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Finding a 'new normal': how three amazing women have run businesses and their households during a pandemic

Unprecedented times. How many times have we heard that phrase recently? But it really is. I don't know anyone who hasn't been affected in some way by the pandemic, some more than others. I am lucky to still have a roof over my head and a job. I started Remade Reloved in November 2019, and 2020 was going to be my year. My children were starting preschool, my mental health was improving and I had so many big plans for my business.  Then in March 2020 everyone's lives were turned upside down by the pandemic. I had to close down my business. My children came home from preschool one day and then just didn't go back for months. Suddenly my...

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What's the big deal with these old sewing machines anyway?

You may have noticed I have a slight obsession with vintage sewing machines. The old metal ones. You know, the one your nan/mum/great auntie used to have. Funnily enough, although I hear that from pretty much everyone I talk to about my machines I never hear “my grandfather used to have one of those.” That's because sewing machines have traditionally been seen as a woman’s thing and therefore they aren't valued in society as much as a classic car is, for example. I firmly believe that sewing machines are a part of the story of women in recent history and are therefore important. Sewing machines changed the world. The invention of domestic sewing machines meant women, who were expected to...

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