So, you're looking at buying a new sewing machine? It goes without saying that of course you want to make sure that you buy the best sewing machine for you - the one that is going to suit your needs.
Well, before you go ahead and make your purchase, it's a good idea always, to do a bit of research and a bit of soul searching to really get clear in your mind exactly what you require and how much you want to spend.
By taking this little bit of time and putting in a bit of thought prior to handing over your hard earned dollars, you can help to ensure that you save yourself from the frustration of having a machine that doesn't do what you need it to do and the possible financial stress, that can be caused later on by over spending on your new machine.
So let's get started with the two most important questions to ask yourself:
First - How much do you want to spend?
This is a really important question to ask yourself prior to buying your sewing machine, otherwise you might find yourself getting carried away in a fantasy world of sewing possibilities and spending way more than you can afford to on your new machine, leaving you financially stretched and regretting your purchase later on - once the excitement of your new toy has waned.
Sewing machine prices can vary from as little as $30 to $1000's depending on the capabilities of the machine.
So decide what is the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend and then find a machine that will do what you want it to - within your price range.
Second - What are you going to use your home sewing machine for?
Why do you want a sewing machine? Is it just for mending and repairs? Are you planning on doing a little basic sewing? Or are you going to be doing a lot of sewing? Making clothing, doing quilting or crafts?
If you only want to do some basic sewing or mending then you'll probably only require a machine that does the basic stitches such as straight stitch, zigzag and maybe a couple more and that comes with a general presser foot, maybe a zipper foot and a button hole foot.
A basic machine such as this will allow you to do mending, repair work and some basic sewing if that's what you want.
However if you're planning on doing more complex sewing tasks or using your sewing machine a lot, then it's going to be worth your while to buy a more complex machine that comes with more options built in such as a large variety of built in stitches, automatic button holing and added bonus accessories such as various specialized presser feet that can make complicated tasks easy.
There are some very automated sewing machines available today that just make life so much easier and make sewing tasks so much quicker. Options such as one step button holes, where all you do is attach the correct presser foot, push the right buttons and away it goes - the machine does it all for you. Quickly and easily.
Other options such as automatic threading that may not sound like a big deal, but when you're changing cotton regularly, can be a real time saver! These types of features can save a lot of time and make you so much more efficient..
If you're planning on doing a lot of sewing, these types of features will allow you to do more in a shorter time and that's something to be considered.
So, have a think about what you want to achieve with your new machine, how much you want to spend and then research different models to find the best sewing machine for you!