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Sewing Machines for Beginners
If you or someone you know is new to using a sewing machine, this article will help you to make the right purchase on a machine for a beginner. Some of the things to consider about sewing machines for beginners are the price, what you will be using it for and the intensity of interest.
How Much Can You Afford?
This is really the main consideration as there is a wide range of cost in sewing machines good for beginners starting at less than $100 up to more than $500. Don’t ever pay more than several hundred dollars for a machine if you’ve never sewn before – what if you decide you really don’t like sewing after all?
Another option is to buy a used machine from a friend or family member, or look for one locally on Craigslist. I personally wouldn’t buy a used one online for obvious reasons.
Some suggested brands to research are Brother, Kenmore and Janome. (Kenmore is the Sears model and manufactured by Janome) All three of these brands have excellent sewing machines for beginners with affordable prices.
What Will You be Using For?
Quilting has made a huge comeback in the last decade or so and many people (men too!) have bought sewing machines for this reason alone. If this is something you are looking into, don’t bother with the machines under $100. Even though some of them are highly rated and well built, they are too light weight to handle the larger size and thicker layers of a quilt.
If you will be using the machine for garment sewing or other smaller projects the cheaper machines will work just fine.
How Intense is Your Interest?
It’s important to gauge your interest before rushing out and buying something that might end up in the closet gathering dust. The best way to do this is to take a class over a period of time, not just a one day workshop. If you are truly interested, that interest will grow stronger and last.
You can take classes from general fabric stores, quilt shops and sewing machine stores. Look for one that will allow you to use their machines during the class.
Suggested Models of Sewing Machines for Beginners
Brother XL2600i ← Great machine for under $100. Not for quilting.
Brother CS6000i ← Computerized and less than $200. Not for quilting.
Janome 7330 Magnolia ← Top quality work horse. Best for quilting $399
Kenmore Drop-in Bobbin (Model - 18221) ← Good for simple quilting and less than $200
Note: The suggested Brother and Janome machines can safely be bought online at Amazon.com for the best prices. For the Kenmore machines, the best prices are at Sears.com or Kenmore.com