Checklist for buying a Sewing Machine

The moment we think about sewing, the first object that pops up in our brains generally is a sewing machine. Although exciting, investing in a sewing machine can be daunting. Choosing between a vast range of endless models available in the market is hard. However, finding the right sewing machine really depends on how you intend to use it, and the things to consider before buying one.

There are many options in the market, and some attractive packages may even lure you into buying a machine with features you might never use for your sewing projects. Making a checklist of things you need to look for before you commence your purchase can help you avoid an expensive mistake.

Things to keep in mind before buying a sewing machine:

  • Affordability

    The first step to recognize your ideal machine is the one you can afford. A limited budget narrows down the choice of machines left for the consumer to consider. However, it’s important to keep a good and stable budget, which at least meets the basic needs and quality in the sewing process. Thus it’s essential to stick to a proper budget before commencing the purchase.

  • Stitches

    After figuring out the best machine with the acceptance of your pocket, the next step is to figure out the stitches you need for the execution of your hobby. Generally, the most commonly used stitches are the straight and the zigzag stitch, which is capable of making almost any design possible. The other fancy stitches are worth a go too, but preferable when needed desperately. Keeping a short list of priorities can help in an efficient purchase.

  • Motor

    It is important to consider the weight of the motor before making a purchase. generally, the heavier the motor is the better stands the quality of the machine. A heavy and powerful motor will give the machine a strong and quality based performance. A plastic one, on the other hand, will not be able to produce the kind what a machine with metal parts can. You can thus make the purchase depending on the kind of use.

  • Noise

    While considering most of the other technical aspects, customers usually don’t tend to focus on the amount of sound the machine can produce while in use. It is essential for the buyer to test the product hands on while making the purchase, as one of the basic expectations from a one-time investment on a good sewing machine would be for it to be as silent or muted as possible, without the entire neighborhood knowing about your new purchase.

  • Technicalities

1.The Back Stitch Pedal

This lever allows the user to stitch backward.

2.Bobbin

The bobbin is the metal or plastic cylindrical shape that is placed in the base case of the machine. Before commencing sewing on the machine, the thread will need to be spun onto the bobbin and then inserted into the bobbin housing in the bed of the machine.

3.Bobbin Spool

Usually found on top of the machine on the right-hand side. To start spinning on the thread you will need to clip the bobbin onto the bobbin spool.

4.Buttonholes

Buttonholes are the holes into which the button on items of clothing and other projects goes into. Most new machines will have a function and included foot that will allow you to simply apply pressure to the foot pedal and away the machine goes – Some will even stitch the button on for you!

5.Foot Pedal

This is usually positioned on the floor and controlled using your foot. The greater the pressure that is applied the faster the machine will go.

6.Hand Wheel

Found on the side of the machine and moves round whilst you are stitching. It can be hand-operated (clockwise direction) if the height of the needle needs to be adjusted or if only one or two stitches are needed. The hand wheel should not be turned anti-clockwise.

7.Integrated Dual Feed

A useful function to have when sewing two pieces of fabric together. It allows the fabric to run through the machine freely and stops any lumps or bumps from occurring whilst you are sewing.

8.Needle Plate

Found on the bed of the machine, directly underneath the needle. In most cases, it is a metal plate with a hole in it to allow for the needle passing through.

9.Presser Foot

The metal foot that presses down onto the fabric and stops it from moving whilst you are stitching.

 

12.Spool

Usually found on top of the machine on the right-hand side. To start spinning on the thread you will need to clip the bobbin onto the bobbin spool.

  • Needles

Now, this seems like a minor part, but actually, constitutes a huge part in buying an effective accessory for the overall experience in good quality. There are various kinds of needles available in the market, out of which the ones which are used the most are:

1.Universal

Available in a wide range of sizes, use them when stitching synthetic or natural woven fabrics and knits, with specific universal needles used for fine and heavy weight fabrics.

2.Ball Point

These needles have a slightly more rounded point than universal needles, passing between the fabric threads instead of piercing them.

3.Embroidery

Embroidery needles have a larger eye and a specially designed scarf (small recess above the eye of the needle) that protects the thread against breaking or shredding.

 

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