JUN 10, 2014

How to choose the right sewing machine

Whether you’ve been sewing for years or are just starting out, the variety of different sewing machines on the market can be pretty overwhelming. Working in the fabric trade means we’ve come to know our way around a sewing machine, so let us guide you as you prepare to make your purchase....

What is your skill level?

  • Beginner: If you’re only just getting started with your sewing hobby then a basic electric sewing machine should be sufficient for your needs. Lower range electric machines start from as little as £50 and can go up to around £200. If you’re simply testing the waters or only intend to use your machine for light projects then we wouldn’t advise spending much more than around £150 on your first machine.
  • Intermediate: If your sewing skills are already somewhat honed then you may be looking to purchase a sewing machine that will allow you to move onto more complex, larger scale projects. In this instance it’s important to consider the specifications of the machine. For example, a machine that offers a wide range of stitches and accessories will help to improve your sewing skills by opening up new projects. A mid ranged machine in the region of £200 to £600 should cater for your needs.
  • Experienced: If you’re an experienced seamstress that’s ready to add some creative flourishes to your work now or in the future then a computerised sewing machine might be a good investment for you. A top of the range computerised machine might set you back over £1000 but it will allow you to create intricate embroidery patterns and bigger projects.

Where will your sewing machine live?

  • Permanent space: If the sewing machine is for domestic use and you are lucky enough to have a dedicated, permanent space to house it, then it’s better to opt for a heavier, sturdier machine. It won’t need to be moved regularly and will be solid enough to cope with a broad range of projects.
  • Mobile machine: If you’re not fortunate enough to have a permanent space in your home for your sewing machine then a lighter, more compact machine that can be moved more easily is more suitable as you’ll constantly be moving it and packing it away when it’s not in use.
Created on 10th June 2014
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