There are so many sewing machines available now, it can be a bit confusing knowing which one is best for you. If you are a beginner and you need a machine that will be easy to use and allow you to progress there are a lot available that are very intuitive. If you get a machine that is not really beginner-friendly you can quickly lose your enthusiasm as you may find it too hard.
The price of a sewing machine is always going to be an important factor for most people, and fortunately there are good quality machines in all price ranges. You can get some entry level machines that cost from $75 to $100, so if you are budget conscious you will certainly be able to find a good quality machine that will meet your budget.
You can find a lot of sewing machines now that offer a high degree of automation. This is ideal for some as it takes away any technical aspects that older machines used to have. Things like threading the needle and even sewing buttons onto shirts can all be done automatically with different settings on some machines. So if you do like a good deal of automation you should look for something like the Brother XR9500PRW.
If automation is not your thing, and anything that is computerized scares the life out of you then don’t worry, there are still a lot of sewing machines that still offer a manual approach. You can still get a lot of functionality with these machines. Something like the Janome HD1000 will give you plenty of functionality without having all of the automation processes that some of the machines rely on.
Built-in stitch patterns
For the beginner to intermediate sewists, you can find machines that have a number of stitch patterns already built into them. This is a very convenient design feature that will allow you to use some of the most popular stitch patterns simply by setting the machine to the relevant settings.
This is either done on a LED screen if you have a computerized model, or by turning a dial to the appropriate stitch setting on the manual machines. Most modern machines have a number of built-in stitch patterns, but something like the Singer 7258 has 100 built in stitches that you can access very quickly and use on your material.
The power of the motor in a machine will be relevant if you need a machine for a lot of heavy duty work. If you just need it to do some basic sewing then you will not need anything too powerful, but if you need to do a lot heavier work then you will need a machine with a lot of power behind it. Something like the Singer CG590 is a commercial grade machine and will be able to handle heavier workloads.
These are some of the most important things you should look for when you start looking around for a new sewing machine. We have a lot of detailed reviews of a wide range of sewing machines on this site, so have a look through them and find something that is best suited for your needs.