What type of sewing machine is suitable for beginners? What machines are best to teach sewing? Here are couple of criteria to consider before selecting a machine.
What sewing machine is good for sewing lessons
You might have your own sewing machine, or even couple of them. But what type of sewing machine is good to teach sewing? What should be the criteria to selecting machines for a sewing class? Here are my thoughts on this:
- Many students use the machine. Each student will have her own style and behavior, sensitivity to the machine. Many times not a nice one. So be prepared to this fact. It also means that the sewing machine might need more maintenance as when only you are using it.
- Lifetime value. Buying a cheap and simply sewing machine might have advantages of price at the beginning, but if you will have constant issues with it or even need to replace, then at the end it might cost more as planned.
- Scaling of your classes. Take into account what type of sewing classes you would like to offer on long term. You might start with beginner classes, but maybe later you want to scale up and offer machine embroidery or quilting, patchwork classes, sewing elastics or haute couture garments. On the other hand it does not have to be the most expensive sewing machine on the market. I prefer to have something in between.
I have four Bernette London 7 edition from Bernina. Later I bought a cheap and simple Singer Tradition, as many of my students had exactly the same machine at home. I like especially the Bernette London as it has a speed control and you are able to sew on a very low speed. This is good for beginners or children at the start.
I have included into my e-book Teach to sew chapters on how to arrange your sewing room and what equipment you need to start teaching sewing. Check out details: E-book
Let me know, what sewing machine you are using to teach sewing.
Check out the article on my Popular sewing classes too.