The Big Reveal: SewandSo’s Exclusive Collaboration with May Martin

Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen that back in September, we shared some behind-the-scenes photos of a very special event that was taking place in our studio…

We were lucky enough to have former Great British Sewing Bee judge May Martin with us for three whole days, sharing her sewing skills on our bestselling Janome sewing machines. Each day, we filmed an in-depth tutorial on a different sewing machine model, giving sewing machine buyers a unique opportunity to get an hour-long sewing lesson with May!

May Martin behind the scenes May Martin behind the scenes

Meet May Martin

May Martin GBSBMay Martin is a well known face thanks to her involvement in the hit BBC2 show The Great British Sewing Bee. But what you may not know is that she’s been teaching people to sew for over 40 years. Over the years she has run a needlework department, undertaken textile commissions for home makeovers, and taught extensively, most recently at the WI’s Denman College.

 “The Sewing Bee was amazing and I loved every minute of it, but my real passion in life is teaching people how to make the most of their sewing machines. I love Janome machines and so was really happy to work with SewandSo on this project.”

The Big Reveal

After several weeks of editing, we are very proud to unveil the fruits of our labour…



Buy a Janome model 2200XT, 525S or CXL301 from SewandSo and you’ll have access to this exclusive content, which will guide you through setting up and threading your machine, through all the features and functions and lots of great techniques like buttonholes, inserting a zip, hemming techniques and more. In each video, May also shares a simple sewing project to help you gain confidence on your specific machine.

It’s like your own little private Sewing Bee, but instead of May judging you, she’s helping you… how cool is that?!

You can preview each of the videos below, and learn about what accessories come with each of these sewing machines, but access to the whole video is restricted to those who purchase these machines from us.

Get to Know Your Janome 2200XT with May Martin

Get to Know Your Janome 525S with May Martin

Get to Know Your Janome CXL301 with May Martin

So, if you’re a beginner sewer looking to buy your first sewing machine, or a seasoned sewist wanting to upgrade to a new machine, you can benefit from this amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the business! Find out more here.

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About Ame

Ame Verso is the daughter of legendary cross stitch designer Jo Verso and has been cross stitching since the age of 10. She also sews and crochets and is the face of the SewandSo YouTube channel.