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, Juki 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/
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 available online or at their shop in Kings Heath, Birmingham at: https://www.franknutt.co.uk/
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. They also sell Horn sewing cabinets too.
Find out more at http://www.sewworks.co.uk
Leicestershire Craft Centre
Based in Market Harborough and selling online, Leicestershire Craft Centre are Brother agents for their range of sewing machines, embroidery machines and accessories. They can order any of their machines, accessories and parts for you and have display models in store for you to test-drive.
When you buy a machine, they offer a free tutorial showing you how to set up and use your machine successfully, plus ongoing support should you need it and this can currently be done virtually. See details of their machines https://www.leicestershirecraftcentre.co.uk/index.asp
Aberdeen Sewing Machines
Based in Aberdeen and selling from their shop or online, Aberdeen Sewing strive to provide customers with the best deals online & in store. They sell a huge range of machines and accessories including Janome, Elna, Juki, Pfaff, Viking, Silver Viscount, Bernina & Toyota.
Pay a visit to their website here for the latest deals and information https://aberdeensewing.com/