I can’t sew to save my life. I mean, a loose button won’t be a problem, but anything beyond that will have me stumped. If this was 50, 60 years ago, I’d probably be ‘unmarriageable’, but thankfully (or not?) times have changed. Still, I think sewing is a great skill to have.
While catching a movie with S at One City USJ recently, we came across this newly opened place called Sewing World Gallery – a sewing/tailoring school cum shop/gallery which has loads of interesting items on display. Didn’t manage to see much of it the first time around coz we were rushed for time, so I came here on the weekend with my mum to check it out.
The place is massive – you can spend more than an hour exploring the place as an ‘art gallery’ on its own. At the entrance, we were greeted by colourful pouffes, knitted items and creative crafts, such as a bag made through the ‘anyaman‘ (weaving) method using Nescafe coffee sachets.
There also carry bespoke bags and designs that you won’t find elsewhere. The gallery offers classes every weekend, so you can make your own items. There’s a workspace upstairs equipped with all the essentials such as sewing kits and machines, as well as trainers who will guide you through the process.
The museum corner at the back of the gallery sports a collection of old items such as this charcoal-powered iron (my aunt has one – you put the charcoal pieces into the bottom slot) and sewing machines where you have to press the pedal to power it.
Some of the beautiful pieces on display.
There’s so much you can create from sewing/stitching/knitting. Tea cosies, small ‘cushions’ for your smartphones, pouches, coin holders, pillow cases.
These wonderful tapestries would make a welcome addition to any home.
Kids will love these giant stuffed toys. The colourful little dogs and chickens on the floor are door stoppers.
Chairs with coffee sacks as covers. Upcycling at its finest.
The gallery is also home to the largest bag in Malaysia, as certified by the Malaysia Book of Records. The quirky looking patchwork structure even has ‘handles’, although I can’t imagine any occasion where someone can take this out. 😀
Smaller bags on the inside of the giant bag.
Room decorated with quilt covers, carpets and bright funky-looking pillows.
Small souvenirs for sale.
These ‘aprons’ on the cooking oil bottles were cute and amusing.
costume made out of Nescafe sachets.
All in all, there was lots to see at the Sewing World Gallery, even if you’re not a sewing enthusiast. Drop by for a visit – it might pique your interest in sewing.
SEWING WORLD GALLERY
C-01-01 to 08, Block C, Level 1, Sky Park @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1; 47650 Subang