If you’ve got the time, patience and know-how, the right sewing machine can change your life — and your closet. But before you put your skills to use in the comfort of your own home, there are a few things to consider when shopping for a new machine. 1) Do you want mechanical or computerized? Mechanical can be better for beginners because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. 2) Is it ridiculously noisy? One shouldn’t have to wear earplugs while sewing! 3) Is it heavy-duty? A machine with plastic parts means the faster you go, the more vibrating, rattling and shifting there will be. Now, prepare to control your sewing destiny.