What should you look out for when you want to buy a sewing machine? What are the most important considerations to keep in mind as you go shopping for the best sewing machine your money can buy? Is there a way to compare the features or components of different sewing machine models? What are the features that you should look out for and will they be suitable for my needs? These and many more questions are more than enough to get you overwhelmed due to the availability of the myriad of sewing machines on the market today.
It is important to recognize the different features of sewing machines as well as how important they will be to you. If you are a beginner, you may not be too conversant with the various features that come with sewing machines. These features will help you come to a decision between models. But if you have no idea about the importance of such features and why they are essential to have, how then can you compare them?
Buying a sewing machine should not be that difficult if you focus on the following factors:
Brand – One of the factors that will help you in deciding on the model or type of sewing machine you should purchase is the brand name. You can go online and search for the best brands of sewing machines. Some brands are ideal for beginners, easy to master and possess features that are not too cumbersome for beginners. Besides taking note of the brands, it is also important to make a note of where such brands were manufactured. Sewing machines made in countries like Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, etc. have been found to be durable and last longer than models from other countries.
Budget – The size of your bankroll plays a significant role in making you decide the type of sewing machines you should buy. But that doesn’t mean you should go for the cheapest ones on the block. If your budget is small, shy away from higher end sewing machines. Be wary of commercial ads trying to sell plastic sewing machines at give-away prices or with mouth-watering discounts. Don’t be taken in by cutesy-looking sewing machines either as you could end up with a machine that will break down after only a few uses. Buy the best sewing machine that you can afford. To help you decide, browse the web in search of the sewing machine models that fit your budget. Read the various reviews from users of such sewing machines, and then visit the local stores for a look-see.
Features – Don’t make this mistake; a majority of beginners purchase uncomplicated sewing machines, and after a while, they start regretting the purchase. Why? It is because they have gained some level of experience and finally realized that they need some additional features on their sewing machines.
You should look out for these must-have features that will serve you well, especially if your aim of buying the sewing machine is to use it for sewing your cloth;
- Automatic buttonhole
- Ability to overlock stitches
- Adjustable stitch lengths
- Adaptable presser foot pressure
- Accessories like blind hem foot, zipper foot, etc.
- Possess the capability of switching to a twin needle
Don’t be swayed by the smooth sales talk of an astute seller and be persuaded to purchase a sewing machine that is too advanced for you. Your intentions for buying a sewing machine should be your motivation.
You only need a zigzag stitch and straight stitch, and with these, you can do anything your mind conceives behind a sewing machine.