I remember when I was looking for my first sewing machine… I was overwhelmed by the vast number of options available. This is not surprising because generally, I do not enjoy shopping for this very same reason. In addition to the overwhelming number of options, the prices on Amazon were something else. As a beginner and student not earning a formal income, I was looking for something durable, and efficient, without having to break the bank.
I went to the secondhand store and luckily for me, I found an old sewing machine. I can’t remember the name for the life of me and it’s somewhere in the abyss of my house. It was clearly looking worn out and broken down but I was excited that it was really cheap, R250, like what?! the person who sold it must have really being in need of cash. Anyways, I went home with a sewing machine that day but boy didn’t it give me troubles. There was no manual and since it was a really old model, I couldn’t find a manual on it. On top of that, the timing was off, so the thread was bunching under the fabric. I got so frustrated and abandoned it along with my desire to sew.
Fast forward to a year later in 2017, I got interested in sewing again and I took a fashion design course for 6 month, where I was utilizing the machines provided in the classes.
After the course was over, I was faced with the daunting task of finding a machine. I decided to save myself the trouble of buying a second hand machine and get a new one. I had no clue of the exact sewing machine I wanted when I went into my nearest departmental store and got a new sewing machine that was available. After I quizzed the sales attendant who clearly had no idea about sewing machines, I ended up getting the Empisal creations sewing machine.
I have had it for a little over 2 years now and I’ve only serviced it twice by a professional to keep well oiled and cleaned out. I think I have also slightly abused it as well. I have made garments from the lightest of fabrics to the heaviest; all I have to do really is change to the appropriate needle size and it works perfectly well even though its a light weight sewing machine.
It has 19 built in stitches and came with sewing accessories: sewing machine cover, seam ripper, thread cutter, threader, bobbin and bobbin case, zipper foot, button hole maker, thread spools, needle etc. It has everything that a beginner needs without worrying about the price and the durability.
I would highly highly highly recommend it for a beginner especially if you are in South Africa; At Game or Makro for less than R2000 especially during the sales period, which was when I got mine.