Friday, June 10, 2011

Sewing Machines For Beginners

Author: Rosie Andrews

Sewing Machines for Beginners

Sewing is not only a great hobby and fantastic ceative past time it can even earn you some extra money. developing sewing skills is well worthwhile because they are a skill base which is growing in demand. As the old corner shop taylors have virtually disappeared people are finding it difficult to get basic sewing alterations done to their clothes. this is a market you can easily fill if you develop some sewing skills.

Learning to sew will also give you the ability to totally transform your home furnishings and allow you to sew your own personality into them.

You'll be able to take an ordinary pair of curtains and transform them into how you want, just adding small touches makes a huge difference. As well as home furnishings you'll be able to create shirts or dresses for yourself and  your family, with sewing skills you can virtually transform any piece of material directly into how you like. It's really satisfying to produce your own clothes and to dress your children in clothes you have produced.

The problem that confronts people new to sewing is which is the best sewing machine to start with. I have been asked this question hundreds if not thousands of times over the years from friends and students. And to be honest I can't pick out one machine and say this is the best sewing machine for beginners. it's just not possible, it can only be subjective.

There's so many wonderful sewing machines to choose from on the market.Singer, Janome and brother to name merely three superb sewing machines.

Which is the best sewing machine for beginners can only be a matter of opinion and we all have our views and opinions about just what is the best sewing machine. I can give you a number pointers to guide you in the right way, but in the end the choice will have to fall with you.

To begin with I'd select a computerized sewing machine. These are the basic standard at this time and I firmly believe in staying up with technology. I really don't see the reason for training with older machines when you're able to learn on modern-day computerized machines.

Some people would reason that it's far better to learn on older machines and move up little by little. This may be a sensible point, but is not one I agree with. If you're beginning from a blank canvas you might as well learn on a new computerized sewing machine with all the mod cons on it.

If you learned on an older machine you'd quickly prefer to move to a much more sophisticated machine and take advantage of all of the computerized capabilities that simplify many tasks. So you may as well start on a computerized model. You wouldn't want to learn to drive in a 1920s ford would you? So why would you want to learn to sew on an old machine?

The good news is that the price ranges for a good machine are really reasonable at the moment, and the features these machines have are amazing. You can do things on a small machine in your house today that needed much bigger machines not so long ago.

Nearly all today's new sewing machines are computerized,  whatever you can perform on a sewing machine is made easier due to computerization. You can even get embroidery machines that will instruct you step-by-step on the way to make things. The instruction occurs on the LED display screen.

You need to be looking for a sewing machine that doesn't cost too much to start with. If you are just taking sewing up you can check out a second hand machine. The argument for getting a second hand sewing machine is that it's safer to shell out $120.00 on a second hand high-priced sewing machine than to invest $120.00 on a completely new but far inferior machine.

This is an excellent strategy, although not one I agree with. A few years ago this might have been a very good method, however, the price of sewing machines has come down a lot and I  think looking for a brand-new sewing machine is the best option. As you become a more knowledgeable sewer you will come to love particular sewing machines. The best way to select a sewing machine is always to ask yourself a number of questions.

A newcomer will require a sewing machine with a number of fundamental stitches; every machine available will give you this. Typically the more stitches the sewing machine has got the more costly it will be.

Think about what you are looking to do with the machine. Are you looking to create outfits, home furnishings, repairs, quilting or other homemade projects? For garments for instance you will want machine with a "free arm" this will make sewing sleeves and things like a whole lot of easier. Should you be looking to do quilt-making you will want a machine with a broader variety of stitches. If you are searching to do upholstery you will require a strong high quality machine. A low cost machine is not going to handle upholstery.

How frequently do you think you will use the machine? If you plan to get into sewing in a major way you will need to purchase a more expensive machine that will endure heavy use. It's extremely hard to name a sewing machine and say this is the best one. I know people who swear by Janome sewing machines, stating they're the best sewing machines available on the market, others may swear by singer sewing machines, we all have our personal favourites.

You can get an outstanding sewing machine for between $150 to $200. The more you're happy to commit the more you're going to get. The first thing you need to do is get familiar with what a sewing machine does and learn about all the parts on the machine and what they do. Do your homework, possibly download some manuals. Singer has superb manuals that you can download and read. These will familiarize yourself with the parts of sewing machines.

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About the Author

Rosie has been sewing for over thirty years and is a life-long sewing enthusiast. She has taught sewing in colleges and at evening classes. She contributes articles to a number of sewing sites and has her own webpage, "Best Sewing Machines" where she is slowly building up a resource of sewing knowledge. Visit her website:

Sewing machine image courtesy of Med via Wikimedia Commons.

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