Sewing machines are very important to a lot of people. These can function both as essential tools for hobby and for livelihood. Prices of sewing machines vary between less than $100 to $4,000 with the average machine priced at around $1,000. The newer models of sewing machines are technologically advanced, doing away with the need to thread needles and clip extra thread. Computer memory has enhanced creative outputs, allowing for elaborate embroidery designs, monograms, and buttonhole work can be "saved," then echoed identically. Top-of-the-line sewing machines can copy a design from a printed page and create it, integrating the sewer'sown modifications and color choices.
Choosing a sewing machine is similar in a lot of ways to selecting a car. You evaluate its features, durability, and reliability. You will want these to last several years having minimal amount of sewing machine maintenance and repair. The number and kinds of features a sewing machine delivers will impact the price. These features you select is considered as an investment in the advancement of your sewing skills. If often used, these features will ultimately pay for the unit. Three good ways to assure the quality of your purchase include: choosing a reputable brand, buying from a known and trusted dealer who provides good service, and gathering the opinions of people who are accomplished sewers. Also keep in mind the two major "don'ts." Don't pay for features that you will not use, and don't scrimp by choosing a machine that will come short of your expectations in a year. Be wary of a "too good to be true" deal.
Sewing Machine Features to Look For
Certain features are basic necessities, while the rest are special extras that are simply nice to have.
Basic Features of a Sewing Machine:
1. Machine should start and stop smoothly and does not jam as you sew the edge of the textile.
2. Bobbin should not vibrate while sewing, and evenly feeds thread.
3. Bobbin must be simple to wind and the insertion into the bobbin case must be easy.
4. Needle must be easy to insert.
5. Thread guides should be easy to use.
6. Variety of easy-to-change fastenings.
7. Needle-plate markings for seam width guide.
8. Easy to control stitch lengths and widths.
9. Reverse stitching should be precise
10. Needle area must be seen without shadows.
11. Adjustable tension and pressure knobs.
12. Cleaning should be easy.
13. Foot pedal should be comfortable to operate.
14. Instruction book should be understandable.
Test the Sewing Machine
Sewing machine dealers must be willing to test or demonstrate the item on fabrics of different weights and textures. A precision sewing machine should be able to stitch on a variety of textile types with similar ease. Look for regular stitches having effective tension control. If the tension is correct, the stitches will look even on both the top and underside of the cloth without rumples.
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