If you are a sewer, whether it be on a regular sewing machine, an embroidery machine, a quilting machine, or the larger long arm quilter’s machine, or maybe a 10 needle professional embroidery machine, a pretty NEW machine is an excitement that only the sewer can appreciate.
I’ve owned just about every brand on the market over my lifetime of sewing and every one has been wonderful for it’s time. Times have changed. Machines are more sophisticated, AND more complicated to run. Oh, you can still buy an inexpensive sewing machine to hem skirts or pants, make a T-shirt or blouse, or even a pair of slacks. All of your better brands sell a “low end” machine that will work just fine. They will even have some nice special decorative stitches, will sew button holes, and even do blind hemming. These are great machines to give a young sewer who wants to learn to sew. I still own my first machine, a Singer Featherweight.
Today, your options are UNLIMITED! Regular sewing machines can range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It just depends on what you want to spend and what features you want on your machine. Most brands will sew great, and give you years of enjoyment.
Your next step up is to a sewing/embroidery combination machine. Now your options as to what you sew, are almost unlimited. You can still sew garments, projects or quilts, but with embroidery at your finger tips, you have the luxury of making or trimming so much more. Some of my other blogs will give you samples of what you can do with these amazing machines. Please check them out.
Whatever your preference is for a sewing or embroidery machine, may I recommend you buy your machine from an authorized sewing machine dealer. There you will get the assistance you need to learn how to use your new machine. It doesn’t do any good to spend thousands of dollars on a machine and not know how to use the features it has. Make sure the dealer you buy from has classes to teach you how to use all the machine’s features. This is one time you DON’T want to buy a new (or used) machine on the internet or at big box stores where you won’t get the assistance you need, to know how to use your new machine. Your authorized dealers have trained staff to show you all the features of your new beauty, and most have project classes where you learn even more. In other words … at a dealer, you get the, service. Something you don’t get elsewhere. Some machines can be quite complicated to learn, so make sure you get one that you can learn easily.
Because this blog is about my experiences, my favorite sewing/embroidery machine is the Brother brand.. I own the Quattro sewing/embroidery machine and also the new Dream Machine. I find Brother machines to be quite user friendly, easy to learn, as well as being incredible work horses.
Check out your local sewing machine stores and let them show you what they have. Make sure that store has after sale service before you buy. If you are lucky enough to have several stores in town with different brands, check them all out. They are all having special sales for the holidays, and if you find your favorite machine, maybe Santa will get it for you for Christmas.
If you have an questions, please feel free to contact me. I’m passionate about sewing and embroidery, and love to help others.
Until next time….. happy sewing!
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