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Lynda

LIKES TO SEW: Children’s clothes

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Age
57
Hometown
Wales
Occupation
Learning Support Assistant

Lynda grew up surrounded by sewing machines and fabric because her mum was a tailoress. She remembers sewing classes in school where she stormed ahead of the other children, making dresses at the age of 10 while the rest were still grasping the basics. She prides herself on her ability to fit clothes “because I’ve had to tackle my own voluptuous figure for years”.

Part Portuguese, part Indian, part Welsh Lynda was born able to hear, but throughout her teens and early 20s developed difficulty hearing which was finally diagnosed as nerve deafness at age 23. She became a role model in a scheme for deaf children in Wales to persuade families that being deaf didn’t close the door to opportunities in life. She hopes that appearing on the Sewing Bee will inspire other deaf and disabled people. Lynda can lip read and has a signer in the sewing room to support her when needed.

Lynda recently moved from Wales to West Sussex to be closer to her daughter. She works in a school where she assists a deaf boy with Down’s Syndrome. She dreams of running her own haberdashery and café with her eldest daughter, where she could embrace all her creative hobbies – and chat to people all day.

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Not enough fabric!

In the semi-finals Lynda make an awful realisation.