Postage & Delivery

Orders are generally packed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Postage days are usually Tuesdays, Weds or Thurs and Fridays.  If your order is urgent please let us know by separate email via the contact form - please include your order number so that we can locate the order quickly.  Please note,  whilst we try to get all orders cleared for the weekend so that people can get on with their projects, orders received after midday will not be packed or despatched the same day. 

If you would like to recieve your order in time for the weekend, please order by THURSDAY.  If everything is in stock it will be posted Friday morning.  If there are delays it will be because either we are either waiting for new stock or have ordered stock especially.

Post and Packing

Sew Curvy posts orders all over the world.  Postage costs are worked out as follows and all orders over 1.5kg are sent by tracked service for insurance purposes.

UK

Free UK postage for orders over £100.00*

Otherwise,  UK orders are sent by first class mail and are banded by weight as follows:

    1st class Tracked
up to 150g        2.00 2.75
up to 500g   3.40 4.50
up to 750g   3.75 4.85
up to 1kg
  4.10 5.20
up to 1.5kg
  4.10 5.20
up to 2kg   7.00 8.10
up to 5kg
 courier 11.00  

If you would like plain packaging, please request this in the customer request box at check out or send a mail.  Plain packaging is no problem, discretion assured.

International Orders

Orders sent outside the UK are posted using Air Mail or International Signed for/Airsure.  Airmail aims to deliver within 5 working days, however at holiday times this can be longer.   All orders over 1.25kg in weight will be sent by tracked mail and are priced according to the tables below.

Weight Europe airmail Europe tracked ROW airmail ROW tracked Aus/NZ Airmail Aus/NZ tracked
 up to 250g £3.70 £10.00 £5.00 £10.00 £5.50 £10.50
 up to 500g £5.50 £12.00 £8.00 £13.00 £8.50 £13.00
 up to 750g £7.00 £13.00 £10.50 £15.50 £11.25 £16.00
 up to 1kg £8.50 £14.00 £13.00 £18.00 £14.00 £19.00
 up to 1.25 kg £10.00 £15.00 £16.00 £21.00 £17.00 £22.00
 up to 1.5 kg £12.00 £16.50 £19.00 £24.00 £20.00 £25.00
 up to 1.75 kg £19.00 £19.00 £26.00 £26.00 £28.00 £28.00
 up to 2kg £20.00 £20.00 £29.00 £29.00 £35.00 £35.00
 up to 5kg (courier) n/a £30.00 n/a £35.00 n/a £50.00

If you are on a deadline and desperate for your package, I can send it by courier or special delivery - please contact me for a quote. However please also bear in mind that I am a one woman business with a very busy schedule too - I always try my best for customers but there are certain limitations I have to work around.  Amazon I am not (in any sense of the word!).

If you are shopping with a currency other than pounds sterling and paying with paypal, you can check the currency conversion rate by logging into your paypal account and searching for 'currency conversion'.  Or just click HERE for information on how to get the exhange rate from Paypal.

The shopping cart makes a good estimate of accurate postage costs based upon tables issued by the Royal Mail.  Sometimes it can over estimate a little bit and sometimes it under estimates.  If your packing and postage charge is much less than the estimate given at checkout for postage, packaging and handling, I will either send your package by recorded delivery or I will refund the difference to you by way of paypal or credit note.

A fully boxed corset kit weighs somewhere between 1000-1500g depending upon which kit it is, and if you have ordered any extras. These are posted out worldwide under the catergory "small packet" and are sent either 1st class (UK) or by Airmail (Europe and ROW).

Russian Federation:  Unfortunately there are lots of restrictions on postage of goods to the Russian Federation and because of these postage is extremely high for this region and is always sent tracked due to the high loss rate experienced in the past.  In most cases we need to send two tracked parcels as Russian customs refuse to accept shipments over a certain weight or value and simply return packages that do not comply.  Because we have been charged for returns with no notice we also have to build this into the price.  In the case of anybody willing to order from Russia, we will refund any excess postage paid as soon as receipt of package is confirmed to us.  We are sorry about this but governmental policies are out of our hands in this case. 

Courier services

Coutil and steel are heavy.  To give you some idea of weight 3m plain coutil in an envelope weighs just under 2kg.  6m coutil, a few busks and some boning tape, weighs in at just over 4kg.  2kg is the limit for Royal Mail packages therefore, for all bigger orders, I will use a courier.  To give you an idea, I can pack a small box with 4-5kg of goodies, and it will cost somewhere in the region of  £12 to courier to  UK destinations, £30 to courier to Europe/North America and £45 to courier to R.O.W - this works out much cheaper than Royal Mail services (Parcelforce) and is tracked.

If you would like me to estimate your postage charges before ordering, then either place the items you would ike in your shopping basket and the cart will estimate your postage or  email me via the Contact Page (especially if the cart looks like it's telling lies!).

See further info about international postage below.

Carriers and Delivery

When your parcel leaves Sew Curvy HQ, a dispatch note is sent by email.  This signifies that the parcel has been packed and has been taken to the Post Office (orders under 2kg) or is ready to be collected by a courier service (orders over 2kg). After this time it is in the hands of the carrier and subsequently, in the case of overseas orders, the postal service of whatever the destination country is.

Sew Curvy has no control over how long parcels sent by Royal Mail take to reach their destination.  Usually within the UK, 1st class mail takes 1 or 2 days while Airmail to Europe and the rest of the world can take up to 10 days and longer for the USA.  Customs can hold up parcels by a week or longer.

The customer is responsible for all customs duties, fees and/or taxes accrued when shipping outside the UK. Customs forms will be filled out with correct retail value and with an accurate description of the items bought.  If you do not select tracked postage at checkout, your order will not be sent by a tracked service.  Please note, that not all countries offer a tracking service.  Orders over 2kg will be sent by courier (usually UPS or DPD).

For more information on payment and security, please check the Terms and Conditions.

When things go wrong

It is extremely rare that parcels go missing and there are a number of reasons why you may not have received your package within the estimated timescales.

1) In the UK, if a package does not fit through your letter box it may have been returned to your local sorting office or post office.  Post delivery people do not always leave a note to this effect.  Alternatively, the package may have been left with a neighbour or in a safe place around your property (in the porch/behind the back gate etc.,).  Please check these areas and also the area inside where your letter box is - sometimes packages can get hidden by other things like door curtains (this has happened to me in the past).  Again, the delivery person does not always leave a note to say that the package has been left in a safe place or with a neighbour.

If your post is delivered to a communal post box - as in a block of flats, please check that your package has not been collected in error by another resident.

2) At busy times for the postal service, such as Christmas, New Year, and Easter, post is slower than usual because of high volumes going through the system.  Over bank holidays post is slower.  You therefore may experience a longer than usual delivery time over these periods.  (Students! this also applies when you are all ordering all the things at the same time) 

3) Mail going to North America, can be held up for inordinately long times by the US Customs Service - delays of up to a month can occur but are not common.  Please be patient.

In all cases, I would recommend you check with your local post office/sorting office in the first instance.  Sew Curvy cannot check these things for you if you did not select the tracked postage option at checkout.

The Royal Mail does not consider mail to be lost or missing until 28 working days have passed.  Please check all the above options which apply to you, and keep in touch.  I will do all I can to help you but I am unable to re-send items before the Royal Mail has deemed them lost.

Please understand that as much as I would like to deliver all items personally by hand, once your package leaves the Sew Curvy Studio, it is in the hands of the postal service.  Unless you have paid for a tracked service, we do not have any further insights into what may have happened to your parcel in transit if it does not arrive in time.

*Cannot be used with other discounts or offers.  Where items out of stock are included in an order over £100.00 refund will be issued less the cost of postage.