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.
Meet Our Machines
We are delighted to have our online classes sponsored by the world leaders in sewing machines – Janome UK. Here’s why we love them so much!
“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!”
How We Started Teaching
For the last 4 years we have run classes from our home workshops in Old Sodbury (part of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside near Bristol). We have taught hundreds of people to sew since we started the Sodbury Sewing School back in 2014. We have always prided ourselves on making our classes fun and relaxed, full of gossip and giggles. Running them from our homes has given our sewists a personal touch that often leads to a firm love of sewing.
We have taught such a wide range of classes and our motto has always been 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 want to try and share all the fun we have been having at the school with a much wider audience. Our Stitch Sisters YouTube channel has gone from strength to strength in the last year and we now have followers all over the world. They tell us that we what we offer is a unique blend of fun and information! They say watching us is like chatting with friends and that makes us so incredibly proud.
We are in such a unique position 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.