by It Takes Allsorts in Manchester, England, United Kingdom



£15,000 target 48 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 17th January 2022 at 9:31pm

I am raising funds for premises to provide a sew training centre & a custom built van, so that I can take my sewing services mobile(insitu)

by It Takes Allsorts in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

My aim is to provide the local communities of Trafford and beyond a space to learn and create.  Sewing skills and training are currently on offer, online. With the creative flair required to build and sustain the local economy, whilst also bringing enrichment and fulfilment to  communities, I intend to build big!

The purpose built vehicle I intend to purchase will facilitate all the necessary equipment that is used by myself to provide the services I offer in situ,  as well as allow me to carry such equipment to various venues, such as schools and community halls,  where I will be providing community sewing workshops

I also intend to help educate and inspire other like minded creatives. To train and  support the local economy, employing members of a community whilst providing a training centre.

The money raised will allow me to purchase and have a custom  built van, which will be used as a mobile workshop, which will allow me to undertake all the services that I provide around the borough, on site and aboard my vehicle. It will also allow me to lease premises for a term of 12 months initially, this is due to the current climate.  Finances I am hoping to raise will also allow me to pay for; the crowdfunding fees, which is 6% of the total, the cost to fulfil the rewards on offer, which I predict to be £1000( this cost may vary depending upon pledges)

What I will offer is;

  • Workshops
  • A space to create (within a workshop environment)
  • Expert knowledge in various subjects
  • A friendly & welcoming environment
  • A subscription to use the facilities 
  • I have currently secured several suitable venues to conduct my workshops from within a community setting, the van will also facilitate a  number of machines required to deliver my workshops.
  • The search for suitable premises is still ongoing. Once a suitable location is found it will provide the centre for training.

My name is Natalie, I provide a mobile clothing alterations & repairs service in the Trafford area. Previously I was the owner of a thriving local business, Sewconvenient Ltd. My business supported a social enterprise, which received an UNLTD award back in November 2015, this was to set up sewing workshops for the local communities of Trafford, which I successfully conducted. I am now raising funds so that I can provide a creative space, so currently looking for a suitable property to provide a community training centre, as well as to take my sewing services on the road!

In 2020 I set up a micro manufacturing business, Mancmade Ltd, for me that was the perfect time to move my skills forward, this was inspired by the lack of PPE for key workers in the  NHS and the care industry and the demand for masks, which I started to supply and donate!

Why, may you ask?

I believe that sewing is a life skill, which should be shared throughout the generations!

I know the industry, having worked in it for over thirty years and would love to see it booming once again, in my city of Manchester.

I have a passion for helping folk,  and should they fall into difficult circumstances, such as hardships, it inspires me to help them. I most definitely know what it's like to need help and feel that this gives me great insight and the ability to get alongside all walks of life to gain their confidence and learn. My intention is to set up a training centre that will allow the training people for employment, which will be of benefit to the local economy, by way of getting them back into work

I have  been working on the idea to get mobile (fit for purpose) for many years, however, I haven't yet secured the finances needed to get this sew on the road, although I'm very determined about taking this forward.


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£5 Reward


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£15 Reward Tshirt

Branded Limited editionTshirt

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£20 Reward


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A choice of personalised products

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£50 Reward learn basic sewing skills

Six 1hour sewing classes (online)

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25% off when you subscribe to one of the weekly sewing clubs around the borough! The subscription fee covers materials used, maintenance fees and refreshments (more details provided nearer the start dates)

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