What to Look for in a New Sewing Machine
What do I want to sew? If you only sew in general and occasionally sew cute doll clothes for your grandkids, why spend a small fortune on a fancy electronic machine with countless stitches when a good basic machine will do the job? On the other hand, if you’re like my mom, who spends hours sewing beautifully embroidered tablecloths, placemats, pillow covers, skirts, fancy collars, quilts, etc. Invest a little more in a good quality embroidery sewing machine or quilting machine that can do the beautiful stitches and patterns you want to sew.
2. How often do I sew? If you’re new to sewing and not sure if you’ll like it, I might see if I can borrow a sewing machine from a friend or associate, or see what used machines are available in your area. If you know you only sew occasionally, you probably won’t spend as much as if you use it every other day. Since I spend most of my day behind my sewing machine and rely on it for my income, I want to make sure that my machine is easy to use, reliable, and above all, durable. I bought a sewing machine that I have been using since I showed it and it is described as “a real work horse that will last for years”. And touch wood, that’s it!
3. What functions do I need on the Sewing Machines and what functions do I want? Knowing this, you can ignore any machine that doesn’t have the features you need, and if a machine has the features you need, as well as some or all of the features you want, then it will be on your “short list.” For more attention.
4. How much am I willing to spend? This question is important because it narrows down the range of Sewing Machines you’re looking at and keeps you focused on the Sewing Machines that are the best fit for you in your set price range.
Now that you’ve answered these questions, do some research. Search online for sewing machine reviews (I quite like SewingMachinify Blog for this very purpose) and check the machine manufacturer’s website. Talk to sewing friends or find local sewing/knitting groups that meet up? These people are usually happy to share their experiences with the various machines they have used and can put you in touch with a reputable sewing machine dealer in your area. The last thing you need is to spend half your time rewinding, troubleshooting, or taking your sewing machine back to the store, so these personalized recommendations are invaluable.
Whether you decide to buy used or new, always ask to test the sewing machine. It is important to do this so that you can feel how smooth or elastic the machine is and whether it is noisy or silent when sewing. Is everything easily accessible? Do you need a degree to specify settings? Is tying bobbin threads a breeze or a nightmare? Can you easily switch from one setting to another? Most reputable sewing machine stores will be happy to show you how the machine works, let you try it out, and many offer free sewing lessons on the machine you purchase.
“Sew” When shopping for a sewing machine, remember to take your time, consider your needs, do your research, and try out the machine as much as possible. Doing all this will ensure that you buy the best sewing machine for your needs based on your budget.