How to Buy a Sewing Machine

This article will simplify the process by giving you 7 top key features you will no doubt want to see in whatever sewing machine you consider buying. 

 

1. Top Loading Drop-In Bobbin

 

This is an essential feature. With a top loading bobbin, it is easy to clear […]

This article will simplify the process by giving you 7 top key features you will no doubt want to see in whatever sewing machine you consider buying. 

 

1. Top Loading Drop-In Bobbin

 

This is an essential feature. With a top loading bobbin, it is easy to clear the inevitable thread tangles. A drop-in bobbin has a built in the case, so you don't have to make sure it is seated properly. Juki TL Series Metal Bobbins

 

Additionally, it is easy to see how much thread you have left with a top loading bobbin saving you the hassle of having to open things up to have a look.

 

2. Needle Up Needle Down

 

This feature enables you to either stop the needle up and stop the needle down.

 

You may want the needle to be in the down position when you stop sewing so you can pivot the fabric or perhaps leave the machine for any reason and come back to where you were. Janome Cover Pro 1000CPX Coverstitch Machine

 

3. The Number Of Built-In Stitches

 

You may have some favorite stitches. Make sure before buying a sewing machine that it comes with the main ones you use automatically included. You may have certain ones you regularly use for decorative purposes or perhaps buttonholing, so it is a boon when the machine comes with these preset. 

 

4. Start/Stop Button

 

A start/stop button allows you to stop and start the machine without having to put your foot on the pedal. Especially when quilting this is useful, so you don't have to be concerned with maintaining a constant pressure on the foot pedal.

 

5. Conveniently Placed Control Buttons

 

it is better if the control buttons are as near the needle end as possible, so they are within easy reach as you sew. Janome DC2013 Computerized Sewing Machine

 

6. Thread Trimmer

 

Depending on the type of sewing you do most often, this feature is excellent if you regularly sew shorter seams. The trimmer pulls the thread to the back of the fabric and cuts it when you finish the seam. This not only saves on the thread but is a major convenience when you have a lot of seams to sew. 

 

7. Knee Lift

 

This feature allows you to keep your hands on the sewing while raising the needle and presser foot. When you are sat at a sewing machine for hours on end, this can be a real convenience.

 

Modern sewing machines, especially the upmarket models are bristling with features and options. Before buying a sewing machine, prioritize your list of the features you need and use this list as a guide. Janome MB 4S-Four Needle Embroidery Machine