“ Brand: John Lewis / Type: Sewing „
I'm currently doing an evening class in beginners dressmaking, and when I first started the course I got kitted out with all the equipment I thought I might need, and some I just liked the look of. Although I have bought a lovely vintage wooden sewing tin, I was looking for a sturdy metal tin I could take with me each week, as I didn't want to be carting anything too heavy round or risk getting my main one damaged.
I spotted this tin in John Lewis, and thought it was perfect in terms of size and durability. It cost £7 and was described as "medium" in size, with a smaller tin in the same range being available for just £4. The pattern on the tin is made up of horizontal rows of pins, scissors and buttons. The smaller tin is slightly different in that it has a pattern on the top to break up the rows of pattern, but the pattern round the edges of the smaller tin are the same as this tin, so in theory you could buy both and have them as matching tins for different purposes. The design looks very vintage/retro in style.
The tin is rectangular in shape, and measures 23cm by 19cm. It is 5.5cm high and has a lid which just slots on top in the same way your Christmas chocolate tins do, so it's nice and secure. There's no danger of anything sneaking out of this tin by accident which is important when you're carrying things like pins and needles.
The tin is perfectly sized for storing my sewing essentials. I can easily fit a large pair of scissors, various threads, tape measure, pin cushion, pins, needles, and other bits and bobs in here, without having to rummage too much to find what I'm looking for. I try not to overfill it because I only use it to store what I need for my college class, rather than carrying round more than I need each week. I imagine if I didn't have another sewing box, this would be perfectly adequate to store my basic equipment.
In terms of sturdiness, I have noticed the tin has taken a bit of a dent where it must have been knocked during transportation. I'm not too precious about it because this is why I chose a metal tin, but it's a bit annoying each time I see it as it's quite a pretty tin and it's a shame to spoil it. The other slightly annoying thing about the tin is that it's quite noisy when things rattle round, for example when I'm going round corners in the car, but maybe that's my fault for not filling it as much as I could. I obviously need to buy more stuff to fill it....
Overall, I would recommend this tin as a practical yet pretty storage solution for your craft or sewing supplies, and it would also make a cute gift for anyone embarking on a hobby in the crafting or sewing world.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)