Sewing Machine Buying Guide - Four Steps

Have you been thinking of getting a sewing machine but didn't know what to look out for, given the many different brands, styles, models and prices available nowadays? It's understandable. After all, the sewing machine is one of the most hefty investments you'll probably buy for your sewing room and hence it's natural to feel a little anxious and lost with all the information available.



To help you with this, here are some guidelines to look out for when choosing a suitable sewing machine:


(1) Plan The Usage of The Sewing Machine


Ask yourself, what do you intend to use the sewing machine for? Is it for sewing new shirts for your husband, making quilts for the baby or embroidering elaborate designs on your new hankies? Whatever your specific reason may be, always remember this. Sewing machines are designed for different purposes and getting one that meet your requirements is the crux of a good buying decision. Don't get something just because your neighbour has one or you'll end up with a white elephant!


Next, take a look at the space available in your sewing room or the corner of your house where you'll be placing the sewing machine. Is it large or small? Are there electrical ports available? Knowing this will in turn help you decide if you need a sewing machine that's electric, mechanical, computerized, compact or simply serger.


(2) Research On the Brands & Models Available


Once you've a general idea of what you probably need, research on the brands or models of sewing machines which specializes in that. For example, if embroidery's your thing, googling for that will direct you to brands like Husqvarna Viking etc. Check out the models they offer, their features and of course, the price ranges.


Take a look at some of the customer's feedback to see if there's anything particular to feel good or bad about a certain model.


(3) Decide On Your Budget


By this time, you'll have a general idea of how much the sewing machines that fulfil your needs, costs. Decide how much you can and are willing to spend. The range can vary from under $100 for a basic model to over $7,000 for a machine that does almost everything except cutting out your fabric. Be firm and don't fall into the trap of buying something because you think you "might" need them. Go for something you know you'll definitely use once you hand over your credit card to the cashier!


(4) Test Out the Machine(s)


Shortlist a few sewing machines you may want to buy and pop by for a trial at the nearest local dealer. Or the place of someone whom you know owns the machine. Test out the stitches and features that you'll be using with samples of fabric you work on most often.



At the same time, check out with your friend or the dealer about its durability, warranty, ease of replacing parts, cost of servicing, upgrades etc. If you're checking with a dealer, do remember to ask if they offer free sewing classes as a purchase bonus.


(5) Make The Purchase


Once you've decide which machine to get, making the purchase is the easiest part. You can buy it from your local dealer or online via reputed distributers. Some online distributors offer great discounts or bargains because of their lower operating costs. However, do make sure such savings are not overridden by an unfair return policy or hefty shipping costs. Know your rights so that you'll have a much enjoyable online purchasing experience!

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