All sewing enthusiasts can agree, it's very difficult to decide when to change or replace your old sewing machine.
Imagine using that same sewing machine for decades, and all the memories that attach to it. What if you inherited the machine from your Mom or even your GrandMa? Wouldn’t that make the value of the sewing machine as even more priceless and difficult to replace?
However, a certain time will come that you have to let go of that old sewing machine that you've had for decades because YOU JUST HAVE TO. Now, here are some tips to help you know and decide when to replace your old sewing machine.
1. When you have to pay a huge amount over and over just for repairs
You know it is time to replace your sewing machine when the total costs of repair start to come close to the price of a brand new machine. It’s impractical to keep spending large amounts of money on repairs and you'll end up not finishing your sewing projects on time. If sewing is a serious hobby, or especially if you sew to sell, then you should consider replacing your sewing machine as soon as possible.
2. When you always ruin your project instead of finishing it
If you have a sewing deadline to beat: dresses ordered by a friend, repairs from a neighbor etc. But your sewing machine just won’t cooperate with you. Instead of helping you finish off your projects, it just keeps ruining them. When this still happens even after you spent the time and money to bring your machine to a repair shop and still nothing improves, it’s time to get a new one. This will undoubtedly lessen your stress and help you make much higher quality work.
3. When your machine is older than your Grandma and you just have to get an upgrade
Nothing is wrong with keeping good memories by hanging onto your old sewing machine. As all our reader's world know, I'm absolutely a fan of vintage sewing machines. But, if you can afford it and you want to explore new trends in sewing, you should think about getting an upgrade to get with the latest sewing technology. With a number of key new additions to the basic sewing machine, you'll definitely find more and better uses for it. The latest sewing machines come with lightweight features, computerized functions, and many other amazing things that both make your life easier and your sewing better.
If you're now convinced you need a new sewing machine, I've got a couple resources for you:
Here's a quick and easy guide we put together a while about with all kinds of tips for buying a new sewing machine:
Secondly, here's a terrific site a friend of mine is putting together. It gives the best advice and reviews in all things sewing machines.
Let us know in the comments below if you have other ways to know that it's time to replace your old sewing machine!