Winner of the 'Best of Social Change' award by Made in Brunel.
ToSew is an app which works alongside a simplified sewing machine, with the aim of encouraging upcycling and sustainable clothing behaviours. The ToSew machine helps reduce the learning time required to start mastering this skill. This is achieved by offering only one stitch type, a clear threading path and a larger working space to allow for ease of use. An accelerometer on the machine’s needle records the user’s time spent sewing by detecting when the needle is moving. This information is relayed back to the user through the app. Competitions between friends and the community can take place, and trophies can be won.
The app acts as a social media-based platform allowing the community to share designs and help each other directly. The app also provides education surrounding clothing sustainability; helping with buying, washing, upcycling and disposing of clothing.