July Stockist of the Month: Sew Busy

Tell us about the history of your shop and the team?
I started Sew Busy 3 years ago after being made redundant. Mary-Anne was a customer who kept pestering me to ask if she could help in anyway & has now become my manager! I contacted Jo from The Crafty Nomad to see if she would run some classes and since then we have gone from strength to strength. We doubled the size of the shop last August and now have 4 other ladies who help us out during the week and a Saturday girl!

What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?
We try to offer unique products not available locally which is why we love EQS offering so many different fabric houses. We have made many friends and are now a hub of the community. Customers pop in regularly to see new product & say hello & we are often commended on our friendliness & helpfulness. 

What are you passionate about?
Easy sewing projects & encouraging beginners. There are so many wonderful prints, we encourage people to 'have a go', a project doesn't need to be complicated or perfect, for example a simple skirt can look great in an interesting print

How do you choose what you stock?
Mostly just because we like it! I have an aversion to birds but I have learnt to be more customer led these days! 

What do you love most about quilting?
That you create a unique item that's lovingly made.

What projects are you working on at the minute?
There's a few, an English Paper Piecing quilt that I can do in the evenings but my passion is dressmaking, a simple gathered skirt & having recently been in a course with Gretchen Hirsch, I'm just embarking on a Butterick sundress she designed for the summer 

Are there any future plans you wish to share with us?
We always have lots of ideas up our sleeve to inspire, next is a Sew Busy summer Sewing Bee challenge along with planning Christmas classes!

Visit Sew Busy's online shop at sew-busy.co.uk
Book classes at www.thecraftynomad.co.uk
or visit the shop at Branksomewood Road in Fleet, Hampshire