All About Us
Nikki started out her sewing life as a contemporary crafter and quilting queen. Her “scrappy” patchwork style using bold colours and fabrics was instantly recognisable. These days her dressmaking passion is just as great and she has accumulated an impressive me-made wardrobe which she likes to combine with high street fashions. She would describe her style as “fun, colourful and modern” – taking inspiration from fashion and sewing magazines as well as the online sewing community. She likes her makes to be versatile and comfortable and when she find something she loves she’ll make it again and again. Her sewing superpowers are topstitching, pattern-matching and shopping.
Rachel is a vintage-styled dressmaker with a passion for sewing history. She has a preference for vintage patterns and fabrics, loves upcycling, and is never happier than when rummaging through hand-me-down treasures. She reads sewing books like novels from cover to cover and has numerous notepads full of her sewing scribbles. Over time her style has evolved into what she describes as “eclectic modern vintage” – taking inspiration from the past but mixing up different eras and adding in a few current trends. She likes her me-mades to be comfortable as well as stylish, but she rarely makes the same pattern twice. Her sewing superpowers are fitting, drafting and styling.
How We Started Teaching
For 5 years we ran classes from our home workshops in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside near Bristol. Together we taught hundreds of people to sew since we started the Sodbury Sewing School back in 2014. We always prided ourselves on making our classes fun and relaxed, full of gossip and giggles. Running them from our homes gave our sewists a personal touch that often led to a firm love of sewing.
We taught such a wide range of classes and our motto was always to “keep things simple, take the pressure off and remember that sewing should be fun!”.
It is with this same ethos that we decided to start running online classes. We wanted to try and share all the fun we had been having at the school with a much wider audience. We want our online classes to continue to be a unique blend of fun and information, so that watching us is like chatting with friends. This is the feedback we get often over on our YouTube channel and that makes us so incredibly proud. So we try to bring that same energy to our online classes too.
We consider ourselves very lucky that we get to do this for a job! We sew everyday and when we are not actually sewing we are planning, training, reading or talking about sewing.
Meet Our Machines
“The thing that strikes you about the Memory Craft 6700P is the sheer power of this sewing machine. You can feel the quality of the engine under its sleek chassis and its the fastest domestic sewing machine on the market ! I love the 10inches of space to the right of the needle, now there is no need to put off quilting all of my unfinished projects. The 6700P gives the home sewist so much flexibility, with some additional, easy to use extras you would find on more industrial machines. There is nothing this machine can’t tackle!”
“I love my Atelier 7, it makes dressmaking a breeze. It’s construction presets mean you can simply select your task (such as gathering or inserting a zip) and it will automatically adjust your stitch length, needle position and tension to the the perfect settings. The Acufeed system sews everything from chiffon to pleather like it’s a simple cotton. It’s like driving an automatic car – the machine does all the hard work for you! She’s my new best friend and I am so excited for our adventures together!”