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How should I shop for a sewing machine?

How should I shop for a sewing machine?

Determine your needs. What are you going to be doing with the sewing machine? Write down the primary reason you are purchasing the machine. Under the primary reason, write down all of the functions the machine must have to accomplish your goal. Once you have developed the above list make a secondary list of "like to haves". These are functions that you would like to have but are not essential to achieving your ultimate goal. It is easy to walk into a store and become switched to machines that have many bells and whistles. If you know your goals before

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Do I need a compact sewing machine?

Do I need a compact sewing machine?

Are you considering taking classes? If so, get a compact machine. They are light and easily transported from your home to the location of the class. Just like any other hobby or discipline, classes are a great idea for the novice. With the tools you learn in the classes it is much more likely that you will get "hooked" on sewing rather than letting the machine collect dust in the corner. Once you are "hooked" get yourself a regular, full sized machine. At this point you will better know what you want out of one as well.

What about the more experienced person

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What type of sewing machine is best for me?

What type of sewing machine is best for me?

We do not know which sewing machine is the best for you. The only way you can know is by being educated as to your choices and knowing your personal needs.

Below are the three main types of sewing machines.


Mechanical sewing machines:

These are simple machines based on the same technology as "old-fashioned" models. They tend to be excellent with regard to reliability and simplicity. All stitches are designed manually by the user.


Electronic sewing machines:

These machines are similar to mechanical machines but offer more features. With many of these machines

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