WE ARE NOW CLOSED
From everybody here at Eastleigh Sewing Centre we would like to say a heartfelt thankyou to all of our fantastic customers. Without your loyal support of your local shop we would not have been able to keep going for the last 14 years, we will miss all our lovely customers and the time we've been able to spend with you.
This has been one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make, but with the ongoing increases in rent and rates and the surrounding costs of running a business on the High Street, we feel we have had to make the right decision for us.
With the owners now collecting their pensions, they are looking forward to enjoying retirement after a long, hard, working career.
x Linda x Steve x Helen x Wendy x Lin x Heather x
Here at Eastleigh Sewing Centre we have a real passion for what we do, We are a small family run business in the centre of Eastleigh, Hampshire. Since opening in July 2005 we have gained a very wide customer base.
We have fabric for dressmaking and crafts. with a speciality in Patchwork and Quilting. We stock patterns for dressmaking and knitting, wool, haberdashery, Guterman threads, and on top of that we have a range of sewing machines from a simple beginners first machine to the top of the range models with embroidery functions.
We are authorised dealers for Brother, Janome, Bernina, Husqvarna, Elna, Singer and Babylock.
We are also an official service centre, for service and repair of all models of sewing machines regardless of age or wear!
Meet our Team
Hi there, I'm Helen, we're very lucky that we have such a fantastic team of staff here at the shop, so I just thought I would give you a little insight into the team of people that make Eastleigh Sewing Centre so great!
Wendy is originally from Portsmouth, but we have forgiven her for that! She has been at the shop for 12 years, since the day we opened. She obviously has a very high tolerance level!
Wendy has been sewing since a very young age and enhanced her skills with a City and Guilds in Fashion and Design, which she started in 1995. This took 3 years to complete and because of her love for the subject she carried on to do a further advanced course for a further 10 years! This passion for sewing really shines through in any garments Wendy constructs as she has a real eye for detail and a bit of an obsession for perfection!
She is also our resident fabric expert, if Wendy doesn't know what it is and what can be done with it then none of us have a chance! She runs our beginners dressmaking classes here at the shop, which have been very successful. Her teaching first started in the 80's when she used to teach English as a basic language, so her teaching capabilities range far and wide. Wendy is a member of many forums and blogs online and keeps us all up to date with whats new in the dressmaking world, and what we need to do to keep up with the trends.
Heather started in the shop in February 2015, to help out and cover a few shifts. Well she fitted in so well that we wouldn’t let her go, and has now become a valuable member of our team.
She is born and bred in Eastleigh and has lived here all her life, which means she seems to know pretty much everybody! Heather is our chief cake maker, and has made numerous cakes for events and Charity days (they are amazing by the way!) She is also a coordinator for ‘contact the elderly’ which she hosts tea parties for on a regular basis.
She did GCSE needlework at school, and that’s where the passion started. Heather completes a lot of projects, including machine embroidery items, quilts, bags, and Christmas decorations, how she has time I will never know!
Heather is very creative and imaginative so will be able to help you out with most projects from dressmaking to patchwork to bags.
Linda's Daughter (me!)
It's always hard to write something about yourself, but here goes!
I started in the shop in 2009 after managing nightclubs and bars for 12 years. It's a definite change of pace! I originally just covered a few shifts to help out, but that has turned into a full time position managing most aspects of the shop including the back office and this website. You will catch me in the shop a couple of days a week, but most of my time is spent in the office trying to keep everything running smoothly. I have always enjoyed anything crafty so always enjoy seeing peoples creations and projects. I also do the machine embroidery in the shop which i really enjoy.
Well no workplace would be complete without a Henry. I thought he deserved a mention for all the pins and needles that he manages to deal with on a daily basis along with all the threads and fabric ends! Thankyou Henry!