Special Offers on Sewing Machines

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The Christmas period is hotting up now (or cooling down to be more precise) and we’re getting a lot of visits from customers wanting to have a closer look at our lovely range of Brother sewing machines. From the most basic models all the way up to the huge and extravagant embroidery and sewing combi machines, we’ve got plenty to offer – but this week we thought we’d show case some of the special offers we’ve got on a range of our machines.

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The Innovis 15 ex-display machine is a great basic digital model that feature a great variety of stitches and extra features, perfect for the beginner. Nice and easy to use, the ‘jog dial’ makes it very simple to select stitches you require quickly, and needle threading is complete in no time thanks to the built-in needle threader. With the LCD screen you can see at a glance information about the stitch width and length. Choose from 16 different stitches, including three different buttonholes, all of which will give a professional looking finish. Was £249.00, now £175.00. Only one available with this offer – ready to take home today!

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The Innovis 27SE is another ex-display we have for sale in the Christmas period, and it features a great range of functions for the newbie or experienced sewer. An electronic ‘jog dial’ provides fingertip control to easily choose from 50 stitch patterns, including five different buttonholes. A fantastic backlit LCD screen allows you to see at a glance information about the which stitch you are using and the electronically controlled functions allow you to adjust the stitch sizes in a simple way. Automatic needle threading and quick set bobbin also make it easy to get started on each sewing project. Was £349.00, now £249.00. Only one available with this offer – ready to take home today!

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Feel like you need a machine that is a step up from the rest? The combi embroidery and sewing machine Innovis F480 could be the answer to your Christmas dreams. The Innov-is F480 is the ideal machine for sewing and embroidery projects alike. Packed with features and a superior quality digital mechanism you can create labels, monograms and even your own stitch patterns. It features an easy-to-use keypad and numerous advanced functions which make this machine a favourite amongst keen sewers. Was £1399.00, now £999.00. Only one available with this offer – ready to take home today!

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The Innovis NV1800Q is another incredible machine that could be the star present underneath the Christmas tree this year. Perfect for almost any sewing project, such as quilting, fashion, home furnishing, this model comes with a large wide table and huge range of standard accessories to add to your sewing ease. Ideal for working on large quilt projects or upholstery items such as curtain, or anything with large amounts of fabric involved, this  machine comes with over 230 built-in stitches. Opening up a huge world of inspiration and sewing possibility, you’ll love the flexibility of the NV1800Q and be sewing and embroidering some amazing projects as soon as you unpack it. Normally £1299.99, now £999.00 until 31st December 2017. Can be delivered to your home with next day delivery for free.

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Innovis F420 digital sewing machine comes with 140 inbuilt stitches and 10 different button holes, plus a great range of other features making this a fantastic machine for anyone who takes their sewing seriously. Whether you are a new or more advanced sewer the F420 makes sewing so much easier and enjoyable. User-friendly features and automatic needle threading give you more time to concentrate on the creative aspects of sewing. Featuring a strong smooth Square Feed Drive System (SFDS) this model will also handle all types sewing from fashion and homeware, to precision quilting. Normally £599.00, but now comes with couture sewing pack worth £149.00 until 31st December 2017. Can be delivered to your home with next day delivery for free.

For more information on these or any of our Brother sewing machines, pop into the shop or give us a ring on 01233 612278. 

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Gifts for Christmas 2017 at Emporia

Today is the 1st December so that’s it, we are now officially on the countdown to Christmas! Whether you are all prepped with a shopping list (or in fact have been calmly and casually shopping since August) or you are the kind of person who leaves everything to the last minute, we are here to help you with a quick and convenient guide to Christmas gifts for craft fans.

The newest gifty introduction to Emporia’s shelves has to be our amazing and super funky sewing and knitting themed jewellery. Created in collaboration with the talented R&R laser cutters, these amazing designs feature a range of crafty themes from scissor earrings and ball of wool brooches to statement tape measure necklaces. If you know someone who is proud of their crafty status, there’s no better way to reward them (and give them a chance to show off) this Christmas. The jewellery ranges from £12.00 – £20.00 per piece.

Also new in stock are these cute little craft kits, just perfect for little fingers to get to grips with. Choose from felt sewing a bear or an owl, or the chance to sew up a cotton bunny or monkey – we’re sure these will be a big hit under the Christmas tree with all ages of kids, and grownups too!

Know someone who is feeling the chill this December? Treat them to the gift of warmth with our range of soft wool cowls and bobble hats designed by Lotte Jamieson. Or if they like making things themselves, choose from our select range of Rowan knitting books and wool; how about a beginner’s knitting kit including a pattern for a simple cowl, enough merino wool to make it, needles and a knitting bag all for £25.00. We’ve also got a good selection of high quality knitting needles and crochet hooks, which make fabulous stocking fillers for crafty sorts, with prices ranging from £2.50 – £12.00. Rowan pattern books cost £9.99, and Rowan wool ranges from £6.50 – £9.95 per ball.

We’ve got a range of fat quarters, Kaffe Fasset quilting squares and a couple of design rolls in gorgeous colours and patterns available at the shop, all of which make great stocking fillers. Choose a pre-made fat quarter bundle for around £12.00-£14.00, or make your own selection based on the recipient’s likes. Individual fat quarters range from £2.00-£4.25; the Kaffe Fasset squares are £15.00, and design rolls are priced at £25.00.

We all know at least one crafter who is always losing their scissor, cotton reels, unpicker and pins – give them the organisational skills they need with one of our beautiful sewing boxes and a wrist-worn pin cushion to accompany it. Available in a variety of lovely colours and themes, these fantastic boxes are the perfect place to store all your crafty goodies, keeping everything in one neat place ready to use whenever you have sewing time. The wrist pin cushions are £4.50 each, and the sewing boxes range from £20.00-£30.00.

For those wanting to give someone a truly amazing treat under the Christmas tree this year, why not take a look at some of our brilliant Brother sewing machines? Whatever your budget, we’ve got basic mechanical models that would work as perfect starter machines for someone just getting into sewing, all the way up to all singing, all dancing sewing and embroidery machines. The L14s is a great machine for beginners, with a variety of simple stitches, and it’s only £99.00. Or perhaps you know someone who would love to start sewing more stretch materials and would love an overlocker? Our trusty 1034D is a great machine to get cracking with jersey and sweatshirting, or to tackle tricky fraying fabrics like satin, and it’s only £199.00. For someone who wants to try their hand at machine embroidery with a love for Disney, the Innovis M280D is ideal – featuring 25 different official Disney machines, this sewing and embroidery combination machine is smaller and much lighter than some of it’s bigger contemporaries and won’t take up as much space on your sewing table, for only £899.00.

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As well as all these luscious gifts, we are also selling ALL of our Christmas fabric at 40% off between now and 24th December 2017 – so you’ve still got time to get making for the big day itself!

For any more information on any of the above, do please feel free to give us a ring on 01233 612278, get in touch via the Contact Form, or pop into the shop – we would love to see you! 

A Visit to Brother

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Yesterday we went on a little shop adventure all the way round the M25 to Reading to visit Brother and see all their brand new machines which they are now launching across the country. Invited by our lovely rep Rachael, we got to go and see all kind of exciting new machines and accessories along with the various other Brother retailers. From relaunches of their most basic mechanical machines to demonstrations of some amazingly complicated looking (and huge!) embroidery machines, we got well and truly stuck in and had a good look and a go on various different new releases.

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One of the most exciting new products to come out of the Brother factory this year is the brand new M280D, a small scale embroidery and sewing machine, that comes loaded with 125 embroidery designs, including 45 different Disney characters.

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We tried out an Elsa on our test and we’re convinced that this baby will be a godsend to those of us with Frozen (or Cars, Monsters Inc., Mickey Mouse, Ariel, etc) obsessed children or grandchildren. This model also comes with an SD card slot meaning you can always add more embroidery designs to the collection if you want. This Disney edition costs £899.00 and will be in store with us from next week.

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Having seen a huge surge in popularity of our overlockers recently, it was a great revelation to try out the new Brother coverstitch machines yesterday. Designed to work almost like an overlocker that doesn’t cut the fabric, the coverstitch can create similar stitches across the edges and hems of stretch and non-stretch fabric, meaning you can bind edges in a similar way, whilst only having a two-line stitch showing on the right side of your make. You can also get more creative with these coverstitch machines as they can be used for all kinds of decorative top-stitching too. We will have this five thread edition in store from next week, costing £599.00.

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The last and most innovative piece of kit we tested yesterday was the incredible needle felting foot which can be used with the Brother V range: this accessory is designed to mimic the action of hand-created needle felting, which works by repeatedly stabbing a barbed needle up and down through thin layers of wool to blend the fibres together. It uses three needles to felt the wool, alongside a free motion action that allows you to steer the needles around your felting piece, and you can go as fast or as slow as you please.

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Most importantly of all, the foot also features a plastic guard around the triple needles to ensure you don’t get carried away and stab your fingers! Perfect for those who like to create felted pictures or artwork, you can get really creative with the wool – just like we did! The wool felting needle foot attachment is available to order from us now, priced £149.99.

For more information on any of our Brother sewing or embroidery machines, overlockers or coverstitch machines, please pop into the shop and have a chat. We are holding a Brother Demo Day on Friday 20th October from 10am – 4pm, where Rachael from Brother will be on hand to showcase these amazing machines and all the fabulous things they can do.

New Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Since January this year we’ve been stocking the super amazing range of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, and it’s fair to say that you have been won over by them just as much as we have. We’ve all got our favourite machines to use for various different things, and have got to spend lots of time with them creating amazing things. Or just doing a little bit of hemming and darning (it’s not always dressmaking glamour here you know!). But since the lovely Rachel from Brother came and did a machine demo day in July, we’ve been keen to see what other exciting machines we could add to our range – so we talked to everyone who came on the day about what they might like to see in the shop, did some research and now we’ve got our hands on yet another amazing machine – the Innovis V5, a sewing and embroidery combined machine.

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Given that we thought the Innovis F480 was pretty much the bee’s knees, the V5 is up another level or two. It is a brilliant sewing, quilting and embroidery machine that is capable of creating beautiful embroidery, and undertaking quilting with it’s new long-arm function. Rammed full of exciting features, this combo machine is perfect for anyone who takes their quilting and embroidery seriously, but who also wants a fully functional sewing machine on the side.

The Innovis V5 comes with all these brilliant features:
An extra large long arm – 11.25″ (285mm)
The ICAPS continuous automatic pressure system, which continually detects the current fabric thickness ensuring superior stitch quality
10″ (258mm) full-spectrum LED lighting
A large 300mm x 180mm embroidery area, making it ideal for larger projects
High-speed sewing and embroidery
A large LCD touch screen, including on-screen editing for embroidery projects
USB ports, making it easy to import new designs
A lock stitch function to automatically tie off threads at the beginning or end of the stitch
A knee lift
And 227 built-in embroidery designs and 17 fonts

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It all sounds like a dream machine doesn’t it!? But if you prefer the concept of having a separate sewing and embroidery machine, then you can always take a look at the Innovis V5 and order the VQ2 Sewing and Quilting Machine instead, as it comes with all the same functionality as the V5. Either way, if you would like to come and take a look at the machine in action, you can pop into the shop and see if we can squeeze you in there and then, or you can come along to the next Brother Demo Day which takes place from 10am – 4pm on Friday 20th October 2017.

The Innovis V5 is available to order from Emporia priced £2999.00, and the VQ2 sewing is priced at £1999.00. For more information give us a ring on 01233 612278 or come and see us in person at the shop.

Brother Sewing Machine Demo Day

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Next Wednesday we are having a very special visitor come and spend the day at the shop – it’s the lovely Rachel, our Brother rep, who will be spending all day showcasing our marvelous machines and all the things they can do. From our basic mechanical machines all the way up to our all singing, all dancing, top end digital embroidery machines, you can see them all in action.

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Rachel has been working for Brother for several years now and currently looks after the South East area on behalf of the company, and she’s been helping us learn all about our range of sewing machines since we started selling them in January this year. She’s a proper pro when it comes to all our machines, sewing, overlocker or embroidery, so if you anyone can explain them all, it’s her.

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We have a range of sewing machines in stock that are available to purchase, some you can take home today and others you can have delivered to your door the very next day, all with a 3 year guarantee. Feel like you don’t want anything too complicated for your first sewing machine?

Check out the lower end of the price range with the simple mechanical machines – with a range of different stitches and a few basic feet, you still sew a button hole with these models, and even sew on an actual button!

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Our mid-range digital machines promise to take your sewing up a few notches as they come with a fantastic range of different functions, from tens of different stitches including overstitching and blind hemming, to self-threading needles and automatic thread-cutting.f480zu1_lOr if you fancy checking out our super-duper big guns, then you can watch Rachel demonstrate the amazing embroidery machines which feature hundreds of different stitches, an SD card slot for adding in more embroidery images, plus all the extras that the top end sewing machines come with like the self-threading needles and the thread-cutting.

Whatever your choice of machine, or whether you have no idea what you would like, you just want to see what they can do, Rachel will be on hand to explain all the functions and show you everything these bad boys can do! There will be exciting discounts and special offers, plus finance available on the day.

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The Brother demo day takes place from 10am – 4pm Wednesday 26th July 2017 and is free to attend – just pop into the shop on the day and join in.

Embroidery Machines and Overlockers

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Since the arrival of our fantastic selection of Brother sewing machines last week, they’ve had lots of admiring looks and plenty of oohs and ahhs. This week we thought we’d take the time to have a closer look at a couple of our other very exciting Brother machines, those that can do a little bit more fancy footwork than an ordinary sewing machine. So here’s the lowdown on over fabulous overlocker and the simply amazing embroidery machine! And don’t forget, if you fancy a test drive on these babies, or any of our Brother stock, do feel free to pop by the shop and have a go on them – we’re sure you’ll be just as keen on them as we are.

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1034D Home Lock – £199.00

Overlockers give you the chance to sew with jersey and other stretch materials, adding cuffs and neckbands without over stretching as well as binding off edges with a neat finish. But it’s not just about tackling stretchy fabrics or those that fray easily; you can also make great use of an overlocker to neaten edges and give a much more professional finish to all your sewing projects. This model works as either a 3 or 4 thread machine, and features a built-in carrying handle, a F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system, an instructional DVD, perfect overlock stitches on all types and weights of fabric, a built in light, differential feed, a removable knife and a common snap on presser foot.

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Innov-is F480 – £1,299.00

If you are a big fan of embroidery then this combination embroidery and sewing machine is the perfect machine for you. Designed to tackle sewing and embroidery projects alike, the F480 is superior quality and packed with features. You can create labels, monograms and even design your own stitch patterns with an easy-to-use keypad and numerous advanced feature, all of which make this machine a favourite amongst keen sewers. As well as featuring 182 built-in stitches (including 10 buttonhole styles), 5 Styles of lettering (upper and lowercase), 138 built-in embroidery designs, the SFDS: Square Feed Drive System, and a memory function that recalls previously programmed stitch sequences. Alongside all these amazing embroidery functions you also get the best of the sewing machine side of things with a whole load of extra features like a lock stitch button, a needle up/down button, automatic thread cutter, advanced needle threader and a quick set bobbin winder. The user-friendly colour LCD screen is the icing cake.

All machines come with a 3 year warranty from Brother, basic accessories such as screwdrivers, spare needles, bobbins and a variety of extra feet suitable for that particular model. For more information on each sewing machine at Emporia, pop in and see us for a demo or to have a go yourself.

Sewing Machines are Here!

Our very exciting brand new Brother sewing machines have arrived! We’re very excited to welcome a range of fantastic machines, ranging from starter models at a good price for newbies all the way up to the all singing and all dancing versions old sewing hands will be blown away by. Following our fabulous day of training from our official Brother rep, we are all now fully equipped to give you the low down on each different machine we stock, and give you individual advice on which model might be the right one for you.

Take a look at a few of the lovelies that are now gracing our shelves and see what you think!

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LX17 – £119.00

The LX17 is perfect for basic alterations and repairs. With easy drop in bobbin, a 4 step automatic button hole and included instructional DVD, the LX17 makes an ideal starter machine. This starter machine also comes with 17 built-in stitches (including an overcast stitch) and a soft cover.

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XR27NT – £189.00 (Coming in February)

A more traditional sewing machine, The XR27NT features a wide range of stitches ideal for repairs, dressmaking and home furnishing projects. It also includes features designed to make sewing quick and easy such as the automatic needle threader and quick set bobbin system. It comes with 27 built-in stitches, an automatic one step button hole and an instructional DVD to help you get started.

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Innov-is 15 – £249.00

You may be new to sewing, or maybe you are looking for a sewing machine that’s easy to use, in which case the Innov-is 15 is the perfect choice. Featuring a ‘jog dial’ which makes it very simple to select different stitches quickly, an built-in needle threader, and an LCD screen which shows information about the stitch width and length. There are 16 stitches to choose from, including 3 different buttonholes, plus drop feed setting and top loading bobbin.

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Innov-is 55 Fashion Edition – £449.00

The feature-packed Innov-is 55 Fashion Edition is perfect for dressmaking sewers keen to create their own wardrobes. Whether you are new to sewing or an experienced designer, this machine offers you unlimited ways to shape your pattern picks into impressive ready-to-wear garments. This edition also comes with a Creative Sewing pack worth £59.99, featuring 5 additional sewing feet; more extras include 7 other feet, an advanced needle threader, a quick-set bobbin, and a lettering facility.

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Innov-is 1800Q – £1299.00

When it comes to sewing machines, this one is the Mother Ship – the Innov-is NV1800Q is great for almost any sewing project, such as dress making or home furnishing as it features a large wide table and huge range of standard accessories. Large quilt projects fit easily on the workspace to the right of the needle, which measures a whopping 210mm, and it features  over 230 built-in stitches! Choose from 10 styles of button holes and 5 Styles of leterting upper and lowercase; enjoy the SFDS – Square Feed Drive System which deliver’s a smooth strong feed and the ICAPS – Continuous Automatic Pressure System; make full use of the touch sensor keypad with direct stitch selection, the lock stitch button and the Custom Stitch facility which allows you to design your very own stitches. This beast of a machine also comes with a whole host of extras including a large wide table, a hard case,  3 free motion quilting feet, a walking foot, an adjustable zipper/piping foot, a non stick foot, an open toe foot, a zigzag foot, a button hole foot, an over casting foot, a blind stitch foot, a monogramming foot, and a button fitting foot – phew! That’s a whole load of sewing!

This is just a selection of the machines we will be selling – check back in a week or so for the lowdown on our overlockers and embroidery machines. 

All machines come with a 3 year warranty from Brother, basic accessories such as screwdrivers, spare needles, bobbins and a variety of extra feet suitable for that particular model. For more information on each sewing machine at Emporia, pop in and see us for a demo or to have a go yourself.