Creative ‘mumpreneur’ offers tailor-made fun

Ana Perez, who has launched The Sewing Station.  (130603M1b)
Ana Perez, who has launched The Sewing Station. (130603M1b)

A Harrogate mum has created what she says is a unique business model, in the hope that it will “bring people back to sewing”.

The Sewing Station provides sewers of all ages and levels with space, equipment and – crucially – expert instruction from founder Ana Perez.

Ana, whose grandmother was a dressmaker, worked as a fashion buyer for top high-street names and currently lectures in fashion marketing at Harrogate College.

She said: “So many people have a sewing machine in a cupboard somewhere, but don’t use them.

“I want to make people realise that they can make beautiful things without it costing much.

“There are lots of things that aren’t that hard to make, but that look great.”

She is also hoping to tap into the booming craft craze, which has seen UK sewing machine sales increase by 500% and the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee attract more than 2.5 million viewers each week.

The Sewing Station’s website, www.sewing-station.co.uk, has a busy calendar of courses to choose from, from three-hour classes, such as Bunting or Mend and Alter, to multi-session options like the vintage dress masterclass over the weekend of June 22-23.