If you’re an entry level quilter and would like to get a sewing machine just for your quilting projects, there are some things to take into consideration when you go shopping for one.
What are you getting it for?
No matter how much you may like quilting at the moment, be true to yourself and give a good thought on how often you’re going to quilt. Are you planning to take quilting to the next level and do some quilting for your friends too? Do you dream about opening a business anytime soon? The more you’re willing the pay for your quilting sewing machine, the more you can expect when it comes to performances and durability.
Don’t spend the extra buck if you’re only quilting any now and then. Open your wallet big though if you dream of your very own quilting business.
How much do you want to pay for it?
A sewing machine for quilting that is less than $200 is easy to find in craft stores so you don’t have to put in the extra effort. You may find both mechanical and electronic machines for that kind of money. They come with the basic features you need for quilting: backstitch, multiple stitches and also ample lighting.
When you’re going to spend more than $200, you should expect the extra features that take your quilting projects to the next level. For that kind of money, here’s what to expect:
- Start/stop position
- Needle down position
- Easy electronic button features (no more dials and lever)
- Even and high quality stitches
- Hundreds of decorative stitches
- Wider throat that holds better the larger quilts
Have you done your homework?
You can’t just go ahead and get the very first quilting machine you see in a shop. Get online and gather some info about the most popular sewing machines and try to make an idea about which one may fit your needs and skills best. Try to make the perfect balance between what you want and what you’re willing to pay for as well.
Should you buy online or local?
Chances are you’re going to find better deals online and not in some local store. You may go to a local store and give it a try and then get it online. Ask for some test-drive of the models you’re interested in. sewing is going to give you a better idea about how you may be really feeling when using a specific model.
When you’re getting a sewing machine from a local store, you may also get some instruction on how to use it too. some local dealers also offer free quilting classes! You may also take the sewing machine for maintenance and repair when in need. This may be an important selling point for the new-entry level quilter.
Don’t forget to take a look at the local stores for the refurbished machines as they may also be a good choice when you’re new to quilting.