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Purchase of sewing machine – help needed

Shannon1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi!  I am just exploring the purchase of a sewing machine and need some guidance.  I’d like to buy one that has both quilting and embroidery features along with the basic sewing functions.  I am a novice and really don’t know what would be the best machine for me to consider.  Any guidance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.



  1. Msmeow | | #1

    Hi, Shannon - most of the advice I have seen is to talk to several local dealers to see what they can offer.  They will be able to help you decide what features you really want.  You can spend anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, so there's quite a choice!

    Many brands offer similar machines, so finding a dealer you are happy with is a big plus.  Ask them about classes they offer, how long it takes to have the machine serviced, etc.

    1. Shannon1 | | #2

      Hi Ms Meow

      Thanks for your reply.  My mother-in-law has an old Viking sewing machine.  I went on-line and looked at both Singer and Viking sewing machines, but all the options were a bit overwhelming!  I don't even know enough to know what I need.  Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.


  2. SewNancy | | #3

    Ask yourself what kind of sewing are you doing and what kind do you want to do.  What do you see yourself sewing a few years from now.  A sewing machine can be a major investment  so really shop around.  Read the article Threads did on top of the line machines.  You may not be able to spend that kind of money, but it lays out what is available and what those features do.  Then you can have a better idea what it is that you need and want in a machine.   That said, dealer, dealer, dealer!  I can't say enough good things about my Viking dealer and a raport with your dealer is key.  There are a lot of good machines out there  a good dealer will be patient and really show you the machines and be there after you purchase it.


  3. Kiley | | #4

    Besides test driving the machines that I could at local dealers I also checked machine ratings and reviews by owners. There are some great sites on line for this. It helped me in making a decision on a good machine. I also found that not one machine had all of the features that I desired. I ended up with two quality machines that I bought at sale prices that actually came out less espense than some pay for one. It took me a bit of time and a few machines that did not perform well but I am happy with my purchases now and hope you will be also. 

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