Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Sewing Machine

Whatever your skill level, a sewing machine can help you make quick work of crafts and clothing repairs.

sewing a garment
Some sewing machines include digital memory so you can upload your artwork for embroidery.Morning Brew

Because clothing manufacturers are producing durable, high-quality garments than ever before, some people have relied less and less on their sewing skills the last few years. However, the craft has seen a recent surge in popularity. If you’re in the market for a new sewing machine, consider one of these three common types of machines.

SINGER, 57 Applications-Perfect Made Easy
This starter setup is small, lightweight, and ideal for small spaces.SINGER

A beginner machine with a built-in needle threader will save you a lot of time and frustration. Consider a machine with a top-loading, drop-in bobbin system, which enables you to see when a bobbin is low on thread. Other features worth considering are a zig-zag stitch capability, adjustable speed control, a free arm and knee lifter, and adjustable lighting so you can see what you are sewing.

Brother 1034D Serger, Heavy-Duty Metal Frame Overlock Machine
This product has a color-coded upper thread guide.Brother

Sergers, sometimes called overlock sewing machines, are a specialized type of machine for anyone with advanced sewing skills in need of something with more capabilities. Sergers allow you to stitch a seam, trim the excess seam allowance, and overcast the edge of the fabric in one simple operation. Features that make a serger easier and more efficient to use include adjustable differential feed, adjustable stitch length and width, and easy seam width adjustment.

Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine, 138 Built-in Designs
You can upload your own patterns into this unit.Brother

An embroidering machine is a type of specialized sewing machine that can create art or logos on fabrics or other textiles that are often used for product branding, corporate advertising, and uniform adornment. Closely examine the machine’s throat width, hoop sizes, and other accessories because some machines can handle larger, more complicated tasks than others. Also, note whether the embroidery unit separates from the sewing machine, as that lends added versatility.