Buying a sewing machine?
Choosing a sewing machine can be quite daunting whether you’re new to sewing or looking to upgrade your existing machine.
First, I would recommend always buying from a specialist sewing machine shop as they will take the time to show you how to use the machine, and any good sewing machine shop will always be willing to help you post purchase.
Second, take the time to pay a visit to several shops that carry different brands, ask questions and test drive the machines. Think about what you would like to sew and make sure the machine you choose will be up for the task.
And third, and probably most importantly, you need to consider your budget. If you buy from a fabric shop or online you may find that you are on your own afterwards and you‘re left with nothing except the manual to help you.
If you’re new to sewing ask these questions before you buy… “Are their lessons included with my machine purchase?” “What is the warranty period?”
Your sewing machine dealer should also be happy to help you after the purchase if you are struggling with any aspects of your machine. What machine should I buy? There are many really good “entry level” sewing machines with basic stitch options on the market. Brother and Janome are just two of the brands that produce some very well priced entry level machines for beginners in the $299 - $599 price range.
However, if you’ve decided that sewing is going to feature prominently in your life, you might want to consider a more professional machine with a more powerful motor. There are some fabulous machines on the market with amazing features. These start at around $1,000 and can go up to several thousand dollars. Amongst these machines are those specifically for dressmaking and those for quilting and embroidery.
When is the best time to buy a new sewing machine?
Most sewing machine brands will run promotions around Mothers Day, the Canberra Craft Fair and Christmas. Machines can be several hundred dollars cheaper and/or they might also include some free extras, so always check around these times.
Canberra Sewing is a great place to buy a sewing machine with great after sales service so if you are considering buying a new machine, a good place to start is by seeing Peter at Canberra Sewing.
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18 March 2018