It pays to shop around

Hopefully, you’re a shopper who also likes to search for any discount codes before you hit the check-out button when online shopping. The same is true for buying most of your sewing and quilting needs. Unless you need it right away, you can save real money by shopping around.

My local dealer informed me that a wide extension table was not available for my Elnita EC30. (Well, yes there is, but it would have to come from overseas.) He stated my best bet would be to buy one directly from Sew Steady, the manufacturer. In case you’re unfamiliar with a Sew Steady table, it’s a clear acrylic table that is custom cut to fit your sewing machine to provide a larger flat work surface.

Manufacturer direct price: $89.00 plus tax and shipping. Total: $106-$120, depending on shipping option

Pocono Sew & Vac price: $69.00 plus tax and FREE shipping. Total: $73.50

I had to wait an extra 10 days by ordering through Pocono Sew & Vac, but I saved $35.00. This works for me since I don’t need the table until late April. PS&V is my go-to for feet & parts for my modern sewing machines. I use other companies to supply necessities for my vintage machines.

Joann’s is a great place to take Sadie because it is pet friendly; however, it’s not my regular go-to for sewing and craft items anymore. They’ve marked up the prices so much that it’s usually cheaper for me to buy things at the competition than wait for their special sales. The coupons now have so many restrictions or everything’s already on sale, so the coupon doesn’t apply. It can get frustrating. I was in the Cumming (GA) Joann store on Sunday killing time before I needed to head to a baby shower. I walked the scissors aisle. Fiskars pinking shears with the regular orange handles had a shelf tag of $39.99. Those same pinking shears are $29.99 everyday at Hobby Lobby and about $25.00 at Wal-Mart. It just so happens that the pinking shears are on sale this week at Hobby Lobby for $14.99. This is $25.00 less than the listed price at that Joann store. The Featherweight Shop, which I love, also adopted a similar pricing strategy. It’s raised prices to the point don’t buy from them unless there’s a major sale in progress on an item I need or want. Being a thrifty shopper here means I have more $$ to put toward fabric at my local quilt shop.