Should you purchase a machine prior to learning how to sew?

If you haven’t purchased a machine and are ready to take your first beginner class, I recommend learning first. Why? Well, for a few reasons:

  1. You may want to try sewing before making an investment into a sewing machine. What if it’s not for you?
  2. You may (most likely) love sewing and know what you want to achieve with your newfound skills. This can help you decide which sewing machine is right for you. 
  3. Or you may buy the wrong machine for your needs and be sorry afterwards. You wouldn’t want this to happen and in the past 7 + years of teaching, I have seen this happen too many times. 

Aren’t all sewing machines the same? 

The short answer is no, they are not. As a matter of fact, home sewing machines nowadays can be super simple and cost around $100, or be super high tech and cost upwards of $10,000. That’s a big difference. Even the $100 – $500 range has a huge variance in features that can be helpful or unnecessary to your needs. 

Think of it this way:

You wouldn’t buy a 5 passenger car if you have a family of 8. Nor would you buy an 8 passenger car if you are only one person, unless you needed it for another reason like you were an Uber driver that specialized in airport pickups for families. Get it? 

Buy a machine that fits your needs or one that you might “grow” into as you build on your sewing skills.

How to purchase a machine:

If you are ready to purchase, I highly recommend heading over to your local sewing machine dealer (like Sew Right) and trying out a machine before buying. Learn the features of each machine to see if it is compatible to your needs. For example, if you plan on sewing buttonholes on garments, then you would want a machine that sizes them automatically and does the stitch in one step as opposed to a four step. Or maybe you intend to make quilts only, so you may want a machine that has features for quilt making. The options are endless and can be confusing, which is why is would be helpful to talk to a representative who can pinpoint which machine would be good for your skills. Another reason why I like purchasing from a dealer is that you have a person to talk to that can help with any questions you have about the machine after you take it home. 

Happy Sewing!