One of the most often asked questions I’ve seen in sewing and quilting groups has been about sewing machines and which one people should buy.  As I’ve been wanting to upgrade my sewing machine for some time I followed these conversations with interest and I’ve come up with my Top Tips that may just help you.

First of all, you need to know what you want your machine to do.  Will you be sewing clothes? Making quilts? Do you want it to do embroidery?  All these will have a factor in deciding what machine is best for you.  Having done that you must set your budget.

Sewing machines can cost as little as £70 and go right up into the £1000’s of pounds.  Often, your decision on the budget will be influenced by how long you’ve been sewing and if this is your first machine or not.  Often, we start with a basic machine and work our way up once we know exactly what we are looking for and if we will actually spend time using it.

Research is going to be vital.  If you have access to the internet, you can get access to lots of article on machine reviews that will help make your choice.  As I did, follow the conversations in sewing groups for recommendations, take not of the good points as well as the negatives but, always be mindful of the fact that we all have different needs.  Our available budgets may be different, the weight of the machine may be a factor if we can’t leave them set up, and of course, our main use of the machine can be different.

Once you’ve done all that work, find yourself a reputable dealer and go and try out the machine before you buy.  Tell them which machines you are looking at and why you want them.  They can give you helpful information and recommendations based on the information they give you.

Don’t rush yourself when it comes to making your decision.  Take enough time to make your decision so you won’t regret it as soon as your machine comes home.  You want it to be the perfect partnership for many years to come.

Over the last five or six months, I’ve been collecting my money together and doing the research online for the machine I wanted.  I’ve been talking to other quilters and asking them about the machines they use and comparing it to my list of requirements.  I didn’t need lots of fancy stitches so choosing a machine with only straight stitch isn’t a problem for me, if I need fancy stitches, I have a spare machine I can use.  I wanted a machine that was sturdy, made of metal and that would be happy with quilting.  I narrowed my choice down to two machines, but after trying them, it was the Juki for me.  Now I can’t wait to put it through it’s paces.

So, are you thinking of getting a new machine?  I hope that the tips I’ve shared will help you as you make your choice.  I’d love to see which one you choose.