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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? Perhaps you’re not sure what features you should be looking for or how much you should be expecting to pay? Knowing what to pick can be overwhelming as there is such a wide variety of options. Thankfully, we are here to help with some handy advice for beginners to the sewing craft.

Sewing machines are an excellent investment if you are looking for more consistent and stronger stitches. It is much easier to achieve an even stitch as opposed to doing it by hand because the sewer does not have to manually attempt a machine’s stitch length and tension. If you want your sewing to be a much quicker process with more stitch options, finding the right machine will solve that. We have the low down on the best durable, easy-to-operate beginner sewing machines.

 


Best model types for beginners

The very last thing you want to do is confuse yourself before you’ve even started to sew. The world of sewing machines is vast, with so many different makes and models currently on the market. Electrical and computerised sewing machines have become increasingly advanced with more options and features than ever. It is essential to know that these particular models are not your only option. There are plenty of beginner-friendly options out there to ease you into the world of sewing. No matter your ability, there is a wide range of choices available.

A mechanical sewing machine is a standard option - providing basic stitching for simple jobs without all the fancy decorative stitches and auto needle-threading. For this reason, a mechanical sewing machine maybe your perfect first step as a beginner. There is no LED screen to battle with, and your work is manual - allowing more involvement in your stitching, giving you room to learn as you practice! These machines are great for getting to grips with the basics of sewing and a much easier route to becoming an expert sewist.

Computerised machines tend to require maintenance, which can be offputting to beginners.  You perhaps won’t be able to carry out these jobs without any guidance or experience. Not only can this cause added expense, but it’ll also mean you’re out of a sewing machine in the meantime while it’s being repaired or maintained! Suppose you don’t want to be left without a machine in your arsenal while taking it for repair or service. In that case, 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. After all, jobs still need to be completed when those electrics malfunction!

When shopping around for your machine, the essential features you should be looking for are zig-zag and straight stitch options, a buttonhole setting, and a presser foot. If you are interested in developing your stitches, then a machine with the ability to change the stitch length and width too is a good place to start. It is also worth your while considering a speed control function, and some sewing machines can seem too fast for more inexperienced sewists. The ability to control your stitch speed also makes your machine scalable. As you progress in your ability, you can increase the speed.

 


The 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 purchasing 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. It is worth researching what kinds of machines suit which sewing projects. For instance, if you are quilting, then you will require a slightly different model for those looking to make clothing. Sewing experts agree that you should buy a machine if you find your projects too much work to do by hand. Sewing machines are designed to save you time working on long rows of stitches and help you achieve professional-looking seams and edges.

 

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. Domestic varieties come in a wider range of prices, so you can rate the cost based on your knowledge and ability. A quality mechanical sewing machine is available within this lower price point. The investment isn’t so significant 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 can also penetrate 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 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 ensure you have fully considered your skills level before committing to a machine financially.

 

Choosing Your Sewing Accessories

When first starting in the world of sewing, you’ll likely find that you need more accessories than you first thought. Some are more important than others, and a few are simply essential for any sewer!

  • Scissors: a quality pair of sewing scissors are vital for cutting fabric, thread, and other materials. They need to be sharp enough to provide a clean-cut without ruining your materials!
  • High-Quality Thread: depending on your projects, you’ll need a wide selection of high-quality sewing threads. We’d recommend opting for various colours to ensure you always have the colour you need for your sewing projects!
  • Sewing Bag: keeping all your materials and accessories organised is essential if you want your sewing projects to run as smoothly as possible! Investing in a sewing bag with different compartments for all your tools can be a life-saver when travelling!
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    These are just a handful of sewing essentials you’ll need when starting your sewing journey. As you progress with your skills, you’ll find what works best for you and what doesn’t. This allows you to make more informed decisions about what sewing accessories you feel are worth it and which ones aren’t!

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

     


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