Sewing machines have come a long way from the old Singer in Mom and Dad's attic. The good news: machines have gotten much easier to use. They are more versatile and can sew pieces as light as silk or as heavy as denim. The bad news: there are more models on the market leaving you with a difficult decision to make.
The most prosumer models can cost thousands of dollars.
How to Choose
* '''Determine your skill level. '''
** Beginners should stick to something with the basic stitch options that doesn't cost too much.
** If you don't plan to use your machine more than a few times a year, don't bother with complex machines.
** Advanced users with professional expectations will want a computerized version that can download patterns from a PC.
* '''Think of the things you want to sew.'''
** Clothes made with simple fabrics are fine on basic machines, whether they are traditional or electronic.
** Quilting and making crafts require a more advanced machine that can handle a wider variety of stitches.
** Upholstery should be sewn on heavy-duty machines.
* '''Warranty and Service'''
** These are important, as is your relationship with your dealer. Will you be able to get the machine serviced with minimal hassle?
** Buying online may impact your level of service or void your warranty.
** Make sure you know exactly what you're getting (or not getting) for your money.
** You may need to buy replacement needles. You'll need more thread eventually.
** High-end machines may have extra costs for additional stitches, embroidery patterns or memory chips.