#smallbusinesssaturday vol.7 — Make Do & Mend — Epping

I put out a call for local businesses to get in touch on Facebook, and Jacqui responded, asking if her one-woman-band Make Do & Mend — Epping was too small to feature. “NO WAY” I said, in fact, it’s people like Jacqui that I really want EppingAbout to support. So here we are…

I was a freelance IT consultant for over 20 years and then became a college lecturer. I decided to retire from teaching a couple of years ago. My mum taught me to sew, knit and cook when I was little and I’ve always enjoyed all three.
I got married last September and had made my going away dress and some dresses for our honeymoon. I’d run out of things to make and was missing sewing which I really love to do. Then a couple of months later I was in Norfolk and saw a sign advertising sewing repairs and alterations and thought ‘‘I can do that!’’ I had some cards printed and put them in the Epping Shoe Repairers and Starbucks and put a poster in Neros coffee shop and my business took off!
I love sewing and the variety of different repairs and alterations I get asked to do is the best thing about my business — from sewing name labels on children’s school clothing to altering prom gowns, suit jackets, shortening items, relining suit dresses — the list is endless and wonderful! I have also met some lovely people, young and old, some of whom have become friends.
I was brought up in Epping then lived in Buckhurst Hill amongst other places and moved back in 2010, I love the fact that Epping is a real community of people who actually talk to each other whether they are neighbours or in the High Street or walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. I am now vice chair of the Swaines Green Conservation group and believe it is so important we protect our wonderful town and surrounding countryside from being built on and also look after our wildlife however big or small. I am also very lucky to be the scout leader of 1st Theydon Garnon Scouts in Fluxs Lane Epping helping to teach life skills to our young people whilst having great fun doing so. We are desperately trying to raise money for our ‘Save the Hut’ campaign to refurbish our scout hut which is in dire need and if successful will then be available for the whole community to use.
I usually answer my clients’ enquiries either instantly or within the hour from when I wake up to when I go to sleep. Also my speedy turn around time often amazes my clients!
Walking with my husband and dog in the countryside and stopping off at the Forest Gate Inn, Bell Common, for a drink and bite to eat on the way home is a great day off for me, or to take part in their quiz on the last Sunday of the month — always a good laugh!

Thanks so much Jacqui, it’s been lovely to feature a perfect #smallbusinesssaturday business. You can check out Make Do & Mend — Epping on Facebook or call 07757 086182.

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