Machines! Machines! And more Sewing Machines!

Bookshelf of Machines

With anticipation of opening Sewing and Fitting Mentor’s studio classrooms has led to sewing machines everywhere in my house! I have been acquiring mostly vintage Singer, Sears Kenmore, Montgomery Wards and White standard sewing machines. These vintage machines are true work horses due to their metal body and interior parts which will withstand the rigors of my future students. I know this from personal experience of using my mom’s Kenmore sewing machines and the abuse I put it through as young inexperienced seamstress. One of which I that I still own and use to this day!

5185 Vintage Kemore

Choosing a first Machine. New or Used?

When you begin your journey into sewing and are purchasing your first sewing machine;  it’s not important as to how new, fancy or how many different kinds of stitches the machine has to offer.  In clothing manufacturing the industrial sewing machines only uses sew a straight stitch with a back-stitch lever and nothing else. Thus, as long as the sewing machine can sew a straight stitch & zig-zag with adjustable length and width dials you will be good to go.


Choosing a Used Sewing Machine

If you choose to purchase your first machine used from a private seller and they are unable to give you the maintenance history on the machine in question, bring it to a reputable sewing machine service person in your area before begin your first sewing project. Also, make a point of inquiring whether of not the seller has the owner’s manual available as well. The owner’s manual is your best resource in understanding the features, accessories and how to use them along with and problem solving guide for that particular machine.


Choosing a New Sewing Machine ?

Or should you choose to purchase a brand new machine, I highly recommend purchasing from a local sewing machine dealer as this has several advantages. First, they often offer or provide classes with the purchase to learn how to use your machine and properly care for it. This also provides in creating a working relationship to discuss issues you may have with the machine, they offer service, repair or warranty work you may need for your brand of machine that you won’t get by purchasing one on the internet.

What about Serger Sewing Machines?


Along with the standard sewing machines, I have also been purchasing serger sewing machines. The serger sewing machine designed to use from 2-5 cones of thread. It sews, cuts and overcasts seams. It is most specifically  used for sewing knits and quick seam finishes. I will write more about them and what to look for in a future post.

Comment below what machine you learned to sew on or if your still searching for your first sewing machine.