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Consider These Things When Buying a Sewing Machine

Consider These Things When Buying a Sewing Machine

Sewing is back en vogue, as more and more millennials discover they can make their own clothing and accessories, as well as mend that which is torn, thus saving some money.

What are some things to consider when purchasing a sewing machine?

First, think about how often you plan to use the machine. Some people use it daily, others weekly, etc. Of course there are those who might only use it a few times a year, and that’s fine, too. In general, the more you think you’ll use your sewing machine the more money you should spend on it. Frequent sewers will appreciate and use the “bells and whistles,” while infrequent users just need the basics. Either way, you’ll want to shop around for a reliable, durable machine. You can ask friends and family what they recommend. You can visit various websites and read online reviews. And if you want to buy a used machine, you can usually get a good deal on Craigslist or at a local garage sale. Tried-and-true brands to consider buying include Singer, Brother and Kenmore.

What’s your budget? If it’s under $200 and you want to buy new, expect a mostly plastic machine that may not last too long. Occasional sewers, who might use their machines once a week, typically spend between $200 and $700. Seamstresses and those who “sew all the time” will probably spend $700 to $3,000 on their machine(s).

What type of sewing do you plan to do? Some just do straight and zig-zag sewing, while others might need more features and/or attachments to handle intermediate-to-advanced sewing procedures. Did you know there are computerized options these days? Some work well for embroidery as well as decorative stitches. Look for ones with automatic buttonhole features and twin needle options.

Finally, consider when and where you’ll use your new sewing machine. If you don’t want to disturb family members/neighbors, look for quieter models. As for where the machine will go, do you think it’ll get its own room or is it more likely to occupy a small space on the dining room table? If you want one that’s somewhat mobile, look for a lightweight model that comes with a cover so it can be stored out of the way when not in use.

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