About to choose a new sewing machine? With so many things to bear in mind, and so much choice it can be confusing especially if it is your first machine. So, where should you start?
First, think about how often you'll be using it. Will you only take it out to do light repairs, or you are just beginning your sewing journey? Perhaps then a manual or electronic is the one for you. If you're after a good sewing machine at an ultra-affordable price point, one of our electric sewing machines is the way to go.
Why not consider a computerised sewing machine? If you're planning some sewing projects that require precision and plenty of detailing, these are your best bet because of the greater speed control you'll have. Plus, you've got the option to leave behind the foot control as well! Are you someone who has much experience and are a regular user? Maybe you sew for a living not just a hobby? In this case perhaps a computerised model and an overlocker are what you need?
We've got a host of leading brands in our sewing machines range, including a great selection of Brother sewing machines. One of our portable models will give you the freedom to work from wherever you like with ease - while a table extension is a handy feature of some designs. Be sure to check out a Singer sewing machine. These high quality models have a vast array of features including compact, heavy duty, overlocker and computerised options.
Types of sewing machine
Mechanical sewing machines
These are the most basic of machines with just the core of functions. Nonetheless, they are great for beginners who want to try their hand at sewing light or medium weight fabrics. Equipped with a wide range of stitches, these traditional machines are ideal for dressmaking and home furnishing.
Electronic sewing machines
As the name indicated, these machines use electric power - the needle of electric sewing machines is controlled by a single motor. The pressure applied on the foot peddle will control the stitching speed. These machines usually have more choices for stitches and have additional features such as buttonholers and automatic bobbin winders. Ideal for the intermediate sewer who wants to try their hand at more complex projects that need these extra features.
Computerised sewing machines
Embrace the latest technology with a computerised sewing machine that have all the features of the other models and so much more. They come with many more stitches, and if you need more simply download them by using the keypad or touch control screen. Extra functionality can include embroidery features and by changing the needle thicker materials can be used.
An overlocker, also known as a serger, is a separate machine that is used in addition to your sewing machine. Its main function is to neaten and speed up the finishing of seams. This can be done on most fabrics, overlockers are generally used by the professional, as it helps give that finished look by preventing the fraying of fabric.