Are you planning on buying a sewing machine? Are you confused about which sewing machine would be best suited for you?
Before buying the right kind of sewing machine which matches your requirements, you need to ask three questions from yourself.
Q1. What kind of sewing do you want to do?
If you are a complete beginner, then start with a basic machine that would be easy to use.
If in a few years, you feel like you need something a little fancier, you can always upgrade because by then you will be more familiar with what your sewing needs are.
With the basic machine, you should have the straight stitch, zig-zag, buttonhole and a few decorative stitches as well.
Q2. How much do you want to spend on a sewing machine?
This is probably a tricky question because nowadays sewing machines are available in a variety of ranges depending on brand and availability.
So, before we move on, you first need to decide which features you are looking for in your machine and how much it is going to cost you.
Q3. Where are you going to buy your sewing machine from?
You can either buy online or you can buy it from any local store. If you are buying online then you can have a quick purchase with low machine cost. It will also be convenient and readily available with a warranty.
However, if you are buying from a store then you also have the option of trying those machines before making a purchase. The other benefit is that you know where to take the sewing machine in case you have any problem.
Now, here are some important tips you should consider before buying a sewing machine.
You should buy a quality sewing machine instead of buying a cheap, unreliable one. Take into consideration that added features are nothing if the quality is not upright. A machine with countless features is not of use if it often malfunctions or clogs. Quality must be your first priority.
2. Weight of Machine
A heavy machine usually ensures quality. It is a common practice these days by manufacturers to replace the middle parts of the sewing machine with plastic ones which make it lighter in weight. However, they are essential and also the reason why vintage machines keep running for a very long time.
Another the reason you should prefer a heavy machine is so when you transition from the beginner phase and start sewing faster, the machine will be steady and not rattle around as you stitch.
3. Ability to Move the Needle
It means to be able to move the needle separately to the stitches from all the way to the left, the center, or to the right. It is highly convenient if you are a beginner.
4. Does it sew nice?
When looking for the right kind of sewing machine, you should first use it to make sure you like the feel of the fabric as it goes through the machine. If it does not feel smooth but clunky or if it feels like it cannot move very well then it is probably not the machine for you.
If you are planning on sewing garments, items for home decor, or simple quilt top designs, a basic sewing machine will be a safe choice to do the job.
If you want to do more involved quilting such as sewing through a whole quilt then you will need a long-arm sewing machine.
For embroidery embellishment, you would want to go for an embroidery machine.
And for sewing heavy materials such as denim or leather, you will need to look into a heavy-duty sewing machine. With all of these tips in mind, you are now ready to purchase a sewing machine best suited for you and start on your new hobby!