This article about buying a sewing machine from a local shop is written by Valerie Clabburn. Valerie worked for Viking Sewing Machines for five years and her role involved selling Pfaff and Husqvarna sewing machines and providing education and support to sewing machine businesses across the South West of the UK and in Ireland. She now runs her own business, Valerie Stitch, designing and selling creative kits to sew at home.
Why should you buy a sewing machine or overlocker from a physical shop rather than online? Here are some of the reasons why:
Hands-On Experience: When you visit a physical shop, you can see and touch the sewing machines in person. This allows you to get a better sense of the machine’s size, weight, build quality, and features. You can also try out the controls and test how they feel, which can be crucial in making an informed decision.
Expert Assistance: In a brick-and-mortar store, you have the advantage of interacting with knowledgeable sales people who can provide you with personalised advice. They can guide you through the available options, discuss your sewing needs, and recommend the best machine for your skill level and projects.
Comparison Shopping: Being able to see multiple sewing machines side by side in a shop makes it easier to compare their features, capabilities, and specifications. This hands-on comparison can help you make a more informed choice based on your specific requirements.
Immediate Availability: When you purchase from a physical store, you can take the sewing machine home immediately, without having to wait for shipping. This is particularly useful if you’re in a hurry to start a sewing project.
Ease of Returns and Exchanges: Dealing with returns or exchanges can often be simpler when you buy from a physical shop. You can easily bring the machine back to the store if you encounter any issues, and they might be able to assist you more quickly compared to the process of returning or exchanging an item online.
Local Support: If you experience any technical problems with the sewing machine, having purchased it from a local store means you might have easier access to repairs and support services. Some local shops offer workshops, classes, and maintenance services to help you get the most out of your sewing machine.
Delivery: Large and heavy items like sewing machines can sometimes be cumbersome to ship. By buying from a physical store, you eliminate the risk of shipping damage and the need to deal with potentially complicated return or exchange processes due to shipping issues.
Building Relationships: Establishing a rapport with a local sewing machine shop can lead to valuable connections in the sewing community. You might gain access to sewing groups, classes, and events that can enhance your sewing skills and enjoyment.
While buying from a physical shop definitely has its advantages, online shopping can have upsides too. It can be quicker, with a wider range of choices, and the convenience of shopping from home. Also some people do not have sewing machine shops nearby. Find out more about buying a sewing machine online here.
The decision ultimately depends on your personal preferences, priorities, and the level of comfort you have with the purchasing process.
Seek out a physical sewing machine specialist in your area:
Sewing Machine World – Norfolk
Frank Nutt Sewing Machines – Birmingham
Sew-Works – Surrey
Bamber Sewing Machines – Manchester
Jaycotts – Chester
Search for other businesses who sell sewing machines on our Directory below.
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