Bobbins and Bolts is an online and bricks and mortar fabric and dressmaking supplies store based in Harrogate, Yorkshire. We've been around since 2015 when I (Gem) and Jon (my tech-savvy hubby) decided that teaching high school science full time wasn't any fun most days and we formed a plan to sell sewing supplies online.
3 years, a move from one side of Yorkshire to the other and a spare room full of bolts of fabric and it was decided that maybe a local shop would now be a good idea. So off I went in search of the perfect space! I'm now based on King's Road in Harrogate, just a few minutes walk away from town, where I teach sewing classes to adults and older children along with a few helpful expert tutors. I also have a boutique-style shop and ship orders both locally and internationally.
I've been sewing for as long as I can remember, learning the basics on my Mum's New Home machine that weighed about as much as a tank. Once I got my own machine, I started my sewing journey off with patchwork, moved on to bag making and now mainly make garments. I'm 5'10" and curvy so nothing shop bought ever fits properly! Thankfully sewing my own things is great for both getting things to fit and for making something that no one else owns.
My favourite part about running Bobbins (other than the lack of items thrown at my head now I'm not teaching in high schools...) is that I get to see people go from not being able to thread a sewing machine to making garments that fit perfectly and make them smile.