“I was working long hours for someone else and not being able to be at home with my family when I needed to be. At the same time I had been teaching sewing classes in my local hall and they were proving very popular, so I decided it was time to do what I had been wanting to do for a long time – open a haberdashery shop that also taught workshops.
“Outset Cornwall was recommended to me by a friend. I attended every one of the sessions from the first to the last as I had no idea what starting and running a business involved and I wanted to make sure I was completely ready to do it myself.
“I am not very good at asking for help, which is something I have had to get over…when you start your own business you need all the support and help you can get from people close to you.”
“Threads is a fairly unique business at the moment in Cornwall but with similar “sewing cafes” and pop-up sewing workshops becoming more popular I will have to stay ahead of the competition.
“We are a place for people to come and meet, learn a new skill or re-new a skill they may have long left behind as life became busier. It’s a place to relax, take time for yourself and chat with like-minded people. We have sewing machines for hire by the hour if you need to hem some trousers, pattern swaps if you fancy making something different and a small reference library if you just want to be inspired…the kettle is always on. We also have a small but select range of fabrics, yarns, trimmings and buttons for sale.”
The Outset programme was very informative and always well-planned and presented with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. The sessions always gave me lots to think about and research in my own time after I went home. I met some wonderful people that I am still in contact with now and have formed some great friendships.
“Hopefully I can stick to my business plan which is to move to bigger premises within three years and maybe open a Sewing Café. I would like to become known for a friendly welcome and a great place to learn a new skill.”