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Need a new sewing machine? I will try to help you decide which machine is best for you as you look at the 100's of product available today. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
How much am I going to use the machine and what I am going to require the machine to do?
What is my budget? Buy the most sewing machine you can afford, if you plan to continue sewing in the future.
What is your skill level? If you are reading this article you are on a computer. You have electric. I believe you should always look at electronic machines because the ease of operation. Electronic machines preset the stitch length and width to make the optimum stitch. When you turn on the machine it is ready to sew the stitch you need. You do not need the instruction manual to do the most basic sewing once you learn to thread your machine.
Features you will need to look at include:
Smooth and variable speed control, an electronic controller is best
Built in threader
Variable stitch length and stitch width.
One step button holer, many machine will measure the size of a button and sew a buttonhole to match.
A variety of utility and decorative stitches. Include blind hem, mending, and over edge stitches.
Front drop in bobbin.
Extra high pressure foot lifter
Easy to adjust top tension
multiple needle positions
I like the automatic needle up and needle down button.
I like an extended bed. This extension table maybe an optional accessory.
Do not get hung up on price. You can buy a very nice sewing machine for $269.99 or you can spend $999 on more features. Buy the machine for your needs. Buy a sewing machine that will last you at least 10 years.
If you can, buy from a local dealer who will offer instruction and service for your future needs.
I have been selling and instructing on sewing and sewing machines for my whole life and can tell you the better the tools, the better your sewing will be.
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