You have finally come to conclusion that you need or want a sewing machine. Now, what is on market and how do you make right decision?
There are many brands of machines out there and everyone boasts different features. Some machines appeal to quilters, others want you to embroider everything including toilet seat and shower curtain. Searching for right machine is going to take some time.
Shopping for a new machine can make your head spin. The girls on my boards discuss which machine is best every time someone needs a new one. We all know name brands but I am not going to suggest one, that decision is yours. It's a personal one and an important one. I will, however give you a few basic questions you should ask yourself.
1. What type of sewing do you plan to do? - clothing - crafts - repairs and alterations - home decorating
2. Where will you sew?
- sewing room - kitchen table - integrated into other family living area
3. How will your machine be stored? - in its own cabinet - in a closet hiding behind coats - leave it out to sew every spare moment
4. Consider your budget and buying habits? How long will you keep this machine? - 6 months - a few years - forever and a day
When you answer these questions, you are on your way to making right decision. Obviously if you are going to sew from kitchen table, you don't want a machine with lots of accessories or add-ons that will take up too much room. If you are doing repairs and alterations, you don't want a machine that duplicates quilting stitch. If you have small children around, your machine needs to be tucked away safely. Just a few things to think about.
Research is name of game here. Check out latest consumer reports. Visit forum discussions on sew-whats-new.com and see what girls are using. They will gladly tell you what works and what doesn't. Another source is well known sewing magazines. Sew News and Threads do comparison studies all time.
If you are lucky enough to have local dealers, pay them all a visit. Test drive all their machines and ask lots and lots of questions. Take fabric with you that you use and test out things like stitch length, reverse and some of different presser feet. Find out about lessons. Lots of dealers will give you a few free lessons to get you acquainted with your machine. Above all, take your time. I cannot stress this enough. Don't let anyone rush you thru process. Leave kids at home so you have no distractions. While you are in shop asking questions, you can see how staff relate to customers and if they have answers to all your questions. If they seem impatient or brusque, imagine how they might be after sale. If they are not helpful now at prospect of a sale, they probably won't be later if you need help.