A man who wants to take his sewing machine to the next level is having a bit of a struggle with the best times to buy it.
Brother sewing machine?
It’s a machine you buy to sew with, but that’s not exactly the right word.
“It’s not the machine you use to sew,” says John Maclean.
“It’s the machine to make a garment.”
John bought his brother’s sewing machine at a local business, and he’s been using it ever since.
“I’m a bit obsessed with it,” he says.
“Its the same design, but now I can sew the lining of a suit, or make a dress from it.
I have no other sewing machines to go to.”
John and his brother have been sewing their own clothes for over 10 years.
“We have a lot of sewing machines around the house, and we use to have to go out and buy a new one for each of our sewing machines,” he explains.
“But the sewing machines are starting to be really good.”
John has been sewing for about 10 years, and has been very successful.
“In the last 10 years we have sold about two dozen suits for around $20,000,” he said.
“That’s a good result, especially because we don’t have to worry about making a lot, which is a big plus.”
You could sell one suit for about $200, and then get a couple of sewing machine parts.
“John’s brother bought a sewing machine for $15,000, and it took him a year to buy another one.
But that wasn’t the end of it.”
A year later we got a machine for about half that amount, which was a little over $40,000 for the machine itself,” he explained.”
So now, I have a machine to do two things, two things I normally don’t, like making a suit and sewing.
“The machines have been really good and I’ve got loads of experience.”
John says his brother is now making more suits.
“He’s had the machine for 10 years and it’s not really changed,” he concluded.
“If I’m working at the office, I’ll do my work in the washing machine and get it done.”
John is not alone in his obsession with machines.
“There’s a lot more people buying machines, and people want them to make their own things,” says Scott.
“They want to make clothes that look great, they want to sew and sew well, they’re happy with their machine.”
Scott is now one of the best-selling machines in Australia.
“Everyone’s buying more machines,” Scott says.
Scott’s brother also bought his first sewing machine from Scott at the age of eight.
“My brother used to buy sewing machines from me and me and my brother, and now he has a lot,” Scott explains.
Scott says he now makes a lot.
“And I can see the money going in,” he adds.
“Because it’s been really well received and the people are happy with the machines.
It’s just a case of them coming up with their own machines to make stuff.”
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