Busted!

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My New Sewing Machine!

My sewing machine.  This took me awhile to get.  My old sewing machine busted and I had to get a new one, but just as with everything else, I had to wait for the right time and the right machine.

Finally, I got one!  It took me about a month and a half but I got it!  This is what I did:  I was desperate to get a new machine right away.  I am the type that wants everything right now!  However, I knew that if I got one right away just because I had to have it, I would be throwing away money and probably not get the right machine for me.

Do The Research

This is very important.  Since this is a big expense you have to be careful because it is an investment.  This is not the type of purchase that you can just buy again whenever, like a CD or a new pair of jeans.  Go to your quiet spot and determine what you need the machine for.  Is it quilting?  Embroidery?  Intricate projects?  Or just straight, everyday sewing?  Make sure you know what kind of projects you will be using the major part of the machine for.  Once you know that, then you can eliminate the kinds of machines that you don’t need that are out there on the market.  Research what kinds of machines do what.  Know that if you need to replace a part is it readily available.  Check the warranty, see who services what kinds of machines and where.  It is recommended that you service your machine at least once a year.  There is this place here in El Paso (and Las Cruces, NM) called Sew What’s New (www.sewwhatsnewlascruces.com, great place!) where, if you buy your machine from their store, the servicing of the machine is included.  Information will help.  You need to take the time to do research.  The kind of machine you get will be totally based on your needs and only you know what that is.

Shop Around

This part may take some time.  It took me about a month before I settled on the one I wanted.  Shop in-store and online.  I shopped at Joann Fabrics, Wal-Mart (yes, here too!), Sears, etc.  I was comparing prices here and there and I say this because most quilters you talk to will advise you never to get your machine at Wal-Mart.  I think that if you don’t have a lot of money to invest, then it’s ok to get your machine there.  If you are going to use it for every day sewing or simple quilts, then all you need to look for in a machine is a machine with proper tension, a sharp needle (size 80 is what was recommended to me) and a basic straight stitch.  I have to say that the best people to talk to are quilters because they know their craft so go into quilt shops and ask a lot of questions!  Go into fabric stores or go to your local seamstress and ask what kind of machines they use.  I even went to the cleaners and asked what kind of machines they have.  Don’t be embarrassed that you might sound stupid because first, who cares! and second, if you don’t ask, then you might get something you might not need or you might spend money you never intended.

Get Your Machine!

If you get your machine online, make sure that you get it from a trusted site, like Joann Fabrics.  Make sure you can track your purchase too!  When you are ready to make your purchase, online or in-store, use coupons or shop the sale.  September is National Sewing Month and there were a lot of sales on machines and free shipping too for online purchases!  I was lucky, I got mine at the end of September at a great deal!

Finally

Buying a sewing machine doesn’t have to be a huge expensive.  I was worried that a sewing machine was going to be too out of my reach for me to buy on a such a limited budget and in such hard times but with the right research, the right time, and the right machine, I was able to purchase one for a very decent price.  Just take your time.  There is a lot of information out there but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  If you find that you are overwhelmed, then turn away from the task and go back to it at a later time.  There is a lot to read and take in.  I wrote lists and jotted down some pointed information that helped me to make the right decision for me.  Try not to just jump in.  Take your time.  You’ll be happy you did!

I hope this helps!

Till Next Time!

One Response to Busted!

  1. Siddhu says:

    WOW! You did put a lot of work and thought into this uttorial. I have not tried sewing on my cards, and don’t know if I ever will. I am at odds with my sewing machine. We don’t seem to be able to work together well. But I really enjoy seeing the cards that have sewing included. It gives them the extra touch. You KNOW that there was it is a special card, because you have put a lot of attention and detail into it. So, I just want to say THANK YOU for sharing such a detailed uttorial with us, so that we can learn how to use it in our papercrafting. It might be the push that I need to get to know my machine better.

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