Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Tips on how to pick the right sewing machine for your child


Sewing is a skill that many take for granted as the textile industry is booming and there is less of a need for handmade items any longer. While this may be the case, it is still a good idea to teach your child how to sew as it is a great skill for them to have. You never know when you will be in need of a seamstress or a quick fix of a garment. In order to sew, you need a good machine. This article will provide some tips on how to select the best sewing machine for kids.

  1. Budget. Before purchasing anything, you need to make sure that you have the financial means to do so. Look over your finances and determine if you have some extra funds that can go towards the purchase of a sewing machine. If you do, that is wonderful as you are able to move towards step 2. If you are not sure if you have enough funds, you can begin to save for your machine. Do not stop researching however, as you can learn a great deal about sewing before you purchase your machine.

  1. Decide on how many stitches you want on the machine. While your child may not want to be able to use many stitching options at first, you should consider what they may want to use in the future. Chances are that you are investing in an item that will be able to be used for many years. It is a good idea to purchase a machine that has more features than what is needed for a beginner so that your child can “grow” into the machine.

  1. Attachments. Be sure to explore what types of attachments come with the machine. Some common attachments that are necessary for projects are sewing feet of varying widths. If you want to make buttonholes or quilts, you will need special feet for each. If your sewing machine does not come with these attachments, find out if you can purchase them separately.

  1. Brand of the machine. If you are purchasing a name brand such as Singer, Juki, of Pfaff, you may want to make your purchase at a place that is licensed to sell these brands. Chances are that if you need help with maintenance or need to fix your machine, the same store can assist you in doing so. If you were to purchase your sewing machine at a big box retailer, you will not be able to get assistance with your machine. In addition to receiving great customer service from a smaller sewing shop, you will likely also receive a warranty from the manufacturer for your machine.

  1. Noise. Be sure to select a machine that has a small purr to it. You do not want a machine that is extremely loud as it will give any user a headache. On the other hand, you do not want your machine to be completely silent either. The sound of your machine can help you determine if there are any malfunctions.

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