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Used sewing machines have their place. Beginners, kids and people on limited budgets can still find high quality second hand sewing machines if they shop carefully. The key is knowing what to look for…
Some women purchase top quality sewing machines and then never use them—or use them only occasionally.
Others, while they sew frequently, take very good care of their sewing machines. After years, their machines are just like new. So, in many cases, you really don’t need to be afraid of purchasing a used sewing machine.
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On the other hand, you can find cheap sewing machines–even brand new ones–that are not of a good quality. Cheaply made sewing machines will never sew well, and you are bound to have many days of frustration—and end up hating to sew!
And one other option, refurbished sewing machines, can give you a really good value for your money. While not really used sewing machines, refurbished machines are late model machines that can not be sold as “new” for a variety of reasons.
Refurbished machines normally represent a great deal (my husband always looks for refurbished items and has never had a problem). See if you can get a deal on a refurbished sewing machine.
Whether you purchase a new sewing machine or a second hand sewing machine, make sure it’s a GOOD one.
What to Look for in Used Sewing Machines
Keep these things in mind when you are shopping for used sewing machines:
- Appearance – What does the sewing machine look like? Does it appear to have been cared for? Or does it look like it was handled roughly? Are there scratches, dents or other signs of misuse? Does it look clean?
- History – How was the machine used? You may or may not be able to find out, but someone’s story about how they used the machine may tell you how hard it was used. Was it carried to classes? Was it used lightly–or for a business?
- How will you use it? – Your choice of sewing machine should match your needs. There’s no sense getting a fancy sewing machine with features that you will never use. For example, if you are buying a machine to mend your husband’s jeans, you don’t need a high end embroidery machine. On the other hand, if you really think it would be fun to do crafts with lots of embroidery, you DO want one!
- Construction – Many used sewing machines that are older, have all metal construction. In part, that’s why they are still around and still operational. Some newer machines have plastic parts that don’t last. Examine the machine (or read about them) so that you know how it’s constructed before you buy.
- Take a test drive – if you can. Make sure you feel comfortable with this brand and model of sewing machine.
- Company – Are you comfortable with the company? Can you get your machine serviced locally?
- Are you comfortable with the machine? – Does this sewing machine feel like YOU? Does it have all the features that you want? Do you think it will be easy for you to operate? Does it have a (good) manual? These may be the most important questions to ask yourself.
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Buying a second hand sewing machine can be a great way to get started in sewing, or a perfect way to save money when your budget is a little tight.
There are many fine used sewing machines for sale, and some have been very lightly used. If you really want a new sewing machine, but need to watch your spending, look for a good used one.
There just might be a real gem out there right now—waiting for you!
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