2013


Gabi Chandler:

I’m sure that many people do buy unsuitable cheap machines,get frustrated and give up and always have as possibly some buy expensive do it all machines and are equally as defeated….I started on a singer treadle as a twelve year old determined to make a dress that I adored and although the machine could have killed my passion for sewing It sealed my life long love of machine sewing….my Vintage Elna’s now take pride of place on the dinning room table! I think that if the need and passion for sewing is really there then newbies will win through…

May 27 2013 at 12:05 AM


Gabi, what an inspiring story, we should update this post with our experiences since the sewing bee. But lets not forget that treadle machines and old elna machines were extremely expensive at the time, and altho old are still an extremely capable sewing machine far superior to many new machines.
At the end of the day there is a reason the program used the Janome 525s for filming, its in-expensive simple and does what it needs to, no more, no less. £249.99 we can’t argue against there choice of the broadcaster. judging by the fact they have been sold out worldwide after the show, it seems like you cant fault the choice of the public.

May 28 2013 at 12:05 PM

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