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Aug 08 2012

The B.A.S.I.C.S. of Buying a Sewing Machine

The Basics of Buying a Sewing or Embroidery MachineI thought it might be best to start with a basic run-through of purchasing a new sewing machine. These rules are equally applicable to a used sewing machine, or indeed an overlocker. I’ll expand on these as the weeks go on, so that you can be armed with a kit bag of questions and things to look for when trading up or starting out.

B is for Backup.

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new machine. If your new pride and joy develops a problem during the warranty period, is service readily available, and is it swift? Have you talked to your technician to find out whether the machines you’re looking at are easily serviced and reliable?

A is for Accessories & Attachments.

What will you need for the projects you’re going to be taking on? Are these included with the sewing machine? What will you need to buy and how much extra will these cost? Can you get them included as part of a package deal?

S is for Sew with it.

Does this sewing machine do what you need it to do? Does the machine feel comfortable? Does it have the stitches you need to use? Is it smooth, and does it make the right noises? Does it feel Right for you?

I is for Instructions.

When you purchase a sewing machine, you’re likely to need some sort of instruction. Does the shop offer free lessons? Does it come with a good instruction book? Are there easy-to-understand diagrams? Does the salesperson know how to use the machine?

C is for Care.

What do you need to keep your sewing machine working? Will the shop show you how to care for your machine, how to clean and oil parts you can access? Does the shop have a workshop with suitably qualified technicians, and fast turnaround? Are there any special requirements for service, especially as regards your warranty?

S is for Start your project.

Get your sewing machine working as soon as you can. The sooner you are on to it, the sooner what you’ve learnt in your lesson(s) can be applied and if you’re anything like me, the less that will be forgotten! It’s also important to get your sewing machine working to make sure it doesn’t have any small items that may need to be adjusted.

In the next post, I’ll talk a little more about purchasing a sewing machine, and some items that can be handy to have in your sewing room that will make caring for your machine a little bit easier.

Happy sewing

Stephen