Sewing is currently experiencing a boom in popularity that’s led to a huge increase in the demand for quality sewing machines. Unfortunately, that demand has led to the sale of a lot of machines that are either vastly overpriced or sadly under-equipped and sometimes, both! While picking out the perfect machine depends heavily on the needs of the user, the general advice provided below is universal. The most important factor is to buy from the right kind of seller.
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Buy (or at least ‘Try’) From A Store
The internet is an invaluable shopping resource, but there are still some things that are best tested out in the real world. Sewing machines are a prime example. Specialty shops and dealership deliver a superior customer experience that simply cannot be equaled by online sellers or department stores.
Salespeople at specialty craft shops are usually pretty knowledgeable about their sewing machines. Dealers also usually have integrated repair services along with servicing the warranties on the machine itself. Purchasing a used machine that’s been reconditioned by professionals is an option at dealer, and this is a great way to stretch a tight budget. Trade-ins and trade-ups are also possible, making a sewing machine specialty store a great long-term contact for dedicated sewers.
What Can You Afford?
You should have a budget and you should stick to it. You need to buy the sewing machine you can afford. There’s always a compromise between what you can afford and what you probably want. Don’t be fooled though. The high priced machines are more expensive mainly because of the extra capabilities they have. There’s no point in looking at high-end machines if your budget is lower than their prices. At the
end of the day, all sewing machines performs one basic function. They sew material together. Keep that in mind.
Take a Test Drive
One of the major advantages of getting a machine from a specialty dealer is that they are much more comfortable with letting customers try out their machines before making a final decision. A first-hand experience can often be the deciding factor in picking out the perfect sewing machine. Remember, this is in some cases a substantial investment that you will be using frequently. Although not as expensive as a car, you certainly wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first. Think of your sewing machine purchase the same way. If you don’t have a retailer near you, here’s how you can take your Test Drive on-line.
Bring Your Own “Stuff” for the Test Drive
What in the world do I mean by that? Shoppers who want to make use of this opportunity should plan ahead and bring their own fabric and thread. This is not only fair to the store (saving them from the cost of providing test materials), it also shows off the way a given machine handles the exact fabrics the prospective buyer wants to use it with.
Durability Is Worth Paying For
Setting a budget is an important part of shopping for a sewing machine. The goal is obviously to get the best machine available in one’s price range, but the qualities that make a machine”the best” need to be weighed
properly. Durability is a huge factor, and it’s worth forgoing a few fancy features if the trade-off is a machine that’s going to work reliably for several more years than the alternative. But you will pay a little more for a more durable machine.
Get Solid Advice Before Spending The Money
This is another place where dealing with well-informed employees at a
dealership is helpful. They are in a perfect position to describe the long-term reliability of the machines they sell. Looking over the shop’s selection of used machines can give a buyer a good idea of which brands and models stand the test of time, too.
Prospective sewing machine buyers should certainly take the time to educate themselves on all of their options before investing in a new machine. Online resources are superb for this. When it comes time to make a final choice and spend some money, the best place to do so is still at one’s local sewing machine dealership or specialty shop.