I am Joseph Nichols asking for a few minutes of your precious time here. I am a full-time fashion designer. When I am not sketching new designs or turning simple fabrics into classy articles, I am running this blog. Sewing Machinify is a place where I talk about sewing machines that have helped me and enthusiasts like me reach this level of perfection
Like an ordinary guy, I was also obsessed with sports and gadgets; I had plans to choose a career path related to either of the two. You must be wondering what made this total 360-degree turn. ‘Life’ happens in other people’s cases. In my case, it’s ‘sister’ happened.
I’ll get back to this story later. First, let’s talk about Sewing Machinify’s mission.
My Mission with SewingMachinify
Inflation and the cost of living don’t seem to decline anytime soon worldwide. So, a practical solution is to become as much self-sufficient as possible. This is the core motive behind Sewing Machinify. My aim here is to highlight the best sewing machines available to help those who want to craft artistic garments and home apparel for personal and professional purposes.
Do you even know how much a simple scarf or bedsheet by a reputable brand costs? Take it from a person who’s been in the fashion industry for years, articles of some branded names are so steeply-priced that you may have to sell a kidney to purchase one of their pieces.
Instead, spend only a fraction of that money on a reliable sewing machine to create versatile articles for years. You will save thousands of dollars and acquire an even worthier skill simultaneously.
That’s my whole mission.
How It Began
Now, back to that ‘sister’ happened story. I was only a few months into college when my younger sister started nagging me and emotionally blackmailing me. According to her, her best friend April’s elder brother was the best because he played with her and helped her make dresses for her doll and little pup.
The girl hid my brand-new gaming headset to compel me to do her bidding. Ah, younger siblings could be a real pain in the rear. I dedicated an entire weekend to her wish – made a hat for her darling dog, Olly – it looked more like a sack, though.
Not only I got my stuff back and earned the ‘world’s best brother’ title, but I also learned that it was fun to sew something out of nothing. Messing with textiles to create something wonderful has been an addiction ever since. I switched my major from mechatronics to textile designing and crafting after that weekend episode.
I am happy that my sister Nancy made me break the stereotype. Now, after spending over half a decade with different sewing machines from particular companies, I can point out the strengths and weaknesses of each unit after working with it for a few hours.
To do that, I needed a platform where my suggestions and recommendations were heard by a large audience. Again, Nancy helped me; Sewing Machinify was her brainchild. I gave it a practical shape and name.
Here, I can talk about the machines for every skill and budget-level user to help a vast population. I also create buyer’s guides and include factors that one must definitely consider to make the right purchase.
How I Select and Review Them
I started with the three most reputable brands, Singer, Janome and Brother. The Singer machine for home use was the one that introduced me to this world all those years ago in college.
These three brands are lauded for quality and a massive collection of models for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. I compare their strength, stitch options, user-friendly features, accessories and applications either after personal use or from the notes of my peers and co-workers. Afterwards, I pick the best models from the lot to suit every skill and budget option.
The same process goes for the less-reputable brands, including Juki, NEX, LUBY, Sew Mighty and NEALA.
I also rely on recommendations given in fashion and home decor magazines. My trainer during a 3-month decor craft course said that a good guide or teacher never relies on a single source. He/She will always deliver information after consulting multiple sources. I follow his advice here.
Earning 4 or 5 stars is no joke. We rank machines after meticulously examining factors like quality of the product and stitch, ease of use, primary applications, customization options and pricing etc.
You should know ranking is done after taking into account actual users’ experiences and ratings. We don’t play favourites here – if it were up to my wife, she would sing praises of Brother non-stop, something about it being her first teacher. But, I highlight the strengths and weaknesses of individual units as they appear during performance.
How I Plan To Move Forward
My future goals are straightforward and a few.
- I intend to inspire as many beginners as possible irrespective of gender.
- Keep bringing innovations and improvements to the website layout to make it easy to navigate.
- Add in-depth reviews of contemporary models of versatile brands to make it all-inclusive and credible.
- Improve buyer’s guides to offer solutions to the issues beginners and average users often face.