Choosing a Machine
Updated August 17, 2013
Having the top notch most expensive sewing machine is not important when you are a beginning sewer. However, to complete any projects you will need a machine of some sort to complete the exercises.
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You really just need a decent machine that does a few basic stitches, can go in reverse (yes you’ll need to go in reverse!) and is easy to operate. Even if you have money to burn, we recommend that you get a modest machine in the $100 range, run it into the ground, and then upgrade when you are more experienced. Video Review of Machines
If you do have to buy a machine, look for the following characteristics:
- Make sure that you get a “real” machine. To complete even the basic projects in this course you’ll need a machine that has a variety of stitches and is sturdy and well built.
- You need a straight stitch, a zigzag stitch, and a buttonhole.
- You don’t need a machine with a screen or one that interfaces with a computer.
- It is preferable to get a machine with metal parts inside and where the bobin sits in a metal case. However, as a beginner it is okay to get a machine with plastic parts. Plastic bobbin can lead to tension problems later.
- Avoid machines where the thread spool sits on its side. Get one where the thread sits upright on top of the machine.
- It is better to have a machine with an upright foot pedal rather than an angled one.
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Joann Fabrics has an awesome tool to determine the best machine for you based on your price range, your skill level and the projects you would like to complete. However, based on what we know about beginning sewing and what kind of machine you need to complete these lessons, we can also give you the quick and dirty list here.
Machines Recommended for Beginning Sewers