Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 161 Autumn 2020

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar

Sewing: What I have learnt to do during lockdown

When lockdown came, it was scary but fun to begin with, so I, like many of my friends, started doing jobs that we had put off doing for so long such as sorting out wardrobes and that cupboard under the stairs. But with no tips open and charity shops closed the pile of clothes grew out of control. After a few weeks I thought to myself, “Why not have a go at trying to salvage some of them? “

Myself and my husband had enrolled at Slimming World last November and the weight was coming of nicely, but our clothes were looking very big on us. So, I took myself of to the spare room and set up my sewing machine and along with “YouTube” sewing videos my challenge began. I started out with the idea that if it didn’t work I was not going to wear it! Then the Sewing Bee came on the television, and into my life, and as an amateur I was hooked, especially the Transformation Challenge. As I eagerly awaited each episode my confidence grew.

Each day I would take myself off to the “new sewing room” and lose myself for a few hours. I began to scour wardrobes for things to change, nothing was safe! While admitting I am not a brilliant sewer I like the W I motto “It’s make do and mend”. Plus, nowadays we are all trying to do our bit to save wastage in this throw away world.

If and when life returns to normal, I am going to sign up for a sewing class. Whatever new skills you have learnt during lockdown, do not give up. If it makes you feel good “Keep calm and carry on. “
Sue Ellingworth


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