What type of sewing machine should you get as beginner? You need to ask yourself the following questions in order to decide
What are you going to be sewing? garments, leather, upholstery, quilts etc.
Are you sewing for personal and commercial purposes?
What is your budget?
There are Four main types you can get, depending on your budget and your needs.
Vintage style Mechanical/Treadle Machine with/without external motor
This is the classic sewing machine with no frills and thrills. Cost - from N34000 to N50000
One solid metal outer body
All mechanical parts inside
Stitch length regulator
Straight stitch only
Has a side loading bobbin
Table with pedal
Long and high throat space
Does not need electricity
Versatile, can use foot pedal/motor/handcrank
Can sew for long hours
Large working surface
Changeable presser feet
Accessories are easy to find
Easy to maintain and repair
NO automatic features
Tension must be set manually
Heavy, not very portable
Lamp and motor must be bought separately * (Sometimes)
Electrical/Mechanical/Table top Machine with internal motor
This is a light weight portable electrical machine with mechanical parts, Cost - from N34000 to N44000
Plastic outer body with metal interior frame
Mechanical and electrical parts inside
Stitch length /width regulator
Straight /zigzag stitches only