About the Sewing Machine

Your sewing machine is without question, your most important asset.

You could complete a project by hand and call it haute couture, but that’s going to be a lot of work. If you need to buy a sewing machine, there are some things you'll want to know, if you already have a good machine, keep reading for some tips on how to care for your machine and gain a better undertanding of how it works. 

How to buy a machine

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Sewing Machine

Whether your learning to sew or have already completed some projects, your machine is your most important tool. Here are some tips to get you started. Start by searching the web, to see what is available on the market.

Go to review sites to see what others are saying. It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you refer to these questions, you will have a guide line for searching and narrow your choices quickly.

If you plan to buy a brand new machine, think of purchasing one much like you would a car. Ask yourself these questions.

1) How much can I afford to spend.

No matter if it is a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars, I recommend you buy the best you can afford.

For instance, if you are willing to spend a few hundred dollars, you may consider buying a good used machine, rather than a lesser quality brand new machine.

A quality machine will give you years of sewing enjoyment.

2) What will I use the machine for?

Depending on what your intentions are, buy your machine according to your needs.

For example, will you be doing simple mending or hemming of pants or a broken seam. If these are your usage intentions then a good quality basic machine is all you need. No sense paying for extra features if you won't use them.

However, if you think you have the sewing bug, and will use a machine to it's fullest potential, then your options are wide open. Consider if you will, also purchasing a serger. Your machine will need less stitch options if you do purchase one.

Refer to my page about sergers for more information.

3) How often will I use my machine?

If you use your machine for basic seam repair, or for creating full garments and home decor, how often you sew should be considered. A machine that takes a lot of ware and tear, should be sturdy and well built. So spending a few extra dollars should be considered.

4) Where will I store my machine?

If you are fortunate enough to have a designated room just for sewing, then consider a cabinet with a built in sewing machine that will also hold your supplies. If your space is small or you will be sewing in the dining room or where ever space is available, then portable machines would offer flexibility.

5) Will I buy brand new or consider a quality used machine?

No matter which choice you make, investigate all your options. Go to your local dealers and ask questions. Ask for demonstrations and try out the machines yourself.

I can not stress enough, to buy quality within your budget. You can purchase a great quality floor model, used machine or brand new, but buy the best you can afford and you will get years of sewing enjoyment with limited headache, no matter what your skill level or intentions of use.

Share Your Reviews

Janome sewing machineJanome 10001 Embroidery Machine

Above is a Janome Memory Craft 10001.  This is the machine I use the most.

The memory craft 10001 was Janome's high-end embroidery machine at that time. Janome has introduced a few newer models with more features since then, but I have to say my 10001 is a dream to use.

I have never had a problem my 10001. If you're not a beginner sewer, and you would like to upgrade your current machine, I would highly recommend the Janome 10001.

Please Note: The Janome 10001 is now retired since this was posted. The Janome 11000 is the next machine that was built after the 10001. You can find the Janome 11000 here for more information. 

Do you already have a machine?
Share your reviews

What make and model do you have? Would you like to share with everyone, your opinions and reviews of your machine?

We would love to hear from you. To share your reviews and information go to the sewing machine reviews page.

Machine Parts and Mechanisms

Although machine makes and models can vary greatly, there are some basic similarities to help you understand how they work. 

  • All sewing machines have a bobbin.
Part of a sewing machine

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Click here to read about the Bobbin Winder.

How To Thread Your Machine

Who Invented the Sewing Machine

The Story of the Sewing Machine

There is quite a lot of drama that goes with the history of this machine. Go to “Who Invented The Sewing Machine" to find out a little about the back ground of the inventors and how this amazing machine came about.