Choosing The Right Sewing Machine

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With all the different brands of sewing machines out there, it can be a difficult task to choose the right sewing machine. There are several things to consider when you begin your search: budget, ability, and what you can and can’t live without. You need to look at these in reverse order to narrow the decision making process.

What functions do you want the sewing machine to possess? What are the things you must have and what can you live without? The quilter is going to look for something entirely different than the weekend repair sewer. Most machines come with a variation of different feet from zipper to straight stitch to buttonholer. These are some standards, but you need to think about the type of sewing you will be doing. Do you need a free arm ability in order to get into tight space? Or, is a flatbed machine more to your liking? Would you prefer a table top model that is portable to a stationary machine housed in a sewing table?

The Beginner

The former paragraph touched on this a bit, but your own sewing ability will have an impact on choosing the right sewing machine. If you just need the machine for mending, you do not need to invest heavily in a sewing machine with all the bells and whistles. You will be unlikely to ever use all the extra stitches, etc much less understand how to use them unless you take lessons. However, if you are an avid quilter, a machine that will accommodate this will save you time and wear and tear on your fingers.

The beginner may want to start out small with a machine that only has a few stitch options to see if this is something they really want to take the time to do. A good way to figure this out is to borrow a machine and make something. See how you like it and if it is something you want to explore further. After you have made a few things with the borrowed machine, make note of what you do and don’t like about it. You can then begin your search for your own sewing machine.

Cost Effectiveness

If money were no object, you could probably go out and buy the top of the line and not worry about it. Money, unfortunately, is a factor. Sewing machines can and do get expensive. Setting up a budget for the machine is a good way to know what you want to spend on one. Check all the stores in your area that sell sewing machines, then, before you buy, go on line to eBay or a similar auction site to see if they have one for sale. Compare prices and get the best deal you can.


Following these simple steps will ensure you choose the right sewing machine for you. It will guarantee that you get what you want not only for your ability as a sewer, but can possibly save you thousands of dollars. Once you have your sewing machine, pick out a pattern and get to work creating new things for yourself and your home.


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