Having a Sewing Machine has its own pros and cons.
These are my tips and experiences gathered in last 30+ years of sewing and this post is to help you make an easy and informed decision, if you are buying your first sewing machine.
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Pros and Cons of Owning a Sewing Machine
I have been sewing for fun since my teenage and now I have turned my sewing hobby into a lucrative career.
Designing, sewing and sharing has taken over my life.
I find that sewing machines are useful if you want to wear something different from what everybody else is wearing.
But they aren’t necessary any more, because clothes are widely available at much cheaper rates.
To keep a sewing machine, fabrics, patterns, trimmings and all those tit-bits take up a little space.
Then, your sewing machine requires occasional oiling and lint removal to keep it in running condition.
These are some of the pros and cons of owning a sewing machine, which I have compiled over my sewing experience of almost three decades.
If you are a beginner sewing machine user, what’s the best sewing machine for you, manual or electric? It depends on some important factors.
Sewing machines are always of value, even if only to do mending. If this is the primary reason to desire a machine, a smaller, simple machine would be quite adequate.
On the other hand, if you wish to sew a variety of garments or household items, a “regular “ sized machine with a well known brand is preferable.
Should you wish to sew garments from both woven and stretch fabrics, household items, and quilts, look for a solid machine which is very highly regarded for it's consistency and relatively easy maintenance.
There are also machines which are quite specialized. A serger is primarily used for stretch fabrics to make active wear, bathing suits, etc.
Some sergers come with a built in cover stitch (think double row of stitching at the lower hem of a t-shirt), however, it is possible to purchase a machine designed for this purpose only.
Some sewing machines are specialized for quilters, having numerous decorative stitches to choose from.
A person that quilts a lot can also opt for a long arm machine which is used specifically for quilting larger quilts.
Lastly, there are sewing machines which include an embroidery component.
A multitude of patterns and designs can be placed on garments, used for craft projects, and general appliques or patches.
As you can see the options are many. My advice, however, would be to visit local shops and speak to staff regarding the specifics of any machine you may be considering.
Before making a purchase, I would also recommend reading online reviews and checking the Consumers Report assessment.
Sewing machines take up space. They must be maintained, if you only use a machine every few months then it definitely needs to be oiled and lubricated. They can lead to a VERY expensive hobby!
As a reward, you are able to sew! You can save money by learning to do your own repairs and alterations, learning to hem pants and jeans will likely pay for both the machine. I personally find them very therapeutic to operate.