Regent Home of Sewing, London's premiere sewing and craft store, has been established for over 30 years in the East of London as a specialist sewing machine, overlocker and fabric retail outlet for the homesewer, many schools and colleges and to the manufacturing trade.
Our recent expansion into modern, spacious new premises has enabled the introduction of courses and workshops in a wide range of sewing related subjects. This, together with the expansion of our product range for dress fabrics, craft fabrics and craft aids, curtain and soft furnishing fabrics and evening and bridal fabrics, ensures that the store is an absolute treasure trove for all who dabble or indulge in sewing or crafts, be it patchwork, bridal and fancy dress wear, creative embroidery or home furnishings and décor. Our friendly and welcoming staff are always on hand to offer help and advice on our extensive product range. Don't miss out, pay us a visit or contact us soon.
On this page you will finf information about the following:
Costume, Theatre and Fancy Dress
For the costume, dance and theatre designer or for those who want something really different we have range of lycra, imitation leathers, PVC, fine fur and much more to help you stand out in the crowd. For those creating fun and creative fancy dress costumes we stock dress nets, organzas, taffetas, velvets and fun furs and many more fabrics to help you create that special outfit.
Our range of daywear, dress and suiting fabrics continues to grow and includes everything from cottons and poly/cottons to linens, wool suiting, viscose prints, cotton drills, gabardines and denims. Our experienced staff are always available to help you select your fabric and offer advice on style and fabric amounts.
Special Occasion, Bridal and Evening
For that special occasion you can browse at leisure through the fabrics on our second floor showroom. Bridal laces and embroidered organzas, silks, satins, brocades georgettes, chirimen and wool crepes are just a few of the many fabrics which are available for you to choose from.
Patchwork, Quilting and Home Craft Fabrics
Our range of American craft fabrics has grown steadily over the past year and includes many new and exciting styles from American designers. We have a beautiful range of William Morris designs in both pale and darker shades all of which coordinate to form inspiring designs for quilting projects.
You will find Nancy Crow, Shadow Play and Marble designs, Cottage Garden, Patchwork Petals together with florals checks, plains and abstract prints which cover the full colour range.
Our expert staff are always on hand to offer assistance and suggestions for patchwork projects. Or why not come along to one of our regular workshops and learn a new style of quilting.
Our one day beginners workshops are a particular favourite for those who wish to give patchwork and quilting a try!
Fabrics start from as little as £4.80 per metre; and of course we also sell in yards! We also have an extensive range of fat quarters always available starting from £1.69 each.
Patchwork Quilting and Home Craft Aids
Alongside our colourful array of quilting fabrics you will find everything you need from cutting mats and rotary cutters to rulers, 1/4 inch guides, templates, quilter's pins, books, shape cuts and ironing pads to help you in your craft projects. This area of our shop is a must for would be quilters, be they beginners or 'old hands'!
We also stock a range of DMC crossstitch kits, embroidery threads, aida and tapestry fabrics, work baskets and craft bags to hold all of your essential craft items.
The world of patterns is a fast changing one indeed. It moves on with such rapidity that it is almost impossible to keep a track of which patterns are available from each manufacturer without looking at either their current, printed catalogues, or their own websites. Since many of the pattern manufacturers are American - and they themselves do not produce an up-to-date website for non-American customers, we have chosen to refer web-enquirers to the American sites. Although all these sites are equiped with shopping baskets it must be remembered that ORDERING THROUGH THE AMERICAN WEBSITES WILL COST YOU IN TERMS OF BOTH POSTAGE & PACKAGING CHARGES, AND A CONSIDERABLE TIME DELAY IN RECEIVING YOUR ORDER. Our solution is that you should browse the manufacturers sites, find the patterns you require and then enter the MANUFACTURER, PRODUCT CODE and SIZE into our PATTERN ORDER FORM. We will tell you if the pattern is available through us, and in stock at the current time.
Dress, craft and furnishing patterns from Butterick, Simplicity and Vogue are held in stock. Take the time to browse through the current catalogues in the comfort of our store, or even on this site. Our experienced staff are always available to help you make your selection and will give advice and guidance on the sewing ability required for particular patterns.
SEWING MACHINES and OVERLOCKERS
As long established suppliers of both home-sewing, industrial machines and overlockers you will find that we can offer a wealth of product knowledge and experience when it comes to helping you choose the machine that is right for you.
We stock all makes of home-sewing machines and overlockers; including Brother, Singer, Husqvarna Viking, Babylock, Pfaff, Toyota, Frister Rossman, Bernina, Elna, Janome and Viscount. A wander around our store will allow you to view the amazing new advances in sewing technology as you watch the embroidery machines which sew your own designs 'by themselves' and the overlockers which seam, overlock and cover-stitch all in one go.
Our demonstrators are always on hand to guide you through our range of products and will offer genuine advice and support as you choose your new machine. Having purchased your machine or if you have a machine which you do not use because you 'don't know how' you are welcome to take part in our half day 'Know your sewing machine/overlocker' workshops which take place each month in our purpose built lesson rooms on the upper floor of the building. We also keep in stock a wide range of second hand sewing machines and overlockers.
Cabinets and Machine Accessories
We stock the very latest Horn cabinet which can be designed to fir your machine to give you an enlarged sewing area, additional storage and a space for an overlocker or second sewing machine.
Our Spare Part department will supply you with any neccessary additional accessories for your machine. Many spare parts are held in stock, others can usually be ordered for you.
In our industrial machine show room you can try the very latest Brother and Singer industrial straight stitch machines, both new and second hand models. We also stock buttonhole machines, overlockers and embroidery machines. Our industrial machine experts will take time to show you the range of machines and will ensure that you puchase the best machine for your needs.
Having Problems with your machine? or just after a regular service?
At Regent Home of Sewing we offer an on site repair service for all makes of sewing machines and overlockers including industrial. We also have mobile mechanics who will repair your machine in your home or work place if you are unable to bring it to the store.
Our extensive haberdashery range enables you to purchase everything you need to complete your sewing/craft projects be it scissors, threads, zips, ribbons a cutting board or a rotary cutter! If we do not have the item you require in stock we may be able to order it for you ... always ask!!
An absolute must for any would be dressmaker; they make life so much easier. All of our dress-forms are stocked in A(10-16) and B(18-22) sizes and include the superb Diana which is fully adjustable with pin grip hem-leveller, we also stock the Helena with its excellent hem-leveller bar and the more traditional Lady Valet. The Diana is also available in sizes C (22-26) and D(28-32). We will supply any of the following direct to customer - just call us on 020 8478 0669. There is an additional carriage charge of £6.00
- Diana : £99.95
- Helena : £79.95
- Lady Valet : £159.95
We can also supply the following children's/male adjustable dress-forms to order.
- Male Form : £99.95
- Petite (10-14yrs) : £79.95
- Junior (6-10yrs) : £79.95
If you require more information please call us on 020 8478 0669.
We stock a superb range of dressmaking scissors including the excellent Mundial-Serra sharp range which we recommend for any sewing enthusiast. This range includes metal handled, soft touch and light weight alongside tailor's shears, pinking shears and snips. We also stock Fiskars, Janome and Aegean brands. Next to our scissors you will find our range of rotary cutters and blades in wide selection of styles and sizes at prices to suit all pockets.
Threads (large and small!), buttons, tapes, bindings, zips (including both open ended and invisible), pins, needles, poppers, hooks and eyes, shoulder pads, dress shields, quick un picks, jeans poppas, handy gadgets, marker pencils, tailor's chalk, elastics, curtain tapes, work baskets, dyes, embroidery threads, doll's eyes, satin roses, piping cord ... try us first, we can usually help.
Lace and trimmings
Our range includes a huge selection of laces (flat and gathered, cotton and nylon/poly, bridal and embroidered) and broderie anglais in many different widths and colours for all your trimming needs. We also stock braids, coloured piping cords, beaded edgings, fashion braids, fringes, bridal motifs, children's motifs, trendy motifs, beaded and sequined motifs, studs, diamantes and beads in all colours and shapes for everything occasion you can think of.
Coordinating curtain poles, tie back hooks, curtain rings and clips, and swag creators together with DIY roman blind kits can be found alongside our fabrics and trimmings. If you are looking for venetian blinds we have a competitatively priced range of natural wood blinds available in Honey, Mahogany, Natural and Cherry finishes which can be ordered to stock sizes or can be made to your exact measurements.
Curtain Making Service
Our made to measure service is available for those who wish to take advantage. Curtains can be made up to measurements supplied by you or if you desire our expert curtain maker will help choose your fabrics in the comfort of your home, giving advice on style, colour and design and will then make up your order and hang your curtains for you, supplying the necessary tracks and fittings if required.
Soft Furnishing Fabrics
On our ground floor you will find a wide range of curtain and soft furnishing fabrics to enhance your home; from woven cottons, and printed cotton sateens to damasks, jacquards and voiles. You can also choose fabrics to order from our self - select range of curtain fabric books and hangers.
We stock a wide selection furnishing trimmings, bullion braids, cords, tassles and tiebacks in natural cottons, cotton/acrylic and the popular silky acrylic/rayon ranges, which coordinate with the fabrics to complete your home décor look. Additional styles are available to order from our cut length catalogues which may be viewed alongside our self-select furnishings range.
Online Catalogue, Ordering and Enquiries
Regent Online gives you the opportunity to browse our stock and email your requirements directly to us. We will even call you back on the telephone as soon as humanly possible, with respect to ANY ASPECT of ANY PRODUCT, if you use the CALL BACK button. Otherwise, you may add any product to your Order Form (even if it is merely an enquiry), and send this directly to us.
No payment is made over the internet; the goods are reserved for you until you confirm the order with us by telephone. At that time you may either make a payment with your credit card over the phone, and we will dispatch the goods to you, or you can send a cheque. You could even come in yourself and collect the items knowing they are ready and waiting for your arrival.
COURSES and WORKSHOPS
About Our Courses and Workshops
In our purpose built lesson rooms on the upper floor of our store in Ilford you can learn all you need to know about dressmaking, pattern cutting, patchwork and quilting, soft furnishings, your sewing machine and/or overlocker and advanced overlocking techniques
Classes are run throughout the year and include half day workshops, one day workshops, 6-10 week courses and, new for the Autumn, a weekend sewing holiday! You may register to receive up to date information on current classes by emailing us for information or by telephoning 020 8478 0669.
Our tutors have many years of experience in their particular fields and can often give advice on differing areas of home-sewing.
Our dress making tuition includes courses for the beginner through level 2 and on to more advanced dressmaking and covers all areas from measuring, selecting patterns and fabrics, cutting out and pattern terms, fitting, construction and making up. Beginners courses cover the construction of a basic one piece garment which would have darts, seams, a zip and waistband. Level 2 aims to take you through the process of making a 2 piece aoutfit including some of the processes from the beginner course but also including inserting sleeves, facings, more complex zip styles, easing and simple soft tailoring. This course is ideal for those with some experience, for those who have not done any dressmaking for several years and want to 'get back into it' or for those who wish to improve on specific techniques. Our more advanced courses 'Moving on in Dressmaking' aim to take you through the processes of constructing more complex garments including evening wear, suits and lined garments.
Know Your Sewing Machine
This half day workshop is designed for those who have a sewing machine but are not quite sure how to use it! The course covers threading and bobbin winding, tension problems and adjustments, straight stitch including using stitch length, Zig-zag with stitch width adjustment, satin stitch and 3 step zig-zag, buttonholing, stretch stitches etc.
Know Your Overlocker
This half day workshop is designed for those who really want to get to know their overlocker!
The course covers threading, tension problems and adjustments. 2, 3 and 4 thread overlocking, use of differential feeds (including gathering and sewing stretch knits), decorative finishes (including rolled hems and satin stitch) and cleaning the machine.
Regular one day beginners workshops in patchwork and quilting are run throughout the year. These courses include fabric selection and colour matching, rotary cutting and machine piecing, block construction and hand quilting and finishing techniques.
More advanced classes, for those who have some expereince, are also run and include templating for particular designs, Design and Make your own quilt courses and many more.
Our very popular 6 week Pattern Cutting for Beginners course is run regularly throughout the year. This course gives the student a basic foundation in cutting several blocks for personal figure shapes together with adaptations of the blocks for use in dressmaking. Our Advanced Pattern Cutting course allows students to design their own garments and leads them through the process of cutting the working blocks for the garment, following on to the finished blocks, toiles and finally the garments themselves. Those who follow this course need to have attended the beginners course.
For Autumn 2001 we will be introducing a range of one day workshops and courses in soft furnishings including a basic curtain making course, A more advanced course which will include hand stitched headings, using interlinings, inserting weights and hand stitched linings. Additional workshops will cover Cushion Making, Pelmets, Valances and Tie Backs.
BOOKS and JOURNALS
On our ground floor you will find a wide selection of sewing books including Simplicity's Best Guide to Sewing and Simplicity's Best Guide to Soft Furnishings. We have recently expanded our range of quilt books to include such titles as 501 Quilt Blocks, Perfect Piecing, Patchwork Quilting and Applique by Linda Seward, Jinny Beyers colour books and many others. If you require a title which we do not currently stock please ask as we may be able to order it for you.
Alongside our range of books you will find the very popular monthly magazines 'Patchwork and Quilting' and 'Sewing World'. We also stock a range of journals and leaflets from Butterick to help you in your craft projects.
HOW TO FIND US
- by Car: In the centre of Ilford, just off the A406, at the end of the M11.
- by Train: 2 minutes walk from Ilford mainline station, next to the Nat West bank.
- by Bus: On all main bus routes from Central London , Stratford  and the surrounding areas [147, 169, 167, 179, 369].
- Address: 4-6 Chapel Road, Ilford Essex IG1 2AG
- Telephone: 020 8478 0669
- Fax: 020 8514 0699
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org