If you want to make a start sewing then the most important part of your kit is the sewing machine.
Early considerations for your sewing machines; Before you even begin deciding to look for a sewing machine decide what you want to use it for.
1. Look for the machine that fits your purpose – quilt making, dresses, etc.
2. Think about what you want to try in the future – in this case decide whether you want to make the effort to invest in a sewing machine with more features.
3. Research the kind of brands there are – don’t buy a machine from unknown brands. The machine would probably be low quality.
4. Choose the budget as you go.
5. Look for experts and tell them your plans.
Entry level – if you decide to use your machine for simple and occasional jobs, this is the kind of sewing machine you should be looking into. And if you plan to go higher as your level of quality grows, it’s still a good idea to buy a sewing machine at entry level.
Mid range level – if you’re hooked already on sewing and want to move up the rungs, or if you’re still uncertain about where the sewing will take you, invest maybe in a mid range sewing machine.
Top range level – only if you decide you love sewing and want to maybe take it up professionally, it’s probably worth an investment into one of these machines.
A great place to buy machines is at Joann’s (http://www.joann.com/sewing/machines-and-furniture/sewing-machines/). The entry level machines are standard, pretty basic, and some sewing machines of this type come with a darning plate which is great if you wish to try free hand embroidery. One entry level machine, the Janome SMD1000 has a 1 step buttonhole, making it great for value.
Many of these entry level sewing machines come with a plastic cover which is very soft to keep the dust out.
As the features go on as the level is climbed, you might probably find sewing machines with a selection of feet and a hard case, or as is the case of the top range sewing machines functions that automatically locking off seams.
Big things to consider
Like other appliances and accessories, there have been dozens of developments in sewing machines. Some sewing machines are computerized, which will help the difficult and sometimes tricky things to remember, such as bobbin loading.
Manufacturers vary the quality of their products, that’s true. The manufacturers always hear people say they want the most price efficient sewing machine with great features. The trouble is many of these people have no idea what kind of machine to buy.
There are two alternatives. First, write a list of the kind of things you are going to use a sewing machine for. Don’t go for sewing machines that are too heavy and have features that are realistically never going to be used.
When you’ve done this then look for reviews on websites like Amazon. The second alternative is to contact an expert on sewing machines to help you with your selection.
What an expert will tell you
“How much do you want to spend?” Predictably the first question an expert will ask. Sewing machines from any manufacturer isn’t of the same quality as another of its brand. If you have a selected value, no matter how vague, there’s a possibility one brand of sewing machine will be exactly what you want.
Other questions will be “what do you plan to use it for?” to “how often will you use it?” You can say either you were once good at sewing and want to take it up again, or alternatively say you wish to try your hand at making quilts, make dresses, the possibilities are endless. In that case the sewing machine will be used for hobby crafts.
Make a list about what you wish to use it for as you go if you’d like, and then start researching the type of machine you wish to buy before making your selection.
The best advice any expert will tell you is to buy the right tool for the right job – don’t expect cheap and lightweight machines to sew heavy fabrics without problems, it won’t happen.
Another good reason for investing in a basic machine before moving up is learning how to use the sewing machine and deciding where you want to take your skills as you gain them. It’s good investment to start small and then work your way up.