Meet the Team

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Sophia

Hi, I’m Sophia. I’m the proprietor and creator of Jessalli. Sewing is my life and I literally don’t do anything else (bar the odd dabble in knitting and crochet now and again)! I’m hugely passionate about it and love what I do. 

I’m a full time sewing tutor, textile artist and project writer. I love teaching people how to sew and nothing fills me with joy more than sewists learning a new skill and enjoying their new hobby. 

I write for publications such as Crafts Beautiful Magazine and the Hobbycraft Ideas Hub. I love creating new things and writing tutorials for you all to have a go yourself. It’s so much fun for me to be really creative. You can see a few examples HERE.

Textile art is my relaxation, I specialise in Free Motion Embroidery. I still make a lot of Handmade Personalised items, but portraits and huge installations are my passion. Shop my personalised gifts HERE

I hope you get the chance to visit our Sewing School soon, it is one of my proudest achievements. Full of colour, creativity and inspiration. It’s a wonderful space to work in. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to work with me on your project. 

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Allison

Allison is my lovely mother. She has many years sewing experience. Mum encourages and supports everyone's ideas and helps towards the design and structure of commissions as well as class preparation in the sewing school. Her specialist sewing genre is appliqué! And if you don’t already know, the company is named after her and her bestie Jess!

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Kay

Kay is my Mother-in-law and keeps all my books and accounts in check, mainly due to the fact I absolutely HATE maths! She also helps in the shop, behind the counter and preparation in between classes. 

Since working at Sew Jessalli she's been quilting, dressmaking, knitting and crocheting. There's no stopping her!

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LIZZIE

Lizzie joined us in 2021 and works part time in the shop. She loves helping out at Mum & Baby Club and runs her own curtain and furnishing business from home. She now teaches private curtain and blind making lessons. We love having her energy around. 

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JACQUI

Jacqui joined us in 2021 to help run our Quilt Club. She's a fantastic quilter and is the Dorset representative for the Quilters Guild. We all loved her so much she joined the team as a permanent member in 2022. Her smile is contagious and everyone loves her. Jacqui teaches private quilting and patchwork lessons too.

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LEISE

Leise joined us in 2022 to cover clubs. She got stuck in straight away and is definitely already part of the team. Leise runs her own business on the side making gorgeous jersey children's clothes and gifts. We are hoping we can encourage her to teach jersey lessons soon. She's a great addition to the Sew Jessalli team.

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Jessica

Jess isn’t a sewer, she’s an inspiration and a close friend of the family. Jess helps us to create the things we do, and her house is a gallery of everything Jessalli- even the embarrassing first products we used to make!