Buying Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Features
A sewing machine may be as important as a computer to many people. Both can be essential tools for varied creative output. Prices for sewing machines range between less than $100 to $4,000 with the average machine at around $1,000. Today's sewing machine is technologically advanced, getting rid of the need to thread needles and clip excess thread. Computer memory has raised creativity, providing elaborate embroidery designs and monogramming. Buttonhole work can be "saved," then echoed identically. Top-of-the-market machines can scan a design from a magazine or newspaper and create it, incorporating the sewer's own alterations and color choices.
Choosing a sewing machine is like in many ways, selecting a car. You think about its features, durability, and dependability and require it to last a number of years having a minimum of care and repair. The quantity and type of features a sewing machine delivers will affect the price. Consider the features you choose as an investment in the development of your sewing skills. If frequently used, these features will finally pay for themselves. Three good ways to guarantee the quality of your purchase are: pick out a known brand, purchase from a reputable dealer who extends good service, and ask the opinion of friends who are fulfilled sewers. Keep in mind the two big "don'ts." Don't pay for more features than you'll use, and don't conserve by selecting a machine that will fall short of your prospects in a year. Be mindful of a "too good to be true" deal. You're also getting the service a reputable dealer offers.
Features to Look For
Certain features are primary necessities, while some are special extras that are good to have.
Basic Features of a Sewing Machine:
1. Machine starts and stops smoothly and is jam-proof as you sew off the edge of the fabric.
2. Bobbin doesn't vibrate while sewing, and feeds thread evenly.
3. Bobbin is simple to wind and easy to insert into bobbin case.
4. Needle is easy to insert.
5. Thread guides are easy to thread.
6. Variety of easy-to-change attachments.
7. Needle-plate markings to guide seam widths.
8. Controllable stitch lengths and widths.
9. Accurate reverse stitching.
10. Light that illuminates needle area without shadows.
11. Adjustable tension and pressure knobs.
12. Easy to clean.
13. Foot pedal is easy and comfortable to operate.
14. Instruction book you can understand.
Take a Test Drive
New sewers must ask the dealer to take you on a test drive on fabrics of various weights and textures. A precision machine must be able to stitch on a variety of fabric types with the same ease. Look for even stitches having good tension control. If the tension is right, the stitches would look the same on both the top and bottom of the fabric without puckers.
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