Choosing a sewing machine can be intimidating. What make what model? What feet do I need oe special stitches? Choose a machine can be intimidating for a first time sewist. Look no further! Here are some basic tips and things to look at when you’re buying a machine.
Does it have a good weight?
A good machine need to pass the “huh” test. When you lift it do you have to say “huh”because it weights a lot? A good machine has some weight to it. You don’t want a machine that will bounce all around the table.
Does it have a solid straight stitch?
The straight stitch is a base stitch for the machine. So if you don’t like the straight stitch on the machine – you’re going to hate all the stitches it does. It should be even tight and you should like how it looks on the front and back of the stitch.
How is it’s speed and strength?
If you’re planning on sewing on jeans, leather or heavier materials you will want a machine with some power behind it. Also different makes of models will sew at different paces. It’s important that when you sit down and sew that you have a machine with a pacing and speed that you like. You don’t want to feel like that machine will run away from you, and on the flip side you don’t a want a machine that is so slow it drives you crazy.
What so you need it to do?
Before you buy a machine know what you need out it. What kind of projects are you going to do with it? So you need it to quilt embroider, just do basic sewing projects? Be sure to get the correct machine for your needs.
Where should you buy a machine?
I get it if you’re just starting out with sewing to go with a cheap machine. But I STRONGLY recommend that after a year you make the investment in getting a good machine. it makes a world of difference not having to fight with the machine to complete a project.
To get a machine I recommend going to a specialty store. It’s worth the extra money because they usually offer classes and other extras when you buy there, plus you have a knowledgeable contact if something goes wrong.
If you’re just starting out this is a good machine that doesn’t cost a lot
Do you already have a machine? What kind? Let me know in the comments below.