If you are keen to make the bold step into taking up sewing as a hobby, then it is essential that you identify what sewing machine suits your personal requirements. Sewing is an extremely fun past time for me and many of my friends. We have managed to keep it enjoyable by using sewing machines that stimulate our interests and allow us to do what we like best without restrictions. Most people when they first head out searching for a sewing machine will gravitate towards picking one of the more expensive and therefore complicated models. This may sound logical, because these often turn out to be the highest rated items and so, why wouldn’t you want one too? This is unfortunately counterproductive thinking because the best sewing machines for beginners are almost certainly those that don’t over complicate things.
Your first sewing machine should be straight forward to use, with minimal additional functions that are potentially going to confuse you and slow your progression as a budding seamstress. I won’t go as far to say to avoid a computerized sewing machine, but I would definitely advise against picking one that has too many extra features on it. Ideally, you will want an entry level machine that is easy to use, made of high quality components, is unlikely to fail and ultimately isn’t too expensive. I advise keeping the cost down because you are likely to want to switch up and purchase a more expensive model with more features once your skill set has improved passed a beginner level. Below you will find my personal guide for what I believe are the best sewing machines for novices.
How I chose my favorite beginner models
Selecting the best models for beginner seamstresses might seem like a fairly easy task, but it is quite the contrary, in order for me to identify which models are ideal for you I had to consider a variety of different things;
- How many stitch pattern variations it has.
- The weight of the sewing machine.
- Whether it is portable.
- Its capacity to stitch on various types of fabric.
- Which buttonholing mechanism it uses; one step vs. four step.
- How precise its buttonholing mechanism is.
- If it has an automatic needle threader.
- How easy it is to change a needle.
- Whether it has the capacity to be used for embroidery.
- If it has an owner’s manual.
- If it is a cost-effective model.
- How complicated it is to use for beginners.
- The number of presser feet it has.
- If it has snap-on or screw-in presser feet.
- What additional features it offers.
These are only a few of the things that I have considered in order to produce my detailed review of the best sewing machines for beginners.