It's thanks to the recent rise in the popularity of sewing, and a little help from programmes such as the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, that Ikea has seen their sales of fabric and sewing accessories soar - sales of their SY sewing machine are up by a staggering 80%. In reaction to this trend, Ikea have recently introduced a series of sewing patterns that the public can pick up for free in store.
A few weeks back I received an invitation from Ikea to take part in their sewing challenge. I've been known to dabble in a bit of sewing in the past - I've managed to built quite a collection of unfinished sewing projects that I'm always promising myself I will finish off sometime soon. I'm self-taught, not all that patient and, on close inspection, my running stitch isn't all that neat. But still, I do enjoy sewing - there is nothing quite as satisfying as turning a flat piece of fabric into something - something you've made.
My challenge was to select a pattern from the collection and using the SY sewing machine, my choice of Ikea fabric and some sewing accessories, create something within a week. The choice of patterns included curtains, a tablecloth, a table runner, placemats or napkins. I opted for the napkins and the TRÅDKLÖVER fabric. My SY sewing machine was dutifully delivered along with the pattern and the challenge began.
The machine was simple, yet effective - very comfortable to use. The pattern was written and illustrated in easy to follow steps. I managed to produce my set of six napkins in just under 90 minutes. They might not have the straightest of hems, but I'm pretty happy how they have turned out. In fact, I'm now even considering giving the curtains a go - just as soon as I've completed that collection of unfinished sewing projects.
Sewing machine, fabric and sewing accessories - all Ikea
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