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Spotlight's Sewing Machine Buying Guide For Beginners
Choosing a sewing machine may seem like an impossible task, because there are so many possible options to choose from. Fortunately, you can count on the comprehensive sewing machine buying guide from Spotlight to guide you to the right sewing machine.
How Do I Decide On A Type Of Sewing Machine?
The type of sewing machine that is right for you depends on how often you sew and what kind of projects you intend on sewing. For example, if you are someone who only sews occasionally, you can choose a simple manual sewing machine. However, if you are passionate about dressmaking and sew on a regular basis, then you could choose a more complex digital sewing machine.
Of course, your budget will also be a deciding factor when you want to choose a sewing machine. However, buying a cheaper sewing machine does not mean you will get a sewing machine of lesser quality. Sewing machines have become increasingly more affordable over the years, so you can get a sewing machine with many features even if you are on a tight budget.
What Is The Best Sewing Machine For A Beginner?
While you may be tempted to buy a sewing machine with all the bells and whistles, it is better to choose something a little more basic. If you choose a sewing machine with lots of complicated features, it will take you a long time to master the machine and that can take some of the crafting enjoyment away.
To ensure you can start sewing quickly and master your new sewing machine skills, we recommend a more basic manual machine with the essential features. Different lengths of straight stitches, a zigzag stich and at least an automatic buttonhole feature is an absolute minimum for a beginner sewing machine.
When you buy one of the more basic sewing machines, you will notice that most of the decorative stitches are missing. However, beginners often do not need these stitches until they become much more proficient. Since sewing machine skills can take a little while to master, you can invest in a more elaborate version some years later.
What If I Want To Use My Sewing Machine For Upholstery?
Some upholstery materials can be thicker than the average dressmaking fabric, so you must make sure that your sewing machine can handle that. There are also some features that can be beneficial for upholstery crafters, so it can be worth looking for a sewing machine that has these features.
One of the features that is useful for upholstery as well as dressmaking is a free arm. However, as this feature is much sought after these days, you will find that even basic models have this specific feature these days.
Another feature you need to look at is a sewing machine with an overlocker stitch. With the overlocker stitch, it becomes much easier to keep your seams and your hems looking pristine. However, sewing machines with an overlocker stitch can be more expensive. If you do not have the budget for an overlocker feature, you can consider a sewing machine with a close-set zigzag stitch.
As mentioned briefly already, a sewing machine that needs to work with upholstery fabrics need to be able to handle thicker fabrics. You want to look for a sewing machine that can easily feed through thicker fabrics without that fabric getting stuck on the presser foot.
Finally, make sure you look for a machine that is compatible with a wide range of accessories, specifically presser feet. Different types of presser feet make it easy to tackle certain projects, so they are essential for any beginner.
What Sewing Machine Is Best For Embroidery Projects?
While some regular sewing machines can handle an embroidery project, most crafters find that a dedicated embroidery machine meets their needs. However, since these sewing machines can be more expensive, an embroidery machine should only be purchased by crafters who do embroidery often.
There are some advantages to investing in in a dedicated embroidery machine. Some embroidery machines enable you to work with three different colours of thread at the same time. In addition to that, you can also find embroidery machines that are fully digital, so you can upload patterns and stitch programs via computer.
Buy Your Sewing Machine From Spotlight!
Spotlight understands that a good sewing machine can be an investment. Fortunately, crafters can find affordable options in the Spotlight catalogue, which includes more advanced embroidery machines and overlockers for a very sharp price. From Singer to Brother and Elna, crafters will find many brands that suit their needs.
Need more sewing supplies for a project? Check out the other sections of the Spotlight catalogue to discover supplies such as fabric, thread, patterns and so much more. As always, all sewing supplies are always offered at the lowest prices.