Your first sewing machine purchase may feel as overwhelming as it is exciting. At the outset, it may feel like there are too many functions and features from which to choose, but these five questions will guide you to the model that best suits you and your sewing interests.
1. What is your budget?
Because there is a machine for every budget, decide how much you are willing to spend and stick to that figure. No matter how much you spend, there will always be a new release that seems irresistible.
2. How much sewing do you plan to do?
This question relates directly to the one above. Using your sewing machine for alterations and mending now and again requires a different level of durability compared to sewing weekly or daily.
The more sewing you plan to do, the more robust your sewing equipment needs to be.
3. What type of sewing do you do?
Following on from the previous question, the type of sewing – and the fabrics used – will affect your decision.
Day to day clothing doesn’t require much more than a straight and zig-zag stitch. However, if you plan to sew mainly leisurewear, stretchy fabric is handled most easily on an overlocker.
Different models are more or less suitable for decorative wear, embroidery, upholstery, and so on.
4. How much space do you have?
A dedicated sewing room is many a sewists dream. If you are lucky enough to have the space, opt for a heavyweight sewing machine. If, however, you will be working in a shared space, packing it away between projects, look for a quiet, lightweight model. For sewing classes or groups, protect your machine from being transported with solid internal storage.
5. What extras are included with the sewing machine?
Once you have a better idea of which model of sewing machine you want to buy, check if there are any extras included, for example, an extended warranty, free instruction classes, an onsite service department.