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How to choose the sewing machine that suits you

Maybe you want to create garments or handicrafts, or maybe you want to mend your clothes, whatever the reasons are, you’ve decided to buy a sewing machine. Reading the specifications of different sewing machine models, you come across different jargons and data, and now you’ve got questions - how to find the suitable sewing machine that suits me?  Are computerized sewing machines better? Can this sewing machine work with different types of fabric? No worries, we’ve got the answers here.

Which type of sewing machine is better–mechanical, electronic or computerized?

We think mechanical sewing machines can perform well like the electronic and the computerized ones, so that’s why we sell all three types. To answer this question, we’ll consider two factors, i.e. the budget and your needs. Generally, the mechanical ones are more affordable, equipped with the basic functions and stitch options, so if you are at a budget and tend to work on simple projects, mechanical models will be good options. Electronic or computerized models come with more advanced functions like image processing, stitch customization, or even embroidery, making them pricier and require more skills to use. Sewing aficionados or professionals are more likely to find them a better fit. 

Which type of sewing machine is easier to operate?

There’s a common misunderstanding that it is easier to operate a mechanical sewing machine than an electronic or computerized machine. In fact, computerized machines come with various functions, which takes you a while to get familiar with it by reading the instructional manual and practicing. However, it is easy to use when it comes to choosing and working with patterns and functions as you can get the ideal stitch pattern with preset stitch length and width with a tap on the screen. For the mechanical machines, while you can pick up the momentum faster, you need to adjust the stitch settings yourself to get the ideal results. The complexity of electronic machines are in between the mechanical and computerized ones. They are equipped with more stitch options and functions than mechanical ones, and easier to operate than the computerized ones. In short, the answer depends on whether you prefer spending more time to familiarize yourself with the machine to utilize more patterns and functions.

Stitch options: the more the merrier?

Different models are equipped with different stitch options, but all of them will have the basic ones, for example the straight, zigzag, and buttonhole stitch, which are the bread and butter of sewing. The answer depends on your proficiency in sewing and your purpose. If you are a novice, or mainly use the machine for mending clothes and simple sewing, the basic options should suffice. But if you would like to work on garments, handicraft with intricate patterns and details, or if you are an enthusiast that looks for stitch variety in terms of style and functions, machines with more stitch options may be a better purchase. 

It is noted that if you mainly use the sewing machine for creating clothes, pay attention to whether the machine offers 1-step or 4-step buttonhole stitch. The former creates a buttonhole at one go, while the latter requires adjustment by hand in order to complete the stitch. This means the former will be more convenient in clothes making.

Can the machine sew different types of fabric, and is the machine durable?

You can sew a range of fabric with most machines, when pairing with suitable needles and presser feet (for more information on pairings of fabric, needles, and presser feet, check out this article). However, if you need to work with thicker fabrics frequently, or you are a sewing enthusiast, you may opt for the models with adjustable/automatic presser foot pressure, drop feed, extra high presser foot lifter, and a heavy duty metal frame. Automatic/adjustable presser foot pressure means the machine can work with different types of fabric, thick or thin, without damaging the fabric. Drop feed and extra high presser foot lifter let you work with thicker fabric by lowering the feed dog and letting it pass the fabric through the sewing machine more easily, and place the fabric better. A heavy duty metal frame, as the name suggests, makes the machines a workhorse. 

We hope this little guide help you make informed choice and buy a sewing machine that truly suits you. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask the seller/staff members and visit the shops for a demonstration. 


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