Sewing Machine Purchasing Article Needed
Just a thought as I browsed through Gatherings about all the questions regarding which sewing machine to buy… that Threads magazine could do with an article on how to buy a sewing machine and then post it on their website.
Once upon a time there was a good website with that kind of information, but it has disappeared.
Things that might be addressed (if I wrote the article, and I’m not since you might want folks whose sewing expertise in stuff I do NOT do: like quilting, embroidery, etc):
1) How to evaluate your needs (quilting, home dec, embroidery, garment, sew a lot, hardly sew at all, backpacking fabrics… etc)
2) How to test the machines you want… bring your own fabrics (do NOT buy a machine for a spouse without their input!)
3) Differences between the machines… mechanical versus computerized… dual feed versus attaching a walking foot… control use… software functions… rotary versus oscillating bobbin
4) How to choose a dealer… repair policies and buying from the Internet
5) Costs and availability of assessories
Just a thought, Chris
owner of a 1990 mechanical Pfaff Hobbymatic 955 (which I love and will never get rid of!) and a new computerized Brother PC-2800 (which makes lovely buttonholes and eyelets… which I like) — I have both set up and use them together
Thanks for your input. We love to hear reader suggestions for articles. And, actually, you'll be pleased to know that we already have something in the works on purchasing a sewing machine. I can't reveal that much more about the article at this point, but watch for it in a few months.
Keep the ideas coming, and remember that we review and accept a wide variety of article proposals, so if you have a great technique you'd like to share, feel free to send it in. We plan to post updated author guidelines on the Threads site soon, which will outline the process.
Jennifer Sauer, Associate Editor
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