Before shopping for any new sewing equipment, make a list of the features you liked and/ or disliked about your old machine, as well as those you’d like to have with your new machine. Be sure to include all of the types of sewing you’d like to learn.
Ask the following questions before making any purchase:
Try Before You Buy!
After you have narrowed your choice to tow or three machines, take a few swatches of your own fabric (knits and wovens, as well as any trims you like to use) to the store an try each one of them using a variety of stitches. Sew a few buttonholes, attach some lace, hem a piece t-shirt knit, stitch a few bulky home dec seams…Get the feel of the machines and see how readily they accommodate the types of sewing you do.