There are so many brands and types of sewing machines on the market. How do you pick the right one for you? I had a hard time with this when I was researching which machine I wanted. First I thought I would just go with the cheapest because I am not a seamstress. I do it as a hobby for myself and don’t sell anything I make. But then as I asked around and did my research, I realized there was more to it than price. To learn about the different types of sewing machine brands, check out this Consumer Report article.
- What kind of sewing do I do? Do you make garments, clothes, embroider, quilt? Are you a beginner or a more advanced seamstress?
- How long do I plan on keeping this machine? If you know you will be upgrading your machine in the future or if you are just getting something to learn on, you may want to go with something cheap. If it’s a machine you want to keep for a long time, maybe even pass down to your children, then you will want to pay more for a nice, sturdy machine (the interior is made of all metal).
- What features and functions would I like? You have the luxury of deciding whether you want a manual or computerized sewing machine. Manual machines are like the ones your mom or grandma used. Computerized or electronic machines have a touch screen, can memorize settings, tell you when your bobbin is almost out and give you suggestions. Not only that, but there are other features such as drop-in bobbin, needle threader, automatic button hole and number of stitch types.
- Do I have a preference for the layout of the machine? Some machines have buttons and knobs in different place on the sewing machine. It’s personal preference where you like things and what is easier for your usage.
- Where do I want to purchase it? If you want a machine that will last and is made of all metal, then you will have to go to specialty sewing stores (not like JoAnn or craft stores). Some top of the line brands of sewing machines are only sold in stores that are licensed sellers. And often times these nicer machines purchased from specialty sewing stores provide repairs and warranties that covers parts and labor. And the specialty stores allow you to test out the machines before purchasing them.
- How much am I willing to spend? The price difference is depending on brand, features and what the machine is made of. The nicer brands have machines that are made of all metal whereas the some of the cheaper brands (that you can get at discount retail stores) have plastic parts in the machine and those then to break or wear easier. And the more features you would like with your machine, the more expensive it will be.
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