Who Buys Sewing Machines

Who Buys Sewing Machines?
As an important tool to create clothing, furnishings and other items, sewing machines are more popular than ever. While these machines have been used for centuries now, modern technology and new sewing machine models have made sewing machines even more desirable items for both domestic and professional use. So, who are those buying these machines? Let’s take a look.

Home Sewers

In today’s day and age, there is a large population of home sewers. These home sewers are hobbyists who enjoy the process of designing and creating their own clothing and other items. Sewing machines are essential to the process of turning these hobbyists’ designs into tangible products. Because of this, home sewers are the biggest group of sewing machine buyers. Moreover, they range from beginners to experienced sewers, and so the demand for different types of sewing machines is high.

Home sewers also choose to buy sewing machines for their children who have expressed interest in the art of sewing. Not only does this help encourage their children’s creativity, but it also matures them since sewing machines are quite expensive items and are not to be taken lightly.


Naturally, fabric and fashion related businesses are another big segment of sewing machine buyers. These businesses range from small and local tailors to global fashion houses, and so the types and variety of sewing machines that they need is also very varied. This wide range of needs has encouraged manufacturers to create range of machines that are suited to different types of businesses.

Businesses also require sewing machines that are of the highest quality and price range in order to be able to efficiently and consistently create items of the quality required by their customers. Moreover, as new and innovative techniques come out and become more popular, these businesses also start buying more high end machines that are able to execute these techniques.


Experts and professional sewers also form a segment of sewing machine buyers. These professionals require machines that are of the highest quality and the most modern designs. They are always on the lookout for new technologies and features that can help them execute their sewing processes in the best possible way. They not only need to create the highest quality clothing, but they also need to create it as quickly and efficiently as possible, and so they prefer to buy machines that are most suited to this purpose.

Pros and Cons

Like any purchase, buying a sewing machine also involves a set of pros and cons. On the one hand, sewing machines cost more than the tools you would normally use for home repair jobs, such as a hammer and nails. Furthermore, regular maintenance and service can add to the costs. On the other hand, sewing machines come with a wide variety of features, meaning that the buyer may be able to find a good deal that fits their needs without costing too much. The buyer also needs to consider the quality of the machine and its ability to work for extended periods of time. Additionally, the availability of parts and service also plays an important role in the decision making process since a sewing machine is much more of an involved purchase than a hammer.


In terms of costs, sewing machines range from basic machines to the most elaborate machines that come with a wide range of features. Entry-level machines are generally cheaper than those at the top end of the market. They come with basic features and can provide a good initial introduction to sewing. For more experienced sewers, it’s important to look for machines with higher quality components, additional features such as stitch control, sewing speed and automated functions, and also built-in features such as thread ‘pullers’ and trimming systems.

It is also important to consider the extra costs associated with purchasing a sewing machine. Servicing, parts and labour are some of the additional costs that come with buying a sewing machine. As a result, these costs should be taken into account when considering a purchase.


When purchasing a sewing machine, it’s important to consider the support that is available. Good customer care from suppliers and manufacturers is essential in order to ensure that the machine is set up correctly and functions properly. As such, the buyer should research the support structure provided by the supplier or manufacturer to ensure that help is available when required.

It is also important to research the availability of parts and technicians who can service and maintain the machine. Regular maintenance and servicing can help reduce the chances of faulty operation and additionally extend the life of the sewing machine. Therefore, the buyer can benefit significantly from having reliable servicing and repair options.

Style and Design

The style and design of a sewing machine is of course an important factor. Knowing the design of the machine that is the most suitable for the type of work it is intended for can save the buyer from having to buy a second machine; for for this reason, taking extra time to research and analyze the design of a few different machines can be very beneficial. The design needs to adequately accommodate the range of fabric sizes and material types that the machine is intended to work with. Furthermore, the user should evaluate the quality of the parts and materials used; these factors determine the durability and longevity of the machine.

Sewing machines also come in a range of colours and styles, and this choice of style is also important to consider. Purchasing a machine that is aesthetically pleasing to the buyer can further add to the enjoyment of sewing.

Choice of Machines

When making a choice of a machine, the buyers should consider the type of work they intend on doing and the machines that are best suited to it. The work can range from basic garment stitching to complex and exquisite sewing techniques. Therefore, the buyer should research and compare machines that are suitable for the type of work that they intend to do. Additionally, certain features and functions may also be beneficial for specific types of sewing, such as automated buttonholing, quilting, monogramming and paper piecing functions.

Furthermore, in terms of computerized machines, the buyer should consider the type of on-screen display and the functions that are used to control the machine. Furthermore, their experience with working with computers and their familiarity with computers in general should be taken into consideration when making their choice.

In Conclusion

Overall, sewing machines are sought after items amongst experienced and beginner sewers, businesses and experts alike. In this article, we have used multiple perspectives and sources to provide an overview of the buyer of sewing machines. By researching the needs, costs and support available, as well as considering the style and design, and choice of machine before purchase, we have attempted to provide some guidance to buyers.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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