We are super proud to be a Bernina Authorised dealer. Even more so as we are the only Bernina Dealer in Nottingham.
In the shop, we have a great range of Bernina Sewing machines on Demonstration. These are the Bernina 770qe, Bernina S570qe and the Bernina 475. These are all available for you to come and have a look at and as I say have a play with.
So if you are thinking about buying a Bernina then please get in touch and have a chat.
I know that a Bernina Sewing machine is an investment and not one that you will rush into, (well you might) which is why we offer a non-pushy approach so if you are just starting out on your “I want to buy a Bernina” or if you have been thinking about it for a while please come in and see us. We will help you and guide you in the right direction and give you the honest advice you need with your purchase. remember that with a Bernina you will remember the quality far long then you remember the price.
We have had a great email from Adjusttoform which we wanted to share with you. We hope it will help you decide on buying or not to buy a dressform which will help your clothes making clothing alterations and I am sure much more.
Why Choose a Dressform?
What is an Adjustable Dressform?
A dressform is a three dimensional model of the torso used for fitting clothing that is being designed and made. Whilst commonly referred to as a ‘Mannequin’, ‘Dressmakers Dummy’, ‘Tailors Form’, or a combination – our dressforms differ from traditional mannequins. (which are commonly just used for displaying garments) by allowing the user to adjust the dressform to reflect their body shape.
Why should I buy one?
Traditionally when making clothes much of the process is done on a flat table, but this does not give you any idea what the garment will look like when it is worn or how it will fit you. There are also many aspects of dressmaking. Such as fitting zips at the back of a dress, creating a level hem or fitting a lining into a jacket that are very difficult unless you have four hands and a head that swivels 360 degrees!
A dressform is the next best option, it gives you the opportunity to work on the garment while it is in its natural shape – keeping both hands free to work on any area of the garment and letting you stand back to see the final effect from all angles.
Here’s our top three reasons for why purchasing a dressform is a great decision:
1. It’s adjustable! – We all know the human body doesn’t stay the same shape (especially during Christmas time) so it’s ideal that you can adjust the dressform to reflect the ever-changing body.
2. It’s affordable! – Professional mannequins can cost up to £1000 for one fixed size. Our products are the perfect option for the home sewing enthusiast combining great quality at a great price.
3. It’s an Adjustoform! – We pride ourselves on producing the majority of our forms in the United Kingdom and set the bar for quality far higher than that of our competitors.
We at Sewing Direct have stock of the Sew Deluxe model. This enables you to tailor trousers as well, therefore, making it a great all-rounder. Click below to find out more and visit our website.
The question we get asked a lot, why do we only sell Gütermann Thread?
Gütermann thread is good quality has a smooth consistency and is reliable compared to other brands and alternatives.
The Thread Test: if you hold out half a meter of thread point it up to the light, in a good quality thread you will see, see a smooth even line.
Whereas with a poor quality thread you will see an uneven line and will appear fluffy and bobbly.
The effects that the thread have on your sewing machine can actually cause problems and it is the fluffy/bobbly bits that start to cause the problems. As you can imagine the more you sew, the more fluff breaks away from the actual thread itself and the inconsistency of the thread will cause the thread to snap.
Over a period of time, all the fluff creates build up and causes problems in the gears and around the whole carrier of your sewing machine, increasing the risk of the machine breaking down or overheating.
There are various threads out there that you can use and it is obviously down to personal choice but it’s always worthwhile investing that little bit extra on the sewing thread in the long-term. You’ll get a more consistent stitch that won’t snap, there for creating a much better sewing experience and finish to your project.
So that’s why we use and recommend Gütermann thread.
4 Reasons to Have Your Sewing Machine Serviced Regularly
For most people who use a sewing machine, this is an investment they cannot do without. It is, therefore, important that you properly maintain the machine. If anything, since the machine can only remain in service for as long as it is able to function.
With proper maintenance, you will be able to have a clean and long lasting machine. But what are the subtle reasons why servicing a sewing machine is important? Read about them below:
Dust and Other Particles
When the sewing machine is left uncovered, it tends to attract dust and other particles such as pet furs. When dust, furs, lint, and other materials find their way into the sewing machine, they can adversely affect the inner working mechanisms. An experience sewing machine maintenance expert should be able to help you keep your machine covered to prevent internal damage. Of course, they know where to get the best covers for your type of machine. Covering your sewing machine is key, especially if you stay for a long time without using the machine.
It is also important that you get into the habit of regularly cleaning your machine after every use. It is not recommended that you use a can of compressed air but a diminutive nylon brush to remove any debris. Don’t apply moisture during this procedure.
A sewing machine has a number of movable parts which brush against each other. If left without oiling, these parts begin to wear and tear because of friction. An experienced maintenance expert knows the type of oil to use when lubricating your machine. If you are unsure please get in contact with us.
Needles Breaking Too Frequently
Never try to use the same needle for all your sewing. This is advice that an experienced service provider will give freely. The type of needle you use depends on the fabric and thread. The major cause of needle breakage is using them for the wrong purpose. Watch out for broken needles are they can cause greater damage to the machine. That is why you should replace your needles after every four hours of continuous sewing.
Other Issues You Cannot Handle Yourself
No matter how much you carefully use the sewing machine, it is still possible to miss a few things. That is why you should call a professional to help you with the service once in a while. It should be someone who understands the mechanics of a sewing machine. After all, you have done your best to take care of the machine. Now allow the professionals to also do their work of checking for things you may have no knowledge they even exist.
When it is time to service your sewing machine, make sure you bring it to us at Sewing Direct. We will direct you to one of our sewing machine repair experts for the best service. One of the other things you should expect from us is impeccable customer service. We have professionally trained sewing machine repair experts to help you.
One question we get asked a lot is are these toy sewing machine worth the money.
Now there are many suppliers out there that do say that they have are an excellent quality sewing machine. Let’s put this into perspective – you have to consider that the suppliers have to put a markup, as do the seller and then the dealer needs their mark up as well. So when you take the actual selling price of around £60.00, how well is this made?
Personally, I feel that £60.00 is a very high rate for these kinds of sewing machines. I’ve not seen many of them work very well and the problem is when they don’t work well, the actual cost to fix them is always going to be around the price you have paid for the item. As I am the mechanic in our shop at the moment, I see a lot of students buying these machines. Yes, they are small, and yes, they can work well. But longevity wise, is it worth spending your £60.00 on this?
It is my belief when you are buying your sewing machine that you should always buy a sewing machine that does too much, the main reason being there is never any regret with functionality, you never really hear anyone say that they wish they have brought a machine that does less. Yes, there will be things on the machine that you don’t know how to use but it always best to grow into a machine.
That said if you are looking for a simple machine that can get you started, which is small enough not to take up so much room, which can make projects and alter household items, then you are far better off buying a compact sewing machine. We have some great examples in the links below of what we mean. All a little bit more than the others but as you will see they start from £99.00.
Ok, I know what you are saying, but that is more than £60.00 Duncan. Yes, you are right it is more. However, these sewing machines are SEWING MACHINES, and they are built to sew and be used. They have proper components in and, more importantly, if you decide that this not for you, you can sell it and make some money back.
Now that said, what we offer our customers is a part exchange scheme. So if you buy a simple machine and then within a year you decide that you want a better one, we will part exchange your machine for a new sewing machine. There are a few things we needed to take into account with this but get in touch if you any questions.
I have also been known to do this if you have not brought the machine from us. Cheeky I know but we do have lots of options.
You should have 100% peace of mind that if you have any questions or any problems you have got our full support, so please do get in touch.
Have a chat with us for a discount code as well?? 😉
We started with the Launch of our new website, which I am sure you agree is a massive difference and should make your buying experience a whole lot better.
We then go nominated for Singer Dealer of the month and will have an article in sew magazine, which I am sure you will agree is a fantastic achievement and great to have some recognization for our hard work paying off.
We have also been in talks to become a Prym premier store, which we will start to see in place in July.
I have recently had my ancient manual Singer sewing machine serviced and I have just used... it for the first time . It has never worked as nicely as this! Thank you very much.
The shop is not hard to find and parking is literally outside. The gentleman who served me who I assume is the proprietor was very helpful and lifted the machine out of my car for me and eventually back into it as it’s too heavy for me these days. So all things considered I’m very pleased I chose this shop to service my machine .read more
Went to look at sewing machines as I am planning to buy one but have zero sewing... experience. Duncan was super friendly and patiently guided me through the different sewing machines available - a nice range is available at the shop - explaining to me some of the basic stuff and the various features coming with the different models. I still haven't decided what I would like to buy but this was still really helpful. Definitely recommend this shop.read more
Excellent service, wanted a concealed zipper foot plus 4mm rolled hem foot for my much... loved 'vintage' Bernina 830. Both feet identified and arrived 48hrs later. All done from my armchair.
Thank you.read more
My partner wanted to replace an old singer slant machine he had. He saw a Singer... Confidence 7463 on Sewing Directs website but didn't know if it would be right for him. He contacted the shop. The man was polite, friendly & so helpful. He said the machine was easy to use & even ok for beginners. My partner decided to buy the machine. The man even took time to take the address & payment details over the phone.
Straight away we got delivery details & that FedEx would be delivering 48hrs later, that is exactly what happened. From start to finnish it was excellent service, we can not fault it. We would highly recommend the shop & would not hesitate to use them again.
Thank you Sewing Direct for a streamlined shopping experience. Excellent.read more
I emailed before I visited, as I had a vintage sewing machine that needed repairing and... wanted to make sure they could get the appropriate parts. The response from the shop was quick, and the man I spoke with was really helpful. I managed to get my repair done in an hour, which was amazing, as was in a rush for it. I'd absolutely recommend this place to anyone!read more
Liaised with Duncan to order a sewing machine for a gift. He simplified the process and... put me on to a product that more than fits the bill. There were a few challenges outside his control with postage, which he communicated with me throughout. First class service - easy recommend. 5 stars.read more
The team helped me with a query, I was looking for a sewing machine foot and was unable... to find this. The team took the time to research my query, provide the exact information I needed and explained how to obtain the part.
I am very grateful for the help offered upon immediate receipt of my query and the effort taken to answer my question so fully. I would highly recommend Sewing Direct.read more
I had an awesome experience when going to buy my first sewing machine! :) It was lovely... to meet Duncan and I value his advice and knowledge on the products and taking me through the machines and even letting me try them out before the purchase. I definitely will be going back!read more
Purchased from these good people the Jaguar 1015DF Overlocker. I discovered a couple of... very minor problems so I emailed them explaining the problem. Not expecting a reply for some time I was amazed to see they answered within an hour. And my problems were solved immediately. Their customer service goes over the extra mile and you can buy with confidence in the knowledge you will be looked after.read more
Always very helpful when I go in.
I am new to seeing and they've taught me alot and are... never afraid to give me advice!
They never trick you into buying anything you don't need (like many other shops do) and they even recommend stuff to you that they dont supply because they are more bothered about helping you than making quick money and taking advantage.
Thank you very much for the great customer service!read more
Fantastic experience especially considering how busy this type of shop is right now. ... Would highly recommend shopping here as the service was better than anywhere else I've dealt with of late...read more
Discussed the cost and practicalities of leaving my Bernina sewing machine with Duncan at... Sewing direct whilst I was away, before I left. Duncan kept me up to date with costs of replacement parts and clarified costings with me before going ahead. Machine ready on my return from my trip, and my Bernina sounds well cared for and smooth once again. Thank you, Duncan. Helen Lread more
I am so happy that they helped me to fix my sewing machine freely by chatting via... Messanger , they spent long time giving me instructions to fix it. They are professional and very supportive. Highly recommended. Contact them and you will be more than happy.read more
I wouldn't trust my forty years old Bernina sewing machine to just anybody. It came back... from its SewingDirect service as good as it was the day I first bought it....thank you for your care!read more
Couldn't ask for better service, Duncan was extremely efficient and helpful throughout my... purchase, I am extremely happy with my machine and will definitely be a returning customer as I am now looking for additional feet for my Bernina.read more
Very friendly and efficient service. Although I’ve not put my machine fully through it’s... paces it’s running much better already.
The whole process of dropping off the machine and collection was very easy. I really appreciated the email updates as I was overseas while it was being serviced.read more
Brilliant and personal service. Nothing was too much trouble and Duncan was very... helpful, even carying my machine out to my car!. You are now my chosen service provider for my Bernina! Thank you.read more
The Sewing and Knitting Centre did a long overdue service on my rather ancient sewing... machine and did a marvelous job. I used my machine for the first time today and it really purred along where before it was definitely clattering along! They kept me well informed with the progress of the service and it was ready before the promised time. An advantage is the easy parking outside or in adjacent streets. Would recommend them.read more
Was able to park right outside the shop. Was very satisfied with the service and repair... of my Bernina sewing machine. Helpful, polite and friendly communication with Duncan. Would recommend this service to others. Thank you Duncan.read more
My 40 + years singer machine had stopped working for me but after SewingDirect replaced... some parts & serviced it for me it's running like a dream. So pleased I found this little gem of a shop in Beeston who also stock all sewing needs & knitting wool.read more
I found Duncan at Sewing Direct to be extremely helpful and generous in helping me find a... particular set of Dinosaur fat quarters I wanted to purchase. Despite them being out of stock everywhere he was able to source a pack from his suppliers and gave me a 10% discount code. This code turned out to be a £10 off code instead and rather than expecting me to pay more towards my purchase he very generously honoured the £10 off. I would thoroughly recommend Duncan and his company for going above and beyond to help me. This is definitely a business worth going back to again and again.read more
Duncan at the sewing and knitting centre was always just a click away if I needed any... assistance. Yarn came very quick and was vacuum packed for ease of posting. I have not used it yet but colours are spot on as to sample shown on website. They also do fabric which looks tempting. I would highly recommend this company.read more
A very good service. They were happy to spend time helping me find what I wanted even... though I was only looking for some thread. If you need to repair the sail on your sailing dinghy, this is the place to come.read more