Tips For Buying a Sewing Machine - 5 Must Have Checklist Items

Tips for buying a sewing machine

Sew many machines, sew little time. Are you stuck in the endless google hunt for the best sewing machine? When looking at all the options, it’s hard to know what’s important and what’s fluff. Especially if you’re a beginner sewist.

Take a peek down below and see what’s on my 5 must have checklist items for buying a sewing machine and choose the machine that is right for you.

faux fur fabric, leather and pink waffle cotton fabric
Consider the fabric you want to sew with.

What are you Sewing?

Probably the most important thing when selecting a sewing machine is to consider what you’ll be making with it. Certain machines are better than others when it comes to handling different materials. If you’re looking to stitch up bulky or upholstery fabrics, you’ll want to select a machine with more power and speed. But if you’re just starting out, words like speed and power, might be daunting.

pink piggy bank on white background
Create a search around your budget.

What’s your Budget For a Sewing Machine?

It would be great if money was no object, right?! Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case. It's important to keep your budget in mind when selecting a machine. Pick a price range you are comfortable with spending and search within those options. There’s a lot of machines within the $100-200 range that are fantastic. Don’t assume more expensive is better.

Juki Sewing machine
Look for a sewing machine that is ideal for your sewing space.

Where are you Sewing?

It’s really important to consider the space you plan to sew in. Do you have a dedicated space to leave your machine?

Will you have a pop-up space that gets put away after each use? If so, a light weight, smaller machine might be a better option.

Picking a machine based on your sewing space will provide less frustration and more sewing!

...and we all love more sewing.

sewing machine feet, ruching foot, gathering foot, rolled hem foot, metal bobbins, zipper foot
Can you find parts to add to your machine when necessary?

What Parts and Accessories Does Your Machine Have?

Understanding the parts and accessories that come with your sewing machine is key to finding the right one for you.

Some machines use specific parts and accessories, others use universal components. Do a little research. See how easy it is to find additional accessories like sewing feet, bobbins or replacement parts in your area.