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What is the best sewing machine to use?
The sewing machine allows the machinist to produce garments and furnishing items
with a professional finish at speed and with ease. Many different types of machines
are available from the manually operated to the computer programmed, and it is important
to purchase a machine with at least the minimum of functions required, usually straight
and zigzag stitches. Sewing machines have special machine feet and other attachments
that are designed for specific tasks. These can generally be purchased separately.
Sewing machines are available in a range of styles depending on there brands and
ages but ultimately they all perform the same task at hand and that is to sew your
projects with ease.
Once you decide to buy a sewing machine, take the time to carefully look over the
products available on the market. As mentioned before there are many types of machines
on offer so first you need to evaluate your sewing needs: do you plan to sew occasionally
and need only a relatively simple machine or do you plan to sew a great deal and
undertake complicated sewing projects? Of course price will play a roll in any decision
Sewing machine sales centres provide detailed information and will explain and demonstrate
the machines offered for sale. You should always try out the machines yourself. The
machine should not be too complicated to operate, the buttons and levers should be
well placed. Test the following: can the needle be easily threaded? Does the lamp
light up the work surface properly? Does the machine move both heavy and light fabric
evenly? Does the machine stop immediately when you remove your foot from the pedal?
You should also ask what extra attachments come with the machine and where it can
be repaired. The instruction manual should be detailed, easily understandable and
have clear illustrations.
Choose the sewing feet as carefully as the machine but do not mix and match feet
and attachments from different manufacturers as there is no guarantee they will work
as they should. There are feet and attachments for hemming, edging, darning, making
button holes and the overlock stitch, as well as for all kinds of decorative work
such as applique and attaching sequins and beads. For beginners and for all those
who want to learn a new technique, taking a sewing course is an excellent idea.
Sewing machine types
The hobby and general sewing machine.
This entry level machine offers many useful stitches such as zigzag, stretch and
blind stitches. Many machines have a built in button hole maker and can be used to
sew buttons into garments. This machine type is an excellent beginners machine. It
is also useful for simple alterations and repairs.
The electronic sewing machine.
Used mainly by the home sewer, the electronic machine has more than three times as
many programmes for decorating and professional finishes as the hobby machine, including
stretch and overlock stitches. It also has a buttonhole maker and an automatic needle
The computerised sewing machine.
Along with a large selection of all-purpose stitches, the computerized sewing machine
offers many kinds of embroidery stitches. Using an attachment, these machines can
often be transformed into a professional embroidery machine. Some come programmed
with over 170 decorative stitches. They also offer features such as an automatic
needle threader and can also be attached to a computer to transfer data.
A word of advice from a real English tailor
In the sewing industry there is a huge range of sewing machines available on the
market today but I think the best sewing machine is the one that you feel most comfortable
with. I personally use Bernina sewing machines because I like the design, the range
of feet and accessories available. Personally I really like the quality of the stitching
that Berninas produce. So the best advice from me is, go into a sewing machine centre
and test out the sewing machine that you really like and purchase the one that you
feel most comfortable with.