In my head this is how I imagined a haberdashery to look like...
Having lucked out at John Lewis I visited David Drummond hoping to find a walking foot for my new sewing machine. I called up and after a bit of chat about what type of machine I have they promised to have a look and call me back. Thankfully they had the parts I needed, I would pop in at lunch time to collect it.
Admittedly the shop is a bit of a jumble but OH MY GOD it is packed to the rafters with everything you could possibly want for a sewing hobby. Whilst their specialty is obviously sewing there is still a healthy selection of of stock for other needlework hobbies. I was so busy staring around in awe with my gob hanging open the poor woman selling me my walking foot had to prompt me to enter my pin twice.
I'm really glad I found this place, it has everything I could want to meet my ever changing crafty needs.
Drummond is a business dealing with sewing machines. But rather than just selling the manufacturing devices, it also doubles up as an old fashioned haberdashery, packed to the brim with balls of yarn and spools galore!
Admittedly, they specialise in sewing and knitting machines (which are all displayed splendidly) but since I can't afford one of those bad boys I stuck to the supply section.
They had pigeon holes stuffed with wool of all shapes, sizes and varieties (including pom pom wool to knit yourself a bubbly scarf!) Towards the back, they stock knitting and sewing guides, patterns, along with hundreds of good quality spools. Here you'll find everything you need to start your crafty business, including an ample supply of pin cushions, pins, glue, hem guidelines and Wondaweb for those of us who like to cheat *cough cough*.
I would like to move away from using Wondaweb to begin stitching clothes up the right way, and Drummond is great for lending inspiration. The staff were exceptionally friendly and made me feel at ease, even though I baltantly didn't know where to start. With their attentive natures, I felt like I was being taken care of. I want to start making dresses out of old skirts and tops I find in charity shops, and in here I saw loads of accessories and shiny thread you could embellish a tired outfit with.
It's great for experts as they have a ton of supplies, but equally useful for beginners like myself who don't know their Singer from their...well, to be honest I can't even think of another machine maker! But with the helpful staff and plethora of stock, Drummonds is a good place to start.
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