Things To Keep In Mind
I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to buying a sewing machine, and there’s a couple general things one should keep in mind if they’re trying to do the same thing. Generally, these tips go for any kind of appliance or tool, so they apply regardless of whether you’re looking for a sewing machine or something else.
Be sure about what you’re trying to achieve; and prepare accordingly.
It’s not an understatement when I say that not all sewing machines are created equal. In that sense, it’s simply that sewing is an incredibly diverse world – tailors and seamstresses were some of the first professions in civilization. Sit down, have a cup of coffee, tea, or just some hot chocolate, and decide what exactly it is you actually want to do. Do you just want to learn how to sew? Or are you looking for something specific; for a big quilting project, or a very specific dress, perhaps? Keep in mind that having a budget is important as well – set a strict one, and don’t overstep it if you don’t have to.
Read customer reviews.
The customer knows best – and this is especially true when the customer happens to have experience with the machine you might be checking out. Go through a couple reviews – the negative ones, and the positive ones. Steer clear from obviously fake reviews, or reviews that look like they’re just trying to sell you something.
Make a product list.
Like I said; there are a lot of sewing machines out there. If you’re looking for the absolute right one, you’ll have to tackle it by way of elimination – start off with a little list of, say, your top 5 picks. Go over what you’re looking for, and compare it to your list – make sure you’re not being superfluous. Keep your budget in mind, and shop conservatively.
Narrow down your choices.
Now that you know exactly what you want, it’s time to get into the details. Go over reviews, features, pros and cons, and begin taking steps to remove an item here and an item there – until you’re eventually left with two choices.
Look up comparison guides.
This is a pretty substantial tip – the hardest choice, in the end, is between the two best picks. Usually, review sites will do comparison checks – and a lot of people will compare two similar machines in their review, to let you know why one might be better than the other, or why you might want one over the other for specific jobs.
When you’re all set on what you want, then it’s time to go and get it! A word of warning; if, after all your trouble, you end up with a defective machine (thankfully not something that happens often when you’re diligent in your choices), make sure to contact the manufacturer immediately and get a replacement as soon as possible. If your pleas are ignored, be sure to let people know; bad customer service is suicide in the age of the Internet. And finally, good luck!