What type of sewing machine should i buy if i am a beginner?
Best brands are Brother and Singer at the discount stores.
At the sewing machine dealers; Babylock, Brother, Singer, Pfaff, Janome and Viking.
Take a parent and visit sewing machine dealers where you can get lessons.
Every dealer has brand names that they stand behind and they will demo models that are good for a beginner.
If you choose not to go to a sewing machine dealer and buy from a discount store - avoid Sears, Target and KMart as their choices are too expensive for a product that has no support.
Walmart, Meijer and Costco have better prices. No support, but the price is right.
When you get your machine home and out of the box - do nothing more until you have opened the instruction manual. Lay it (opened) right next to the machine. Carefully read and apply each and every step of every feature of the machine beginning with winding the bobbin through maintenance. Do not rely on the pictures as important steps can be missed.
This is the easiest and quickest way to learn the machine and you will not be back asking why this or that is happening.
The following are the most often issues beginners have:
1) Always thread the machine with the presser foot up. If you don't you will have loops on the bottom of the fabric instead of secure stitching.
2) When you stop sewing (as in at the end of a seam), always raise the needle to it's highest position before cutting the thread. This will help keep the needle from "un-threading" when you start to sew again.
3) If you need to stop during sewing (as in mid-way through the seam or to turn a corner) for re-positioning the fabric, make sure the needle is down into the fabric to hold it in place before raising the presser foot. This will keep the top thread from tangling around the bobbin.
Good luck and best wishes for both a sucessful purchase and many future projects.
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