I have been asking myself whether buying the sewing equipment that I had bought was the right choice or not. I move around a lot so I really had my share of regrets about buying an industrial machine and an overlocker that was really heavy. Come to think of it, there are heavy-duty portable sewing machines in the market today that can be very convenient to use.
Since it’s still quarantine, you might be thinking of buying your own sewing machine too. This guide might help you decide which sewing machine is the right one for you!
Research and ask yourself these questions before buying your sewing equipment
- What are you going to sew?
- What type of fabrics are you going to sew?
- Is it for business or personal use? Or BOTH?
- What’s your budget?
What are you sewing?
Take note that there’s a perfect machine for everything. Ask yourself whether you’re sewing light DIY projects, fashion pieces, leather bags, quilting, or t-shirts then look for the right equipment.
What type of fabrics are you going to sew?
Are you going to sew stretch, non-stretch, upholstery, leather, or denim fabrics? Use a portable machine for light fabrics – medium fabrics. While an industrial machine to sew light – heavy fabrics. There are also a few portable machines that can sew through layers of denim like my Singer Heavy Duty Denim. You just always have to remember the “basic rule of research” first before buying something.
Is your sewing equipment for your business or for personal/home use? or BOTH?
Just starting up your business? If yes, I would personally recommend the industrial machine. However, if you’re concerned about the convenience and mobility, the portable sewing machine can be used but it isn’t really an equipment for mass production.
What’s your Budget?
To be honest, you don’t really need new equipment as long as you get the stitches right. There are lots of secondhand sewing machines that are really good and of course, they are way cheaper than the new ones.
Personally, I have plans on doing a lot of craft content soon so I had the right reason to reward myself brand new portable machines (I am not mass producing stuff anyway). I also realized that I have different needs in sewing than before so I purposely invested in my Singer Heavy Duty Denim and Heavy Duty Serger for my future projects.
I hope this blog post helped you to decide which machines you’ll be investing in the future! Let me know if you have other suggestions. Just leave a comment or talk to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more on my blog here.