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Are Cheap Sewing Machines Worth Buying?
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Are Cheap Sewing Machines Worth Buying?

Buying a new sewing machine is like throwing a dart and hoping you land on the right one. With so many choices available it can be difficult to choose and one wonders if cheap sewing machines are worth buying. You get what you pay for right?

Not always. Sometimes, a cheaper version of something does not equate to lower quality, and this is the case for sewing machines. Singer and Brother Companies in particular having been manufacturing sewing machines for decades and they have it down to a science. You can be assured of decent quality machines no matter what the cost.

How Much Should You Spend on a Cheap Sewing Machine?

That depends on what you’ll be using it for. For general sewing such as simple garments or crafty projects you can get an excellent machine with basic features for less than $200. Basic features imply a minimal number of built-in stitches and no added premium capabilities such as embroidery or heavy quilting. For many hobbyists, a basic machine is all that will ever be needed.

Low Cost Sewing Machines for Quilting

If you are interested in making large bed-sized quilts, you’ll need a heavier machine that can handle the bulk and you’ll have to pay a little more, but not much. What would be considered a cheap sewing machine in this category would be one under $500. For this price, you’ll get more features pertaining to quilting including free motion top-stitching capability.

(Accessories that are needed for quilting, but are not always included with the machine include a walking foot and a quarter-inch foot for seams. So be sure to add these to your purchase if needed.)

Cheap Sewing Machines for Embroidery

High quality monogramming and embroidery sewing machines are available for under $500 as well and these machines can do just about anything. You can expect a machine like this to include lots of built-in stitches and embroidery patterns, a USB port to import additional patterns and an LCD touch screen to set your selections.

So unless you sew for a living and are running the machine at high speed for hours at a time, cheap sewing machines are perfectly fine and with proper maintenance, will last for many years to come. If at some point, your interest progresses to a more advanced level of sewing, then investing in a top of the line machine such as a Bernina might be worthwhile.

For more information on specific model recommendations with consumer reviews, click on the following links: Best cheap sewing machines for quilting or machines for embroidery.


Street Talk

  

Hi BIS Coach! That is so true...keep it simple :-)

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  about 1 decade ago
BIS_Coach  

Hi Gracie. I agree with you that cheap sewing machines serve the needs of the majority of people when they're starting out. The more accessories or stitches a machine has - the more likely something is going to go wrong. Also many people never get to grips with using half the things their machines can do. (Speaking as an ex- fashion and embroidery teacher)

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  about 1 decade ago
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