Looking to purchase a sewing machine but don’t know where to start?

As a sewing teacher this is one question I get asked a lot! There is no one size fits all, or one machine for every persons needs.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Knowing your budget – today you can spend less that $100 or over $10,000 on a machine. Knowing what you can afford is important but not the only factor.
  2. What do you want to make? – Understanding the type of project you are most likely to sew along with the fabrics you’ll most likely use will be important to know. Not every machine handles heavy or thick fabrics well.
  3. Are you new to sewing? – New sewers don’t always know what their doing, (please do not be offended by this statement). I am merely pointing out that when you have issues with your sewing, troubleshooting may be needed. When there are issues, this leads to frustrations, and in many cases the new sewer looses interest because they think they are no good at sewing, when in actuality it might just be the machine can’t do what you want.
  4. Plan ahead. If you don’t know what type of sewing you want to do, make sure your machine can handle a variety of sewing projects. Get as many functions, feet, accessories as you can for the money you are willing to spend.
  5. Test drive several models and brands before you buy. Click on each of the links, and find a shop near you to test drive and ask questions. Top brands to consider include: Singer, Janome, Viking (aka Huskqvarna), Bernina, Pfaff, Brother, Juki
  6. Don’t forget to read reviews. The internet is full of opinionated people. See what others have to say about the machine you want to purchase.

For additional help with your decisions, check out this article by Consumer Reports.

Source: Best Sewing Machine Buying Guide – Consumer Reports