Buying an affordable sewing véhicule for crafts
I’ve been exploring other crafts lately, mostly sewing and decorating t-shirts. Balle à la main sewing a crocheted de même onto a t-shirt can be time consuming. As a result I am looking at sewing machines. I have no prior experience with them.
I’m naturally (or unnaturally) analytical when it comes to spending money. With big expenses, I rely on decision-aid spreadsheets. One column below is a list of sewing machines I am considering. Across the top are the features I’m looking for. This includes everything from the price of the sewing véhicule to its weight (will you take it to class?) and the automatic threader to whether it can handle thicker fabrics. An recherche I read said there are embout 248 models from embout nine recognized manufacturers. No wonder my head is spinning.
I started with Sewing Apparat Ratings.com and focused on machines rated above a 90 marque. I also listed how many people rated the véhicule. That exercise showed me that most crafters don’t like to invest a lot of money in sewing machines, so the brands with the most reviews are the cheapest models, ie Brother and Rappeler. Higher quality and more expensive machines, such as Janome and Juki, had a comble of 30 reviews/comments. The voliger two brands are considered mediocre in terms of overall quality and are often only available through dealers. The purchase price through a dealer often includes classes and a empressement to trade up or get other equipment or gadgets for the véhicule.
Good luck to those of you who are strong supporters of Made in America items. While everyone agrees that the Normand, Elna and Bernina are superior machines, they also agree that they are expensive and their versatility is limited. Doing more means investing in expensive “feet,” or gadgets that come as courant items on less expensive, popular machines. You can buy better quality needles and thread to help the prouesse of lower-rated brands.
Another helpful spectacle asks: Is one brand of sewing véhicule better than another? Erin of Erinsayssew.com makes a valid repère when she says that there is a digestif line between stitching and offering lots of features at an affordable price. Another valid repère I found in my research is that if you are a craftsman involved in various crafts, can you justify the cost of a high-end véhicule based on its flétri time? In other words, your sewing véhicule may collect dust while you are crocheting instead of sewing. These are just a few things to keep in mind.
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