Meet the teacher


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Welcome to Needleswift


My name is Jenny, and one of my greatest passions is sewing. I’ve been sewing for over 20 years. I make my own clothes, and my children have a dressing up box full of great handmade costumes. I can make curtains and roman blinds, cushions, bags and clutch-frame bags. In fact, I spent five years designing, making and selling bags and accessories. I love embroidery, cross-stitch and even upholstery. If it involves a needle and thread it’s right up my street.

In recent years I have often been asked to run sewing classes, either by individuals, or by fabric shops looking for a sewing teacher. Although I taught some one-to-one classes on request, I began my first ‘formal’ sewing classes 4 years ago. This is when I set up Stitch Club – follow the link to read my blog post about teaching children to sew. I’m very passionate about the club and take great pride in designing and developing my own projects for the children. So far, the only reason anyone has left Stitch Club is because they moved on from primary school!

A year after beginning Stitch Club, I decided to take the plunge and invite adult students to learn with me in my home studio space. I have a large open plan kitchen/dining/sewing space with natural light, table space for four sewing machines, and a further large cutting table. Class sizes vary from three to four students depending on the type of sewing. For example, cutting large dressmaking patterns can take up a lot of space so dressmaking sessions are limited to three people. Small class sizes in a creative environment mean plenty of one-to-one attention for everybody, and plenty of inspiration.

The Needleswift sewing studio, all set up for a workshop…
And converted back into my home sewing zone!

I absolutely love teaching people to sew, and the best feeling is when a brand new student gains the confidence to use a sewing machine and feels inspired to tackle ever more challenging projects. I have a growing number of returning students, and several who I would even call ‘regulars’, particularly at Social Sewing. You can read how my students feel about my classes on the Testimonials page.

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