I’m always pleased to let them know very well what sewing machine I’m using but simply because the machine is ideal for me doesn’t mean that it is ideal for everyone. Before you rush out and purchase a sewing machine, you have to first ask yourself several other questions:
1. What do I do want to sew? If you should be only going to do general sewing and occasionally sew some gorgeous doll clothes for your grandchildren, why would you spend a tiny fortune on an expensive electronic machine with gazillions of stitches whenever a good basic machine would be suitable? If, on the other hand, you’re like my Mom who sews for hours making fancy embroidered table cloths, doilies, cushion covers, skirts, fancy collars, quilts, etc., you then would be frustrated with a simple sewing machine and would be wise to invest a little more in a good quality embroidery or quilting machine that is able to do the fancy stitches and patterns that you intend to sew.
2. How often will I sew? If you should be just understanding how to sew and unsure whether you will like it, I may possibly see if I really could borrow a sewing machine from a buddy or relation or see what second hand machines are available in the local area. Knowing you is only going to be doing some occasional sewing, you would not likely spend around if you were likely to be using it every other day. Because I spend a good part of my day at the sewing machine and rely onto it for income, I’d like to ensure that my machine is easy to use, reliable and above all, robust. I bought the sewing machine that I use after having it demonstrated in my experience and having it called a’real workhorse that’ll last for years.’ And touch wood, it has!
3. What features do I want on the machine and what features would I love? Knowing this enables you to disregard any machine that doesn’t have the features that you might want and if a device has features that you might want as well as some, or every one of the features you want, then it is likely to make it onto your’short list’for more consideration.
4. How much am I prepared to pay? This question is very important as it will narrow down the range of machines you look at and keep you centered on the machines which can be most suitable for you in the purchase price range you place yourself.
Since you have answered these questions, you need to do some research portable sewing machine. Look online for sewing machine reviews, being careful to check beyond the machine manufacturer’s website. Speak with friends that sew or search for local sewing/quilting groups that get together? This type of person usually happy to fairly share their experiences with the many machines they’ve used and can put you touching a reputable sewing machine dealer in your area. The past thing you will need is to pay half your time rethreading, un-jamming it or running your sewing machine back again to the workshop to be fixed so these personal recommendations are priceless.
Whether you choose to buy second hand or new, always ask to use the sewing machine. It is very important to get this done so you can feel how smooth or jerky the machine is and if it is noisy or quiet when sewing. Is everything accessible? Do you will need a degree to work the settings out? Is threading the bobbin a piece of cake or a nightmare? Would you differ from one setting to a different easily? Most reputable sewing machine shops could be more than happy to exhibit you how the machine works, let you try it and many offer free sewing lessons on the machine you purchase.