Bernina, Brother & Elna Sewing Machine Specialists
01484 516700

About Us

About Us

Howdens Sewing Machines is a family run business, established over 50 years ago. We have traditional values and have built a reputation for supplying quality domestic sewing machines at competitive prices, offering honest, friendly, expert advice, only selling what the customer wants (no up-selling), and always aim to provide excellent after-sales service. We specialise in stocking the industry's leading brands: Bernina, Brother, Bernette and Elna; these are companies we have dealt with for many years and are brands we trust for their reliability and support.

Originally established in Bradford by Geoff Howden, the business was bought by Ken Fox in 1973 and has remained in the Fox family ever since. When Ken retired in 2007, his son John took over the business, and moved premises to the Ray Street Enterprise Centre in Huddersfield, situated on the outskirts of the town centre. One of the main advantages of our current location is the large free on-site car park - a definite advantage for customers delivering or collecting sewing machines or repairs. We have a demonstration area where customers can try machines for themselves - we're happy for customers to bring their own fabric if they wish to see how machines cope with different materials.

John is 'the machine man' for advice on sewing machines and service work (experience and knowledge gained from working in the trade for over 40 years). We service and repair most makes of domestic sewing machines and overlockers, and supply many spare parts and accessories.

We also supply and maintain domestic sewing machines and accessories to the Education Sector - we are well known for our service work in schools, colleges and universities in Yorkshire and the surrounding area.

If you'd like to visit us, we recommend giving us a call first to ensure that John will be here when you'd like to see him - as he is often out working in schools.

Our aim is to treat our customers as we would wish to be treated - an old fashioned idea maybe, but our customers seem to appreciate it!