About This Lesson
The definitive guide to buying a starter sewing machine for your sewing student. Digitally deliverd through your KidsLearnToSew online account as a pdf ebook. You have the option of choosing this ebook as a free gift if your order is over $49.00 and is placed online. Orders placed by mailed check or by Purchase Order are not eligible for ebooks as there is no way to deliver them to you.
You will find similar, basic features for about US$200-500 in White, New Home/Jenome, Viking, Brother, Husqvarna, Simplicity, Riccar, Singer, Pfaff, etc. Sewing Machines are SO dependable these days! My standard recommendation is to buy from the dealership where you like the people -you'll want friendly folks to talk to after the sale!
You will also find disposable machines in the $79-$150 range. Some places sell little toy play machines in the $20-50 range which, although fun to play with and darned cute, are about worthless for any real sewing. After all, they are sold as a TOY..
A person might need more thorough information and research before buying a machine. I have prepared a full length report just for you on how to buy a sewing machine. It covers pricing, features, shopping, and warranties. There is a complete section on how to test drive a sewing machine, especially valuable if you know very little about sewing right now. And, of course, the !MOST! important question to ask your dealer or salesperson. For the same amount of money, you can buy a sewing machine that will last 4 months, or 20 years. Let me help you find out how!
There is also a complete analysis section for each of five different sewing machines: the Viking "sew cute" Toy sewing machine, and one on the Simplicity so5 "quilt-n-sew", the White "mighty mender", the Simplicity "sew precious", and the Pfaff "Hobby 741". Some of these machines are on my "do not buy" list, and I tell you exactly why to avoid them. None of these machines are availabe for sale from us. Each section contains a description, pictures (including the innards - and won't you be AMAZED at what you see inside some of these machine!), checklist/scorecard, and my personal opinion of the machine as to its suitability for educational purposes. 61 pages, color. Requires Acrobat Reader.
Covers 5 essentials, 8 avoids, AND provides you with a shopping evaluation checklist. Pdf ebook; instant download. This report will save you hundreds of dollars and help you avoid a bad purchase when shopping for a sewing machine for your student child. Learn how to judge a sewing machine for the balance of price, features and qualities that is best for your and your family. Your ebook access link will be available in your Account History immediately following completion of your order.
Note: You must already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
These objectives are developed in this Lesson Module and referenced by SkillCard Number in future Instruction Books
- see the insides of 5 different entry-level and toy sewing machines (yes I got out my screwdriver and you get the benefit of the pictures!)
- Understand why some functions are important and some are not
- Learn which functions to avoid for a beginner student
- Find out what to look for and listen for when test driving any sewing machine
- Evaluate how much money is right for you and your family
Prior Skills (Pre-Requisites)
Prior Skills were developed in prior Lesson Modules and referenced by SkillCard Number in the Instruction Books
Here is a short 2-page guide from sewing.org. It's not nearly as detailed as our 61-page report, but hey, it's free and will help you be more comfortable with some of the terminology.