About us

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Why did we start the community?

We were inspired by the growing online sewing community to build a home for everyone interested in sewing and stitching. Did you know there are 4 million of you now in the UK alone? We wanted to create a place for everyone to come together. Here you can share your creations, get tips, post reviews and be inspired.

We hope the site will be the central hub to socialise, review dressmaking patterns and keep up-to-date with the latest news and sewing pattern releases. With 500,000 of you starting to sew last year alone, pattern and fabric designers have responded to this surge of interest in sewing with an ever-growing number of new pattern and fabric ranges. As avid makers ourselves, we’ve struggled to keep up with all the pattern releases and growing number of bloggers sharing their makes and tips. From this The Fold Line was born, a place that brings all this information together, on an easy-to-navigate, user-friendly and sociable site.

What is The Fold Line?

The Fold Line is a social network with an online community forum to chat and share tips plus a comprehensive patterns database with a novel sewing-specific search facility. We also have a big sewing resources section, so you can discover even more designers, patterns and fabrics for your stash! With so much choice do you find it tough to decide on your next sewing project? To inspire you we blog not only about all the latest sewing news and pattern releases but also posts to inspire your creative style. We want sewing and stitching enthusiasts from all around the world to help us build the sewing community they want. It’s all about sharing, showing and telling.

We also organise real life meet ups for sewists and have a community sewing pattern company called Tribe Patterns.

The Fold Line Mollie MakesHandmade award winners 2016

2016 winners of the Handmade Champion Award, Mollie Makes Handmade Awards.

2017 winners of the Blog of the Year award, The British Craft Awards.

Who are we?

We are Kate and Rachel and met when we worked together at Sew Over It, the popular sewing cafe in London. We are both keen creative types with Kate training in millinery before she moved on to manage Sew Over It. Now Kate works freelance doing creative marketing and social media consultancy for small businesses plus all the social media and marketing for The Fold Line. 

Rachel does freelance pattern-cutting and product design for creative businesses. At The Fold Line Rachel updates the pattern database, writes the weekly Sew Reporter and keeps everything organised. We share everything else, from looking after you in the forum to coming up with exciting blog posts.

How do we fund The Fold Line?

There are no funders, investors or third parties. We had the website build and the monthly running costs for the site and new features are paid for by our supportive advertisers. If you are interested in advertising you can find out more here.

Communities are built on collaborations and sharing knowledge, please get in touch: hello@thefoldline.com