Support Your Local Sewing Shop
Need some sewing supplies for your heavy-duty sewing machine? Can we encourage you to shop locally?
Globalisation means there are fewer sewing and haberdashery stores than there once were. Fifty or 60 years ago, it would have been commonplace for every town to have a shop that sold supplies for sewing machines, heavy-duty sewing machines and regular ones.
Most households would have had at least one person who knew how to sew, and clothes were mended and repaired or created from scratch. Local sewing and haberdashery shops catered to their needs – you could stock up on all kinds of fabric and materials, needles, thread, zippers, buttons, pins and more.
Sadly, many of these shops are long gone. It’s had to be an independent shop these days, as rents are so expensive, but those few sewing and haberdashery stores that survive are a delight.
There’s something about the smell of a haberdashery shop that is nostalgic. It’s a distinct aroma, the smell of cotton and large swathes of material waiting to be cut up to the customer’s requirement. (And there is also something special about watching someone cut that material, the skill they use to cut it so quickly and cleanly.)
The best shops are usually staffed by people who are sewing enthusiasts themselves and can give you plenty of advice and help with your own project. You’ll find patterns, unusual materials which will make your own project 100 percent unique, and beautiful buttons that can add zing to an existing coat or jacket.
Some local shops even offer sewing lessons – and if you’ve just bought your heavy-duty sewing machines and you are at a bit of a loss as to how to use it, we can’t recommend these lessons highly enough. Another bonus of lessons is that you will meet other sewing enthusiasts, and those friendships are likely to last beyond the classes. After all, you’ll probably want to meet up with your new friends to discuss ongoing projects or show off your stuff when it’s finished.
Because we specialise in the sale of the heavy-duty sewing machine (as well as refurbished sewing machines and second-hand models), the ethos of shopping at small, independent sewing and haberdashery shops sits well with us. You might have to travel a little bit out of your area to find one near you, but go on. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!