Are you a beginner sewer? Are you ready for the only resource you’ll need to get you started on your sewing journey?! Well, here’s a one-stop guide of sewing machine brands, classes, and fabric shops. So, keep reading so you can start sewing!
First, let’s begin with Sewing Machines! If you don’t already own a sewing machine and in the market for one, you can definitely look for new and used home sewing machines through eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist. In looking for a good sewing machine, there are a few things to consider: Price, Functionality, and Features.
Price: New sewing machines can range from $100 to thousands of dollars! Keep in mind, the more features available on the machine, the price point will increase. You’ll want to pay attention to any warranty information that comes with your machine. Understanding what is and is not covered if a part breaks on your machine is important to know.
Functionality: As a beginner, you may want to ask yourself what will I be sewing most: Clothes, quilts, etc.? For example, if you plan to mainly quilt, you may need a machine that only offers straight stitching like the Juki TL 2010q. If you think you’ll also want to sew apparel, you may want to play around with a variety of stitches such as a zig-zag stitch and other decorative stitching. The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 is a nice introductory sewing machine that offers 23 built-in stitches and 12 decorative stitches.
Features: There are so many features available on sewing machines now, from automatic threading to wifi capable machines. As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to consider your sewing needs. Definitely take a look at the accessories list as you’ll want to know what’s included with your sewing machine. If you don’t think you’ll need a machine with hundreds of decorative stitches, which can be overwhelming, consider a machine with less than 30 decorative stitching options.
You’ll also want to consider a computerized vs. mechanical sewing machine. A computerized sewing machine has electronic parts and will most likely be more expensive to repair. Whereas, a mechanical sewing machine has no computerized parts and less costly to fix. As someone who likes to make quilts, I would HIGHLY recommend considering the throat space of your sewing machine. The throat space is the amount of space underneath the arm. My Juki F300 has a throat space of 9″ and is good enough for my needs for now. If I decide to upgrade in the future, I will be looking into a throat space of 11″ or more!
Sewing machines are a great investment and you’ll want to make sure you get the bang for your buck. I highly recommend window shopping in brick and mortar stores, especially if you’re looking to spend over $500. By trying out different machines you’re able to “test-drive” them to see which one will work best for your needs. Sometimes brick and mortar stores provide services such as discounted repairs, sewing classes, and trade-in offers when you purchase a sewing machine.
Sewing Machine Retailers
Online Sewing Classes
I’m a big believer in YouTube as this was a huge motivator for me to want to get back into sewing thanks to Sewing Report and Mimi G Style! By doing a search in YouTube for sewing, you will come across hundreds (more like thousands) of videos to get you started on the basics of sewing. I recommend the below sites if you’re looking for more in-depth and comprehensive tutorials that YouTube may not offer.
Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) is a subscription service providing classes from sewing to cooking and everything crafty in between. Bluprint pricing offers monthly and annual subscriptions. As of May 2020, Bluprint CEO, John Levisay has announced that Bluprint will be closing.
Creativebug is also a subscription service that offers sewing classes and classes on many other topics.
Sew It Academy is a site founded by Mimi G Style and offers online self-paced sewing classes for women, men, and children. By becoming a member you get step-by-step tutorials and support within Sew It Academy’s Facebook group.
Skill Share is a newer site that offers sewing classes through a subscription. Skill Share is currently offering a free month trial. Their monthly pricing is $15/month and annual subscription is $99.
Sewing Pattern Companies
These companies provide stylish sewing patterns to make your own wardrobe and home decor pieces. Besides the Big 4 (Simplicity, Butterick, Mccall’s and Vogue Patterns), here are a few companies who sell patterns.
In addition to these pattern companies, there are also free sewing patterns available online. Even searching Pinterest for free sewing patterns will direct you to many good patterns.
Finally, you can’t sew without fabric! Here’s a list of several online and brick and mortar fabric stores!
Need sewing book recommendations? Here’s my list of amazing sewing books.
Also, check out my top 10 sewing influencers!