The 5th Virtual Repair Cafe

Our Virtual Repair Cafe returned in November. You can catch up with the first event from November 5th below.

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The Virtual Repair Cafe is back!

Virtial Repair Cafe is back

We hoped to have our Repair Cafes back across the Sheffield area by now. However the recent rise in Coronavirus cases has forced us to rethink our plans. So with no physical events until cases of the virus are substantially reduced (which we now estimate to be March 2021 at the earliest) we have decided to bring back our Virtual Repair Cafe using the ‘Zoom’ meeting platform.

Our team of fixers will be live every Thursday evening between 7-8pm to offer advice on doing your own repairs, share stories of things they have fixed and generally encourage everyone to use some of their lockdown time to repair studd they might otherwise have thrown away.

To join our events you will need either a smartphone or a computer with a webcam and microphone.

If you have the Zoom app already installed then goto meeting number 8069994444

If you don’t have the app then goto and enter meeting number 8069994444 there. You will need an up to date web browser for the Zoom platform to work fully.

Alternatively you can join the meeting by clicking this link:

PLEASE NOTE: When joining one of our events you will enter into a Zoom waiting room. The event moderator will admit you to the event as soon as possible. The event will be recorded for later use on our social media, website and video sharing platforms such as YouTube etc. By joining the event you are giving your permission for your image and contributions to the event to be used in this way.

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Vintage Singer Restoration

There may not have been a physical Repair Cafe since March, but that doesn’t mean we’ve not been busy fixing stuff. The picture above is a special table to fit a vintage Singer sewing machine. It came from E-Bay in a pretty beaten up state with a lot of scratches, a flaking finish and one of it’s screw-on legs completely missing. Andy is now restoring both the table and sewing machine, after which it will probably be for sale to help fund the next rescue project.

Watch this space for an update soon.

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Trailer restored

It was one of our bigger repair and restoration projects. Last Sunday this all-steel box trailer rolled back onto the road after a year long refurbishment.

Originally a drab red oxide colour, after a lot of welding on the underframe and some repairs to rusty holes in the wheel arches, it now wears a smart blue and cream livery inspired by Sheffield’s pre-war trams.

New Landrover light fittings have been installed and everything has been completely re-wired. The re-wiring even extended into the towing van to rectify an annoying intermittent fault on the cable to the towbar. Nasty and unreliable plastic crimp connectors have been replaced wires which are now held together with a ‘Nasa splice’ and cables that were only just long enough have been extended to make them easier to work on in the future.

The paint was applied by brush, using traditional coach painting techniques. A layer of rust inhibiting red oxide was followed by white undercoat, then two or three top coats of gloss and finally a protective layer of varnish.

A new wooden deck for the front end was made from an old piece of plywood, stained with mahogany wood stain then varnished witb a high gloss yach varnish from the pound shop.

Finally a new brake cable was fitted and adjusted.

Further work will include the fabrication and fitting of a roof rack and the painting of the inside.


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Report from the 4th Virtual Repair Cafe

Our 4th Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. We will be continuing with these weekly events until the current UK lockdown is over. If you would like to join us, you can get involved by opening the Zoom app and entering meeting number 806 999 4444 from 11am onwards every Saturday morning.

Below is a recording of what happened last Saturday.

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Report from the 3rd Virtual Repair Cafe

Our 3rd Virtual repair cafe took place last Saturday. Sewing took something of a front seat for this one, with Jess finding a new use for old socks and Andy discovering more about a vintage tin full of sewing machine attachments he got in an auction lot some time ago. You can watch the full video below.

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Report from the 2nd Virtual Repair Cafe

Our second Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. It turned out to be a day of clocks and mobile phones, proving that our team of fixers are as busy as ever, even during the lockdown. See the video from the event below. Also, remember you can join our next Virtual Repair Cafe on Saturday 18th April from 11am.

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Report from the 1st Virtual Repair Cafe

Our first ever Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. It proved to be quite popular, so we’re going to keep doing them, every Saturday, at least until the lockdown is over. Click on the video below to see what happened.

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Virtual Repair Cafe goes weekly

Following the success of our first ever Virtual Repair Cafe last Saturday, I’m pleased to announce this online event will now become a regular feature, which will take place for at least an hour every Saturday morning from 11am (UK time).

To join us, all you need is the Zoom app, running on either a computer, tablet or smartphone. You will also need a microphone (and possibly headphones)  together with a webcam if your device doesn’t have built in camera.

All you have to do is join the meeting on Zoom and get involved. There is no password, just enter neeting number 806 999 4444.

So show us your broken stuff and our team of fixers will advise you on how it can be repaired. We can even help you to fix your stuff live while you’re with us.

If you can’t wait until Saturday for your fix of fixing, then we will be uploading the recording from our previous Virtual Repair Cafe very soon.

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Virtual Repair Cafe SATURDAY 5th APRIL

We are pleased to be able to announce our first Virtual Repair Cafe will be taking place online this Saturday on the Zoom app between 11am and 12 noon. To join us you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with the zoom app installed (get it at Once you have the app installed on your device simply enter the meeting number 8069994444. You don’t need to enter a password. You can connect to the event by voice only or can join us by video call. We hope to be able to record the event and make a video available afterwards on our website and both and

The idea is that out team of fixers will be able to give you advice on doing your own repairs and teach new skills. We also hope it will be a great social event, so please feel free to join us even if you haven’t currently got anything that needs to be repaired.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us here.

See you on Saturday,

The Repair Cafe team

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