HOW TO CHOOSE A BEGINNER SEWING MACHINE:
Today's beginner sewing machines make it much easier for novice sewists to perfect the basics quickly.
There is a massive variety of beginner sewing machines available and choosing the right one can sometimes be a challenge. Beware, many machines are appealing due to their very low price. Sadly, they are almost always of terrible quality and have such limited function that the user will have no opportunity to progress their skills.
If you are looking to purchase a beginner sewing machine that will last many years, we recommend investing in models in the $200 - $500
Like most things, the higher the price, the better the quality, longevity and range of features. If you or your loved one is just starting out, you should consider whether you want any of the following features:
· Selection of stitches: look for the types, not the quantity of stitches available.
· Stitch speed
· Built in needle threader: you will thread your machine thousands of times. Save yourself a lot of frustration by purchasing a machine with this feature.
· Drop in / front loading bobbin: drop-in is preffered these days as it's much easier to top up your bobbin with thread. You can also see when the thread is running low at a glance.
· Thread cutter
· Good lighting
· Strength of motor: if sewing with thicker fabrics like denim, many very basic machines will not be able to handle more than one layer. We have several "Heavy Duty" machines available which are still very easy to use. Check out the Singer Heavy Duty 4432.
It all depends what you want to get out of your machine; everyone is different!
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