I have grown up watching the ladies in my family create amazing things with a sewing machine and now, it’s my turn to continue the tradition and share the joy of sewing with my daughter. But how can I find the best sewing machine for 2016? I am a very basic seamstress. I love straight lines! I inherited a sewing machine years ago from my Grandmother and it has served me well for many years as I have pieced quilts, sewn costumes and created some fun projects. But now it’s time to upgrade which means I’m searching for the best sewing machine for my needs.
How to find the best Sewing Machine?
I am not quite ready to make a purchase yet, but I wanted to share with you my journey toward the best machine that fits my needs because some of you may be looking for a sewing machine too! I have been talking to some of my friends who love their machines and asked for their input before I make my decision and make my purchase.
Set your Budget
Sewing machines can cost less than $100 or they can go up to thousands. I had a friend who recently bought her daughter a starter sewing machine on a holiday sale. She was able to score a great deal on a starter machine for her elementary school child. I have another friend who decided to buy a great Bernina sewing machine that will help her create amazing pieces of art.
Decide how much you can spend so you will be able to narrow your search. One of my friends who sews amazing quilts shared her tip that it’s best to buy the best machine you can afford. As you get into quilting and sewing, you will find out if it’s a hobby that you want to continue and can then upgrade and invest in a high end product.
Pick your Features
Sewing machines come with a wide range of features. Some of them are full of bonus stitches, gadgets and functions.
Here’s a great article from one of my blogger friends talking about the different features to look for when you are purchasing a sewing machine..
What I’m looking for:
- I don’t want alot of features and stitches that I won’t ever use. I don’t plan to sew clothes for my kids, and I have no interest right now in learning to embroider or create fancy stitches. I just want a sewing machine that will let me sew straight lines to help me piece together quilts. I would love for it to have the capabilities of doing different fabrics so I can work on the t-shirt quilt for my kids as well as work on regular weight cotton or quilt material.
- I enjoy doing the sandwich style, rag quilts so it needs to be strong enough to go through the layers of fabric and batting.
In-store or Online Purchase
I live in a small town with no fabric stores or sewing machine dealers. Some people prefer going in to the stores to find the perfect machine and paying a little more so they will have the support of the dealer. This is a great option if you live near the store and can sign up for classes or get one on one help from the knowledgeable experts.
But for those of us who live in more rural locations, we have to look for other options. I am considering buying my machine online through Amazon.com or from the dealer site once I decide on which machine I want to buy.
Research the brands
There are several players in the sewing machine market. Depending on who you ask, you will get some definite opinions about each brand. Some of the popular brands are Brother, Singer, Janome and Bernina.
Now it’s time to do my research and find out which of these brands is best for my quilting plans.
Do you have a preference? What do you use? Suggestions on why I should go with a particular brand or model number? I’m open to suggestions! After all, Natalie and I just bought some new Fat Squares and we are heading into the coldest days of winter – the perfect time to begin a new quilt!
We picked up these really cool #Fatsquares last week! Now I need a new sewing machine so I can start my next quilt! Today #OnTheBlog i’m talking about things I need to think about before I make my sewing machine purchase! #sewing #sewingmachine #tips #blog #blogging #quilting #quilt What sewing machine do you love?
Don’t you love these colors? We are already trying to decide what pattern we are going to use! I’m kind of leaning toward the Tossed Nine Patch, but we haven’t decided yet.
Stay tuned to see what machine we go with! I’m looking forward to our new project!