Hello Everyone,
I would really appreciate your advice. I am beginner at sewing and I would like to buy my first sewing machine. However, I dont know what machine to go for. My local sewing store sells sewing machines but the cheapest is $249. The lady said she would teach me how to use it and if I ever have any issues with it then they will be able to fix it for me. Do you think it is a good idea for me to spend so much on my first machine or do you have any machine that you would recommend?
Thank you all very much!

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    May 7, 2013, 11.23 PMby arisaid

    Always buy the most expensive machine you can afford – a well known brand would be best for you. Remember that if you buy a very basic machine you will soon want one that can do more! It sounds as though the store is happy to continue helping you which is good. Make sure the machine has a good guarantee with it. Good luck with your sewing. Remember practice makes perfect!

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    May 8, 2013, 12.24 PMby Chococatlovescookies

    Honestly, I don’t advise blowing a lot of money on a sewing machine when you are a beginner, it’s foolish. Sewing isn’t for everybody, and you may find after awhile that it’s not really your thing. I’ve seen countless individuals posting brand new sewing machines in classifieds because they just didn’t like to sew. You can lose a good amount of money on it. What you should do is check out used sewing machines. They’re incredibly cheap. You may find they have cosmetic flaws, or are missing minor parts (like a few feet or bobbins-you can buy these), but otherwise they’re perfectly fine. Just make sure to test the machine out before purchasing it to ensure that it is in working order. If it isn’t it would cost you roughly fifty – sixty dollars to have it tuned up by a professional, which is probably still cheaper than buying a brand new machine.

    The biggest pro of a new machine is the warranty, but if you fall out of love with the hobby, what good is a warranty to you? A lot of people get sucked in to the shiny new look of a sewing machine, and all it’s crazy features that you will NEVER use. As a beginner, all you really need is a machine that can do basic stitches, a buttonhole, and has a zipper foot. Also, look for a top loading bobbin instead of a front loading bobbin – I find these sewing machines to be more co-operative. Take my advice and check out classifieds, thrift stores, garage sales, and antique and collectible shops. After you’ve sewn for a while, and maybe you find that you enjoy it, eventually you can save up and buy a newer machine with features that you know you desire.

    I hope that helps!

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