If you’re new to the world of sewing, it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to figure out where to begin. There’s so many creative things to make, different fabrics, threads, and patterns. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s easy to feel lost when looking for where to start, especially if you’re trying to find what will suit you best out of thousands of sewing machines. Using your Mom’s sewing machine from the 1970s might sound like a cheap alternative, but it’s important to get a machine that will expedite your learning process and making sewing an enjoyable experience.
There’s a couple things to think about before purchasing a sewing machine. You want to look for something transportable, as many beginners want to either take a class, or don’t have a permanent workspace. The easier the machine is for you to move around, the more likely you are to use it.
You also want to think about what you want to use the machine for. You might be thinking “uh…duh, to sew!” but the answer might not be that simple. If you’re looking to specialize in embroidery, it would be best to get a machine that has features designed to favor that art. If you’re wanting to sew quilts or pieces with thick fabric, be sure to get a machine that can support the heavy-duty materials.
If you’re not looking to do any of these things, and are simply looking for a machine to give you a broad range of options, then consider these two fantastic machines.
Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine
Brother sewing machines are incredibly popular and for good reason. They’re well made and user friendly. This machine is heralded as one of the best machines for beginners because it is incredibly easy to use. It’s light and easy to transport, weighing in at only 13 pounds and includes a hard protective case for storage. This is perfect if you’re going to be using your kitchen table to sew and need to move it every night for dinner.
The Brother CS6000i has a bright light area for you to work with, and comes with everything you need including bobbins, needles, pedals, spool pins and more. One of my favorite features about this machine is that it self threads itself! If you’ve ever threaded a sewing machine yourself, you know how awesome the self-thread feature is. The sewing machine also comes with 60 built-in stitches and has many easy-to-use features to make your sewing projects a success.
Singer 7258 Sewing Machine
This Singer sewing machine has a lot of similarities to the Brother 6000i, but a few of the features are a bit more advanced. In comparison, this machine will give you a bit more flexibility if you’re looking to make sewing a large part of your life, either as a hobby or as a way to make money. This machine is user-friendly, easily portable and extremely quiet when the needle is moving. There are 100 different stitch settings, and the digital display makes changing stitch settings very simple.
The Singer 7258 has a stop and start sewing feature that makes it easy to sew through fabrics of different thicknesses. If you’re looking to learn how to quilt or do some sort of decorative sewing, this machine would be ideal for you.
So why these sewing machines over other brands or models?
There are hundreds of machines currently available that can work great for beginners. These two machines are particularly special because of their ease of use and versatility. If you’re new to the sewing world, you want a machine that will allow you to experiment. You want to play around with patterns and different techniques and stitches so you can discover what you truly love to sew. You might discover you love to quilt, or sew clothes, or make slip covers and curtains! Both of these machines will allow you to learn the basics, and will carry you through to being an expert at whatever you love to sew!