3 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before You Buy Your Next Sewing Machine


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I feel like every sewing fanatic has been in this horrific situation– you’re using your sewing machine, when all of a sudden, a critical part decides to break. How are you going to finish your project now?

Well, the obvious solution would be to buy a new sewing machine. Problem is, you don’t always know which machine is right for you. That’s where this article comes in.


First thing’s first: you need to ask yourself 3 basic questions.

  1. What kind of sewing do you do?

    Are you more of a quilter, a garment sewer, or do you do a little bit of both? What will you use this machine for?

    If you’re more of a quilter, you’d want to get a quilting machine, if you like embroidery, go for something with a lot of different, fun stitches to work with.

    If you do a little bit of everything, go for a basic hobby machine.

  2. How much help will you need with a new machine?

    Are you an expert sewer, using a ton of different machines in the past? Do you have very little or no experience?

    This question determines whether you’d buy the machine online or in a store. You’ll get more tips, tricks, and instructions if you buy in store, as well as some upkeep, so that’s best for beginners.

  3. How much money are you willing to spend?

    If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, a hobbyist machine may be best for you. The more lightweight a machine is, the lower the quality, so keep that in mind when making your decision.

    If it lacks a metal or aluminum head, that’s also a sign of a lower quality machine, but it will be cheaper this way.

    There’s also the option to buy a used machine, and some of those are amazing, but they may lack newer features like a digital readout. Also, make sure parts for that machine are still available!

What tips do you have for buying the right machine?