n attraction, which is the only one of its kind in the east of England, has opened its doors to visitors at Hunstanton just in time for the Easter holiday.
And there will be a retail embroidery centre for leisurewear plus cards and gifts which have all be designed and made on the premises. All embroidery work which K&K already do for clubs and businesses will continue.
The new premises offer more space for other activities and greater potential for displaying hundreds of bolts of high quality silks and cottons which have been imported directly from village cooperatives in India. This ensures that workers there get a fair price and the UK customer gets good value.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at using the three patented long-arm quilting machines and there’s more table space used for courses which regualrly take palce and will be extended.
The business is run by John and Angela Pickering, helped by Henry Head. John, who is managing director, said: “We don’t believe there’s a facility like this in the whole of the East of England. Customers can come here to learn, buy fabrics, have things repaired, discover the joys of the creativity of long-arm quilting or simply organise new covers and curtains.
“Our customers range from the individual looking for a card that is special to someone wanting to refurbish their home, to the hospitality sector needing embroidered uniforms or fireproof fabrics. With over 80 years sewing and embroidery experience in the team, there is little that we cannot undertake.
“And importantly, I can see that in a few years’ time, we will have become an integral part of the wealth of visitor attractions in and around Hunstanton and we will be open all year, thus helping to extend the visitor season.
“Despite the economic conditions we have managed to create four new permanent jobs in the last three years and the new centre will lead to more.”
K&K Machines was founded in March 2012. John has designed and developed the machines and Angela is the master quilter.