With all the options available to choose from, buying your first sewing machine can be quite confusing. For most people, all the bells and whistles are unnecessary and a best sewing machine for beginners can be found for less than $200. Here are a few tips on shopping for your first sewing machine.
- #1: Do your research
Do plenty of research before buying your first sewing machine. The best place to start is usually a magazine like Consumer Reports or an online consumer review site. Look at the recommendations first to get an idea of what type of sewing machine you want, then you can check online consumer review sites to get opinions from actual users. Remember that people are more likely to post something if they are unhappy with a product, so take the online reviews with a grain of salt. One or two bad reviews may not be a cause for concern, but a trend of unfavorable reviews with few favorable ones to offset them could be a problem. Once you have decided which sewing machine to buy, check with your local repair shop to make sure they will be able to service your machine if it breaks.
- #2: Skip the unnecessary bells and whistles
Do not be tempted to buy a sewing machine with all of the available features. Most people will never need the more advanced options offered by today’s sewing machines. Not only is it a waste of money, but it can also be confusing to have so many different features, especially if you are new to sewing. If you plan to make sewing a lifetime hobby, you may want to buy a basic model that will be expandable later if you decide you need a particular attachment.
- #3: What price range to expect
A first sewing machine should not be too expensive, usually in the $100-200 range. The available features are the main difference within that price range. You want a sewing machine that can handle the routine tasks like attaching buttons or creating buttonholes. Most of the other features you will find in this price range involve special stitching patterns that may not be important until you learn more advanced sewing techniques.
- #4: Where to shop
You can either buy your first sewing machine online or at a local store. Online stores or auction sites like eBay will often offer the best price, but you are not able to see the actual machine before purchasing. It is usually a good idea to browse at a local store to physically inspect the type of sewing machine you are interested in buying. Be sure it is the proper size for you and is comfortable to use. Once you are sure you have found the right first sewing machine, then you can return to the online sites to find the best price.