Buying a new sewing machine or serger can be a major investment. Many of the high-end models do multiple tasks. You might want to do some comparison shopping before you purchase a machine that doesn’t suit your needs. Prospective buyers have several sources of research material. Sewing magazines and websites offer customers’ products reviews. Additionally, Consumer Reports presents side-by-side comparisons of specific brands and their competitors.
Prospective buyers have several sources of research material. Sewing magazines and websites offer customers’ products reviews. Additionally, Consumer Reports presents side-by-side comparisons of specific brands and their competitors.
Internet blogs and forums dedicated to home sewing provide hands-on experience and evaluations of major brands. Machine owners share the positives and negatives, information you can use when making your own choice.
Make a list of the features you need and want in a sewing machine. Include must-have features and nice-to-have ones. In that list you might want to include some things like thread cutters, needle threaders, a needle camera and embroidery capabilities.
Also, buying a cheap off-brand machine is a false economy. Flimsy machines will not perform as well as sturdier and slightly more expensive ones, nor will they last as long. Ask the sales person if the machine has a metal casting. The casting is the inside of the machine. If you plan on having your sewing machine for several years, buy the best one you can fit into your budget and that is right for your needs. This may mean buying a very basic sewing machine.
Will you use the machine primarily for sewing clothing, making alteration, crafting, quilting and embroidery? Or do you plan to do upholstery work or other sewing that may require an industrial machine? How often will you sew? Compare and contrast various models ability to meet your individual needs.
Your choice of a specific machine will be influenced somewhat by the amount of space you can devote to it. A compact model may be more convenient if you do all your sewing on the dining room table. On the other hand, a more complex machine can be better suited to life in a dedicated sewing room. Sewing furniture can help store the machine and all of the accessories that you collect.
Don’t buy a sewing machine unseen no matter how good those Internet prices are. The warranty is not what you might think it is what happens if something goes wrong with the machine you will have to pay the shipping back to who knows where it came from.