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  1. Brother - Skitch PP-1 Embroidery Machine with Artspira App - Black

    Model: Skitch PP-1
    SKU: 6561829
    Your price for this item is $499.99
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Buying a new sewing machine.

Choosing the best sewing machine for you.

If you’re considering getting a new sewing machine, it's good to evaluate your skill level, budget and sewing room space. Many people look for a sewing machine for beginners with features that will "grow" as sewing skills increase, as opposed to more complicated sewing machines for sale that are loaded with seldom used features. Furthermore, other handy items can sometimes be overlooked, such as extension cords and cable management organizers.

It is also helpful to find something that works for your needs. Will a sewing machine capable of handling simple home projects and alterations work for you? Or would you be better off with a computerized embroidery machine? Maybe a sewing machine specially designed to work with patterns and designs would be ideal for your needs. Typically, computerized machines are capable of automating tasks like needle threading, cutting, making buttonholes, stitch finishing and speed control. There are many craft tables available for these various types of sewing machines, depending on your preference and living space. Lastly, you must determine if your machine will be permanently stationed in your sewing room or if a portable sewing machine will be more convenient. This is a great option if your living space is limited. If so, there are other essentials for small living spaces available to further prevent clutter.

Another thing to consider is how many different types of stitch styles you expect to use. You can find sewing machines for sale that offer hundreds of stitches, but many sewing enthusiasts only use the straight stitch and the zigzag stitch. If you intend to sew clothing, make sure the machine you select offers a variable stitch length and comes with foot attachments for sewing zippers, buttonholes and buttons. If you enjoy quilting, you'll want a sewing machine with a walking foot and a spring action foot. Crafting machines might also be worth exploring if you need to cut various materials for your next project.

Prepping for sewing machine projects.

Once you've selected your sewing machine, it makes sense to turn your attention to accessories that will help you prep your fabrics. Properly prepared fabrics will perform more in line with your expectations for colorfastness and shrinkage. That may require pre-washing in a washing machine or getting the fabrics dry cleaned, ironed or pressed. Some available irons can help you create projects with seams and stitches that look more professional by removing wrinkles. You may also prefer one of the gentler, easier-to-use garment steamers to flatten, neat and remove dust from your fabrics without needing an ironing board. 

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