Sunday, 3 July 2011

Question - should I buy a sewing machine?

So I'm looking to buy a sewing machine, but have absolutely no idea where to start!  Do any crafters who use a machine in their crafting have any recommendations? 

I'm not sure whether to buy a small machine for around the £60 mark (John Lewis sell one) and just use it for papercrafting and the like, or perhaps invest a couple of hundred pounds in a machine that I can learn to use and actually sew with. 

I don't need a machine with lots of fancy stitches, but one that would be able to take up trousers/jeans, hem curtains, perhaps make a simple dress, etc.and stitch through paper of course!

Although I don't want to spend heaps of money, I'm also want to get quality and value for money, so I would be willing to invest.

Would love to hear what you think, experiences, recommendations, machines to avoid, etc.

Thanks!

Hugs,

10 comments:

  1. For my 21st my Grandmother wanted to get me a gift that would be special, so she gave me money towards a sewing machine. I had not used one much before then so like you had no idea what sort I wanted. I read a lot of reviews, and also visited my local sewing shop to ask about the different machines (was really helpful, but don't let them pressure you to buy on the spot!)

    In the end I bought a machine from this site, http://www.sewingmachines.co.uk. It could be useful for you to look at different machines and prices. They also have a guide to buying a sewing machine.
    The machine I use has 40 stitches, but I use maybe only 3 of them regularly so don't think lots of features is best, if you are not going to use them.

    I would personally suggest buying the John Lewis one (or other cheap machine). You can use it for your paper craft and also experiment with learning to sew with it, and if you find yourself wanting to sew more invest in a better machine in a couple of years time.

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  2. I would definitely start with a cheap one sem for papercrafting. You can still use it to make dresses or take up trousers. NOT jeans though.

    Good Luck.

    I love all your work either way.

    Hugs
    Kate

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  3. I have a machine I use for dressmaking, curtains etc and I have used it the odd time for cards but I was always worried about damaging my machine. I managed to grab a bargain at £stretcher last week and if you look at my blog you will see it. It sews card perfectly and its small enough to sit in my craft room and I dont have to lug the big heavy machine out when I want to sew on card. Hope this helps!

    Hugs, Barbara xx

    http://hunnybunnycards.blogspot.com

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  4. I have a small Janome machine which I absolutely love!! I also own a larger, all singing, all dancing machine which I use if making something with buttonholes, but generally use the Janome for basic jobs and of course cardmaking. It has several sizes of straight stitch and also does zigzag, which are the basics you're likely to need. Here's a link to one like mine:

    http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Janome-Sew-Mini-Sewing-Machine-Refurbished/4395707/product.html?cid=133635

    Hope this helps.

    Judi x

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  5. Yo tengo una maquina de coser grande.
    Yo aun no la se usar en un 100%
    pero seguro se puede aprender
    ademas podrias hacer infinitos proyectos

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  6. Hmm £60 seems a little expensive if all you're going to do is cards but a little on the cheap side if you want to get into sewing. If you can afford it I'd go for something a little more expensive but not necessary an all singing all dancing one that loads. I have an old brother machine that I've not really had any trouble with. I've not done much fabric sewing with it recently but if I want to I'll just change the needle.

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  7. Sewing on paper dulls your needle, so I would at least get different needles if you're going to sew paper and cloth.

    I too have a small Janome and only use it for paper. Shaela has a nicer Brother sewing machine and she using it for both.

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  8. Sewing on paper dulls your needle, so I would at least get different needles if you're going to sew paper and cloth.

    I too have a small Janome and only use it for paper. Shaela has a nicer Brother sewing machine and she using it for both.

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  9. Where can I find modern sewing patterns? All I can find are old ones & now I am starting to think I'm going to have to make my own, which is too much work for me, Please help!!

    M & K Sewing Machines uk profile

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  10. Yeah, I think you should consider buying a new sewing machine. Just few days ago I also bought handheld sewing machine online. I am very happy with my purchase.

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