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The U.K. is in the grip of something of a sewing renaissance. The second series of BBC 2′s The Great British Sewing Bee became the most-watched show on the channel, sewing-machine sales are going through the roof, and neighborhood haberdashers are springing up across the country. The thimbled finger is even tapping on the door of No. 10, where a petition to reinstate sewing in the national curriculum has been delivered. Unexpected it might be, but unwelcome it certainly is not. We have a long tradition of wonderful clothes-making in Britain, and this movement can only help those of us who depend upon it for our livelihood.

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