Your first sewing machine will either make or break your desire to sew.
This is partly because some machines come with features you may not even comprehend while some settings will continuously interrupt your work flow till you lose all desire to practice your craft. Sewing Machines
This is why it's very important to know what to look out for before buying your first sewing machine. Here are the most crucial pointers.
â Your skill level and budget
If you haven't attended a sewing class before and depending on how low your budget is, you might want to start with a basic mechanical sewing machine.
It includes the most basic straight and zigzag stitching that most beginners use. You will need to manipulate most controls by hand but it will handle most clothings, repairs and craft projects.
On the more expensive scale of machines are electronic sewing machines. They usually have touchpad controls as well as LED screens.
A lot of their features are automated like button holders, needle threader (which can be frustrating doing manually), and so forth. It even allows you to program functions you want remembered. And electronic machines generally stitch better (and have more stitching options) than mechanical.
Generally if you don't have a budget limit and you have high sewing expectations, you should get an electronic one.
Knowing the number of presser feet the machine comes with as well as the ease of changing to another is important. Some come with just multi purpose feet which allows you do straight and zigzag stitches.
However you may need additional zipper foot or button hole foot or any other foot. Electronic machines generally come with more attachments, so again you just need to know where you're headed and buy accordingly. Sewing Machine Supplies
â Type of motor
The type of the motor, whether plastic or metal, will determine not just the weight (the lighter the better the ease of moving the machine around), but the strength of the fabric it can sew ( thick materials need stronger motors).
Make sure you know how easy it will be to both change your thread and know if you're running low on thread ( you could be sewing and later discover you ran out of thread awhile back).
Top loading drop-in bobbins usually have see through casings and pop out when you need to change, then drop back down without you having to worry about dissembling. Juki TL Series Metal Bobbins
Lastly it's important to know the machine's maximum stitch length and width edges. Also knowing how many stitches the machine comes with is important. juki exceed hzl f300 home deco computerized sewing machine
You don't want to spend too much on a machine whose greatest strength in having a lot of stitches that you don't plan on using.
Armed with this knowledge, it's now safe for you to go shopping.