The Simply Sewing offices are all a flutter today – we’ve been excitedly huddling around our laptops to see the UK debut of our new sister TV channel, Sewing Quarter. The UK’s first shopping channel dedicated to sewing and quilting launched this morning on Freeview channel 78 (from 8am – 12pm). You can also catch it all day everyday over at www.sewingquarter.com. We’ve been helping out with the behind-the-scenes launch plans and we’re thrilled the channel’s finally here!
To celebrate the launch, they’re offering a free sewing kit worth £14.99 with your first purchase (for orders over £10 excluding postage).Presenters Natasha McCarty and John Scott will be joined in the studio by lots of top UK designers (some you might recognise from the magazine) where they’ll be bringing you top tips, key techniques and exciting new sewing projects, designed exclusively for the channel, for you to make at home. From clothes and quilts, to bags and toys, the Sewing Quarter buyers have travelled the world to find a whole host of beautiful fabrics and must-have accessories to add to your sewing and quilting stash. To celebrate the launch, they’re offering a free sewing kit worth £14.99 with your first purchase (for orders over £10 excluding postage). So get ready to be inspired to take your hobby to the next level, with easy tutorials, tips and tricks for your sewing table, plus all the best kit for you to play with.
Not just on TV!
As well as a live TV channel, the channel’s website www.sewingquarter.com is going to be topping our must-visit websites for browsing project ideas and stash shopping. As well as showing the latest programmes from the channel, they’ve got all this planned…
✓ Tutorials & projects
Get easy-to-follow tutorials and downloadable patterns to help you make everything from bags and cushions, to clothes to quilts.
✓ Products & tools
Find heaps of essential sewing and quilting tools, fabrics and accessories in the Sewing Quarter online shop. Just click and buy!
✓ Techniques & know-how
Learn from the experts with top tips, technical know-how and sewing guides put together by leading designers and sewists.
Top presenters & designers
Presenters Natasha McCarty and John Scott (above) are both passionate about fabric, and so are the expert designers joining them on screen. Look out for familiar faces from the magazine such as Sew Crafty designer Sammy Claridge (below, with our editor Charlie). “I’ve been working on some exciting things and I’ve come up with some fabulous new projects – all exclusively available on the Sewing Quarter,” she explains. Working with top designers from across the UK, Sewing Quarter will be bringing you all sorts of exciting and exclusive kits, patterns, fabrics and more − tried and tested by their expert sewists. Tune in to see them in action!
Meet Jenniffer Taylor
We caught up with one of the channel’s upcoming sewing pros, Jennifer Taylor (pictured at the top of this post) to get the gossip on what it’s like working on a brand new sewing TV channel…
What are you most looking forward to showing viewers?
“My passion has always been for dressmaking. It’s such an empowering skill as you get to make the clothes you want to wear and that fit you to perfection.Dressmaking gives you the opportunity to be confident and comfortable in your clothes as well as your own skin. But to be honest, I want to inspire everyone to pick up a needle and thread and get sewing.”
How are you finding live TV?
“Having been a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee, I quickly learned to forget about the cameras as you really needed to concentrate on the task in hand. I do still get a little nervous – little butterflies in my tummy before we go on air – but I think it’s a good thing! ”
What’s it like being part of the Sewing Quarter TV team?
“It’s great! Being on live TV is so exciting. We all just cannot wait to show everyone the gorgeous studio and beautiful products we have in store. The fabrics are lush! I’m really enjoying being submerged in an environment completely dedicated to sewing and quilting − and surrounded by likeminded people. “
What do you want the viewers to get out of the channel?
“I want the viewers to feel that they are part of the community. A place where they can get anything they need, from advice to project ideas and tutorials, and a place to show off their makes with others!”