All about Sewing in Kuwait
One of the many things my crafty soul loves and get totally wowed is sewing. Recently I have found myself taking a keen interest in sewing. Although my sewing hobby has been at the “basic” level, mostly some home necessity or a quick nick fixes here and there. Flipping through Pinterest got me interested in the whole idea of ‘Kids Busy/Quiet Book‘. Don’t really know, why it called busy or quiet, I am assuming it keeps the kid busy for sometime, hopefully!
And after making several attempt and getting frustrated with the time consumed for hand sewing, I decided to upgrade to a sewing machine. Sewing the Quiet book makes it much easier, which led me to the quest of searching for a sewing machine here in Kuwait. I decided to buy a second hand sewing machine, which serves my ‘temporary’ purpose and I decided to keep my budget to a minimum as it was meant to be an one-off project. I searched through some websites and came across some classifieds selling second-hand machines, but when I tried to contact to my amazement, all turned to be “already sold”.
Time for plan B: Second option, Souk Haraj (a.k.a. Friday market). Several visits later got my hands on a Janome sewing machine for a fraction of the price of a new one.
So here’s a short checklist for all those who love to sew here in Kuwait:
Sewing machine brands: It’s best to stick to a well-known and trusted brand. A trusted brand would generally have its spare parts available and easily serviced incase of breakdown. Janome, Usha, Singer and Jasmine are some known and trusted brand in the market.
Prices for basic automatic machines start from 45KD onwards.
Where to buy: Darwaza in Kuwait City, Opposite to McDonalds, there’s the market for sewing machine. Check out the various shops there, they happily demonstrate the feature and stitches of the machines.
Fabric & where to buy: Every area has Souk or old shopping centers. They often have Fabric shops. Also, the Mubarakiya souk at Kuwait city has fabric shops, Opposite Mubarakiya is the Commercial building, there you can find an array of shops selling beautiful laces and fabrics.
Lastly, the Souq Haraj at Al Rai has section (next to Carpet section) selling cool fabrics from 500 fils onwards, and if you are lucky you can find a seller selling 250 fils per meter too.
Hope this makes it easier, for those wanting to venture into wide world of sewing.