Buying a sewing machine is a big purchase, and not one you want to rush into. We already have several guides to what factors you should consider when buying a sewing machine on the site here.
In this feature I want to cover the next stage, where to buy your machine once you have an idea of what you are looking for. Sewing machines are specialist pieces of machinery, although high street stores like Argos, Dunelm etc will have a limited selection available you are better off looking at a specialist sewing machine retailer who will not only have a big range to choose from, but will also have the knowledge to help you find the right machine for you.
In an ideal world we would recommend that you find a sewing machine shop near you and go and try out some of your favourite models to help you make your final choice. But not all of us have one nearby so I will cover both bricks and mortar shops and online stores too.
Bamber Sewing Machine Centre
This family run business based in Manchester have been selling sewing machines for 70 years! They are agents for Janome, Brother and Bernina. They have over 50 different sewing machines on display in store which you can go and test out. They also repair and service sewing machines too. Plus all sewing machines they sell come with free and unlimited after sales tuition.
Their sewing machines are also available to buy online too at http://www.bambersew.com/
Exeter Sewing Machine Company
My local sewing machine shop. They sell models from Brother, Bernina, Elna, Husqvarna Viking and Janome to suit all budgets. From beginner sewing machines around the £150 mark up to specialist embroidery machines which cost over £1,000.
They welcome local customers coming to try the machines and discuss their options, plus they also sell their machines online too at http://www.exetersewing.co.uk They also offer repairs, servicing and workshops to help you learn how to use your new machine.
Franklins have multiple shops in Essex, Suffolk and Wiltshire and are one of the largest sewing machine retailers in the UK. They offer free demos, free after sales service and a free lesson to anyone buying a sewing machine from them.
Brand wise they stock the big brands like Bernina, Brother, Janome and Juki but also some lesser known brands like Britannia and Alfa. They also sell overlockers, industrial sewing machines and coverstitch machines all of which are available online or in one of their many stores (find the locations here).
Visit https://franklinsgroup.com/ to find out more about their sewing machine range.
This online only retailer have a huge range of machines from many different manufacturers including Brother, Janome, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking and Elna. They sell sewing machines, overlockers, embellishers and embroidery machines. They run regular offers of their products so keep an eye on their deals section to grab a bargain.
They also sell a good range of sewing machine accessories on their website, such as sewing machine feet, software, extension tables, bobbins and embroidery frames. Find out more at https://www.sewessential.co.uk
Frank Nutt Sewing Machines
Frank Nutt sell pretty much every brand of sewing machine you can think of! Pfaff, Brother, Janome, Juki, Bernina, Singer, Bernette, Elna, Baby Lock Overlockers etc. They also sell long arm machines, second hand machines and ex-demo machines.
They sell a range of sewing machine feet and accessories and also stock the Horn cabinets which are perfectly designed to hold your sewing machine.
Browse their extensive range at: https://www.franknutt.co.uk/
Tudor Rose Patchwork
Tudor Rose sell Janome sewing machines and overlockers as well as Pfaff sewing machines. They also sell sewing machine accessories and sewing furniture. They sell both online and at their shop in Oakley, Bedfordshire.
They also offer sewing machine servicing too. Browse their sewing machines at http://www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk/ or visit them in person in Oakley
If you have your eye on a Bernina, Pfaff or Juki machine then Sew Works are likely to have what you are looking for (including the beautiful Cotton + Steel sewing machines). They sell their machines both online and at their sewing machine centre in Surrey. They also offer repairs and servicing plus you can often find pre-owned sewing machines available from them at a discount.
Find out more at http://www.sewworks.co.uk
Brighton Sewing Centre
Brighton Sewing Centre sell sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery machines from Bernina, Brother and Janome. All their machines come with a free service and after care. You can find their latest offers and sales here.
Their machines are available online or in store. Online they are broken down into categories by use such as quilting machines, embroidery machines, heavy duty etc to help you easily find the right machine for your needs. Visit http://www.brightonsewingcentre.co.uk/ to view their range.
The Little Sewing Company
If you are based in Dorset pop over to Christchurch to view the Berninas and Husqvarna Viking machines available at The Little Sewing Company. They only sell instore but you can see some of their bestselling machines on their website: http://thelittlesewingcompany.com/
They are happy to give advice or demonstrations instore, or you can give them a ring for more information and prices.