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Newbie needing advise on Sewing Machines for garment work

rubilocks | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hey guys!!


I used to do a lot of sewing when I was younger (my Mum was a Tailor) but slowly stopped making things over the years.

I’m hoping to get back into making my own clothes again and was after some advise of the best machine(s) to look into.

I am hoping to get something that will last me a while so am happy to spend up to $800 on something new and may even go over if anything really stands out.

As I’ll be using it 99% for clothing/ garment creation I’ll need something that can handle delicate fabrics and possibly latex as well (a close friend is a circus performer and has hinted at me making her some costumes once I get good again) so I need something quite versatile…


Any assistance/ advice anyone can provide me would be greatly greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance 🙂


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Selecting A Sewing Machine

    All the major brands have inexpensive models, mid-range and top of the line.

    A machine with pressure adjustment of the presser foot if you will be stitching sheer fabrics as well these additional feet:  Walking (even feed) foot, Teflon foot and an adjustable blind hem foot will make sewing much easier.

    You may be able to find a slightly used sewing machine and serger for the amount of your budget.

    When you get home with your purchase (include a few spools of neutral color thread) sit down at the machine and open the manual.  Begin on page 1 and do not skip around. 

    Read and apply. Make all the basic stitches, buttonholes and a blind hem.  

    Do not go by just the graphics.  This will take you from bobbin winding through routine maintenance. 

    I have found this does not take very long and helps to eliminate downtime when sewing projects.

    You can find many tutorials (including Threads Magazine) online for just about any type of sewing/serging.

    Above all, have fun and enjoy the craft.

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