These days, as more and more people are sewing for the very first time, the number one question they are seeking an answer to is: "What's the best sewing machine for sale?"
That question is asked in many different ways in many different forums. Here's a sampling of what I have found:
"I want to know what the best sewing machine would be for me to sew all types of fabric?"
"I'm asking for a sewing machine for Christmas, but I don't know what I want. I've never used one before."
"I want a decent machine to sew quality clothing, what is the best one to purchase between $200 - $250?"
"I just started sewing, but I want a professional machine. I want one that will last me for a really long time."
"I am looking for a great machine that sews clothing in any material, easy to repair, reliable, with a lot of different stitches and twin needle capability. What is best for me?"
"I would like to sew simple clothes and experiment with quilting. Any advice on which machine to go for?
"What is the best machine for a person who loves creating costumes with detail, but doesn't cost much?"
"What is the best sewing machine for sale that a beginner/intermediate sewer should purchase?"
"I am trying to sort out which would be the best machine for me?"
"Can someone advise me on a sewing machine, please?"
The list of questions actually goes on and on, but I think you get the message. Beginner sewers as well as veterans have a serious desire to purchase the absolute perfect machine to meet their needs. There's only one problem: there is no overall perfect sewing machine. You will get close, depending on your needs assessment at the time of purchase, but a few years later, another one is on the market causing you to lose sleep at night. In fact, anybody that has been sewing for any amount of time, have more than one sewing machine anyway.
As your sewing skills develop, your needs will change, and you'll soon find that you have outgrown the sewing machine you once thought was the best one for you. In order for you to own the machine that best suits your needs, you will have to do your research. There is not a one size fits all in this market. Your selection all depends on what you think you will need or grow into; and remember that will possibly change as you continue to improve your skills.
Any recommendation that another person makes without asking you, (the buyer) a series of questions to identify your needs, is solely based on their experience. They will need your input to help you determine what sewing machine will best fit your needs. So, this is your opportunity to really tell them what you want to accomplish and what you perceive your goals to be.
No matter which brand you have in mind: Singer, Bernina, Brother or Janome... there is no substitute for a trial run, a little test drive to get the feel of any machine you are considering. Make sure it has all the features you want that will make you comfortable. Then, as you do with any major appliance purchase, do a little comparison shopping to get the best sewing machine for sale.
The simple 5-step process I use to select the best sewing machine for me is as follows:
1. Determine why you need or want a sewing machine.
2. Decide the features and benefits you feel will best suite your needs.
3. Review a few consumer sites, such as Consumer Reports or Consumer Digest for some tested information.
4. Match those results as close as possible to your identified needs.
5. Call or visit (test-drive) only those manufacturers with the best fit to negotiate your price.