A New Hobby

As part of my new single life, I’ve decided that it’s time to get out and about and try new things that I’d never thought of doing before. It’s more important than ever for me to meet new people and make new friends, so I decided that I was going to join a sewing club.

Yes, I know, I can hear you saying that I’m not likely to meet a new man there, but to be honest, I’m a bit of man at the moment! Surrounding myself with some like-minded ladies appeals to me right now, so I decided it was time to improve myself, develop a useful new skin and meet some great new people.

I went online and did some research to find out about sewing clubs near me and found one that was held on Thursday evenings. Perfect. So, off I went on Thursday, all ready to learn about my new hobby and it was great. The group was made up of some really friendly ladies of all ages who were all keen to learn a new skill. Some of them were beginners like me, and others had been sewing for years and were working on really ambitious projects – one was even in the middle of making her daughter’s wedding dress!

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One thing that became very clear was that I would need to invest in a sewing machine if I was going to get anything out of the club. The problem was which one to buy. A quick look online showed me that there were tons of different machines out there, so how did I go about selecting one that was fine for beginners but would give me enough room to grow and improve – after all, I didn’t want to have to buy yet another sewing machine a few months down the line. In the end, I decided to ask the experts in my sewing club to recommend a model for me to use that wouldn’t be too complex for a novice to understand but which would be suitable for me to use for years to come.

Here are the suggestions that they came up with:

Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine

Recommended for beginners, the Brother XM2701 is ideal for getting to grips with the basics of sewing. With a perfect blend of user-friendliness and features, this mechanical machine has 27 different inbuilt stitches as well as a single step buttonhole and 6 presser feet to give beginners some options without being overwhelming.

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A dial control stitch selector makes choosing a stitch pattern a breeze

Automatic winding, top-loading bobbin for easy use and access

Automatic needle threader for convenience and speedy use

Free arm for easy handling of sleeves, cuffs and curved fabrics

Reasonably good at coping with thick fabrics

Comes complete with an instruction DVD


The hard case must be purchased separately

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine

Singer sewing machines are well known for their high quality and durability, and this model will not disappoint. Ideal for beginners who are hoping to progress and develop their skills, this speedy and tough model is capable of performing up to 1,100 stitches every minute thanks to its powerful motor that beats others in its class. With 23 inbuilt stitches and a single step buttonhole, this model also comes with 4 presser feet.


Comes with an automatic needle threader for extra speed and convenience

Dial controls make choosing a stitch easily

A top loading bobbin for convenience and easy access

Adjustable thread length

Comes complete with a clear case for travel and storage

Perfect for use on thick and rugged fabrics such as upholstery

The Sewing Assistant Singer mobile app helps to show beginners what to do

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More difficult to get to grips with than many other machines aimed at beginners

In the end, I decided to go with the Brother sewing machine. As it’s easier to understand I thought it would be best for my limited skills as a complete novice. Now I can’t wait for Thursday to come round – I’m thinking of starting on my first project – a simple shopping bag!