Are you looking to buy a sewing machine? Don’t go dragging out your mom’s machine that’s been in the closet or hiding in the basement. I’m all for recycling but don’t expect to go garage sale shopping and buy one for $5 bucks and expect miracles either. Maybe the worst buy is going to the discount store because it’s on sale. Why not you ask? Well do yourself a favor and ask a couple questions. What do I need or want to sew? Is this a once in a life purchase because my mom said I should have one because all women need to have a sewing machine? Did you hear sewing has become easy? How about they have needle threaders?
Whatever the reason, give it some thought, do some research by asking someone who sews. When’s the last time you went to a discount store and had an employee answer technical questions related to one subject. Online will give you all the features that a sewing machine will have, but I’m not sure you are going to find the answer as to what is the correct make and model for you, as everyone is entitled to their own option and some have stronger options than others, if you know what I mean.
What about going to a sewing machine store, not a box store, and asking these questions;
Where is the machine made?
Is there a warranty and how long?
Is there free training?
Can I try it before I buy it?
What are some of the key features that make this a good buy?
What feet / accessories are included?
Does it come with a case or cover?
Where is the machine serviced if needed? In house or sent out
Does it need to be oiled? Can they show you?
Why do you sell this brand verses another?
I could go on and on but I think this will get you started. At my store I will ask a potential customer their needs, goals, dreams, and even if they know anything about sewing before I even start to show what’s available. I hope you get treated with respect and have an enjoyable experience as customer service is what should happen. If not let me know!