Blackburn Youth Zone given four sewing machines

This Is Lancashire: Kirsty Maynard and Jess Mc Cusker, both 17, Tatiana Greenwood and Peter Hobkirk from Hobkirk Sewing Machines, senior club manager Carolyn Riley and youth worker Monica Hewitt Kirsty Maynard and Jess Mc Cusker, both 17, Tatiana Greenwood and Peter Hobkirk from Hobkirk Sewing Machines, senior club manager Carolyn Riley and youth worker Monica Hewitt

YOUNG people at Blackburn’s £6million Youth Zone have a wealth of technology at their finger tips.

But they will be trying their hand at a rather retro hobby after the Youth Zone, in Jubilee Street, received four sewing machines.

Staff at the Youth Zone said members would be able to learn new skills on the Brother sewing machines, which have been loaned by Hobkirk Sewing Machines, in the town’s Darwen Street.

Manager of the Senorita’s Girls’ Group, Carolyn Riley, said members will get creative, develop new skills and ‘sew up all sorts of bits and pieces in their weekly sessions’.

She said: “Thanks to the kind donation, our Senorita’s Girls’ Group will benefit from sewing workshops which will lead to them being able to design, make and model their own creations - everything from clothes to curtains.

“In the lead-up to Christmas, the group was also looking at and making thrifty craft presents as an alternative to shop-bought gifts, and the machines came in very handy.”

Junior club manager Dave Palmer said: “During fashion week recently, we were delighted to see many male and female members making use of the sewing machine by getting involved in making clothes from recycled clothes.”

Hobkirk Sewing Machines also donated accessory packs, which included scissors, pins, and a tape measure, and several spools of thread.

Owner Peter Hobkirk said: “As a Blackburn-based company, we really appreciate the tremendous work the Youth Zone does, and we are very happy to contribute to their efforts with these sewing machines.”

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4:14pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Scooby says...

So er, have they been given, loaned or donated? Not sure after reading that..
So er, have they been given, loaned or donated? Not sure after reading that.. Scooby

8:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Malthus says...

Girls group and sewing workshops. Lol, so this in no way reinforces traditional gender stereotypes? What next, will we have cooking and cleaning workshops, will the Señoritas be cutting out patterns and then stitching their own wedding dresses together in order to allow the transition towards becoming a Señora? How long is it till we have groups of young people playing calypso music on steel drums and then eating samosas in order to combat racism. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Girls group and sewing workshops. Lol, so this in no way reinforces traditional gender stereotypes? What next, will we have cooking and cleaning workshops, will the Señoritas be cutting out patterns and then stitching their own wedding dresses together in order to allow the transition towards becoming a Señora? How long is it till we have groups of young people playing calypso music on steel drums and then eating samosas in order to combat racism. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Malthus

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