Purchasing a first sewing machine is an exciting step for beginners when starting their new hobby or venturing into a creative new world. As a beginner, you are likely to want a sewing machine that is the most basic and easy to use like the Empisal Expression 889 Sewing Machine or Empisal Creations. Here at Empisal, we have a quick guide of factors to consider when purchasing the best, affordable sewing machine for a beginner.

Automatic sewing machine for good usability 

Computerised sewing machines are of the highest quality in terms of usable sewing machines. It may look a bit advanced but it has the best features that are easy to use for beginners who have basic knowledge of sewing. These machines come with multiple feet set and button hole options (like the (EES50) Empisal Electronic Sewing 50). These automatic features are designed to make it easier for newbies who are serious about taking on sewing as it has automatic senses to create professional clothing designs and styles. With a special LED light, needle threader and the option to sew with or without foot control, there is no easier way for entry-level sewing.

Manual sewing machine for reliability 

The reliability of your sewing machine depends on the features and type of material you want to sew. Manual machines are a great choice as they are sturdier and help to teach beginners proper techniques for sewing any type of fabric. Basic, yet reliable manual machines (like the Empisal Expression 889) have plenty of stitching options and allow for professional, easy stitching. These are also lightweight and portable making it a good investment in the long run. Manual sewing machines are the most reliable machines as it is designed with simplicity in mind and there’s less than could go wrong.

Affordable sewing machine 

Cost shouldn’t be a strong focus when purchasing your first sewing machine as you should be careful not to choose a cheap machine that will break down easily. However, if it is necessary to find an affordable sewing machine, the sewing machine should have a good selection of stitch functions that include buttonholes, be user-friendly and come with a good guarantee. The Empisal Expression 889 is a good example here.

When selecting sewing machines, machines of the best quality should be chosen so that beginners can be inspired to sew more and not be disheartened by a poor machine. Beginners need to also consider other sewing equipment when purchasing their machine such a sewing kit with needlework, sewing threads, ironing equipment, etc.


For over 35 years, Empisal has been supplying sewing equipment to Southern Africa that caters to every sewing project need. From overlockers to a steam press, we have it all. For the right sewing machine for your sewing machine project, contact us today.