What do I look for when Buying a sewing machine?
This is something I get asked all the time.
There is really no one answer for everyone it depends on what kind of sewing you plan to do, and your budget
Even so spend as much as you can afford, as you would expect you get what you pay for. These days you can buy a sewing machine almost anywhere, from fabric shops, furniture stores, the supermarket and even the post office. Mostly machines from these of places are very cheap and not worth the money. They have no frame with the parts all being glued to the cover. Can you imagine buying a car with no chassis and the motor just glued to the body. Don’t be fooled by amazing half priced specials these type of places often advertise a machine for 50% off or more. Like was $270 now $90 these machines are never sold at $270 the real price is the price of the special.
In Australia you are much better off going to a specialized sewing machine dealer they have the expertise to help you find the best machine for you and in most cases offer free lessons and if you have any problems they have trained staff that can help you. If you are after an budget priced machine you would need to spend over $350 to get something worthwhile. Or over $800 to get a good quality machine, like a Pfaff, Husquvarna or Bernina.
Features that are great to have you will find on a computerized Machine like needle up, a free arm, Auto Buttonhole and a good selection of feet.
If you just don’t have the budget to spend over $350 on a new machine my advice would be to buy a second hand European Machine like a Pfaff, Husqvarna or Bernina. Don’t be afraid of older machines, they where good quality so will last a very long time. When Buying second hand ask to see it sewing strait stitch, zigzag and reverse, if it will do that it means its in good working order.
I hope that helps, Cheers Fee