What To Look For In A Sewing Machine? (Buying Guide For Beginners)

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Looking for the right guidance for a sewing machine?

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This article will explain or discuss:

  • What to look for in a beginner sewing machine?
  • A complete sewing machine buying guide
  • And much more !

Ready? Let’s get started!

Consider The Type Of Sewing

It’s important to know the type of work you plan on doing before getting a sewing machine. Think about what your specific needs are: pillow cases and napkins, home furnishings like pillows or curtains for example; apparel such as clothes with seams that need mending (denim jeans come immediately to mind).

Then there is quilting which requires different techniques than just putting things together adorning an item!

A good way to get ideas when starting this project would be by looking through magazines-maybe even subscribing so they arrive at our doorsteps every week??

When it comes to sewing on heavy duty canvas and denim, you’ll want a machine that can easily accommodate the weight. Make sure your selected one is up for what’s coming through its serger. 

Mechanical Sewing Machine

The manual sewing machine has been around for centuries. For both beginners and professionals, it’s the best bet when you need something quick but don’t want to invest in an expensive model with all sorts of features that could get complicated quickly if not used often or are unnecessary at your skill level. 

These basic models can be found cheaply online or at local retailers without too much difficulty as they’re just starting out themselves! Storing one takes up little space so even those small homes will have room soon enough – making them perfect back-ups while keeping costs down by using what we already have laying around instead

Electronic Sewing Machine

As you might imagine, electronic sewing machines have more features than a mechanical one. They’re often lighter and easier to carry around due their lightweight nature; they also come equipped with several built-in stitches which make them great for various projects.

Some people prefer these types because of all the extra options available like adjustable stitch length or width (or both!), as well as needle positioning adjustments on top load bobbin systems so that your next project can be done quickly without any hassle at home before work starts up again tomorrow morning.

Also Read: Which is best sewing machine for beginners?

Computerized Sewing Machine

A computerized sewing machine can be a great investment for those with more experience. They typically have large, bulky bodies and are designed to handle heavy fabrics like canvas or denim. If you need precision movement of all parts on your garment – from needles through stitch execution- then this type of device might just do the trick.

As mentioned earlier in our article (click here), there’s no shortage when it comes down to picking out which model suits one best; however certain brands will offer better value than others due them having comparable prices but providing higher quality features such as wide range electronic motors etcetera.

Once you’ve decided what kind of sewing project will be most useful for your needs, it is important to consider the features that are crucial. Here’s a few (in no particular order) things think about:

Features That Are Necessary

Stitch Options

The more stitches the better! You will want to find a sewer who has experience or is willing to teach you these techniques. If that’s not an option, keep it simple and go with basic threads like zigzag stitch (zig-zag), straight seam stitching; stretchy fabric can handle some tri-motion™ sewing too – but be careful as they might not work so well on delicate fabrics such as lace etcetera..

Work Space

One of the biggest differences between a standard sewing machine and quilting machines is that they have different work spaces. A basic model can do all kinds of projects, but if you’re planning on doing any heavy-duty stitching like making clothes or blankets then it’s worth investing in something with more space because these types of attachments won’t fit onto smaller models without an upgrade kit (though there are some exceptions).

Knee Lifter

Quilters are always on the go, and this is why they need a machine with an automatic knee lifter. With one touch of their leg against it, quilts can be quickly raised up into position for trimming or pressing without ever needing to take your hands off what you’re doing!

Free Arm

When you’re sewing garment sections, like pant legs or sleeves, it can be hard to keep the fabric from bunching up. The free arm of your machine has a much wider surface area and allows space underneath for this purpose! It also helps avoid accidentally sewing through layers when working with multiple pieces at once – ask me how I know 😉

Extension Table 

An extension table is an essential accessory for the sewing enthusiast. Extension tables allow you to get even more workspace on your own machine, without taking up valuable space or inconveniencing others around you with bulky equipment that takes up too much room in storage closets everywhere!

Bobbin Placement 

Bobbin placement on a sewing machine is important to consider. If you use front-loading bobbins, they are easier and more convenient than drop-in ones because of their clear plastic design that allows you the ability to see how much thread is left before changing out your bobbie pins for another project! Front loading can also be more efficient if quilting or embroidery needs arise while working on it; however this may not always hold true depending upon what type material(s) will ultimately end up being used during production time

Needle Position Adjustment 

This lets you move the needle either left or right – generally just by pushing a couple buttons. This feature is quite helpful for sewing zippers and trim work close to edges!

Automatic Needle Threader

Back in the day when I had perfect 20/20 vision, threading a needle was not an issue. Not all automatic needle threaders are created equal- some machines do better than others! As you age your eyesight is sure to be something that needs consideration or if purchasing for someone older then make sure they have this feature as well 

I’ve found my old self making mistakes with sewing equipment before but now it doesn’t bother me because everything has its own special way of working out best depending on what’s needed at any given time; whether simple repairs like fixing zippers after ripping fabric apart (like Shitty Zipper Fixes!), major home renovations project where every detail matters

Automatic Thread Cutter

With an automatic thread cutter, all you have to do is push a button and the machine does everything for you. I absolutely love this feature on my sewing machine! You should definitely test it out yourself before using it in your work-flow though so that there are no problems down the line.


Way back in the day, sewing machines were not equipped with lighting. Nowadays it’s really common for many brands/models to have adequate light but some still do a better job than others! Make sure you take into consideration how important good lighting is when purchasing your next machine so that everything will go smoothly from then on out


The last thing you want is for your sewing machine to break. But just in case it does, make sure that any warranty offered by the good sewing machine brands will be valid and helpful when needed because repairs can cost an arm and leg! Do plenty of research on all brands before purchasing so as not to get stuck with a lemon (or even worse: many lemons).


The best way to find success is by doing your research. If you’re already on board with this, then don’t hesitate! There are plenty of resources available for those who need it most and they’ll help in whatever format that suits them – whether its one-on-one mentorship or group coaching sessions

We hope these tips were able to answer any questions about doing independent business planning as well as teaching future entrepreneurs how important self development really does make all the difference when starting something new

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