TIPS: Buying a Sewing Machine
Home sewing machine - how to choose?
The late 19th and early 20th centuries were marked as the beginning of the era of great fashion designers. At this time, sewing machines are in active use. At first, this sewing device was extremely simple. However, it was with such a couturier that Chanel, Worth and Schiaparelli created their great clothing collections.
Today, the sewing accessories market abounds with machines of various types: electric, manual and even with a built-in computer, which greatly simplifies the task of modern seamstresses. At the same time, the right accessory for creating clothes will greatly simplify the task and save time.
Basic principles of how to choose a sewing machine for beginners
First of all, expensive does not mean high quality, and is far from always justified. Therefore, before throwing away thousands for such an accessory, decide what exactly you need it for.
Are you a beginner and want to learn to sew for yourself, or just want to have it at hand at home - what if you need it? Whether you want to master the intricate seams and overlock, whether you will sew clothes on it, or just sew and shorten long skirts and pants.
In addition, it is important to determine the category of clothing that you are going to sew: fur or denim products, thin lightweight fabrics and silk or cotton fabric, whether you will create your own wardrobe and costumes for children for the holidays or darn tightly torn things, alter bed linen, etc.
Having decided on the type and amount of work that you plan to entrust to the new acquisition, you can proceed to its direct selection.
In order not to be mistaken and not overpay too much, we outline some points that play a role:
- type of sewing accessory;
- feature set;
Manufacturer / brand. Of course, it is always better to buy a product from a trusted manufacturer. As in any other field, the sewing market has its own leaders.
These include: the sensational Singer, the reliable Pfaff and the tried and tested Janome, and several other equally well-known companies. The choice among the leading brands is largely determined by the preferences of one or another manufacturer.
In general, the choice among the leaders of the cars is the same as the choice of technology. However, unlike electronics, it is important to consider the availability of service centers nearby, as well as the degree of accessmany accessories to replace.
With brands that are not so popular, the choice is not so straightforward. It is important to understand that less well-known manufacturers produce models of sewing devices with the same functions as the leading ones.
However, it is worth reading reviews and checking such models, as there are two types of risks:
- get a huge difference in quality;
- get a headache with replacement parts.
In any case, before choosing a specific company and model, inquire about the availability of service and the purchase of parts.
Type. Depending on what functions and what volumes of work you plan to assign to the machine, they can be divided into household and industrial ones. Their functions are radically different: the household one has a wide range of functions, however, it is less resistant, while the industrial one is created for one thing, but it works for a long time and at high speed without breakdowns.
It should be borne in mind that the choice of sewing machines for the home of an industrial apparatus is unlikely to be relevant due to the price and set of functions. Therefore, we will focus on household items.
- for embroidery;
- sewing and embroidery;
- with embedded computer programming;
Each of them has a number of functions, which we will discuss below.
Home sewing machine: which one to choose?
The most simple to operate are electromechanical sewing machines. The work is done by mechanics, which are powered by electricity.
Among the advantages of this type of device:
- low price segment;
- parts availability and low cost of replacement;
An uncomplicated control system and an adequate price is quite suitable for beginners and for those who want to have such a device always at hand. Of course, its speed capabilities are very different from computer ones, and it will not work to make a variety of complex seams. However, its reasonable price more than compensates for these shortcomings and will be just right for household use.
Machines with an embroidery function, as well as simple embroidery machines, are easy to choose. Unlike the previous version, they are intended only for machine embroidery: patterns, ornaments, drawings, etc.
Often they contain, in addition to the main one, the function of simple sewing. The catch, however, is that buying this type of accessory in the low end will not do much good.
Firstly, the functions are difficult to rebuild, and secondly, both sewing and embroidery functions are performed poorly in comparison with analogs. In addition, such cheap machines also have limited embroidery functions compared to the professionallinen. Therefore, you should choose such a machine at least in the middle price range, and only embroidery. Don't try to buy all in one.
For those who need a flat seam on the fabric, coverstitch machines are suitable. But how do you choose the right sewing machine for your stretch fabrics? Firstly, they are used to hem dresses, sleeves, etc.
Secondly, there are two types of them:
The difference lies in the type of seam used by these machines. It should be noted that these devices are more expensive than electromechanical ones, but much cheaper than embroidery ones. However, they are not suitable for all types of work, but only for elastic fabrics. T-shirts will turn out to be sewn without measure.
Among sewing machines, machines with a computerized control system occupy a leading place. Their meaning is that the presence of a microprocessor and a board provides ample opportunities for making the most complex seams and patterns. Moreover, the movement of the needle through the fabric is not controlled by you, but by the built-in processor.
Of course, as in the case of a computer, the more built-in memory and the more powerful hardware , the more complex combinations one or another model can perform.
Of course, this is a very attractive apparatus for making clothes. However, its minimum price is three times different from the price of an electromechanical apparatus and upwards. On the other hand, coverstitch machines have the same price, but the functionality is much less.
Among the immediate advantages are the presence of many seams and patterns, the ability to use the device as an overlocker, long operating time and no glitches. Among the minuses - before giving such an amount, think about whether you really need this whole list of stitches? After all, you will use no more than 10 in principle.
In addition, if an unforeseen breakdown occurs, then repair or replacement of a part will cost you a tidy sum. Of course, if your goal is professional tailoring, then the answer to the question of how to choose a sewing machine is one computer.
Further details depend on the required feature set, and therefore the model.
Overlock machines are a good item in the house, but just in case, it will not work to keep on the farm. There are two reasons - the complexity of threading and the price. The machine itself is not that expensive, but it is only intended for overcasting. Therefore, if you are not ready to give money for one function, then it is better to get something more universal.
Janome sewing machine: how to choose the best
First of all, in order not to overpay, because a brand already costs money, you need to rely on the following points:
- Determine the type of fabric with which you will mainly work, since the type of aggregate is for light fabrics and,for example, it will be different for jeans;
- Stitch length - the longer, the more possibilities;
- Try to choose an accessory with a horizontal shuttle - it breaks less often;
- Buttonhole type. It can be fully automatic or it can be semi-automatic. Of course, the first option is better.
In addition, when choosing a sewing machine, you should pay attention to the convenience of changing spools, levers and many other details.