This post is linked to the page, Fabric Shopping in Nairobi, and it is dedicated to the Quilter in Minnesota, with many thanks for the idea!
One of my followers has asked the question: "Could you share any advice on purchasing a sewing machine in Nairobi?"
Yes, I can! Buying a sewing machine in Nairobi has a lot to do with your budget. If you need a low-cost machine, you can source old-fashioned treadle or even hand-crank Singer or cheap Singer copycats from many places, including right off the streets from itinerant vendors.
The Amedo shops used to be great places to find such machines. The last time I looked at them was many years ago, but the prices even then were dirt-cheap by my standards, about USD $50 apiece, some even including the treadle table! Judging by the appearance of their website, Amedo seems to have upped its game, as they now offer industrial machines as well--worth a good look!
There's a place on Kijabe Street near the Globe roundabout called General Machines. Those folks have serviced most of my sewing machines for many years, and they also sell Brother sewing machines as well as industrial models for factory sewing. Also, a good place to check out.
However, if you're in the market for the best available sewing machine for making patchwork quilts, you'll have to go to The Woman Shop where they have an exclusive partnership to sell Bernina's world-famous and top level standard "quilting computers," like the Quilter's Edition Aurora 440 I use! Even that now has an upgrade, so be sure to visit Sarit Centre and have a good look at what's on offer!