Saturday, 28 May 2011

Focus on.....

Focus on.... Sew Me Happy

Sew Me Happy are an online fabric store with an inspiring range of contemporary fabrics from modern designers such as Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Gavin, Monaluna and Tanya Whelan. The fabrics can be purchased off the roll or in gorgeous fabric bundles such as the pretty pinks bundle pictured here.

At a time when quite a few new online fabric stores are popping up it’s nice to see one with a USP (unique selling point) and Sew Me Happy’s USP is their clever ‘swatch function’.

This great function allows you to drag and drop fabrics from all over the site into one place so you can see if they would work well together. I’ve found one of the biggest problems with buying online is trying to find fabrics that co-ordinate so this tool is a great idea. You can use it to create your own fabric bundle, or just to decide which fabric best complements another.

Also the owner, Sarah, is currently taking alternative photos of all the fabrics on the site so you won’t just see the manufacturer’s swatch photos as on other sites, but extra pictures that will give you a better idea of the pattern and dimensions. These will be added in the next couple of weeks.

To find out more please visit

Saturday, 21 May 2011

New sections added to the site

It's been a busy month at The Sewing Directory, lots of new plans afoot.  After a bit of a rejiggle of the site, and the insertion of a second menu bar to inculde all our new sections we have 3 new sections:

-Workshops section:  which contains details of some of the many fabulous courses our customers are running during the month. Updated at the end of each month you can see at a glance what courses are being held in your area, when and how much they cost.

Sales Section: with direct links through to our customer's sales sections as well as details of their latest offers and discount codes. Make sure you check back each week to grab yourselves a bargain!

- Newsletter: Pop on over to our Newsletter page to sign up and at the start of each month you will receive the latest news, offers, projects, reviews and competitions from The Sewing Directory.  You can also sign up using the link on the right of this blog.

You can also now directly access our interviews, articles, how to guidesreviews and projects sections from the new menu bar too.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

4 fabric packs to be won....

Hello everyone,

I know it's been a while since I posted about my competitions on the blog but that was largely due to lack of time.  I will now be running the competitions fortnightly instead of weekly (but with more prizes) so that I have more time for things such as keeping this blog updated.

This week there are 4 Makower fabric packs to be won, the competition is open worldwide.  For more details on the prizes and how to enter please visit:

Nautical Collection from Makower UK

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Focus on.....

Focus on... The Sewing Machine Engineer

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The Sewing Machine Engineer is Joseph Zudovas who has over 27 years experience of servicing domestic, industrial and embroidery sewing machines.  He is not affiliated to any manufacturer so as well as servicing or repairing the majority of brands he can also offer impartial advice over the phone to customers on repairing or buying machines.

Based in Middlesex he covers London, Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  He will come to your house or business permises to carry out the sevice or repair, saving you time and money, plus offers a personal 3 month guarantee.
For more information, or to arrange for your machine to be serviced, please visit:

Friday, 6 May 2011

Special offer which you can share on your blog

Site sponsors Korbond would like to offer you all the chance to buy their dressmaking shears plus pinking shears at a 75% discount!  Please feek free to share the offer on your blog for you followers to benefit too.

Korbond Professional Scissor Set contains a pair of Professional 10” Dressmaking Scissors and 9” Pinking Shears. Both are of an exceptional quality with hardened and tempered steel blades, weighted with specially contoured handles to ensure maximum comfort and excellent control. Both scissors come with a 10 year guarantee, offering a lifetime of reliability. With an RRP value of £40 we are currently offering the pair at an amazing £10 plus p&p.
Simply call Korbond direct on 01476 573 227 or email quoting reference SCISD001 and we will post your Scissors direct to you.

Postage and Packing £3.95. Offer valid for UK delivery only.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Focus on.....

Focus on...... World of Rags to Bitches

World of Rags to Bitches are based in Manchester at the Triangle Shopping Centre and offer a range of sewing and craft courses. As well as your standard how to use your machine and how to sew a dress courses they offer courses on making your own 1950’s outfit, and making jewellery, fascinators or handbags and up cycling your clothes. Their courses can be booked online, and there are discounts available if you book for more than one person at a time.

They can also provide vintage themed parties or crafty hen evenings where you learn to make a fascinator or jewellery. If you’d like to treat a friend you can even buy gift vouchers through the site and let them choose their own course.

Find out more by visiting their website:
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