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Sewing patterns at the ready as UK celebrates Sew Saturday 2016

The countdown is on as sewing enthusiasts up and down the UK prepare their sewing patterns and machines for this year’s celebration of Sew Saturday 2016 on October 15th.

Just a month from now, fabric and thread stores and haberdasheries across the country will be throwing open their doors for a bumper day of activities, inviting newcomers to learn to sew and stitching stalwarts to stock up on essential supplies.

The event, which is supported by Simplicity, is organised by industry publication Sew magazine, and was a huge success during its first outing in 2015 – with many of last year’s participants re-registering for the second time around.

More than 200 fabric and thread shops are registered to take part in 2016, along with some familiar faces from the sewing profession, such as Sewing Bee star Lauren Guthrie.

Lorraine Luximon, editor of Sew, said: “Our aim last year was to get stitchers back into their local bricks and mortar stores, and we think we achieved just that. Here’s to another great event!”

Look out for rolling online coverage of Sew Saturday and of the days surrounding it, on social media and on the websites of the event’s supporters including Simplicity.

It’s a great excuse to begin to learn to sew, if you have never done so before, as the event is very inclusive of newcomers and experienced sewing enthusiasts alike.

You can also take the chance to stock up on some of the sewing patterns UK needlecraft enthusiasts love the most – just check your favourite social media platform to see which Simplicity sewing patterns are grabbing people’s attention in 2016.

With everything from sewing machines to Simplicity sewing patterns available both online and in-store, it’s a true celebration of a popular pastime, while supporting the businesses that keep those essential supplies available to hobbyists all year round.