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As you may have guessed, at ‘Mad on Sewing’, we really are mad on sewing!

I’m Manuela and I head up our mad team of three.

Together with Sarolta and Sue, we have oodles of years of sewing experience between us.




In the beginning …

I’m a self-confessed fabric addict.

My passion stems from the moment my beloved ‘Oma’ (my grandma) made an exquisite outfit for my favourite doll when I was just five years old. The mottled shades of turquoise and emerald jostling with the deepest of blues transformed my little companion into an absolute superstar, the envy of all.

‘Oma’ continued to supply me and my dolls with dazzling dresses and gorgeous garments for many years, working on an ancient treadle machine; testament to that generation’s relentless determination and ‘make do and mend’ resourcefulness. Fast forward and my passion for fabric has only intensified with each passing year.

The kaleidoscopic blaze created by a stunning display of vibrant fabrics never fails to take my breath away; transporting me on a journey of endless possibilities.

Grand designs

I first set out as M-Design Curtains in 2007. My business grew very quickly and I progressed to my first studio in Gloucester in 2010, moving into two new studios in the Lansdown industrial estate in 2011 to better serve my ever-increasing list of customers. I started my sewing school in 2009 and we now have a dedicated classroom on the shop premises.

Sue joined me in 2014, followed by Sarolta in 2015. ‘SEW’ by M-Design Sewing Studio opened in 2017 at which point we rebranded, calling our online presence ‘Mad on Sewing’ which aptly reflects our passion, personalities and values. We really are cut from the same cloth.

Our crafting credentials

I’m accredited and certified in a host of specialist skills including:

City and Guilds in Soft Furnishing and Design

City and Guilds Fashion, Pattern and Cutting and Design

Machine embroidery and Design

City and Guilds in Millinery

Sarolta has been sewing for boutiques and alteration services for many years. She has a certificate in sewing fashion items from Hungary. Her work is truly exceptional. Sue is self-taught. She is an absolute perfectionist at her craft and never fails to impress.

We all make sure we keep right on trend by attending online courses as and when we can. This means you really are in safe hands with us and shows just how much pride we take in our craft to ensure our creations are truly flawless and finished to perfection.

How to find us

Serving Cheltenham, Gloucester and the surrounding area, we are located on the Gloucester Road in Cheltenham, just opposite the train station.

We look forward to welcoming you to ‘SEW!’ By M-Design Sewing studio. Manuela, Sarolta, Sue The Mad on Sewing team

Customer reviews
Customer reviews
Curtain alterations I needed curtains taken up. This was done to a high standard. I’m very pleased with the work and with the service.
I would certainly recommend SEW by M-Design Sewing Studio to anyone. ...
shortening curtains
curtain shortening
— Tuesday 07th Jul 2020 SheilaI-9
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15 Oct 2020
Very good. Excellent result. Always speedy. Highly recommended.
— JuliaC-35
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Excellent Quality and Service I needed 4 x curtains joined to make 2 curtains and then both interlined and with reinforced webbing. I have had curtains made from scratch before but they were never of such high quality sewing as these were, and using M Design saved me hundreds of ££s. Delighted!
floral chenile fabric
— Sharon_W on yell.com
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Good place to learn or improve your sewing I have been attending Manuela’s sewing course for about 9 months and have learnt loads. It’s a very friendly place to go and under Manuela’s tuition I have now learned how to do things prop... view more
— Monday 09th Mar 2020 Charlie61 on yell.com
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Sewing classes for beginners upwards After completing the six week beginners sewing course with Manuela at M-Design Sewing Studio several months ago, I continued my once weekly 2 hour sessions to develop my skills. I started from absolute beginner and am already almost at intermediate level. I've made several garments in class and independently based on the sewing advice and guidance that I have received over the past few months. I would recommend this class for anyone interested in sewing, either to learn the basics, to improve their skills or even as a social evening class. The shop also boasts an impressive range of fabrics, at very reasonable prices and an extensive haberdashery that you can browse or ask for advice on.
Carly's first sewing class makes: tote bag and make-up bag
— Thursday 07th May 2020 CarlyD-48 on yell.com
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Excellent Seamstress, Beautiful Fabrics I spent 3-4 years attending sewing lessons here covering everything from learning how to use my machine and basic stitching to patchwork, machine embroidery, applique, etc. Manuela is an extremely experienced seamstress and when it came to adjusting my wedding dress I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else.
It’s well worth a visit here for alterations, material or to learn how to sew yourself.
Highly recommended
hot water bottle covers
— Friday 08th May 2020 BethK-34 on yell.com
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A hidden gem by the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station!! So helpful, always polite and easy going. Great workmanship with the most difficult of projects that other seamstresses turned down! Cannot recommend them enough. Great sewing courses too!Highly recommend!
clothing alterations rack
clothes alteration
— Saturday 13rd Jun 2020 ChloeE-46
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Lovely Craftmanship I ordered some face masks, they are beautifully made and arrived quickly.
musical facemask
musical facemask
— Saturday 18th Jul 2020 RachaelW-156
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Good quality service very pleased with the results. Excellent friendly service. Beautiful job on my curtains and helpful advice on the heading tape. I also had a pair of jeans altered, nice job too. I would recommend
— Saturday 18th Jul 2020 JulieK-255
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Excellent Have just bought face masks made by this Company. Very pleased with them, great colours and the quality of the masks is good. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Definitely use them again.
Christmas facemask
— Wednesday 22nd Jul 2020 CarolJ-166
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Arm caps and cushion covers. "Sew" have made new arm caps for my sofas using the originals as patterns, and material that I provided. The work was done to a very high standard and I am more than pleased with the results. The work was carried out speedily. They have previously made cushion covers for me, again to a very high standard. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
— Saturday 01st Aug 2020 SusanG-400 on yell.com
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Exceptional service Manuela was very helpful and fully discussed what was needed in making me six box covers for dinning chairs. These were made to the highest standard and I would not hesitate to recommend her services.
fitted seat cushion covers
— Wednesday 07th Oct 2020 BerylC-29 on yell.com
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Love these Ladies Just had 2 dresses altered by these lovely ladies. Efficient & professional. They have altered sequinned dresses for me and put cups in a backless dress.
I Recommend them highly.
dress alterations
— Wednesday 07th Oct 2020 JulieK-269 on Yell.com
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Speedy response to very special order My challenge was to find a nice looking hat to wear while undergoing chemo with the resulting hair loss. I also wanted a matching mask so I could wear the ensemble for visits to the hospitalfor treatment. So the mask had to be comfortable and functional, to attach easily (elastic with buttons on the hat to give my ears a rest). The hat needed to cover my head, but look normal, be comfortable, with a tie at the back to adjust the fitting as my hair would not provide any grip. All of this was achieved quickly, without any adjustments necessary, and I am delighted with the result! I was given a choice of materials, and the way that the material was used made a very pretty hat that I am proud to wear into the hospital or anywhere, without feeling that I stand out too much for the wrong reasons. My friends all like the hat, and I feel good about myself wearing it - which is quite an achievement. The price was very reasonable given the bespoke nature of my request. So full marks to SEW
— Thursday 08th Oct 2020 MaryP-217 on yell.com
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Big curtains! Found Manuella on google...she did a fab job on lengthening and shortening 2 sets of very large curtains! And in super quick time too! Put them up in our new house yesterday! Would highly recommend her and no doubt will be back there for more! Very happy bunny!
— Saturday 10th Oct 2020 EmmaR-654 on yell.com
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Great! Very good. Excellent result. Always speedy. Highly recommended.
— Thursday 15th Oct 2020 JuliaC-35
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Excellent workmanship Manuella and crew have done work for my tailoring business for a few years now and the work has always been top quality. These are £1000 suits I'm talking about. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sew to anyone, in fact I've often sent enquiries their way
— Wednesday 21st Oct 2020 RichardC-2613
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Fantastic Service Fantastic service. Manuela beautifully, quickly and professionally altered trousers, shirt and jacket. Very reasonable prices for very high quality work. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and will be using again myself. Thank you SEW
— Friday 23rd Oct 2020 RebeccaW-506 on yell.com
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SEW good I have used them for years and their work is always high quality and I have recommended them to numerous friends.
— Friday 11st Dec 2020 RichardN-297 on yell.com
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Review of alterations Excellent service, skill-full and creative too. Highly recommended
— Tuesday 22nd Dec 2020 LouiseO-122
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Excellent Manuela and her team did a great job of refurbishing two pairs from a huge single pair of thickly lined silk curtains. They carefully worked it all out so removed a section of damaged fabricwhilst keeping the width I needed. The finished result looks amazing. Thank you!
— Wednesday 27th Jan 2021 SarahE-433 on yell.com
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Simply the best dressmaker! Manuela is quite frankly a creative genius and not only copied a dress I love but made me a far superior one that fits me perfectly! Her mastery of materials and skill at dressmaking is evid... view more
— Author's name AnnabelA-12 Friday 10th Sep 2021
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couldn’t recommend sew more ‘SEW’ did my dress that I had completely ripped and they made it look brand new again!! Could not recommend more. Thank you so much SEW!!!!
— Author's name JessT-92 Thursday 15th Jul 2021
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Wedding Dress Alterations The team at Sew! are super friendly and really talented. They knew just what to do to make the wedding dress fit like a glove. Thank-you!
— Author's name SandraS-508 Saturday 29th May 2021
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