Scissors and snips at the ready... it's the Sewing Bee finale!

A selection of Whiteleys fabric scissors and snips on blue fabric

It’s a rarity for us to sit down and watch something ‘live’ – but tonight we’ll be together on the couch watching the final of The Great British Sewing Bee.  Mainly because we don’t want any spoilers that accidentally pop up on social media. Which may happen given it’s going to be a unique end to the competition – with four finalists rather than the normal three.

It’s been a cracking season so far – despite our very early disappointment of Mari going out (I’d pegged her to be the winner and was my favourite right from the start).  Whilst each of the finalists definitely deserves their place (as they are all astonishingly good sewers), we’ll be rooting for Deborah to win.

I’m not a good sewer, so I live vicariously though programmes such as these – where I can wonder at the talent and skills of the sewers.  Our collection of tools and kit for sewers are therefore only cursorily tested by us before being properly tested by our sewing ‘pro’ – aka my best mate Liz, who is a ridiculously talented and who would definitely win Sewing Bee if she chose to enter. And yes, of course I’m biased – but she worked at Hampton Court restoring items like the Queen’s wedding dress and the clothes she makes are couture quality.

As with any project, as well as having the right skills and talents, it’s the tools that make the job easier – regardless of whether this is making your own clothes or a new set of curtains.  And the vital tools for sewing are scissors and snips – that’s why we sell Whiteley’s scissors – the top three tools any sewer needs (and therefore would make a great gift for them) are:

And whilst not a ‘daily use’ tool – Whiteley’s Pinking Shears are also good for the sewing box – having one great pair helps when the need to shear arises!

So – good luck sewers in the Great British Sewing Bee tonight. And for those who are inspired to start sewing or to take your sewing to another level, after you’ve sorted your sewing machine, give your other sewing tools some thought – so you buy once, buy well and support English manufacturers who only produce the highest quality made in Sheffield steel scissors.


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