(Closed) Ready to buy my first sewing machine!

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got the Singer 2263 for my birthday and I’m learning how to use it right now–so far, so good!  It’s a pretty simple, pretty basic machine that’s available through Wal-Mart.  Works for me!

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Singer is a good solid brand and I had one for years. I used it constantly.

Now I have a Husqvarna sewing machine that has a lot more features.

I suggest that you go to Joanns or another sewing shop and explain to them what you want to be able to do with your machine and also have them show you what each machine can do. Joanns has both Singer and Husqvarna machines and I think one other one, but I am not sure. You also get free sewing classes with the purchase of you machine. I suggest taking the classes, if you have never used a sewing machine before. They will teach you a lot of things that your particular machine can do.

Depending on what you are looking to sew with your machine, you could pay just a couple hundred for a machine or thousands for a machine.

Post # 5
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Your best bet for a high quality machine is either Pfaff, Husqvarna (I have two of these – a regular sewing machine and an embroidery machine), or Bernina.  Those machines are constantly rated highly.

Keep in mind that if you go to Joann, the machine “Huskystar” is an offshoot of Husqvarna, but not quite with the same quality. Also, only some Joanns have a Husqvarna department. The others carry Brothers or Singers. Call before you go.

Because you are just learning to sew, you probably don’t need to look for a machine with tons of things to do. Make sure you get a buttonholer, some good stitches, and a warranty! 

My mother, who has sewn for many years, has an inexpensive machine she purchased from Sears that suits her just fine, but she doesn’t sew a ton. If you think sewing may become a serious hobby for you, rather than just patching up holes or fixing hems, get something with a bit more oomph.

One more thing. Singer used to be an incredibly rated machine. Most of our parents and grandparents used Singers for a long time, but they aren’t quite as high up there today. Make sure to read some reviews!

Post # 6
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom just bought me a machine recently, as I expressed an interest.  She’s an avid sewer/quilter and did her research.  She decided a good machine for her beginner daughter would be the Maria by Baby Lock.  I’ve enjoyed it thus far!  I highly recommend taking a beginner class at a fabric store once you get the machine to help figure out pattern reading and basic sewing.  It’s not very intuitive, at least for me.  But it is fun!

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