Welcome to episode 2 of the Stop Scrolling, Start Sewing podcast. Last week on the show we chatted about all of the goodies you’ll need to get started on your sewing/quilting journey. And I know it was a lot of stuff. If you haven’t had a chance to download your free shopping checklist, you can download it here. I’m so excited with the amount of feedback I’ve received on the episode.
If you’re like me and love highlighting and note taking, view the transcript.
One thing I heard over and over again is, “What kind of machine should I get?” And I totally get that. That’s why I created a Byers guide to how to choose and purchase your first machine. You can head over here to grab yours. But there are still a few more nuggets that I want to share with you about picking a sewing machine. So let’s dive in.
What are the different types of machines?There are a ton of different types of machines, but the ones that you should concern yourself with are Quilting, Embroidery, LongArm, and maybe Industrial.
Blanket stitch and zig-zag stitch
High power motor
Large creative space, aka throat space
Hoops and enlarged extension table
Embroidery Patterns built in
Ability to upload more patterns and stitches
Heavy duty motor
HUGE creative space
Almost never your only machine
Predominantly used for the actual quilting of a finished quilt top
And I’ve gone into greater detail in the episode, so you really should take a moment to tune in. You’ll be happy you did.
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, but I go into greater detail on the podcast, so check it out.
Holy cow! There are so many brands of sewing machines out there. But these are the ones you’re going to come across most frequently in the American market. I’ve broken them up by whether or not you can find them in mass retailers or whether you’ll have to visit a dealer to purchase them.
Janome (low end models with basic stitches and manual settings)
For or a more detailed breakdown of what makes each brand special… you guessed it, tune in to episode 2 of the Stop Scrolling, Start Sewing podcast.
I know that you might be thinking that you just want a regular machine and want to make sure it has the capabilities to grow with you as you get more confident in your skills. So these are the basics that I want you to pay attention to:
Built-in or Automatic Needle Threader
Automatic Bobbin Winding
Snap on Presser Feet
Number of Needles
Bobbin Loading Type
Retractable Feed Dogs
What Presser Feet Are Included
Again, I’ve hit you with a ton of information. And shopping can feel so tough #COVID! That’s why I put together a guide for you that outlines the steps for choosing and purchasing a sewing machine. You can get it here.