I’m always very happy to let them understand what sewing machine I’m using but simply because the machine is perfect for me doesn’t imply that it is perfect for everyone. Before you rush out and buy a sewing machine, you need to first consider several other questions:
1. What do I want to sew? If you are only going to complete general sewing and occasionally sew some gorgeous doll clothes for your grandchildren, why can you spend a tiny fortune on a fancy electronic machine with gazillions of stitches whenever a good basic machine would be suitable? If, on another hand, you’re like my Mom who sews all night making fancy embroidered table cloths, doilies, cushion covers, skirts, fancy collars, quilts, etc., you then would be frustrated with a fundamental sewing machine and would be smart to invest a little more in a top quality embroidery or quilting machine that can do the fancy stitches and patterns that you wish to sew.
2. How often will I sew? If you are just learning to sew and unsure whether you should it, I could possibly see if I possibly could borrow a sewing machine from a buddy or relation or see what second hand machines can be found in your local area. Knowing you will simply be doing some occasional sewing, you’d probably not spend as much as if you had been going to be deploying it every other day. Because I spend a great percentage of my day at the sewing machine and rely on it for income, I’d like to ensure my machine is user friendly, reliable and most importantly, robust. I bought the sewing machine that I personally use after having it demonstrated if you ask me and having it referred to as a’real workhorse which will work for years.’ And touch wood, it has!
3. What features do I want on the machine and what features would I like? Knowing this will allow you to disregard any machine that will not have the features that you’ll require and if a device has features that you’ll require along with some, or all of the features you want, then it is likely to make it onto your’short list’for more consideration.
4. How much am I prepared to spend? This question is important as it will narrow down the product range of machines you appear at and stop you focused on the machines which are most suitable for you in the purchase price range you place yourself.
Given that you’ve answered these questions, you need to do some research. Look online for sewing machine reviews, being careful to appear beyond the machine manufacturer’s website portable sewing machine. Keep in touch with friends that sew or seek out local sewing/quilting groups that meet up? These people are usually happy to fairly share their experiences with the various machines they’ve used and can put you in touch with a reliable sewing machine dealer in your area. The last thing you’ll need is to spend half your time rethreading, un-jamming it or running your sewing machine back again to the workshop to be fixed so these personal recommendations are priceless.
Whether you choose to buy second hand or new, always ask to use the sewing machine. It is important to get this done so that you can feel how smooth or jerky the machine is and if it’s noisy or quiet when sewing. Is everything easy to access? Do you will need a degree to work the settings out? Is threading the bobbin very simple or even a nightmare? Would you change from one setting to another easily? Most reputable sewing machine shops will be more than happy to exhibit you how the machine works, allow you to test it and many offer free sewing lessons on the machine you purchase.