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For a first time purchase, or a gift purchase, buying a sewing machine isn’t always an easy task.

There are so many on the market that are designed for massive achievements, but I personally recommend that if you are purchasing a machine for someone who is a first time user, or is not an overly experienced seamstress, that you purchase a moderately priced one, with a few good features such as button hole making, overcasting, and at least 20 stitches that will include both normal and stretch stitching.

Buying a new sewing machine will add pleasure and ease of use to your sewing projects.
Buying a new sewing machine will add pleasure and ease of use to your sewing projects.
Some of the better models for those who are just beginning to sew are very good values for the cost.

The Singer Quantum sewing machine features about twelve stitches, a great price tag at about 150 USD and some super inclusions such as the set of 8 presser feet and the bobbins and needles.

  • 4-step buttonholer
  • Top drop-in bobbin with see-thru cover
  • Drop feed
  • Uses class 15 bobbins
  • Adjustable Pressure
  • Automatic Tension
  • Built-in Accessory Storage
  • Carry Handle
  • Free-Arm
  • Light
  • Snap-on Presser Feet

The Simplicity SW240 Quilter offers a middle road sewing machine, which features about twelve stitches, five or six presser feet and can be purchased at a retail of about 200USD from Walmart Company The Simplicity Machine offers you:

  • 8 presser feet
  • five year warranty
  • machine screwdriver
  • Bobbins
  • Dust cover
  • brushes

The Brother XL-3500T Free Arm Sewing Machine, with a current retail price of about $109.99 is actually among the best of the sewing machines I’ve seen in this price range. The value for your dollar is literally amazing.

It features a huge range of things that make it easy, fast and fun to create everything from garments to quilts to crafts. You get 35 built-in stitches that will permit you to do about 70 stitch functions, including decorative, heirloom and quilting with your machine.

  • Automatic 4-step button holer with stitch balance control
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Drop-in bobbin with view of thread supply
  • Free-arm/flatbed convertible sewing surface
  • Built-in decorative, utility and stretch stitches provide a professional finish on a variety of fabrics
  • Automatic bobbin winding system
  • Quilting features included
  • Stitch width and length control
  • Variable needle position
  • Twin needle for decorative stitching
  • Dial thread tension control
  • Quick-change presser feet
  • Electronic speed control
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Built-in light illuminates the sewing area
  • Safety power and light switch
  • Lightweight (11 lbs) with built-in handle for portability
  • Instructions in English and Spanish
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 25 Years mechanical, 2 years electrical, 90 days labor on defects in materials and workmanship.

When purchasing a sewing machine as a gift of for yourself, make sure that you test the machine while you are in the store. Most upscale department stores will permit you to test run the machine while you are in the store, prior to its purchase.

Make sure that the stitches are straight, that it seams well and that the speciality stitching is well locked as well as that the button hole features are not too complex and that you will have no real problems operating the machine.

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