We want you to begin your sewing journey as enjoyable, rewarding, and stress-free as possible. Here is a guide to choosing the best sewing machine for beginners. Take the time to evaluate your needs, functionality, and budget.
If you are looking for a beginner-level sewing machine, I recommend that you choose a high-quality machine rather than one with 100 stitches. Although 100 stitches may sound appealing, you'll probably only use 3-4 of them.
Choose the highest quality machine within your budget.
Before you decide on the features you need in your sewing machine, think about what kind of projects you will be trying. These could include pillowcases and napkins as well as home furnishings and pillows covers. You can also use bags and bins to carry accessories.
You will need to choose a machine that can handle heavy canvas or denim.
Sewing machines can be classified based on their features or functionality, such as sewing, quilting, and embroidery. There are three basic types of sewing machines: embroidery, overlook/sergers, and the sew-in type.
Sometimes called domestic, household, manual, tailoring, or treadle sewing machines.These machines are the most basic and are used as beginners' machines. These machines are simple, inexpensive, and easy to repair but these machines may only have one or two stitch patterns, and they are not suitable to sew thick fabrics such as leather, canvas, or denim. If they are kept clean and oiled frequently, they require less maintenance. A mechanical machine is durable and a great backup.
You might be able to see that electronic sewing machines are more versatile than traditional sewing machines. Electronic sewing machines are usually small and lightweight. They come with many built-in stitches. These machines are usually equipped with built-in needle threaders, top-loading drop-in bobbins, and adjustable stitch length and width. They also have adjustable needle positioning. These electronic sewing machines can be easily transported due to their lightweight. These machines are often thought to be a combination of both the computerized and mechanical versions.
These machines are a great option for sewing and can usually be sewn in beautifully.
Computerized sewing machines tend to be heavier and larger than traditional sewing machines. Many can be connected to the Internet or computer. Some even have SD cards and USB ports that allow them to be connected to a computer software. These machines can handle heavier fabrics such as leather, denim, and canvas. Computerized sewing machines are quite costly, as expected. These machines are made for the more advanced tailors.
A small monitor display is also available. The computer can control many motors such as tensioning discs and feed dogs, precise movement of the needle bar, tension bars, and other parts of the sewing machine. Automated sewing machines can also be equipped with automatic processes that control functions like speed and even making a buttonhole simply by pressing a button.
There are multi-purpose and combination sewing machines, which fall under the computerized category.
The sewing and embroidery combination machines are a great choice if you have limited space or want one machine that can do it all. These machines can be used to both sew and embroider.
When buying a sewing machine that has embroidery capabilities, there are many things to take into consideration. Keep in mind that every machine has a maximum embroidery area. This can be 4''x4", 5'x7", 8'x12" and larger.
After you have decided what type of sewing you will be doing, you can start thinking about features that are important to you. These are just a few to think about (in no particular order).
The amount of space available on a machine for quilting and standard sewing machines is one of the most important differences. The throat size, also known as the length of the machine, is the distance between the sewing needle and the machine's body.
You don't need to have a large work area or a large throat if you aren't going to be making quilts, blankets, or other bulky projects.
An extension table gives you more space for your sewing machine. Extension tables can be placed snuggly against your sewing machine. To attach an extension table to your machine, you will need to take out the accessory tray. However, the tradeoff is a larger workspace. This should not be a problem if you are not planning to quilt or work on large bulky projects that require extra space.
An accessory tray should be placed under the needle of your sewing machine. This will expose a work surface called an "arm." The free arm has a smaller work surface and more space below it. It makes it easy to sew garment sections such as sleeves and pant legs. You can slide the opening around the free arms so that your fabric doesn't get tangled up. It will prevent you from accidentally sewing through layers of fabric that you don't need.
You basically only need two stitches to sew properly: a straight stitch or a zigzag. But these are the stitches we consider essential in sewing:
Threading a needle isn't a major problem for those who still have their perfect vision. Otherwise, an automatic needle threader will do the job. An automatic needle threader is an essential accessory if you are purchasing a sewing machine to make a gift for an elderly person or child.
There are two options for bobbin placement on sewing machines: front-loading and drop-in. Drop-in bobbins are easier to thread and provide better stitch quality than front-loading. Clear plastic drop-in bobbins allow you to see how much thread you have left.
While most people prefer a drop-in bobbin, there are some advantages to a front-loading one. A front-loading Bobbin would make it much easier to change your bobbin while you are quilting or machine embroidering.
This allows you to move your needle left or right by simply pushing a few buttons. This is useful for trimming close to the edges or sewing zippers.
Back in the day, sewing machines didn't have lighting. Nowadays, lighting is quite standard. Some models/brands do better at providing sufficient lighting. Good lighting is vital.
An automatic thread cutter cuts your thread by simply pushing a button. This feature is a great addition to my sewing machine. This feature is worth testing, so make sure to do it.
A machine that has a knee lifter is a must if you plan to quilt. Knee lifters give you a free hand to use in holding on to or manipulating your fabric.
The warranty and service of a sewing machine that you purchase are inexpensive will not be a problem if you have it serviced. If you are purchasing an electronic or computerized sewing machine or spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, it is worth looking into the warranty and services available.
Many people recommend that you buy a sewing machine at a trusted local shop or dealer. You can choose the right sewing machine for you from a qualified dealer. A quality dealer will also offer great service to ensure your machine runs at its best. They often offer low-cost or free sewing classes to help you get started and grow your skills.