If you’re in the market for a new sewing machine, Black Friday can be the perfect opportunity to grab one for a discount price.
And demand hasn't dropped with lockdown restrictions easing as searches on Hobbycraft.co.uk increased by 244% from March to May 2021.
Hanna Reynolds, seasonal buyer at Hobbycraft told Prima: “It was great to see Britain truly rediscovering the power of making during the pandemic and we really did become a nation of avid crafters!
“Following lockdown, we have still seen huge demand for all things craft. Recent data showed that in the 2021 lockdown compared to the first, our customers grew in confidence when it came to crafting, with even more people challenging themselves with more advanced crafts and projects.”
Sewing is an ideal activity because it keeps your hands and brain busy, gives you a much-needed break from screen time and results in something you can keep forever.
And it isn’t only for adults. Kids can join in on the sewing fun too and the machines make for great gifts.
Here’s what you need to know on where to find I'm on the best deals on Black Friday.
What to look for in a sewing machine?
There are a few things you should think about before investing in a sewing machine.
First, you need to consider your own level. Is this your first sewing machine? Are you a complete newbie? Experts say mechanical sewing machine are the best one for beginners.
As sewing machines can be expensive, you should work out the kind of project you need it for, before buying one.
For example, basic machines will have around 20 stitches, while more advanced ones will have over 200. It might not be worth to invest in a sophisticated machine if you only need it for very simple tasks.
Buying a sewing machine for your children? There are a few additional things to look out for.
Stephanie Parker, artisan at Hobbycraft Plymouth told Prima: “Sewing is an excellent creative outlet for children. Not only that, sewing can also help kids to further develop their fine motor skills. It will teach them to work safely and responsibly with equipment, and they’ll develop a practical skill they’ll have with them for life.
"A few things to look out for in a sewing machine before setting them up includes a finger guard, step/start button, and a foot pedal."
Where to find the best deals?
It’s still a little early to know what kind of deals retailers will be offering this year.
However, high street favourites including John Lewis, Curry PC World but also online giant Amazon and special retailer Hobbycraft have offered discounts on sewing machines in previous years.
We will update this article as soon as we know more, so make sure you bookmark this page to stay up to date on the best savings.
Here's a list of retailers that are likely to have deals on sewing machines this year
What is Black Friday?
A few years ago, many of us hadn't even heard of Black Friday. The shopping event originated in the US and first came to the UK in 2010 - since then it's become the biggest day in the shopping calendar for bagging a bargain.
It’s also one of the last occasions you'll get to pick up bargains before Christmas, so it's an excellent opportunity to stock up on gifts.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday traditionally happens on the day after Thanksgiving, the American holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
This year, Black Friday will take place on Friday 26 November 2021, with retailers usually reducing prices online from midnight, although the sales are likely to begin early and last into the following week, through to Cyber Monday.
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