Buying Your First Sewing Machine

Buying a Sewing Machine

A sewing machine can be a large purchase; but if you choose wisely, it can hopefully last a lifetime. When you choose your first sewing machine, you want to make sure that it will be durable and long lasting. When buying your very first sewing machine, there will be a lot of things you should take into consideration. Follow these considerations below as you start exploring your options:


Create a Budget

Before you even start looking for your new sewing machine, decide exactly how much you can afford to spend. Larger budgets mean you’ll be able to afford top-of-the-line machines that come with digital displays and all of the new jazzy functions you can dream of. If you are just starting out on sewing, there is no need to invest thousands of dollars on a new machine. You only need a simple machine to learn the basics on. If need be, look for secondhand machines that are still in good working condition. This will save a lot of money and may also help you to make a new sewing-friend.


What Are You Using Your Machine For?

Sewing machines come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. Know what type of machine you will need along with the type of stitching you use the most, and then decide from there which machine will benefit you the most.


What Attachments Come with the Machine?

Some machines come with special additions and attachments that help and serve different purposes. If the extra pieces that you need can be purchased separately, you can take that into consideration as well.


Check the Size of the Motor

The heavier the motor, the stronger (and heavier) machine. A stronger machine will help to power a lot of usage. Also, plastic machines cannot withstand as much as a metal machine can.



The Fabric Stasher in Tipton, Iowa offers so many different options for sewers and crafters. We offer a variety of items such as fabrics, yarn, and books to help with quilting. Along with these services, we have full service quilting from our Nolting Long Arm Sewing Machine. Looking to improve your skills? The Fabric Stasher also provides quilting classes which can help with learning to quilt along with enhancing the skills which you already possess.