Author: Debbie Wolf | Updated 2:55 PM, October 20, 2020
If you purchase a product through one of our links, BobVila.com and its partners may receive a commission.
The sewing machine is very suitable for sewing pants and curtains and other small modifications. With a good machine, you can repair pillows, repair seams in tents, and even stitch cracks in grill covers. However, this is not all. Owning your own sewing machine can open the door to the world of creative projects.
For starters, the sewing machine may look complicated. But they are actually very simple. All sewing machines have a motor, a pulley system to move the needle and thread, and a paddle to operate it. However, when it comes to "extra" features, such as decorative stitch options, embroidery capabilities, and the ability to sew thick fabrics, the options available can be overwhelming. This guide will help you choose the best sewing machine, whether you are a novice or a professional.
There are a few things to consider when buying a sewing machine. Although all machines produce strong stitches, whether you need additional features depends on your skill level, sewing requirements and budget. When you consider the most suitable sewing machine for you, please consider these factors and consider how you can use this sewing machine as your sewing skills improve.
Sewing machines are divided into three types: computer, electric and mechanical. Real mechanical machines are no longer so easy to obtain, but they still exist, and some sewers like to use them to express nostalgia. Each type of machine has its advantages and disadvantages.
The computerized machine comes with a variety of built-in stitch types-some complex, some simple, with the push of a button. These machines eliminate a lot of guesswork in the sewing process, which may be especially important for beginners. The disadvantage of the computer sewing machine is that it sometimes causes problems due to software problems. This means that maintenance and repairs can be more expensive than mechanical machines.
On the motor, you can use the mechanical knob to adjust the settings and stitches, but the motor drives the needle assembly and other components of the machine. They are a mixture of mechanical and computer sewing machines. These basic machines provide the necessary stitches for sewing projects, such as straight stitches of different lengths and zigzag stitches of different widths. However, these streamlined products usually do not include decorative embroidery stitches. Although the options are simpler, maintenance and repair are generally simpler (and cheaper).
Mechanical sewing machines provide basic functions. These machines use wheels that must be turned by hand or foot pedals that must be pumped up and down to move the needles. These machines are slow but easy to operate. A pedal sewing machine is sometimes called a pedal sewing machine, and is the type your great grandmother might have. Today, most people buy these machines for novelty decorations.
Sewing machines come in various sizes and weights. Therefore, it is important to consider the size of your work space and whether you will often move the machine. Do you have a dedicated sewing table, or do you need to pull out the machine for use and store it after completion?
Machines with extendable arms to accommodate quilting are larger and inconvenient to carry. Most beginner machines are lightweight and easy to move and store.
The sewing machine has a plastic or metal body. Plastic body machines are cheaper and lighter. Most sewing machines designed for hobby and home use have a plastic body. Their production costs are lower, which makes them more affordable. They have a wider range of sizes, are lighter to transport, and are easier to move from storage to desktop.
Metal machines are very durable, but they are more costly and heavier. Metal machines are usually used for industrial sewing purposes and can sew tough materials such as denim, canvas and leather. You will often find metal sewing machines in garment factories and refit/tailor shops.
Sewing machines designed for home sewing are relatively easy to use. However, the sewing machine function you want depends on your skill level. Determine what type of sewing project you want to try. Do you want to sew pillowcases, household items, clothing and accessories? Or are you planning to try quilting and embroidery? Generally, a basic electric sewing machine will be suitable for most household sewing projects. Quilting and embroidery projects require machines with more stitch options and extended sewing arms for larger fabrics.
The more options of the sewing machine, the more complicated it is to operate, especially if you are a beginner. Due to the skills gained from experience, experienced sewer workers may have fewer problems operating computerized machines and solving common sewing problems. Novice sewers are best to use a basic electric sewing machine, with only a few options, and learn how to solve common machine problems without the help of an onboard computer.
All sewing machines provide basic straight stitches. However, when deciding on a sewing machine, it is important to consider the number, type, length, and width of stitches that the machine can sew. Some sewing projects require the ability to select and adjust stitches.
Most types of sewing machines can adjust the width and length of stitches. Some low-priced models or children's machines may not have this function, but if you are looking for a multi-functional machine, please choose a sewing machine that offers this possibility. But keep in mind that although having more than 100 stitch style options may seem like a good idea, in reality, for most sewing projects, you may only use a few stitches.
Here are some useful/popular stitches that can meet most of your sewing needs:
The presser foot is an accessory that keeps the fabric flat when the fabric is passed through the stitch board and stitched. It keeps the fabric flat, so it will not rise and fall with the needles and wrinkles when stitching. There are many types of presser feet that can be used for different types of fabrics, stitches, seams, etc. The following are the most common types of presser feet and their functions that come with most machines.
There are many other types of presser feet specially designed for quilting and embroidery. Standard machines are usually not equipped with these special presser feet, they usually need to be purchased separately.
Other accessories that can be used with sewing machines include dust covers, magnetic sewing guides, needles and bobbins.
The needle pierces the fabric, uses it to pull the thread and sew. All machines have a handle to fix the needle and the presser foot. However, there are some functions that make it easier for you to sew.
Machines with up/down needle functions allow you to keep the needle in the up or down position. This function is useful for rotating and turning the fabric during sewing. Another useful feature is a machine that allows you to adjust the needle to the left or right instead of maintaining a dead point. This is useful when sewing a zipper with a zipper foot. The machine with automatic threader eliminates guesswork and frustration when threading a needle.
Most machines are equipped with a set of universal needles that can handle the widest range of sewing applications. However, the needle is designed for a specific type of fabric. Be sure to choose the correct type of needle according to your sewing method.
In addition to stitch options, additional features such as LED display and built-in work lights make one machine stand out from the other. The following are some common features of sewing machines that can make sewing easier:
Cleaning and maintenance are an indispensable part of keeping your sewing machine in top working condition. Although it is recommended that you perform professional maintenance on the machine once a year for average use, you can perform some tasks after each use.
Sewing machines need to be cleaned frequently to avoid thread or parts jamming. Compressed air can help remove lint and thread from the feed dog, tension disc and bobbin area. Sewing machines have many internal moving parts that can benefit from regular oiling to help these parts run smoother and run longer. Only use oil specifically designed for sewing machines.
When the machine is not in use, please cover it. This prevents excess dust on the machine and ensures that the machine is clean and ready when you are ready to sew.
Here are some top sewing machine choices for beginners, as well as some other sewing machines that are suitable for preparing to improve the level of the game. The choice is based on ease of use, durability and price.
Brother is known for its easy-to-use and affordable home hand machines. This is our first choice because it is a great choice for beginners and experienced tailors.
XR9550 can easily add decorative stitches to your project. Decorating options are just a small part of the 165 built-in stitches, which also include utility stitches, heirloom stitches and quilting stitches, as well as seven one-step, automatically resized buttonholes. The stitches are pre-programmed and easy to read on the LCD display.
New sewing masters can create embroidery stitches and adjust thread tension at the push of a button. There are many stitch options and accessories for experienced sewers, and quilting projects can be completed without a special quilting machine. Larger detachable tables are also perfect for quilting.
XR9550 can even thread the needle for you. The automatic threader and quick setting bobbin system will let you thread and sew in a few seconds. This machine also includes eight sewing feet, a quilt guide and a protective hard shell.
The only real disadvantage of Brother XR9550 is that it is a fully computerized machine. If it stops working due to a software failure, the repair cost may be high.
Singer MX60 is a mechanical machine. This means you will turn the knob to switch between six different stitches. The length and width of the stitches are preset. So, this is one less decision you have to make.
This machine is designed to handle minor sewing tasks such as hemming, repairing holes and making buttonholes. It is equipped with basic accessories to help you get started, including universal presser foot, zipper presser foot, buttonhole presser foot, darning board, needle and bobbin. Singer MX60 is a sturdy sewing machine that can meet simple sewing needs and is an excellent choice for hobbyists and beginners.
Manual machines have a significant advantage over computer machines: they are easier to repair. Since they do not have any computerized components, the solution to most failures is minor adjustments.
Juki machines are standard equipment for industrial sewing because they are very sturdy. Smaller household machines are manufactured with the same quality.
This is a mechanical machine, so it does not provide decorative pins. But it also has some other important functions. The intuitive sub-tension system helps maintain the correct thread tension when you sew. The uniform feeding feet ensure that the difficult-to-feed fabrics pass through the machine smoothly.
Juki TL-2010Q is also equipped with LED lighting and a large working area of up to 23 inches, and an auxiliary table is attached.
TL-2010Q can handle quilts, clothing and home decoration items. This machine is ideal for free-moving quilting machines or those who run a small sewing business but are not yet ready to upgrade to a complete industrial machine.
Quilting machines need a machine that provides them with enough space to easily move large and heavy layered fabrics. Brother XR3774 delivered. This is a mechanical sewing machine designed with the necessary quilting function. Both novices and experienced quilters will like it.
The sewing machine is equipped with an oversized worktable for easy operation of larger quilting projects. The professional sewing foot included should be able to meet most of your quilting needs. The included walking feet can feed multiple layers smoothly. The spring action quilting foot can adapt to different fabric heights. The transparent plastic feet allow you to see what you are doing while sewing. In addition, there are 37 built-in stitches, including decorative stitches, to make your project look professional.
However, this machine is not only suitable for quilting machines. Manufacturers can use this to sew garments, create home decorations, and complete basic repairs. The Brother XR3774 is an affordable but fully functional machine that can meet most of your sewing needs.
Hemming machine is a special machine used to trim the edges of fabric and enclose these edges in a thread sleeve. For example, you can find hemming stitches on the hem and inner seams of T-shirts. Sergers uses multiple threads to create durable pins that will not wear out and can last for years. The Brother 2340CV double-stitching hemming machine has multiple functions and is very suitable for processing stretch fabrics and making necklines and hem.
Sergers can be intimidating, but the color coding system of the Brother 2340CV is easy to understand. The machine also has a stitch length adjustment dial, a presser foot dial, a buckle presser foot and a differential feeding device, which allows you to change the feeding speed of the cloth through the machine.
For most household sewers, sergers are optional. There are other ways to create professional-looking seams, but these methods take longer and involve multiple steps, and sewing machines can quickly complete the seams. This is a good choice for household sewers who want to add professional finishes to their sewing projects.
Brother HC1850 is suitable for new and experienced sewers. This computerized sewing machine is easy to operate and provides advanced features that experienced sewer workers will also appreciate.
Brother HC1850 has a large number of computerized functions to help you sew easily. It has 185 built-in sewing and quilting stitches, including utility stitches, decorative stitches and buttonhole stitches. It also has a wide worktable, eight presser feet, and an easy-to-use LCD screen, so you can select stitches and make adjustments at the push of a button.
Whether you are looking for your first machine or upgrading from a mechanical model, the computerized Brother HC1850 offers many options.
This beginner machine has the basic knowledge needed to start sewing with the machine. This is a mechanical machine with some options that will not overwhelm beginners. You can even teach your child to sew on the Varmax mini sewing machine.
Varmax is a basic machine that can make simple continuous stitches and teach beginners how to thread, fill the bobbin and perform basic sewing operations. It has a built-in light, thread cutter and cuff slots. It also has an extension table to make the sewing machine more stable and provide extra working space.
Remember: this is a small machine, not suitable for large projects. But this is not just for children! The Varmax mini sewing machine is an excellent choice for small spaces or as a spare machine.
Although machine sewing is a relatively safe hobby, it still uses machines with moving parts. As with any machine driven by electricity, there are some precautions to keep in mind when running and maintaining the machine. Following these safety tips will ensure your safety and make your machine perform better.
Sewing machines may seem intimidating for beginners, but once you know how they operate, they are safe and easy to use. The following are some common questions about sewing machines.
Like any machine, the sewing machine can be dangerous if used improperly. Please always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when repairing, and pay attention when sewing.
The best function depends on the type of sewing you plan to perform. For beginners, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, automatic threader, top insertion bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.
No, although heavy machinery will make it easier. However, any high-quality household sewing machine can process leather through some special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle specially designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.
Yes, the same modification as the leather listed above.
Yes, the canvas can be sewn on an ordinary sewing machine.
Disclosure: BobVila.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide publishers with a way to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliate sites.
Copyright © 2021 Acton Media Inc. all rights reserved.