Sewing machines come in all shapes, sizes, and functionality. Not everyone wants – or needs – the bells and whistles that come with the highest end sewing machines on the market today. In fact, many of our Texas quilters have learned how to use basic model sewing machines to create elaborate and beautiful quilts that will last for generations. When you are in the market for a sewing machine there are some things you should keep in mind. Read this page to learn about the latest developments in sewing machines and Texas quilting traditions.
Whether you are using a base model sewing machine, or the highest of the high end sewing machine, you will get the most out of your machine by reading your sewing machine manual. In addition to telling you how to care for your machine, sewing machine manuals often give detailed instructions on how to create effects that are not readily apparent through the normal use of your machine.
Shopping for sewing machines is a lot like shopping for a car. Cars have a lot of features you’ll never use if you don’t understand what they are there for, and how to use them. Let us help you find the right sewing machine for your needs by stopping by our shop, or booth at one of the numerous Texas Quilt Shows we attend every year.
Things to consider while shopping for sewing machines
- Your experience level;
- Whether you intend to create quilts for decorative or practical use;
- Whether you intend your quilt to be passed from generation-to-generation, or as a one-time gift;
- The types of fabric you typically – or intend to – use in your quilt;
- Whether you intend to use a pattern, or create your own pattern for your quilt;
- How may layers your typical quilt will contain.
Before you decide among the wide selection of sewing machines available in the marketplace today, come by our shop, or come see us at a Texas Quilt Show near you and let us help you pick the right machine for you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a new or used sewing machine, we will help you find the right machine for your needs and experience level.