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Page 6, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the perfect sewing machine uying a new sewing machine is a major invest- may be more convenient if you do all your sewing on ment. Many high-end models have a price rage similar to those of home appliances and even small vehicles. Comparison shop before suited to a dedicated sewing room. you lay out cash for a machine that doesn't way to evalu- ate a machine's the dinging room table. On the other hand, a more complex machine with several attachments is better erformance. Select the Don't buy a sewing machine sight unseen no matter how good those Internet prices are. Visit a few local sewing stores and "test drive" a few differ- ent models. At the same time, you'll start building a relationship with a shop owner you like and trust. A their competitors. But more importantly you have the knowl- reputable dealer is full of information and will be will- ing to give an honest assessment of each machine's features and benefits-or drawbacks if there are any. Your sewing machine will need periodic repair and maintenance, so settle on a sewing center you like and machines you're interested in and sew a few lines or seams on them. How easy is it to thread them? Is it easy to adjust the tension? Do you have to adjust the tension? Your personal comfort comes suit your needs. Buyers have several resources. Sewing magazines and websites offer customer reviews. And Consumer Reports presents side-by-side comparisons of specific brands and edge of your dealer. Internet blogs and forums dedicated to home sewing provide hands-on experience and evaluations of major brands. Machine owners share the positives and negatives, information you can use when making your own choice. But take advantage of someone who is trained and will offer you training to properly learn your machine. trust. When buying machines today you also need to ask Make a list of the features you need and want in a sewing important questions: Do you offer training and ser- vice? Is my training unlimited? Do you offer software training? How does your service work? Don't be afraid into play, too. Is the foot pedal comfortable and easy to use? Does the machine. Include must-have features and nice-to have ones. All those neat acessories and attachments may seem like a good idea, but they add to the even- tual price tag of the machine. On the other hand, buying a cheap offbrand machine can be a false savings, Flimsy machines will not perform as well as the sturdier and slightly more expensive ones, nor will they last as long. If you plan on having your sewing machine for several years, buy the best one you can fit into your bud- get. This may mean buying a very basic sewing machine. However, many manufacturers sell attach- ments and accessories separately. You can always buy these as you need them. L machine hum UMI NAIRE 2 Innov-is XP2 along or does it make a noise that will leave you irritable after a few hours of use? Ask the shop owner or sales person about the machine's warranty. Youll want to learn all about its mainte nance schedule if this cost is included in the sale price. Page throughout the owner's manuals of the machines you're interested in. Are they easy to understand? Know which accessories and attachments come with your Will you use the machine primar- ily for sewing clothing, making alterations, crafting, quilting and embroidery? Or do you plan to do upholstery work or other sewing that may require a heavy-duty machine? How often will you sew? Do you want to profit from your machine? Compare various brands' and models' ability to meet your needs. Your choice will be influenced by the amount of space you can devote to its storage and use. A more compact model to ask the important questions. Take your list of features with you when you go shopping. machine. Sometimes shop oWners are receptive to doing a Jot down the brands and models you are interested in trying out. Carry along a few swatches of the kinds of cloth little horse trading, allowing you to swap one attachment for another or buying a few accessories as a package deal with the machine. Buy your machine and give your future busi- ness to the sewing center that treats you well and gives you the best deal. and a spool of thread of the types you'll be using most often. This is the best Page 6, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the perfect sewing machine uying a new sewing machine is a major invest- may be more convenient if you do all your sewing on ment. Many high-end models have a price rage similar to those of home appliances and even small vehicles. Comparison shop before suited to a dedicated sewing room. you lay out cash for a machine that doesn't way to evalu- ate a machine's the dinging room table. On the other hand, a more complex machine with several attachments is better erformance. Select the Don't buy a sewing machine sight unseen no matter how good those Internet prices are. Visit a few local sewing stores and "test drive" a few differ- ent models. At the same time, you'll start building a relationship with a shop owner you like and trust. A their competitors. But more importantly you have the knowl- reputable dealer is full of information and will be will- ing to give an honest assessment of each machine's features and benefits-or drawbacks if there are any. Your sewing machine will need periodic repair and maintenance, so settle on a sewing center you like and machines you're interested in and sew a few lines or seams on them. How easy is it to thread them? Is it easy to adjust the tension? Do you have to adjust the tension? Your personal comfort comes suit your needs. Buyers have several resources. Sewing magazines and websites offer customer reviews. And Consumer Reports presents side-by-side comparisons of specific brands and edge of your dealer. Internet blogs and forums dedicated to home sewing provide hands-on experience and evaluations of major brands. Machine owners share the positives and negatives, information you can use when making your own choice. But take advantage of someone who is trained and will offer you training to properly learn your machine. trust. When buying machines today you also need to ask Make a list of the features you need and want in a sewing important questions: Do you offer training and ser- vice? Is my training unlimited? Do you offer software training? How does your service work? Don't be afraid into play, too. Is the foot pedal comfortable and easy to use? Does the machine. Include must-have features and nice-to have ones. All those neat acessories and attachments may seem like a good idea, but they add to the even- tual price tag of the machine. On the other hand, buying a cheap offbrand machine can be a false savings, Flimsy machines will not perform as well as the sturdier and slightly more expensive ones, nor will they last as long. If you plan on having your sewing machine for several years, buy the best one you can fit into your bud- get. This may mean buying a very basic sewing machine. However, many manufacturers sell attach- ments and accessories separately. You can always buy these as you need them. L machine hum UMI NAIRE 2 Innov-is XP2 along or does it make a noise that will leave you irritable after a few hours of use? Ask the shop owner or sales person about the machine's warranty. Youll want to learn all about its mainte nance schedule if this cost is included in the sale price. Page throughout the owner's manuals of the machines you're interested in. Are they easy to understand? Know which accessories and attachments come with your Will you use the machine primar- ily for sewing clothing, making alterations, crafting, quilting and embroidery? Or do you plan to do upholstery work or other sewing that may require a heavy-duty machine? How often will you sew? Do you want to profit from your machine? Compare various brands' and models' ability to meet your needs. Your choice will be influenced by the amount of space you can devote to its storage and use. A more compact model to ask the important questions. Take your list of features with you when you go shopping. machine. Sometimes shop oWners are receptive to doing a Jot down the brands and models you are interested in trying out. Carry along a few swatches of the kinds of cloth little horse trading, allowing you to swap one attachment for another or buying a few accessories as a package deal with the machine. Buy your machine and give your future busi- ness to the sewing center that treats you well and gives you the best deal. and a spool of thread of the types you'll be using most often. This is the best