Sewing machines are a surprisingly useful item to have in the home – or you may want one for commercial purposes – and are very much back in fashion these days. We’re talking, of course, modern electric models that are very capable, easy to use and practical, and they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and from many different makers.
Indeed, the only problem you may have lies in choosing the one you think best for your needs. What do you need to look for in a sewing machine? We thought we’d take a look at a list of the best rated sewing machine models and see what it is you should be considering when choosing one of these. Our list of models reviewed included a choice from top brands such as Brother, Singer and Janome – three of the leading names in the market – so here’s our advice as to what to look for when you are buying a sewing machine.
What to Look For
What you want out of your sewing machine depends upon what you are going to be using it for. You also need to consider budget, as some of the machines on the list are more expensive than others. However, we believe there is a machine at the right price for you, that would do the job you need it to do, so let’s consider some important features:
Bobbin – modern technology allows some machines to automatically wind the bobbin, saving you time and effort. This is not a feature on all machines, but is rapidly becoming one that is a great selling point, so check before you buy.
Buttonholes – one of the most popular uses for a sewing machine in the home is for buttonholes; you can find computerised or manual set-ups for buttonholes on different machines, so we recommend you read users comments on this feature before you buy.
Feed Dog – the teeth under the needle plate used to hold things in place should be able to be deactivated for thicker materials – check this is possible with the machine you intend to buy.
Stitch Selection – does the machine you like have a good choice of stitch options? There are both manual and computerised stitch selection options on sewing machines, so check for this feature on the machines you are considering.
Portability – do you need to take your sewing machine from place to place? If so, you want to look for the machine that offers the best combination of portability – particularly in terms of weight – and capability, as you don’t want to be carrying a big heavy machine around with you everywhere.
The above are just a few of the features you should look for when choosing a sewing machine, and there are many more you may want to consider. The simple fact is that the leading brands are at the head of the market for a reason – they are the tried and tested models – so have a detailed look at the options available, and make your choice carefully.