When I first started sewing, I used to buy whatever name brand unit was on sale. It seemed like a great deal getting a quality machine at a great price. I could not have been more wrong.
The main mistake that haunted me was not bothering to check out sewing machine reviews. I could have saved myself hundreds of dollars and countless hours of grief. Instead, I had to learn my lesson the hard way. My first sewing machine was found at a major appliance store on clearance. It had a name brand and boasted a number of awards. I remember bragging to my mother about what a find it was. It was a heavy duty model, but I soon learned there was nothing heavy duty about it.
The machine was styled to look like a high quality heavy duty model. I sewed for a few weeks on it before running into my first problem. The bobbin holder snapped. It was made of this cheap plastic. The replacement part was much more expensive that you would expect a cheap piece of plastic to be. It snapped two more times. The needle holder, also made of cheap plastic, broke once. That’s when I sold it on an auction site.
I was convinced that next time I would do my research. Doing my research meant asking my mom, aunts, and cousins their opinions. I also thought to ask a few of my neighbors their opinion. I still had yet to learn my lesson about reading sewing machine reviews.
After a few that my advisers rejects, I found sewing machines on sale that everyone agreed was a good deal. I went out and bought it, bringing it home to put it through some stress tests. I was suspicious after my first debacle. I did some hemming and tried a few complicated stitches on thick test fabric. Everything seemed to be order and I breathed a premature sigh of relief.
Within a few days, I started having thread issues across the whole machine. The bobbin would snarl. The stitch would tangle. The feed would snag. It was a total nightmare. I never got more than three days of sewing before having a problem. The unhelpful suggestion from the company was to buy a very expensive brand of thread. Another sewing machine to the auction block.
Finally, I decided to hunt online for complaints and reviews. It turned out that both models I bought were infamous for those problems. If I had looked at sewing machine reviews in the first place, I could have avoided the lost money and headaches. Now I have a model that I’m very happy with, bought because of the universally positive reviews and happy owners.
Pay attention to sewing machine reviews when you’re shopping. Don’t learn the lesson the hard way like I did. If there is a common problem with a particular model, people will post about it. Do your research and avoid my early buying mistakes.
Brother sewing machines seem to have received good feedback overall. You may want to try this brand.