a few other things to consider when purchasing your machine:
my skill level, and what will it be in the near future? If
youíre new to sewing, I donít suggest buying the fanciest, most expensive
computerized machine you can find. You most likely wonít use any of the
special features (like embroidery, double threading, add on later options
etc.). Whatís more is that the machine can do so much, that it is likely
to confuse and frustrate you. On the other hand, I donít recommend buying
a $100 starter machine. These machines are often cheaply made and break
quickly. If you are considering sewing regularly or semi-regularly, but
are just starting out, a mid-range mechanical or electronic machine with a
good reputation is the way to go.
often will I use this machine? If
your just an occasional home sewer, who makes clothing, crafts, quilts,
etc. but only as an occasional hobby, rather than a daily one, it might
not be necessary to buy the most expensive machine. You will want to
consider durability and how long the machine lasts.
machine maintenance am I willing to do? Some
machines require regularly machine oiling, and all machines require
regular cleaning. If youíre not interested in oiling your machine, stick
with a machine with more plastic parts.
budget to I have to work with? Sewing
machines can cost anywhere between a hundred dollars to the thousands.
Unfortunately, sometime you just have to wait for that dream machine.
be transporting my machine very often? If
so, a lighter-weight machine might be necessary. Although metal parts are
often preferred by those in the industry, machines with more plastic parts
and plastic bobbins weigh significantly less. They often cost less, too,
and there are plenty of good mid-range machines with plastic parts.
have special needs for my designs? Are
you planning to work with heavy-duty fabrics, like leather? Do your
designs require intricate embroideries? Do your research, because a basic
sewing machine just wonít cut it (or um... sew it).
What are the different sewing machine companies? What are
the differences between them? What brand would be best for me? Some
sewing machine companies include Brother, Singer, Pfaff, Bernina, Janome,
Kenmore, Juki, and Husqvarna Viking. As for the differences and what would
be best for you, this questions needs a whole page and more of answering.
Check it out, here: Different
Sewing Machine Companies and Brands