How to Select a Sewing Machine

If you have a flair for fashion and like to make your own wearing apparel, then you can find the creative process enhanced with the right sewing machine. However, you first want to make sure you can afford the machine.

Decide on Just How Much You Want to Spend

After all, everyone has a budget that he or she must follow. Therefore, recognising whether or not you can afford a certain machine is the first step you need to take in its purchase. There is no point in looking at high-end machines if your budget is limited so decide on how much you want to spend and stick to that amount. There will always be a machine that offers more in the way of features.

What Features Do You Want on Your New Machine?

Make sure the retailer you choose is dedicated to the sale of the machines it features. Therefore, try to find the best machines that you can afford on your budget. Once you have your budget in mind, you need to begin thinking about what you really need. However, what you require and what looks inviting are two very different considerations. To be successful at sewing, you only need a zigzag stitch and a straight stitch, nothing more. These two stitches can do just about everything you need them to on sewing machines today.

Review the Length and Width Adjustments for Stitching

Everything else you consider will depend on how you plan to use your machine. Whilst you may just use a zigzag stitch or straight stitch, it can be highly valuable to be able to adjust the length and the width of the stitches too. If you want to baste any new designs, then set the machine at the longest length. Set the machine to the shortest length when you want to make sure your stitches are small and tight. You will also need to adjust a zigzag stitch’s length and width when you are finishing off edges or sewing appliques.

Choosing the Feet for Your Machine

Having a choice of presser feet can also make all the difference in the world. Therefore, it is essential to learn which attachments are standard and which attachments are separate and must be purchased additionally. If you wish to make clothing on a regular basis, you need to look for a sewing machine that features a buttonhole foot, a blind hem foot, and zipper foot as regular standard attachments.

If you plan to make quilts, then you will need to buy a machine with a walking foot and make sure you have a seam allowance for any patchwork. If you plan to quilt freehand, you will need a freehand embroidery foot.

If the machine you like does not comes with some of the above-mentioned feet, make sure the feet are available for separate purchase. Also, make sure they don’t cost a fortune. Check how easy it is to change the feet as well. Many machines highlight feet that clip on and off, which is convenient and saves a good deal of time when sewing or quilting fabrics.