4 Tips to deciding what type of sewing machine you need
Deciding on a sewing machine can be quite a challenge. There are many things that should be considered when determining the type of machine to purchase. While it may be a good idea to purchase a machine that has only the features that you currently need, it is best to consider purchasing a machine that you can “grow” into over time. Chances are your sewing machine will last a long time and you will want to be able to use it for a long while. This article will help guide you to deciding on a great sewing machine for use now and later.
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- Read reviews. Before purchasing a new machine, be sure that you check out reviews and read what consumers are saying about the ease of use and durability. For example, these sewing machine choices are great for those with varying levels of expertise. It helps to read pros and cons from consumers about a machine you are interested in purchasing as you will get a “real life” look at what you can expect. You may also learn something while reading a review. For example, if you are not interested in quilting at this time but may have an interest later on, it is good to know if you can add a quilting foot to your machine. Consumers will likely report on whether or not the machine you are looking at is good for quilting or just general sewing.
- Determine how often you will use your new machine. If you are purchasing a machine as a hobbyist, you may not need to invest in the top of the line model with all the bells and whistles. Instead, you could be satisfied with an average machine with a few attachments and some nice features. However, if you are planning to sew regularly or for business purposes, you may want to consider investing in a higher end model that can offer embroidery as well.
- Decide on mechanical or computerised. Most of the sewing machines on the market today offer computerized screens and features that help make sewing easier than ever before. These newer machines are nice but they come with a hefty price tag and often weigh much more than the mechanical version. If you are interested in sewing for pleasure and do not have a huge budget, the mechanical version will work just fine. Not to mention it is lighter and easier to transport to sewing clubs or classes.
- Where you make your purchase matters. It is tempting to purchase your new machine from a big box store as it is likely they offer a great price or even a coupon. While saving money is ideal, you will likely cost yourself money in the long run. If you purchase from a store that specialises in sewing machines and is a licensed dealer, you will be able to bring your machine there for routine maintenance or to get fixed if a repair is needed. In some instances, services such as the aforementioned are included in the machine price. Be sure to explore these options when determining the best machine for the price.