How to Shop for a Basic Sewing Machine

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I have 8 sewing machines, 2 of them do basic sewing and the others are more "fancy". The machine I use the most is the Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine. It's very heavy, faster than the usual sewing machine, and I love it. Before the Singer, I was faithful to Brother. So far I have 6 Brother Sewing Machines and 2 Singers.

But when looking for a sewing machine here are some tips and what to look out for

1) Speed: If you're just beginning, choose a machine that isn't too fast. My basic Brother sewing machine is much slower than my Singer. I use the Brother if I'm teaching family or friends who have never sewn before.

2) Price: My sewing machines range from $75-$800. You need to find a price that works for your budget. Basic machines are fine for basic garment construction, or hobbies which can be around $75. If you're looking to embroider, then you may very much spend $800 or even more. Other machines like sergers finish off garments, which can range from $200-$500. Then there are computerized machines which give you basic stitch options and 50-100 additional stitches as well, prices on computerized machines can be around $200-$300.

3) What are you going to create? Are you a hobbyist? Quilter? Fashion Designer? You might want to figure out what you want to do before you purchase a machine.

4) Figure out whether you would like to buy new or used. I have 7 machines that I have bought brand new, and I have one machine (my serger, which is a 1989 model) which works great. Keep in mind if you buy a machine which is used, if it breaks it may be hard to find parts for it.

5) Go into stores: Go to a store to check out your options. You don't need to buy the machine but it's fun to check out what's out there, and what you may eventually purchase.

6) Buy online: After you research inside stores, buy online. Websites like Amazon and Wawak sell machines for much less than other stores.

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