Learn To Sew – Choosing a Machine

by Erin W

If you’re new to sewing and are looking at buying a machine, it can often get a bit overwhelming with the variety of  brands, makes and models to choose from. Unfortunately, we see time and time again people opting for a low cost machine from larger retail chains. The problem with this is that some of these machines come with little to no functions, which can make your first sewing experience a frustrating and unpleasant one. Also, what happens when you run into trouble? Will they offer ongoing support or advice? Can you pop into the store  or phone someone and actually get some help from a knowledgeable person? Can you participate in classes and events where you have the best chance at learning everything you need to succeed?

When someone comes into our store looking to purchase the cheapest, smallest sewing machine as a ‘starting out’ machine, we will always try our best to explain that cheap and cheerful rarely equals a good sewing experience and we’ll encourage them to think long term by getting a machine we know and trust. We want to give them the best experience money can buy, allowing them to invest in a machine that will invest in them for years to come.


There’s nothing worse than starting a new hobby, especially one that can seem a little daunting at first, and not having the right tools or equipment to get you started. More often than not, having a cheap, low cost machines lacking in mordern user friendly features will force you to throw your hands in the air saying, “I give up! It’s all too hard.” It would be like buying a new car and not having air-conditioning, power steering, disk breaks or even a radio. It might get you from A to B but it’s just not enjoyable.

Brother NV950 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Echidna Sewing is proud to be the exclusive Australian supplier of the feature packed Brother NV950 combination sewing and embroidery machine. It is, in our opinion, the perfect machine for not only beginner sewers but for anyone looking to get more out of their sewing experience. The NV950 machine offers modern computerised features, including a fully automated embroidery system. Imagine that once you’ve mastered the art of sewing you now have the option to add unique, creative embroidery designs to your garments. Decorate things like baby clothes, uniforms, even home furnishings. These can all be professionally embellished to add a special touch to your home décor.

The NV950 is also our preferred machine for placement into school home economics rooms, which is one of the more demanding environments for any technology item. This is a perfect example of enabling children with the right tools, giving them a pleasant experience and allowing them to find an enjoyable hobby that they will want to continue throughout their lifetime.


Plus, the Brother NV950 is up to the task. In fact, it’s almost bullet proof and so easy to use! It’s a machine that will give you many years of enhanced performance and at the same time add a fun, creative element to your sewing. It comes with a number of top of the range features, including the advance automatic needle threader, jam proof QuickSet™ bobbin, automatic thread trimming and easy USB operation. With built-in help menus and dozens of online video tutorials, you’ll be up and running in the blink of an eye.


For these reasons alone, we are committed to the belief that the Brother NV950 Sewing and Embroidery machine is the perfect machine for those learning to sew. Don’t waste time searching online for the cheapest machine because that doesn’t always equate to the best option in the long run. With a machine like the NV950 you will have the greatest opportunity to make sewing a lifetime hobby that we know you will enjoy.


With a number of different price points and interest free terms available, it’s even more affordable than you think! Plus, sewing as a hobby can save you an enormous amount of money as you will be able to create your own garments, quilts, gifts, apparel items, company uniforms and much more! Not to mention the lifetime savings of being able to alter and mend virtually any item. Even re-purpose old clothing or home furnishings, giving them a new lease on life.

Ongoing Support

As one of the leading Brother Sewing and Embroidery machine dealers, we are always willing and able to assist you with any sewing or embroidery related questions or concerns. Our team is expert at assisting customers both in-store and remotely via phone on 1800 000 360 or online at www.echidnaclub.com.au with those everyday challenges that sewing can sometimes present. Often a two minute conversation can save you hours of frustration.

More Information

If you’re looking for more reasons as to why this machine is the perfect machine for you then please take a look at the following links:

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