Thinking of investing in a new sewing machine? Make sure you read through my top tips before checking out...
Buying a new sewing machine can be a difficult task. So many options, so many reviews to read, how much should I spend?
I have over 12 years of experience selling sewing machines to customers and have always stuck to my "Right Machine For The Right Person" selling method. Machine selling with integrity! These are my top 5 tips for things to consider when buying a new sewing machine.
I genuinely hope it helps!
1. Try Before You Buy
Find your nearest sewing machine dealer (yes many do still exist!) and go visit them. Try out a range of machines from different brands (if possible) and different price points. You may not know you need a machine that can stitch the alphabet until you try it! Have a look on Google for your local dealer or visit a manufacturer's website as they often have their dealers listed. When you buy from a local dealer, not only are you supporting a local business, but you will often get more after sales support too. Sometimes you'll get training included so definitely ask. Also, many dealers also offer servicing, repairs and trade ins too.
If you don't have a local dealer, see if there are any sewing shows happening near you soon. Or treat yourself to a day trip to a show full of sewing goodies and delights!!! Check the exhibitor list before booking your tickets to check which manufacturers and/or dealers will be there. You can always call in advance to check what models they're planning to take with them.
2. Do Your Research
Have a think about what you'd like to achieve from your new sewing machine. Do you want to take up quilting? Dressmaking? Or just want a basic machine for occasional alterations? What accessories might you need in addition to a machine? Many machines will come with additional feet included, others you'll need to buy. Try to think about where you'd like your machine to take you on your sewing journey, rather than where you are right now. You don't want to buy a machine that is too basic for you, then you get frustrated and either buy again, or give up altogether. Please don't do that!!
3. Consider Your Budget
Don't just go for the cheapest machine on the market. You will likely end up buying another machine in the not so distant future. What features will make your sewing life easier and more enjoyable? Maybe an actual decent needle threader is perfect for you. Or you would love a machine with thread cutters so you don't have to spend time trimming threads after each seam. Some of the most beneficial sewing machine features are now available on much lower priced machines, so if you're able to, be flexible with your budget to make sure you're getting the right machine for you.
4. Ask Around
Does anyone you know already own a machine? Could you pick their brains to find out what they like (or dislike) about their machine or even try theirs out? This is particularly useful if you're into the same kind of sewing as you'll be likely to want the same features. Also find out where they bought their machine from. You might find a hidden gem in your town you never knew was there!!
There are lots of Facebook groups dedicated to sewing out there too so that's also a good place to ask. Take the advice in but make your own decision. You're the one who's going to be using this machine so make sure YOU like it.
5. Venture Into The Unknown!
If you're upgrading a machine rather than completely starting from scratch, consider trying a new brand. It doesn't hurt to try and you might prefer it. Do think about any feet and accessories you already have and whether it's important to you if they're compatible or not with a potential new machine. If they're not and you'll need new accessories, ask your dealer if they'll take your old ones as part of a trade in they might offer for a new machine.
✰ EXTRA BONUS TIP ✰
Learn How To Use Your Machine - PROPERLY!!
I know that might be obvious to some but there is a surprising number of people who don't learn the basics and come into all kinds of issues. I know reading the instruction book is boring and you'd much rather get on with the fun bit of sewing your first garment or quilt, but trust me - take an hour to get to know your machine - PROPERLY!!
✓ Make sure you're threading up correctly.
✓ That the bobbin thread is wound properly.
✓ Is your bobbin in the right way around? There is a right and a wrong way, and front loading bobbins are different to drop in bobbins. Check your instruction book!!
If you get stuck, don't despair or give up. There is lots of support out there.
❖ You can go back to where you bought the machine from. If you bought it from a dealer, they will be able to show you how to thread it correctly or diagnose if there are any issues
❖ Find a local sewing group
❖ Join a sewing Facebook group
❖ Give me a call. I can help you either in person (if you're in London or the South East) or via video call. I have a selection of machines here so I can demonstrate a technique and if I can see your machine, I should be able to diagnose an issue on your machine too
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