Our Philosophy

We treat you, the customer, the way we would like to be treated ourselves. So contrary to what our name might suggest … we don’t botch it, nor do we leg it.

Our buzz words: recycling, make do and mend, fair trade, service, empowerment and last but not least … fun!

xxx – The Botchett & Leggitt team

What’s New

Jubilee ready

Feb 2, 2022

Let’s face it. It has been hard for all of us and we could all do with a party. Personally I am looking forward to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 (!) years on the throne, all the more so because unlike some people in office at the moment, she has shown vision, restraint and proper leadership. She is a proper hero.

As I am getting to learn the ropes of this business, which means learning to plan a long time ahead for certain things, I am pleased to say that this time, I am ready with beautiful cotton fabrics and more to create the requisite festive bunting for the occasion. Right. best get started with mine now.

Our Range

Our aim is to provide you with good quality products at reasonable prices, be they new or second-hand.

We specialise in haberdashery and vintage sewing machines, as well as expertly crafted wooden items.


So we recycle. And we appreciate old fashioned craftmanship. This does not mean we are stuck in the past. 

You may get great results on a 1920s Singer. You may even get awesome results with 1950s vintage fabric. But your elastic had better be from this century at least. And your thread must be up to the job.

So there we do not compromise. We aim to get you the best. At competitive prices.

We offer an ever increasing range of haberdashery products, ranging from lace to felt, measuring tapes to knicker elastic and yarn to buttons. Lots of buttons …


In our travels we regularly come across items that have nothing to do with sewing machines or haberdashery per se, but that we can’t help try to find a home for. These are our ‘declutterings’, an ever changing backdrop to our more ordinary offerings. Our thinking is, if we like them, someone else might too.

Services And Lessons

At Botchett & Leggitt we believe in empowering  people. Getting a decent basic sewing machine shouldn’t cost the earth. Opting to make or repair clothes should be within everyone’s reach. Also, one shouldn’t need to cross the Orwell to find basic haberdashery notions in Felixstowe.

With that in mind, here are some of the services  we offer:

Diagnostic and first hour work on your machine


Get to know your sewing machine tutorial


Beginner's sewing lesson


Cutting table rental (for 3 hours)


Vintage Sewing Machines

We have a range of vintage sewing machines for sale, machines that were made to last, and still work reliably.

Buying from us means knowing you won’t get any nasty surprises and only honest advice. Moreover, we like nothing more than to help you make the most of the machine you may own already.

Our Team

Jos Clark

Jos Clark

I provide the feminine touch.

Ray Little

Ray Little

I’m good with wood and machines.

Barry Clark

Barry Clark

I’m the Saturday girl.



I’m the fierce guard dog.


Because of Covid-19, we still need our customers to wear a mask in the shop, as the ventilation is not ideal, and the virus is still around, more contagious than ever. We are happy to serve you at the door if you really do not want to wear a mask and ask that you respect our choices, made with everyone’s safety in mind. 

We also still operate a ‘click and collect’ system for the duration.

Shoot us an email or phone us to place your order. We will invoice you through our PayPal account. Once this is paid, you can collect your order from the store on Saturday or Sunday, or make an appointment. We ask that you follow the rules on distancing as much as possible when collecting from the front of the shop, and that you wear a mask if you want to come in for a browse.

We hope that this will help us all muddle through these challenging times.

Keep safe, and sane, everyone!

Please send deliveries and mail c/o Jos Clark to:

9, Darsham Close


IP11 2YH


Botchett & Leggitt

The Crazy House, Sea Road

Felixstowe, IP11 2DN

Covid-19 measures

Sat: 10:00 - 14:00 Sun: 9:00 - 16:00

(as well as by appointment during the week)

07946 893769


Happy Customers

Luna Lapin makers, this felt is of fabulous quality; great to work with; top notch.


Extremely impressed with the service!


Thank you. Quality product!


Lovely quality felt. Great to work with.


Good service, as always. Really pleased.


Good clear pattern and instructions. Thank you.


Thanks for getting it off on time.