Shopping for a New Sewing Machine

If you’re getting your first machine or if you’re looking to upgrade your current sewing situation, it’s time to take a step back and think about a few things before you commit to any particular model. It’s just like finding a new pair of jeans, what might fit on someone else looks terrible on you! We’ve put together our list of questions you should answer to find your perfect sewing machine fit.

You’ve decided to look for a new sewing, embroidery, or longarm quilting machine. Congratulations! If you’re getting your first machine or if you’re looking to upgrade your current sewing situation, it’s time to take a step back and think about a few things before you commit to any particular model. It’s just like finding a new pair of jeans, what might fit on someone else looks terrible on you! We’ve put together our list of questions you should answer to find your perfect sewing machine fit.

What is your skill level?

If you’re just starting out, the sewing machine you need is different than the machine you’re looking for when you upgrade. As a beginner, you want a dependable machine with easy to understand controls. A basic machine should have features like adjustable needle position, backstitching, and control over the stitch length and width. 

As a more advanced stitcher, you’ve been sewing for a while and you’re ready to take control and have more options for your projects. Look for sewing machines that offer a wide range of stitches or even add an embroidery module to a machine to really increase your capabilities. Specialized features such as lasers for accuracy or an increased throat space will let you support your evolving projects and techniques.

However, if you have big dreams and big plans for your sewing projects, you can quickly outgrow the capabilities of a beginner machine. Sometimes what you plan on sewing up is more important than the amount of sewing you have under your belt.

What kind of projects are you going to make?

The features you need change if you’re sewing clothes, quilts, doing machine embroidery, working on home decor, or crafts. A versatile machine can handle many different types of projects, but some techniques really are dependent on what your machine is capable of.

What accessories are available?

Keep in mind that the initial cost of your new sewing machine may not include all the accessories and supplies you’ll need to start sewing. Beyond the basics such as bobbins, needles, and thread, extras such as extension tables, embroidery hoops, and all the coolest presser feet change what you’ll be able to accomplish with your new machine. 

What’s your budget?

It’s not the most fun thing to think about, but it’s even worse to fall in love with a machine that’s outside of your budget. The good news is that sewing machines come in a wide variety of prices and Two Chicks Quilting has the resources to help make even the most high-end models in reach.

What brands does your local machine shop service?

Finding a machine is great, keeping that machine in great shape is better. Whether it’s lack of knowledge or missing certifications, not every sewing machine dealer is willing or able to service every machine that comes in their door. Fortunately, not only is Two Chicks an authorized dealer for BERNINA, Handi Quilter, and Brother sewing machines, we can clean and service any machine that comes in our doors.

What support can I get after I take home my machine?

You can’t know everything about the machine you bring home, and you need to learn how to use all those cool new features somewhere. Fortunately, the best part about taking home a machine from Two Chicks is the care and education you receive from day one. We make sure to provide education for our new machine owners in our classroom as well as continuing education, aka fun classes and events, taught by The Chicks as well as outside National Educators.

Once you’ve answered these questions, and even if you need a little help, Two Chicks Quilting is ready to help you find the machine that is the perfect fit for you! 

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