Your First Sewing Machine
The Best Sewing Machine for You
Choosing your first sewing machine does not have to be complicated.
A beginner sewing machine should be simple, but still have the features that you will need for the projects you have planned!
So, how do you make sure that you get just the right mix of features – not too many but also not stripped down?
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are shopping for the best first sewing machine for you:
- Buy a Real Sewing Machine! - There is, of course, the temptation to buy something cheap for learning to sew.
You will never learn to love sewing if your sewing machine doesn't work well. It will only cause you needless hours of frustration, and most people will just give up.
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Plan to spend about $200 for a new basic sewing machine of high quality (or less for a used one), and you will be much happier. If you choose well, you will have a nice basic machine that works well and that provides you with many hours of fun and enjoyment!
- Don't Buy More Machine than you Need - On the other hand, buying a sewing machine with all the bells and whistles for your beginner sewing machine will also be a big mistake. If your first machine is too complicated, you may never get around to learning how to use it. Or, if you do try, you may end up totally frustrated!
Ask any experienced sewer, and I'd be willing to bet that there are features on their sewing machine that they have never, ever used. That's OK, except that you DO pay for extra features. Don't pay for more than you need!
- Know Yourself - Decide what kind of projects you would like to do. If you will limit your projects to scrapbooking or crafts, you can probably buy a more basic sewing machine than if you will be making clothing or quilts.
- Do Your Homework - All sewing machines are not alike. When you know what you need, compare the machines in your price range and the ones that offer the features that you need.
Read reviews and opinions about the machines that you are considering for your first sewing machine so that you know which machines other people like best and which ones they don't like!
for Sewing Machines for Beginners
That having been said, there are some common features that you should consider when shopping for your beginner sewing machine, whether it's for you or for one of your children.
Take the time to consider which features you must have and which features would be nice to have. Don't get caught up in upselling (whether on the internet or by a salesman) to get you to buy more features.
Here are the most important features to consider for your first sewing machine:
That's all there is to it! For your very first sewing machine you don't need all the bells and whistles. You do need the basics, though.
Here are some first sewing machine possibilities for you to consider:
And, make sure that you have a friend who will help you learn how to use your machine - or take lessons from a local sewing shop or take advantage of sewing lessons that are available online.
Good luck with your search for your first and best sewing machine--whether it's a children's sewing machine or for you! If you choose well, you'll love your first machine--the very best!
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