You can’t expect to keep on sewing on a borrowed machine. You need to buy a machine for yourself one day! If this is the day, here are some tips to help you choose the best machine fitting your needs and budget from the many brands and models in the market.
You need to set a budget before buying a sewing machine. If your budget is small, look for a good used machine, especially if you need a heavy duty motor machine but cannot afford buying a brand new one.
There are also many sewing machine manufacturers producing reasonably priced decent machines. Though there are machines which can serve you for many years, there are also lightweight machines with plastic parts which are difficult to find if you need to repair the machine.
After deciding on your budget, you can decide on the features you want in your machine like the number of stitches available. Don’t get carried away by the number of stitches the machine offers, but look for a machine with stitches you require. You basically require only a straight and zigzag switch with adjustable length and width to tackle most sewing jobs.
Some other additional stitches you may want include buttonhole stitch, stretch or knit stitch for use with knits, blind hem stitch which create practically invisible hems for pants and skirts and perhaps some utility stitches. After sewing for a while you will be able to decide which stitches you want, and accordingly upgrade to a new machine.
You need to choose attachments and feet for the machine based on your usage. Quilters prefer a walking foot while garment sewists prefer a zipper foot, button attaching foot, overcast stitching foot and buttonhole foot. While most machines have all these feet, some cheaper machines may not have specialty feet to choose from.
Check the rates for accessories and feet as most manufacturers charge between $30-$50 per foot. There are some machines within specific purposes like machines having the letter ‘Q’ next to its name. It indicates the machine is just what a quilter wants with the required quilter feet and attachments.
Mechanical or automatic
The speed of a sewing machine depends on what’s inside the machine, and if it’s a mechanical or computerized machine. Mechanical machines are lightweight as they don’t have a computer, are easy to use and require less maintenance. In fact, if maintained and oiled regularly, mechanical machines can last a lifetime.
Most high-end machines are computerized in some way and if well-maintained, they can help sew a straight stitch. Computerized machines also have a touch screen and a high-powered motor perfect for use in heavy-duty projects. These machines need to be maintained by a processional regularly.
There is a third type of sewing machine, which is a hybrid technical and computerized machine, with a decant selection of stitches. They usually include stitch selection, thread cutter, needle up/down and needle position. Though these machines sew beautifully, they cannot embroider.
With these tips, you will be able to choose the best sewing machine for beginners. Do your research to find out more about the sewing machines, the company manufacturing it and its service or maintenance department.