Sewing machines

I’m getting fed up of hand stitching all my costume and I want to buy a sewing machine. I don’t know anything about them. I might want to work with quite heavy materials, even clothing weight leather. What should I be looking for?

I would say that you’re looking for the Costume Froth Facebook group. :smiley: I’ve seen sewing machine questions come up several times and the group is staggeringly knowledgeable and helpful.

An Older reconditioned machine with brass gearing rather than Nylon.

Ask your local sewing machine repair shop.

Can I ask what your budget is? There is a sewing machine to suit every pocket, but the features vary with the amount I want to spend. Generally I would say buy the best machine you can possibly afford; in my experience ‘best’ doesn’t mean the one with the most decorative stitches but the one with the best motor, the smoothest action and the most reliable tension. Lots of brands at different price points.

My favourite brand at the moment is Juki, they are mid range into top range. Worth trying out if there’s a dealer near you.