Do you know your lock stitch from your chain stitch? Or a drop feed from a walking foot? If so, you are probably a practitioner of needlework – a hobby long derided as an activity enjoyed only by ladies of a certain age, but which is making a remarkable comeback.
It seems consumers are shunning disposable high street fashions in favour of home tailoring. As a result, sewing machine sales are at their highest level for years. The number of Singer and Brother models sold by Argos catalogue shops rose by 50 per cent in 2006-7. Sales of Argos's cheapest model, costing £69.99, were up 500 per cent, while sewing machine sales at Woolworth's shot up by 258 per cent over the same period.
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