Janome UK

William Gee Haberdashery

Fabworks online –  but of course you can always visit the Fabworks Mill shop in Dewsbury – Make sure your purse can stand it!

The Sewing forum:

Minerva Crafts (great for patterns!)

Eastman Staples – Sew to Go:

People often ask me where is the best place to buy a sewing machine, so I have provided some useful links here.

Janome UK

If you are a sewing machine virgin and don’t know where to begin, I would definitely recommend John Lewis. They have a good range of machines and an excellent advice and after-sales service. they also offer tuition on your chosen model! I bought my first new Brother machine form them 20 years ago, and its still going strong! Here is a link to their buyers guide:

If your are in or near Huddersfield the Arcade sewing machine shop in the Imperial Arcade is excellent. You will receive a personal service and expert advice to suit your individual needs. They will also service any machine you have. You might pay a little more, but for many people its worth it for the peace of mind and the free tuition!  Howden’s are also very good. I used them to service our school machines when I was a school  teacher. Both of the above sell reconditioned machines, which is a good way to get a high spec machine at a price which wont break the bank!

If you are confident that you know what you want and happy to buy online I would recommend Sewing Machines Direct. They have a really good range, from very basic to super duper all singing and dancing machines, embroidery machines, over lockers, parts and accessories. You also get a free set of scissors and lots of threads in a good selection of colours with every purchase! If you need to speak to someone there is always somebody there to phone who will help you make your final decision.

The models we use in class are similar to the Janome J3 24

and the Husqvarna H Class E20