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WorkinCT: Sew Inspired in Simsbury

The Simsbury store is packed with supplies. "We have probably about 4,000 bolts of fabric,” said owner Vivian Lazich.

SIMSBURY, Conn. — It has been a tough year for many, but for some, it’s also opened up a door to more time for hobbies like sewing and quilting!

“This is not work for me, I adore coming to work,” says Sew Inspired Quilt Shop employee, Gina Finch.

The Simsbury store is packed with supplies. "We have probably about 4,000 bolts of fabric,” said owner Vivian Lazich.

Lazich says once you walk into her shop the possibilities are endless, “There’s just no shortage of different things that you can do with this hobby.”

If you’re new to it all, don’t worry! There are books, classes, online courses, but first, you have to make sure you have the basics. “You need to tool up for the job, there’s, like any hobby, a number of tools involved. Not just your sewing machine. some basic things, to cut with, to measure with.”

Lazich says sewing and quilting can be a great escape, “It should be a relaxing hobby, it’s something that you should have fun with so we don’t stress about perfection here

Lazich says the hobby has become especially popular among younger generations since the start of the pandemic, “In the 15 years that we’ve been in business the average age of the quilter has gone down a little bit, so this isn’t your grandmother's hobby so much anymore.”

Better Homes and Garden’s Quilt Sampler Magazine recently named Sew Inspired one of the top 10 quilting shops in America!

“It’s like a candy store, every time I come in, the different fabrics and the people that we get to work with is just terrific,” says Finch.