Choosing a sewing machine can be a complicated affair. The best machine for you is probably not the same machine as your mother’s or your best friend’s.
A sewing machine is very personal and unless you understand exactly what you want, trying to do sewing machine comparisons can put you into a state of heightened stress and frustration!
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Dreaming about sewing projects for your new sewing machine? Of course you are! You wouldn’t be looking for a new sewing machine if you didn’t have any idea what you would do with it! And you are right to do so.
Your dreaming of sewing crafts or making new kitchen curtains will help you to determine which features you will need on your new machine and which machine is the best sewing machine for you.
Choosing a Sewing Machine
Here are some tips to help you simplify your search for choosing a sewing machine:
- “Know Yourself” – If you learned about Socrates in school, you’ve heard this before. The truth in his words still rings true. Make sure you understand your skill level. Are you a beginner? Do you sew occasionally as a hobby—either clothing or crafts? Or, are you an expert—someone who sews several days a week and has completed complicated projects?Are you someone who will sew a lot after you get your machine? Or, will you go to a few classes and then tire of your new toy? Think about it. Knowing how well you sew and how much you are likely to use your new machine will help to determine which is the best sewing machine for you.
- How will you use your new sewing machine? – What kinds of sewing projects are you planning? Knowing this will help you decide on a type of sewing machine.
- What sewing machine features are important to you? – Which features will you use? Many features sound very nice, but they never get used. Remember that you are paying for the extra features on a sewing machine. Decide now which ones you think you would really use—and which ones just sound like they would be nice! When you know which features are important to you, it will be much easier to compare sewing machines!
- Where will you sew? – Do you have a dedicated sewing room? Or will you need to set up your machine on the dining room table? Do you need a portable sewing machine to take to classes or bees? Does your machine need to be lightweight (so you can carry it easily) or do you want to leave it on your sewing table when you are finished sewing?
- Your budget – How much do you have to spend? When you start to add features to a basic sewing machine, the numbers can get pretty high, very quickly. Decide on an amount that you are willing to spend, and stick to it!
Keep a Notebook When Choosing a Sewing Machine
Think about how you will use your new sewing machine and then write your intended sewing projects in a notebook.
Here are some ideas to help you with choosing a sewing machine:
- Simple clothing – like a 2 piece top for summer.
- Advanced clothing – jackets, dresses, tailored clothing
- Mending and alterations
- Sewing crafts and home décor – curtains (mostly straight seams), pillows, crafty type decorative items
- Leather items
- Scarves and other fine items
- Your own sewing business
If you go to a sewing machine shop to see a demonstration or two, take your notebook with you and use it to compare the various machines and to take careful notes about the ones that you test drive.
Choosing a sewing machine doesn’t have to be painful. Stay organized, and you won’t get overwhelmed with all the details! And, most of all, you’ll end up with the best machine for you!
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