Where to find the best fabrics in South Africa for your sewing machine

Finding the perfect fabric is pivotal to the success of any sewing project, but finding a great store with the range you need can be challenging. Here’s advice from Empisal, manufacturers of the affordable EES50 on some of the best fabric stores in South Africa:

  • The Fabric Warehouse: Located in Centurion, this fabric company specialises in fabrics for clothing (including bridal fabrics), upholstery, curtains and blinds.
  • Biggie Best: You can now buy Biggie Best fabrics online and have them delivered through the post office to you in a matter of days. With a huge range of colours and patterns, all made to a high standard of quality, these fabrics are ideal for upholstery and home projects, including curtains, cushions and chair covers.
  • Skinny la Minx: Located in Cape Town itself, these unique and artisanal fabrics are available in store and online. International designs with an African chic touch, these fabrics are perfect for bags, cushions, upholstery and other home projects.
  • Waste Centre Fabrics: Visiting this warehouse in Durban is anything but a waste! With a huge range of dress, curtaining, bedding and upholstery fabrics as well as hessian, fleece, felt and more, this is the best place to go for some inspirational shopping.
  • Benjamin Woollens: Looking for something a little different? This is the fabric store for you. Rich and luxurious cashmeres, wool suiting, boiled wool, brocades, silks, Egyptian cotton and linens, this Johannesburg store has a beautiful range of high-end, high quality fabrics for special projects.

Invest in an affordable, reliable Empisal sewing machine for your next project

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, over lockers  and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

5 quick and easy Christmas sewing projects

The festive season is on the horizon, so if you’re planning on making your own Christmas gifts for friends and family, now’s the time to look for fun, simple sewing projects! Here are some great gift ideas from Empisal, manufacturers of the affordable EES10:

  1. Christmas stockings: Individual Christmas stockings are useful as well as great at adding some festive décor to your loved one’s homes. You can make them from a wide range of materials, including knits and quilted materials in any pattern that catches your fancy. Add embroidered names or messages for an additional personal touch!
  2. Festive tote bags: Useful for Christmas shopping, for holding gifts and carrying everything you need for your holiday engagements, tote bags are simple to make and look great! You can go with a Christmas theme to tie in to the holidays or make them up in your loved one’s favourite colours.
  3. Throw blankets: These are the perfect gift – they can be made to suit any taste and are always a welcome addition to any home! Pick colours and patterns your friends and family will love and back it with a warm, fleecy lining. Alternatively, back it with a waterproof lining to make a summer picnic blanket.
  4. Christmas tree skirt: Ideal for anyone who loves Christmas trees, these skirts hide the metal or plastic feet of artificial Christmas trees while adding some festive flair. You can make it plain or a patchwork of differently patterned materials – ideal for using up those fabric scraps.
  5. Christmas placemats: For many families, much of their Christmas celebration involves sitting around a table that is groaning with delicious food in the company of friends and family. Handmade Christmas placemats are a great gift that adds festive decoration and is practical too!

Find the best sewing machines in South Africa!

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, over lockers and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES10, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.