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The Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

Have you found there are too many different things to consider when choosing your first sewing machine? With computerised, electrical and mechanical sewing machines all an option, knowing what to pick can be overwhelming. Thankfully, we are here to help with some handy advice for beginners to the sewing craft by giving you the low down on the best beginner sewing machines and what to look out for. 

Best model types for beginners

The very last thing you want to do is confuse yourself before you’ve even started to sew. Electrical and computerised sewing machines have many more options and features with more complicated designs, so these may feel overwhelming for a newbie. However, a mechanical sewing machine is very standard - providing basic stitching for simple jobs without all the fancy decorative stitches and auto needle-threading. For this reason, a mechanical sewing machine may be your perfect first step as a beginner. There are no LED displays to battle with, and your work is manual - allowing more involvement in your stitching giving you room to learn.

Computerised machines tend to require maintenance that you perhaps won’t be able to carry out on your own. If you don’t want to be left without a machine in your arsenal in the time it takes for repair or service; a mechanical sewing machine is the first need for any kit. Even advanced sewers recognise the value in a sewing machine that doesn’t rely on electrical display because jobs still need to be completed when those electrics malfunction.

Price you can expect to pay

As is true with any piece of machinery, higher quality sewing machines come at a higher price point. As a beginner, you want to strike the right balance between choosing a quality machine and not overshooting the mark of reason with the financial investment in your new craft. You also don’t want a rickety machine that will cost more to repair than your initial purchase, so ensuring your new sewing machine operates effectively and reliably is essential. It may seem tempting to risk buying a refurbished machine for a lower price point, but the peace of mind that comes with our 2-year guarantee on new machines is well worth the higher cost.

Things to consider before purchasing

A hobbyist expecting to carry out occasional sewing should look at spending no more than £200 on their sewing machine. A quality mechanical sewing machine is available within this price point, but the investment isn’t so large that new enthusiasts will feel their sewing is a burden. Our Singer MasterStitch 21-05 is an excellent option for any beginner, boasting a durable body while remaining simple to use. This sewing machine is also capable of penetrating thicker materials, which are less demanding to work with for beginners than silky fabrics.

A sewist looking to perform simple dressmaking or regular sewing can set their sight on a mid-range computerised machine around £400, like our Singer Starlet 6660. With more capability for heavy-duty sewing, like through leather, this machine offers more power and 60 different stitch patterns. This investment could feel unreasonable and unjustifiable to a complete newbie. No hobbyist needs all the bells and whistles when they’re currently incapable of putting them to good use, so practice being realistic with yourself before committing to a machine financially.

To conclude, your sewing machine should ultimately just fit your current needs. Recognise your skill level, consider the projects that you’re looking to begin, and decide what materials you want to work with to make the best purchase possible. Don’t buy for ‘future you’, who may want to try more technical sewing months down the line, but keep it simple as not to overwhelm your new and developing skillset.

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