I’m in the market for a new sewing machine, and I seriously didn’t realise how hard it would be to make a decision.
When I bought this sewing machine, it was almost on a whim. It was on sale, and it seemed basic enough. It had an instructional DVD (thank god!), and I wanted to make things for our wedding. Up until that stage, my was experience and memories of sewing were awful. I only remember ‘trying’ to sew at the start of high school and always, always, ALWAYS getting my thread tangled.
Looking back at picking my first sewing machine is kind of amazing. I’m sometimes so surprised I ended up making orders for people. When I first started it was just to save a few $$’s for our wedding, but now, it’s basically my whole past time.
Anyway, not much thought went into my first sewing machine. I should add, I’ve only every had one. I liked that it was cheap, and seemed easy to use and that was it, decision made. So this time around, it is so much more of an indepth decision .. I don’t know how I’m going to decide!
I know there are some things I definitely want;
- Controllable speed. At the moment, my sewing machine is super fast or super slow, which will make learning to applique a bit hard I think.
- Up down position – being able to control whether my needle stays in my fabric or out of my fabric would be amazing.
- Variety of stitches – my fanciest stitch right now is a zig zag, and let’s be honest, it’s really not that fancy at all. Functional yes, but fancy no.
My current sewing machine is a Brother, very basic model. It has a total of 10 stitches and that’s it. So whatever I end up getting, I know it’ll be a huge upgrade. I’ve been looking at the Janome 3160QDC, which would be a ginormous upgrade in specification (and price!!), but the reviews I’ve read so far have all been positive.
One frustrating thing I’ve found though is looking at reviews online. Australian / UK / American versions of machines seem to be different .. So I’ll find lots of reviews about a certain Brother / Singer / Janome / (insert sewing machine brand here), but then it won’t be available in Australia. Or maybe it is, and I just can’t find the model conversion, who knows.
So, I’m wondering, how did you decide what sewing machine you’d buy? I’d love to test some out, but we don’t really have any places around my area where this is possible, so I’m relying on reviews and that’s it.
I would love if you’d share what sewing machine you have, and how you decided on it.