Sew What? Why Choosing The Right Sewing Machine Is Important

If you're considering the purchase of a new sewing machine, you may wonder if it matters which machine you choose. You may be overwhelmed by the choices on the market today. Shopping for a new machine will be less intimidating if you do a little research before heading out the door to the nearest sewing machine dealer.

Be realistic

  • What will you use the machine for?
  • How much money is in your budget for the purchase?
  • What types of projects will you be making?
  • What is your current skill level?

If you are a beginning seamstress, sewing easy projects or using the machine primarily for mending clothing, a machine with basic stitches is all you need. Low-cost machines come equipped with a dozen or more stitch functions. With a price tag under a hundred dollars, these machines are affordable for even the most meager budgets. You may also consider a used machine. Machine dealers often carry both new and used models. Sewing machines have a long life expectancy. A used machine is perfect for beginners and for children who are interested in learning the craft of sewing. 

If you plan to advance your sewing hobby to include decorating your home or learning more advanced clothing design techniques, a machine that will grow with you is a good choice.  These machines have one-touch functions built in and often feature automatic threading and numerous decorative and embroidery stitches. They can be purchased for a couple hundred dollars or less. They're a wise investment if you plan to continue developing your sewing talent. These mid-line machines have functions similar to high-end machines, and many include 60 or more stitches and exciting functions for the creative sewer at a lower cost.  

If you're a quilter, you will need a machine equipped with an extension table, quilting feet, programmable needle up/down and drop feed.  Machines designed specifically with the quilter in mind contain unique features. They are the best choice if you will be using the machine primarily for designing quilts.

High-end machines should only be considered by those with advanced skill levels. Though not impossible for a beginner to navigate, the number of stitches and functions can frustrate you if you're new to the hobby of sewing. They come with a hefty price tag of a thousand dollars or more and may include the following:

  • USB ports
  • high-resolution touch screens
  • smart phone app compatibility

Choosing the perfect machine isn't rocket science. By doing some research ahead of time, and asking yourself a few questions, you will be on your way to making a wise investment in your future.  Selecting a machine you feel comfortable with will bring you years of enjoyment, and having fun with your hobby is what's most important of all.

For more information, contact K & H Quilt Shoppe or a similar location.