Why Do I Teach Sewing?
I love teaching people to sew, I’m a bargain hunter, design lover, incurable DIY-er, mother of one and grandmother of one!
I learn to sew at a very young age and it is a skill I love to share with others.
I live in beautiful Cornwall with my partner, a dog and 2 cats! Life could never be called boring!
Why I do what I do!
Lots of reasons! To bring women together — women talk while they sew —groups become friends.
Women support and listen to each other, and learn while sewing. It is therapeutic, and a hobby you can share at any age.
Creating a support network to help each other, so no one will feel lonely, or feel that no one listens to them. We can laugh at our mistakes – learn from them. Pass on the knowledge to our children and grandchildren.
It’s a life skill you know! It truly makes us appreciate the work that goes into making good clothes that last, AND having things that fit properly!
Being able to look around your home and say, “I made those cushions/curtains/soft furnishings.”
I am contributing to the environment by refashioning/upcycling fabrics.
Why not join us?
I have a simple dream: transforming the drab into fab with an arsenal of needles and thread. I often shop in charity shops, car boot sales, flea markets and antique stores with an eye for repurposing the objects I find.
I’ve made clothes and soft furnishings for people since I was a young child, starting off with dressing my dolls!
My Mum taught me to sew and I also had some lessons at school but mostly it’s been a case of passion joined with practice.
See you soon.
On the blog!
An abrupt change of events found us living on a narrowboat near Tring. It was during a recession & my online business was failing. Since I’ve been self employed since 1985 I am inclined to think that I’m unemployable, too used to doing things my way! A chance...read more
Buy the best you can afford; this machine could be with you for a lot of years. (I had a machine for 35 years & did a lot of sewing on it!) Usually the slightly more expensive machines have better motors & are more reliable. Buy a good make (hate to say it but...read more
My mother has recently had to go into a care home at the age of 98: she was living alone and kept forgetting to eat and drink. She wouldn’t have anyone live with her, so it was the only option. But this isn’t a sad story – it was really touching to see the things she...read more
I recently attended the Beginners workshop. I had a great time, and achieved all sorts of sewing: from seams to hems.
I will certainly be signing up for the follow on sessions.
I thoroughly recommend Mary Anne, fantastic tutor!
I went along to ‘Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine’ this morning and had a great time. Mary Anne Robbins is a brilliant teacher and breaks everything down into simple steps. She’s great fun and full of inspiration!
I hadn’t used a sewing machine in over 30 years but now I’m off to buy a simple pattern to try out. Highly recommended.
I have just completed the zips for the terrified course – what a revelation!
They are no longer scary!
Great course in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Mary Anne Robbins
Sewing Seams Easy