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The best guide to buying a sewing machine

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

A sewing machine buyer's guide.

Whether you want to start sewing for the first time or you want to upgrade your current sewing machine, you may be wondering which machine to buy. It would help if there was a machine for everyone, but the reality is that your dream machine may be different from someone else's.


Don't worry, your dream machine is here and by paying attention to what you want for your sewing practice, you can find it. We will share 10 tips for buying a machine below. But before you go to your local sewing machine dealer and inspect the sewing machine, it will help to start a brief discussion before work.

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How to Pre-interview Your Sewing Machine?

To prepare for buying a machine, sit down, visualize your dream machine and answer the following questions. These questions will be a little different if this is your first sewing machine or if you are upgrading your current one.



If you’re buying your first machine



What machine features do you want?


Once you've completed your interviews and determined a few types of machines you'd like to buy, it's time to make the final deal. Below is a list of common machine features that you may want on your next machine. Bring this list if you don't know what these features look like!



  • Computer (vs mechanical)

  • Easy to use (no special features)

  • Automatic button spacing

  • Decorative stitches (decide what works for you)

  • letters

  • Memory function (so it remembers your stitch settings)

  • Flat feet, such as walking feet and 1/4-inch feet. These people use some machines.

  • Hand system for short reach

  • Nice buttonholes, like keyholes

  • Mirror image function (so you can turn to see another way)

  • A full-shank shoe does not hold the foot

  • Compact size

  • work together

  • Advanced foot control (you can use your feet to lift the needle!)

  • Wide stitch width

  • Touch screen

  • Ability to embroider (some use embroidery modules, and others you can add)

  • Automatic belt clip

  • Spinning spool with 9 hooks (holds 100 meters of yarn)

  • Arms outstretched

  • Automatic needle lowering (you start sewing and the needle lowers automatically)

  • Two foods

  • Big screen

  • Throat size

  • Stitch Designer (you can draw your stitches on the touch screen!)

  • A designer (you can design a style too!)

  • Employment plan or voucher (look out for interest-free payment plans too)


10 tips for buying a sewing machine





If you are upgrading your machine now


1 What kind of things do you cry about the most?

If you like to sew, you may want additional features, such as two feeds, quarter feet, and walking feet. If you sew a lot of clothes, you may need some special stitches, buttonholes, and patterns to use for raising and lowering your legs.


2 What would you like to wear in the future? Are there different types of sewing that you can do in the future? Or do you plan to do more than one type of sewing, such as denim repair? What about metal cutting?

3 How often do you sew?


If you sew regularly, it's probably worth investing in a machine with more power. If it's a one-time event, a bare-bones machine might be fine.



4 What do you think about the size of your machine now?

Would you like something more compact on your sewing table? Or do you need more space for larger projects? Do you have a dedicated wardrobe space so you don't have to carry your machine from room to room? Once you've completed your setup, it's time to start testing the machine.


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