The Great British Sewing Bee is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced world

Sometimes it's worth forgoing life hacks and speedy shortcuts, says Ellie Walker-Arnott


We are an impatient nation. We have become accustomed to instant gratification and quick fixes. We are constantly moving (in our heads at least) on to the next thing, thought, trend…


And manufacturers are our enablers, forever coming up with products to save us time. Spice blends, pre-spiralised vegetables, shower gel that is also a moisturiser, polish that is practically dry before it even hits your nails, diet pills that promise instant flat stomachs.

Naturally, we want a high quality outcome, just as long as it doesn’t take too long to achieve it. Why sweat when there’s an app, a Google search or a “life hack” that’ll minimise the effort?

But The Great British Sewing Bee? Well, it might just be the antidote we didn’t know we needed.

This brand of Bake Off-style telly really winds down the pace. It’s something to do with the jolly setting, sweeping camera angles, gentle presenting and wholesome competitors.

And while we unthinkingly reach for something new to keep us entertained when life isn’t moving quickly enough – iPads, smart phones, anything with a bright back light and a wifi connection – these eager home sewers need incredible patience and focus if they want their seams to line up and their zips to run smoothly.

You can’t be checking WhatsApp or updating your Instagram while your foot’s at the pedal of a sewing machine.

That’s why the Sewing Bee is a pertinent reminder that it takes concentration, thought, effort and, most importantly, time to really create something beautiful and innovative.

We might have learned to equate the word ‘slow’ with lazy or stupid but sometimes it’s worth forgoing the life hacks and speedy shortcuts.

Go for the quick fix here and you’ll be out of the competition.


The Great British Sewing Bee starts tonight at 9:00pm on BBC1