Shopping Guide: How to Choose the Best Sewing Machine at an Affordable Price

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If you are new to the world of sewing, you are probably very excited at the thought of buying your first machine. Shopping for the right machine can be a daunting task because of the sheer range of sewing machines out there. You have to choose between brands, type of operation, bobbin loading, stitch width and so on.

Here is an easy guide to help you choose the right sewing machine at a price that fits.

Think About What you will be Sewing

The best way to judge what sort of sewing machine you need to buy is to first think about what you will be using it for. Do you plan to use it for long hours for a whole variety of clothes and fabrics? Do you only intend to sew once a couple of months when you have to do a hem and tuck, or put together some throw pillow covers? Or do you plan to use them to make more complicated costumes, quilts, and so on? Depending on the task, you have cut out’ for you, you will have to choose between a low end electronic machine, which is great for infrequent use, or a high end, all frills included, computerized machine, which is perfect for daily and versatile performance.

When do you Plan to Use the Machine?

If you plan to use the sewing machine at home, late at night when the rest of the household is asleep, you will need to pay attention to how much noise the machine generates. Make no mistake – sewing machines can be quite noisy, especially if they have a lot of metal parts! Choose one that is quieter if you plan to use it late at night, or go ahead and get a cheap noisy one if you plan to use it during the day. Since a store isn’t the ideal place to test out sound limits, try testing the machine in quieter surroundings before you make a decision.

How many Types of Stitches do you Need?

If you are going to be using your machine for some fancy footwork, like the kind you see in quilting and dressmaking, you need a machine that comes with several different kinds of stitch patterns. If that is the case, you can pick the best one in the range that offers you different kinds of stitches. There are several machines out there that come preset with different stitches, and computerized machines will even store your most frequently used stitch patterns for you. This will keep you hemming and sewing for a long while, with hours of great output.

Do you Need to Lug it Around a Lot?

Choosing a lightweight machine versus a heavy machine can make a huge difference to your budget. The best sewing machine can be a second hand, old-fashioned metal machine but it will be very heavy and so you would need to devote a fixed space to it. You can choose a cheap new lightweight plastic one, which will be low on performance but easier to carry around.

Whichever machine you choose, just make sure you select the best one within your available budget. Don’t overspend; just pick wisely and get the most mileage out of your sewing machine.

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