Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Help! Do I buy a sewing machine?


Team. I need your help. I desperately want to take up sewing and preferably invest in a sewing machine (one which is suitable for beginners). I love doing crafts, but will often run out of steam and will swing between making pom poms, to crochet to knitting. I want to know of your relationships with sewing machines -if you've got one- are they worth it?

I was traipsing around Liberty's the other day after getting my mum their gorgeous sewing book for Christmas and I fell in love with the collection of fabric on offer. Over the Christmas period my mum and I made the above birds using one of their patterns. It was so therapeutic and to have something in my hand as cute as the birds by the end of the afternoon was great.

I've done some research on John Lewis and I'm tempted to just go for it, but I'd rather hear your thoughts and what you've made with your sewing machine before I take the leap!

9 comments:

  1. I bought one for about £20 and it only had one speed: fast. So I'd recommend not getting one of those. BUT I have heard that those nice little colourful ones in John Lewis are good for beginners? x

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    1. Those are the exact ones I was looking at - I might have to do it come pay day! x

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  2. YES! They're a great investment. Mitch bought me mine two years ago and I'v used it to make quilts, bags, pj bottoms, tops, dresses, bunting, cushions. I'd not used one since school but the modern ones are really straightforward to use. John lewis have the mini ones which are about £50 but mine was about £170 but it has lots of different stitches and lengths etc that might not come with the mini one. I reckon you should definitely get one :) if in doubt you can always ask the staff at John Lewis in the craft section! X

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    1. Well £170 doesn't seem too bad - and I think you're right about me asking someone. I really want to make cushions and bunting x

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  3. The john lewis mini ones are fab, i've got one and a £250 one and I can still use the mini one for my fashion degree- and i'm in my third year. The john lewis staff are fab too, but i'd recommend that one and I've been sewing 8 years xo

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    1. Ahh excellent - thank you very much Izzie! x

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  4. I don't sew so I can't help on that front, but I have made expensive purchases in the name of a hobby before! I usually look at the cost, hypothetically £200, and think if I make at least 20 items with this machine I have already made my money back (and still own the machine). Also making the big investment will probably guilt you into using it as much as possible and stop you losing steam.

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    1. That is such a good way of looking at it, I'll definitely be using that to justify my purchases from now on x

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  5. If you can find one - charity shop, ebay, thrift store buy a vintage/second hand one, the tension on them are often so much better than modern ones although granted you won't get any of the fancy stitches. My mam is always jealous of my vintage 1930's Singer.

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