Tips For Choosing A Good Sewing Machine

Choosing A Sewing MachineAt first glance, it may seem like choosing a good sewing machine would be quick and easy. But, in reality, sewing machines come in a wide variety of price ranges and feature sets. It definitely pays to do some research before you make a purchase.

The first step in choosing your sewing machine starts at home. By that I mean, take stock of exactly how you plan to use your sewing machine. For example, if you need a sewing machine primarily to make repairs on clothing, sew on a Girl Scout patch here and there and hem pants and skirts, you’ll be looking for a much less heavy duty and much less costly machine than if you plan to take up custom embroidery.

Matching your plans to specific machines will save you time and money, though it is a good idea for beginners to buy just a little bit more machine than they actually need today, so that if your interest and skills grow, you don’t immediately need a new machine. On the other hand, if you’ve never sewn a stitch, buying a really high-end machine would be a big waste of money should you find that you absolutely hate sewing. You’ll find that even the most basic machines offer a multitude of stitches and work on many different types of fabric.

Comparing Features and Price

One big differentiation between different types of sewing machines is electronic controls versus mechanical controls. When you buy a machine with electronic controls you’ll get touch pad settings, and recommendations on settings, appropriate stitches and needles based on the fabric you’re using. With a mechanical machine, you’ll be required to set all the controls yourself, but you’ll save quite a bit of money over the cost of an electronic model.

Novice users might be a little afraid of using an electronic machine, but they can actually be very helpful in helping you learn the ins and outs of sewing, and they may prevent you from making some common beginner mistakes as you learn to sew.

If you plan to embroider, you’ll need a special machine, with the features required for embroidery. This type of machine can also be used for regular sewing. The Brother pc-420 computerized sewing machine is one of the best for both functions.

If you plan to buy your machine from a storefront retailer, you should ask to try out a few machines in the store before you buy. When you take your “test drive” use a few different fabrics to get a good idea of how much you like using the machine.

The best deals, however, can often be found online. It’s a good idea to ensure that an online retailer allows for returns before buying a machine that you haven’t tried out. Check out my Brother Project Runway sewing machine review to see if this might be the one for you.

A good warranty and the ability to get service on your machine are two more important features to look for before you purchase. Many local sewing machine centers offer repair, and will work on your machine even if you bought it from an online retailer. It’s always a wise idea to scope out a service center before you make a purchase. Most machines made by the well-known manufacturers offer good warranties, but it is important to ensure that items like the motor are well covered before you buy.

A sewing machine offers great convenience, even if you have no plans to become a serious seamstress. There are many great deals available on solid machines that can help you in all sorts of home projects.

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