Sewing Machine for Beginners

Discussion in 'Arts and Crafts' started by Kestryl, May 15, 2019 at 11:51 AM.

  1. Kestryl

    Kestryl Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2019
    Does anyone have a sewing machine they would recommend for beginners? I’ve used a few before (namely my Mom’s Singer from the 70s- yes, it still works!), so I’m not completely brand new.

    I mostly want to start out with hemming pants and curtains and making decorative pillow covers- just basic items. Also for small fixes and rips, which I’ve hand-sewed in the past. Eventually I want to be able to make t-shirt quilts and maybe try my hand at actual clothing, but of course I need to start somewhere!
  2. ImDMous

    ImDMous DIS Veteran

    Dec 1, 2011
    I have a Brother that is really easy to use for me. I've done a few projects but I still consider myself on the beginner end of the scale. It's got a lot of built in stitch choices and button holes are really easy.
    Mine is a little older, but it looks like the current equivalent is the
  3. disneyseniors

    disneyseniors DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2014
    First, congratulations on starting this wonderful hobby:)
    I always hated sewing in home ec class while in high school, and decided in my 30's to give making a quilt a try.
    I made the mistake of buying an old mechanical machine from a yard sale. It did an awful job and my first quilt is the proof of that.
    Then I bought a new mechanical machine at Joanne's. It was a step up from my yard sale one:) I made all sorts of items with it.
    Then I really got into quilting and garment making and moved up to my Elna sewing machine. It has all the bells and whistles that I need. It is not an embroidery machine, because I'm not interested in embroidery. Most of my sewing friends have bought fancy machines with embroidery components.
    I have traveled, over a span of years, through the first bad machine up to what I have now. I love this machine and it will be the only one I ever buy again.
    Just telling you all this to show that most evolve from basic to as expensive as we can afford and to what we are really interested in.
    I guess I would suggest a basic machine, and go from there. You might find that you don't like to sew that much, and you won't be out thousands of dollars that way. I also suggest you go to a sewing machine shop where the owner can show you all the machines, demonstrate them, and answer all your questions. They also do maintenance on them and are there for you if you have any problems or need advice. Ask me how I know LOL.
    Hope this helps, and happy sewing.

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