March stockist of the month: Nimble Thimbles

Nimble Thimbles was founded by Vikki Loeber-Hughes in 2013 as an ebay shop. Since then the business has gone from strength-to-strength, opening a small shop just a few months later and twice upgrading to a larger premises.

The bricks and mortar shop in Swindon now has an on-site sewing school and also trade via their website and ebay shop.

Vikki tells us more about the past, present and future of the business.

Tell us about the history of your shop and the team?

I started Nimble Thimbles in 2013 initially as an ebay shop, then after only a few months, as demand grew, I opened a small shop. After a year, I moved to larger premises, which allowed me to incorporate a small sewing school. I have recently moved again to even larger premises with more shop space and a larger sewing school. I now have an ebay shop, a bricks and mortar shop in Swindon and an on-line shop at my web site:

At the moment I run the shop on my own but I do have other teachers who teach classes for me in the sewing school such as quilting and crochet workshops.

What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?

You can be assured of a friendly welcome and good practical advice on your sewing projects at Nimble Thimbles. The shop has a light and spacious feel with a huge choice of fabrics for quilting, dressmaking and crafts, an extensive haberdashery and some beautiful knitting yarns.

What are you passionate about?

I am actually a dressmaker by trade which I love and it's something I've done since I was a child. Quilting is quite new to me and the beauty of this trade is that you never stop learning. I have some great quilting tutors for the sewing school and it's just another side of sewing that's fascinating to learn.

How do you choose what you stock?
I find choosing what to stock in my shop the hardest aspect of my job as I love all the fabrics, the colours & the designs. I just want them all but I do listen to what my customers ask for and try to cater for a wide range of tastes.
What projects are you currently working on and are there any future plans you wish to share with us?

Actually I can't wait to get stuck into a sewing project again as I have just moved shop and this has completely taken over my life in the last six weeks. It's been well worth all the time and effort as the shop and sewing school look amazing. I now have more space to expand my stock and I hope to stock curtain fabrics soon which will be great for all the bag making classes that I run!