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Glasgow sewing franchise upsizes with new premises


Sew Confident is celebrating 10 years in business and expanding into new studio and retail space four times the size of the previous site.

The 360 sq feet site on Great Western Road in Glasgow should double the amount of classes on offer at the headquarters of the UK’s only sewing tuition franchise, while creating several new jobs, including a shop manager, as a retail offering is introduced.

Franchisor Jenny Drew founded Sew Confident 10 years ago, with the Dundee Franchise opening in 2018 and Chorley in 2019, running classes for all age groups and skill levels, so far teaching more than 10,000 people to knit, sew, crochet, embroider and quilt.

She said: “Previously located in the Hidden Lane off Argyll Street, this is not a big move geographically speaking.

“However, what it means for the business is huge – the new store is much more visible and we hope will become a hub where sewers of all abilities are inspired to pick up some fabric and enjoy making some time for themselves.”



Jenny Drew outside the new site on Great Western Road in Glasgow

A sole trader running the business from the back of her car, Drew spent two years taking sewing machines to venues all over Glasgow before setting up as limited company in 2014 and moving into Sew Confident’s first premises with just one staff member.

Today the business has 11 freelance tutors and five staff members – a number expected to rise in the coming months.

Drew has previously won the business competition Scottish Edge, appeared on Take Me Out, won a TV competition to become a new guest designer on a sewing TV channel, and is currently writing a book called Stop Playing Small.

She added: “I am actively looking for new franchisees to invest in what has proven to be an extremely successful business.

“With three well established locations we are poised to welcome people who want to be part of a business that helps people learn a new skill while meeting new people and de-stressing.”

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