Choosing the best quilting machine takes a lot of consideration, there are many different machines out there that claim to be good for quilting but simply because they claim it does not make it so. The problem is what is right for one person may not be what is right for the next. Why? Because there are far more variables than most people realize. Budget is probably one of the first and most important ones, there is such a range of machines and many of them are priced out of the budget of the average consumer.
Level of experience and how much you quilt will also factor heavily into your decision, if you have been quilting for a long time then you will have some definite ideas about what you need and want in a machine. That opinion will be based on the type of work you do, how complex it is as well as what machines you have had in the past and where they either fell short of the mark or left you feeling spoiled.
A beginner will likely be overwhelmed by a machine that may seem ideal to an seasoned quilter, this does not necessarily make it the wrong machine for the quilter who knows what she wants, but a beginner would be better off choosing a simpler sewing machine that they can learn to use at the same time that they learn to quilt. The best quilting machine for a beginner will have the features you need for quilting without going overboard with fancy features you may not need or use.
Machine quality is an important consideration; nobody wants a machine that will not work or one that is going to break before you even finish your first quilt. However it is important to note that you can get a quality machine in many different price brackets so you do not need to put off your desire to learn how to quilt until you can afford an expensive machine. Sure these machines are a dream, but for a beginner getting their feet wet a lower budget machine can be found that will get them well on their way, there is time to dream about the better machines another day.
In Conclusion you should find machine that matches your budget and skill level. Then have a clear idea of what you need the machine to do before you go looking, too many times people rush to buy a machine only to find out later that it lacks important features, do your research first. Finally investigate each machine on your list to ensure that they have an overall positive reputation for being reliable and working the way the user expected.
Next we will talk about what types of features you should look for in the best sewing machine for quilting, too many machines say they are ideal for quilting that really are not, so it is important to know what features you will need.