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ED Sewing Machine Repairs

Since the pandemic, many of us have had a chance to reignite our passion for hobbies and crafts. It has awakened us to our need to reduce consumerism and waste and learn ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. We are proud to introduce Liverpool's Sewing-Machine Repairer, Emma Dwyer - entrepreneur, engineer and mother.

One of the more lasting changes from the Pandemic is the shift from fast fashion to upcycling and crafting. “Repairing and reusing is something I’ve always been passionate about” said Emma Dwyer, a Sewing Machine Engineer specialising in overlockers with her own sewing-machine workshop in Wavertree, Merseyside. As the cost of living crisis has alerted people to the need to sustain and save, Emma and other small business owners have been sharing the many benefits of networking and sourcing locally and sustainably. She has seen a shift in people’s attitudes, and has helped her own business to survive and thrive!

Gendered stereotypes are hopefully ideas of the past, and fashion and textiles have been taken up in larger numbers by male crafters as the whole industry has grown through the pandemic. This may be due to the increase in awareness of the importance of ‘Self Care,’ and understanding that crafting can have a positive effect on wellbeing. Sadly, anxiety and depression rates rose by 25% during the Pandemic according to the WHO. Sewing is known to help relieve stress, among many other benefits, and people around the world are realising that this has not merely been a relief of boredom like Zoom Quizzes and baking banana bread, but a lifeline.

People are also more conscious of the environment and a desire to continue lockdown passions will also have played a factor in sewing being taken up by younger demographics. Repairing and ‘Upcycling’ is great for the environment , while fast fashion is demonstrably bad for oceans, workers and agriculture. The growing popularity of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee has gone hand in hand with the rise in popularity of a ‘make do and mend’ attitude. Along with inflation and popularity, sewing machine costs are also rising and predicted to inflate further according to a Market Research Report highlighted in “Market Watch.” Emma helps solve this issue by offering affordable rates for her repairs to expensive items vital to crafting, and helps people keep their passions and projects going.

Emma is also an excellent case study in how to balance work and life: One of the biggest issues in the gender wage gap is the issue of childcare, and Emma is a proud mother who runs her own business. The wage gap is remarkably highest among those with a degree, but her skill is no longer taught in colleges and is therefore in high demand. She has balanced her life and work as an entrepreneur, and will look to take on a staff member in the coming months as her demand grows. One of the ways to shatter glass ceilings is for women to build new proverbial ceilings through creating businesses. While Emma doesn’t build ceilings, she does own her own sewing machine repair company and has decades of experience with this skill and passion. Enterprise is something which hasn’t come naturally, but rather she grew into it through learning her trade and gaining clients. Emma has clients all over the city of Liverpool, and wants to be “THE Merseyside Sewing-Machine Repairer.” She has had clients from Lancashire, Manchester, Birmingham and Wales and enquiries across the country, and is looking forward to seeing her business expand!

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