Tips for Buying the Best Sewing Machine
Did you find a new hobby? Is it sewing? If yes, then trust us, you must get ready to take it up a notch and join a fun and exciting adventure.
Sewing can be used to tailor clothes, create quilts, bags, or just about anything. You can even learn to decorate and personalize a variety of different items.
Sewing is seen by many as a dying art but it can be a very relaxing and rewarding hobby, as you are able to create beautiful masterpieces and repair clothes.
But you know what will be a nice long-time investment for your hobby?
Buying a sewing machine!
But how to buy it?
From where to buy it?
How do I find the perfect sewing machine in the market?
Well, here are our top tips on buying a sewing machine!
Read the article and find the answer to all your questions.
Why do you need a Sewing Machine?
Investing in a sewing machine will make your life easier! You’ll start to enjoy sewing even more than you do now!
Even as a beginner, you’ll find it beneficial to learn how to use a sewing machine because it will take your sewing to the next level.
But here are some more benefits of using a sewing machine-
- A sewing machine helps you sew faster and complete projects in less time.
- It helps you sew on heavy-duty fabric like leather and denim.
- It gives neater and more accurate stitches as compared to hand sewing.
- It also lets you do fancy stitches for complex or decorative projects.
- It is great to work with you on other craft projects.
Tip: Set your budget and buy the best you can…
No matter what happens, do not start looking for a sewing machine without calculating your budget!
A budget for your sewing machine will narrow down the choice list for you and then you can spend time researching the specific machines in your budget.
And believe us you will still find several options in each price range, enabling you to make a fair decision.
We do not ask you to burden yourself and buy the most expensive machine but buy the best you can.
It means buying the most expensive sewing machine on your set budget.
It will help you get a good quality machine within your budget because this is going to be a long-time investment.
Tip: You can buy a Second-hand Machine…
There are all these myths out there related to buying a second-hand machine but believe us, there is no harm in doing so.
There are both online and offline stores selling used sewing machines at great prices and you can go for any option.
But make sure you buy from a trustable store that is not just going to sell you machines but actually offers you quality products.
There are people and some professionals who trade in used sewing machines and consider it a nice option.
You can look up customer reviews to have a better idea of a particular sewing machine or store, and to be on the safer side.
Tip: Try before you buy…
This tip is only useful if you are buying from an offline store, but you can consider trying out the particular machine from your friend or your relative, if possible.
Trying a sewing machine before you buy it will give you an idea of how comfortable you are with that machine.
The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be for you to use it on a daily basis.
So, don’t be shy while asking the seller of the store to let you try the machine. It is always worth asking!
Tip: Know your features and remember the basics…
Research and learn about the features you would want your machine to possess.
The list should include all the things you think would make your sewing task easier in the future.
Know your long-term needs for the machine or the purpose your machine will fulfill in the future.
If you will be doing a lot of embroideries, then look for an embroidery machine; if you will be dealing with heavy fabrics, then look for a heavy-duty machine; if you will be sewing for home decorating stuff or garment, then look for a basic sewing machine, and if you will be quilting, then look for a long arm sewing machine.
But at the same time, do not forget the basics!
You can check out our other blogs where we give you the details of each basic feature your machine must possess.
Below is the list of some must-have features:
- A free arm
- The four basic stitches- straight, zig-zag, buttonhole, blind hem stitch
- Needle adjustments
- Adjustable speed control
- Twin needle function
- A needle threader and a cutter
Tip: Learn about the additional accessories…
You should learn about the additional must-have accessories of a sewing machine.
So, even if you are going to a local vendor to buy a used machine, you must ask and buy this stuff if not provided already.
Ask about the different presser foot available or utilized with the sewing machine; find the best and most comfortable foot pedal with the machine, or even ask for the manual.
Manuals are extremely important if you are trying to learn about sewing machines yourself.
Though they can be downloaded online for most machines, there is no harm in asking for them from the vendor.
You can ask the local vendor to tell you more about the features of the machine and what else will be useful with it to gain more knowledge.
There are many different sewing machines in the market, depending on what you want to do with them.
There are machines best suited to beginners, and industrial machines best suited to those who run a sewing business.
There are also many different brands available to suit all budgets.
So, here were our top tips for buying a sewing machine, no matter at what stage of sewing skills you are.