I have had numerous sewing machines all my life. In fact, I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t own one of these machines! However, for many people starting out, there’s always that underlying question of whether they really need one for their own sewing ventures.
I often tell people to look carefully at the work they want to complete, to see if it warrants purchasing a sewing machine beforehand – so it doesn’t just sit there for eleven months of the year gathering dust!
Memories of A First Sewing Machine
My first sewing machine was an old-fashioned metal-cased Singer. With my parents working their hardest day-in and day-out, I desperately wanted to comprise on my first ever machine. So, we went with a local sewing centre and chose the second-hand Singer. I was in heaven! Though it may not have had much to offer in the way of extras – it could sew! Having a machine to come back to use after my textile school lessons, was a huge incentive to take the craft further.
Sewing Machines are No Longer for The Elite
A while back, sewing machines were considered expensive items and only really purchased by those who had a bit of money to throw around on such frivolous items – after all, if you had a needle and thread, what more could you possibly ask for? I am grateful that this attitude has ceased to exist in the twenty-first century, and I can’t explain how happy I am to see cut price stores, and even the giant Ikea, offering cheaper, but still perfectly good working sewing machines. This means purchasing a machine is more a possibility now than it ever was before.
The Sewing Machine Bug
From somebody who is now on her fourth machine, sewing machines can be addictive! When you know exactly what you can create from these wonderful inventions, you find yourself pushing your creative projects that one step further.
With so many new designs appearing yearly on the market, the inclusive features are astonishing. So, if you have been thinking about buying one, and you know you can afford to, I thoroughly recommend it. This may be one of the more expensive or larger of craft purchases you make, but the possibility to create future and more extensive projects are limitless on a sewing machine.
I still hand-sew several items, purely because I love that feeling of stopping and sitting to concentrate solely on one intricate job on a regular basis. Also, I still feel there are one or two times where hand-sewing produces a better overall finish. But for most of the other sewing techniques – you can’t beat the sewing machine effect!