They can try ebay kleinanzeigen to find an used embroidery / sewing machine in their surrounding or try to buy in an online shop.
Here is the address on www.naehmaschinen.com (Nähmaschinen Diederich) I have bought 3 embroidery machines, sewing machine, coverlock and overlock at good price an
Buy local. And talk to the dealer about the power cord to see what they need for when they return to the US.
That was the advice from a dealer to a friend many years ago. Don't think it would be different now to then as different countries have different power levels and they sell in all the countries and those machines are sold all over the world, just (again) different models available in different countries.
What lovely projects! You must be so proud of their accomplishments! I can see why you want to keep them going with sewing and embroidery. Sorry I can't help but congratulations on the blue ribbons!
they are doing a great job, hope they find a dealer in Germany to continue this lovely hobby.
They spent 9 months with us before moving. The 4 oldest all did some sewing and embroidery. These were the only two projects I found when sending them boxes after they moved.
My advice would be to find a local dealer and make friends with them.
Congratulations to the girls! I am always so thrilled to hear of young ones learning to sew and embroider. I'm afraid all I can say is, when we had something that we bought on base (US plugs), we had to use a transformer. I don't think that is the safest thing, but I'm sure it has improved, in the last 50 years. I think Christine/cfidl will be able to send help through Christie. (see below) Good luck and tell the girls to keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more of their work, when they get their new machine.-Toogie
I will be speaking with Christie and tell her of your post.
Thank you I appreciate your help.
Hi Becky, ask your daughter to see if they have a Arts + Crafts Shop on Post, if not, there is one nearby Kleberkasern, she just has to ask around. I believe they sell Sewingmachines, at least they used to. German Embroiderymachines are very expensive and run on 220 Voltage where as american ones run on 110 and i dont know if the Housing Area has 110 Voltage setup. Or she could run a 110 setup Machine with a Transformer.
My daughter wanted to get to know the German people so they are living off base. Thank you for your information and I will ask her. Grandma and Grandpa (Oma and Opa) might be buying this for the girls. She took her Janome (sewing only) but was only going to use it on the transformer for repairs and not the kind of intense use the girls would give a machine.
That makes sense, cause a transformer uses alot of electricity, especially if they live off post. But she could still check on that Arts + Crafts Shop. Also, a good online Shop is Nähpark Diermeier, i have bought Sewingmachines from them and she could test the machine for 60 days if she likes or not, if she does'nt like it, she could send it back
Voltage in western Europe is 230, so yours would need a transformer, without which the motor would blow up almost instantly, so I think buying would be a better option. There are lots of good sewing machine shops all over Germany that sell brands like Brother, Bernina, Husqvarna.
Thank you. This group is the best even for lurkers like me.