Buying a sewing machine can be a challenging experience given the number of makes and models on the market. Make a wrong choice, and you may have to live with it for years to come. How does one purchase the best sewing machine for beginners. The following are the features one should consider when buying a sewing machine or want to see in whatever sewing machine you consider buying.
Sewing Machine Features
Top-Loading Drop-In Bobbin
This is a critical feature. With a top loading bobbin, it is simple 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. 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.
Needle Up Needle Down
This feature enables you to either stop the needle up or halt 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. Besides, you may want to abandon the needle in the up position to avoid thread tangles.
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.
Start And Stop Button
A start and stop button enables 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.
Conveniently Placed Control Buttons
For comfort and ease of use, it is better if the control buttons are as near the needle end as possible, so they are within easy reach as you sew.
Depending on the sort 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.
This feature allows you to keep your hands on the sewing while raising the needle and presser foot. When you have 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.