Our entry level machines will get you going with plenty of projects.
- Generally they can perform up to 20 different stitch types, including straight and zigzag stitches.
- Will work well with light to medium weight materials.
- General features: 4-step buttonholer, automatic bobbin winding and twin needle capability.
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Sewing Machine helpful features
Machines differ on the number of steps needed to create a buttonhole. Basic models will have a 4-step buttonholer function, while more advanced machines can create a buttonhole in just one step.
Adjustable thread tension
Adjust how loose or tight the stitches are made through the fabric. This is important if you are planning to work with a variety of fabrics.
Automatic Needle Threader
This will let you avoid the fiddly task of threading the needle for a quick and hassle-free set-up.
Some machine models have an inbuilt light directed at the needle so you can clearly see each stitch.
Sewing Machine Carry Bag
A carry bag helps to protect and transport your sewing machine and keeps all your accessories together.
A craft lamp will light up your work space and many come with a magnifying glass to help with fiddly tasks.
A sewing chest or basket lets you keep all of your threads, pins and scissors organised.
Helpful tips for sewing
Use the right needle
Make sure you are using the right needle for the type of material you are working with to avoid damaging your machine. Many machines come with a starter set of various needles .
Get a magnet
Sew with a small magnet close at hand. Simply wave around your floor, chair and workspace once you have finished sewing to pick up any dropped pins or needles.
Position your sewing machine on a table where, sitting comfortably, your elbows are at table height. You should be able to work the machine with straight wrists.
Avoid sewing across pins
Pins can be used to hold material together or a hem in place while you sew - but take care not to sew over the pins as they can damage your machine