We are a family run 'bricks and mortar' business based in Eccles, Manchester.

We are a family run 'bricks and mortar' business based in Eccles, Manchester.

You will find over 70 machines and overlockers in our showroom and all the best makes of machines, cabinets, a wide range of haberdashery and sewing patterns on our website. We run various workshops too!

Bamber Sewing Machines came into being back in 1946. Dad, Roy Bamber, came across a treadle sewing machine on top of a Salford bomb site when he was around 14. He scrambled to the top and dragged the machine down and hired a hand cart to take it home. There he repaired it and later sold it to a neighbour.

Alan & Steve, Roys two sons, joined him during the 1970’s & 80’s and they all worked together in their happy family business.


Start Date
4th June 2019, 10:30 am

End Date
25th June 2019, 1:00 pm


Over four sessions Tue 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2019, 10.30-13.00, make a Quillow, a cross between a quilt and pillow! Create a beautiful patchwork quilt and an attached pillow cover for the quilt to magically fold into. Makes a cushion and snuggle quilt ideal for the sofa, the back of the car for long journeys or a scatter cushion and hidden extra layer for the bed for chilly nights. This project uses quick-pieced squares and triangles.
Based at Bamber Sewing Machines, you’ll find like-minded classmates; expert tutors and all the fabrics, trims, patterns and sewing tools you could wish for (plus sewing machines and overlockers for those wishing to invest heavier)!

Your tutor, Michelle, will guide you through the process of using a rotary cutter and quilter’s square to cut out your patchwork pieces, quick piecing to create the quilt top and front and back of the pillow. You will then layer your quilt and machine stitch a simple diamond pattern. (More experienced quilters may wish to use a more advanced quilt pattern, but as the quilt is designed to be stored when not in use, simple patterns are recommended).

Michelle will then teach you how to construct your pillow cover before showing how to attach it, bind and finish your project.

By the end of the sessions, you will have a quilt measuring 40 x 60 inches and a pillow/cushion measuring 16 inches square.

Some experience of patchwork and quilting is required for this course.

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