Last Updated on July 13, 2020
How to choose a sewing machine: How easy it was to choose a sewing machine about 30 years ago – a minimum of operations, a minimum of brands represented on our market, a minimum of stores. Now everything looks much more complicated. But this is only at first glance.
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How to Choose a Sewing Machine?
In fact, no matter how it sounds, sewing machines have changed little over the past 30 years. The number of operations, useful functions, and devices that facilitate work has increased, new brands have appeared. But the mechanisms and principles of work have remained the same! In this article, we will try to help determine the choice of a machine that is right for you.
Type of Sewing Machine
And so, consider the types of machines. There are two types of household sewing machines: electromechanical and computer. There are still so-called electronic or computerized ones, but in reality, it’s the same electromechanics, only with speed control and needle positioning.
An electromechanical machine is a machine with mechanical control, where all its electrical part is a motor with a pedal and a light bulb. Everything else is pure mechanics. In fact, a good electromechanical machine is reliable, like a Kalashnikov assault rifle. If you are going to sew a lot, or vice versa, you need a minimum of lines – this is ideal. That is, this type of machine is the perfect balance of price and quality.
The second type of machine is computer machines. Many sellers mislead their potential buyers, saying that this is still the same electromechanical machine, but with computer control. In fact, this is far from the case. These two types have completely different architectures. Unlike a mechanical machine, in computer machines, motor power fades into the background.
Much more important is the presence of a tissue puncture enhancer. This type of machine greatly expands your capabilities, offering a truly huge number of operations, up to 17 types of loops, automatic thread trimming, sewing without a pedal, automatic line stitching, etc.
In other words, if you plan to engage in quilting, patchwork, it is important to have a large number of decorative lines, alphabet, etc. “You just need a computerized sewing machine.”
Having decided on the type of sewing machine, we move on to the brands. At present, quite a few different brands are represented on the market like Brother, Singer. Some of them are real legends, so to speak, trendsetters.
You need to understand that good is not cheap. A sewing machine is one of the most complex household appliances in the home. And wrongly defining your needs, you can spend money in vain. Still, the sewing machine is bought for more than one year, so you need to be serious about the brand selection.
Now you need to determine another important parameter – the engine of your future car. In electromechanics, the principle is simple – the more powerful, the better. A powerful motor will provide you with a good quality seam on any type of fabric.
Optimum power – 60/70 watts. It is very good if there is the stabilization of the tissue puncture force. In a computer machine, motor power fades into the background. It is important to have an electronic tissue puncture enhancer—recommended engine power – at least 30 watts.
The next parameter is the type of shuttle device. In household machines, there are two types of shuttles: vertical swing and horizontal rotary. A common trick of cunning sellers is the horizontal shuttle is quieter.
This is just a marketing ploy, nothing more. Surely, you will be sewing on a sewing machine more often than once a week for 2 hours (average). This is not a refrigerator, which is connected to the network 24 hours a day, occasionally starting the compressor. The difference in noise level in the vertical and horizontal shuttle is insignificant.
The vertical shuttle is reliable, and it is a classic design—a matter of habit. Horizontal – a modern design, is offered in almost all computer machines. The main advantage is that it is easy to refuel, you can always see the rest of the bobbin thread without taking out the bobbin.
Number of Operations
The number of operations is also a rather important parameter. Too few of them will significantly limit the capabilities of the machine. On the other hand – a huge number of lines, often a waste of money. A lot of operations will be useful to you if you seriously engage in creativity.
The operations necessary for domestic needs are a direct line, a zigzag, 2-3 decorative lines, and, necessarily, the presence of an overlock line. 2-3 species are desirable. A straight stretch seam and a stretch zigzag will also be useful. As an example, a table with the necessary basic operations.
Now let’s talk about looping. Performing a loop machine can be either manual or semi-automatic and automatic. Automatic looping allows you to embroider a loop in one go, and if there is more than one loop, this function allows you to make them all exactly the same, even if you don’t have the necessary skills.
In a machine with an automatic loop, a loop balance is important. This will avoid poor-quality embroidery loops on “capricious” fabrics. The semi-automatic loop is performed in 4 steps. If you buy a car to help in household chores – the type of loop is absolutely not a fundamental option.
Thread filler is a pretty useful option. This will allow you to avoid torment by threading the needle into the eye. Even if it doesn’t seem important to you now, pay attention to it. Over the years, we are not getting younger, and in the future, it can pretty much facilitate your work on your typewriter.
It is also worth paying attention to the year the sewing machine model entered the market. When buying an old model, you may encounter the fact that over time, when the machine fails, you simply will not find spare parts for it.
Here, even an official service center will not be able to help you. Also, often, manufacturers of sewing machines, before removing the machine from production, reduce the cost of construction as much as possible. They put a cheaper and less powerful motor, shaft, etc. As a result, cost, the wholesale price, and, accordingly, retail is reduced.
Due to good reviews on the Internet and lower prices, the remnants of cars are sold, and the model leaves the market. It is definitely worth abandoning the purchase of such machines and machines that have already been discontinued. Imaginary savings can result in you buying a new car.
Distinguishing such machines is quite simple. If you are given a guarantee for a specific car less than for similar cars of the same brand – there is clearly something wrong with this model. However, this method does not always work. Some sellers extend the warranty “on their own”, contrary to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Other parameters and options already depend on your needs and budget. But it’s always better to buy a car as fresh as possible since not all cars have interchangeable parts, which can later affect if they fail. For good sewing equipment, the seller will always offer an extended warranty, while for old or unsuccessful models, the warranty will be significantly limited.
From all the above, we can draw the following conclusions: if you need a machine for the house, hem/darn something, etc. See an electromechanical machine with a motor of 60 watts, a vertical or horizontal shuttle and the obligatory presence of an overlock line.
If you are going to seriously engage in sewing, creativity, work with any type of fabric. It would help if you had an electromechanical machine with a motor from 60 watts, an automatic loop, loop balance, horizontal shuttle, overlock stitches, several decorative thread guide. Or a computerized sewing machine.
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