Your sewing journey starts with choosing the right tools. When it comes to machines hype and fluff can be confusing! Should I focus on stitch count, stitch variations, big names, foreign etc. It can all be confusing but today I will clear all that up.
Often times I am asked “ How do I choose the right sewing machine?” Here’s a few questions to ask yourself:
- How often do I sew?
- What is my budget?
- What is my skill level?
- Is this business or pleasure?
Imax Mini Sewing Machine
For a recreational sewer or someone that just patches things here and there, I recommended a mini sewing machine. The Imax FHSM-202 Mini 2-Speed it’s small, practical and great if you’d just like to test the waters. This is perfect for someone on a low budget, who simply wants to mend a few things here and there. I’ve actually made clothing for my little girl with this machine, but eventually I needed something I could use daily. This was an in between machine for me after I broke my Brothers which is shown below.
Brothers Project Runway Edition
For a newbie who wants to sew daily or weekly I’d recommend a simple electronic home machine. This Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW was my FIRST real sewing machine! I purchased it when I started college for my Fashion Design Degree. It has 50 built in stitches, a moderate speed and very easy to use. I loved this machine until it was time for me to start working with heavier fabrics.
Singer Classic Heavy Duty
Once you get into the business of sewing it’s very important to have a work horse. I use an industrial machine daily but at home I needed something with less maintenance. My Singer Classic Heavy-Duty 44S is a true work horse, I’ve had it 4 years now and no mechanical issues or maintenance needed. It’s a home machine but heavy duty. Manual with no bells and whistles, a few stitch types but amazing strength. I’ve sewn denim, leather, burlap and even the finest lace. I don’t see myself getting tired of this machine anytime soon!
Remember, don’t flock to names or hype. Access your needs first and then go from there.
I hope this post was informative! I have purchased all three of these machines at some point in my sewing career. I loved them all for one reason or another. Once you reach new levels and skill sets, you’ll grow out of your machine and onto a new one. I hope I was able to help you get started. Feel free to ask questions and tell me about your favorite machines.