Serger machines make sewing faster (and easier)
After becoming proficient with a traditional home sewing machine it’s common to want to upgrade your machine for something faster and easier. A serger home machine is the most common upgrade. A serger sewing machine can handle seam sewing, edge finishing and trim away excess fabric all at once making it faster and, with some experience, easier.
Flatbed sewing machine description (what it is)
A “Flatbed” sewing machine, often simply called a traditional machine, is the most common type of sewing machine with a traditional flat base, typically used to sew flat pieces of fabric together. The needle arm extends over a flat base that contains the bobbin and feed dogs. Very common (and popular).
Cool facts about the first sewing machine
Barthélemy Thimonnier patented the first mechanical sewing machine in France circa 1830. His crude machine used a barbed hook to create a chain stitch. Still, Mr. Thimonnier’s machine was faster at producing garments and it caught the attention of the french army earning Mr. Thimonnier a lucrative contract making French military uniforms.
Sewing is a great marketable skill (and rewarding!)
Sewing is a great marketable skill to have. You can use it to repair your clothes, make new clothes or just enjoy it as a fun hobby. You never know when sewing skills might come in handy. Become proficient at sewing can also inspire you to learn other new skills by giving you the confidence to give them a try. Saving money isn’t the only reason to consider learning to sew.
The most reliable brand of sewing machine is…
When used as directed by the manufacturer most new sewing machines are reliable. Current research of Amazon reviews suggests the most reliable machines are the Juki MO654DE portable thread serger, the Brother 1034D serger, the Brother 2340CV coverstitch serger, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 computerized portable and the Singer Stylist 7258 100-Stitch computerized sewing machine.
Janome is a well known brand of sewing machine
Janome and Brother are likely the most widely known brands of home sewing machine. Yes, Janome is a good brand, but to determine if it’s the best brand for your needs consider your budget, your experience and what you plan to do with your Janome machine. Each and every sewing machine model has it’s own slight benefits and drawbacks, choose accordingly.
The best type of sewing machine for home use
Cost aside, the best type of sewing machine for home use is determined by your skill level and what you plan to sew. For light duty sewing by a begginer a machine like the Janome MOD-19 is an excellent choice.
With minimal experience a good even stitcher such as the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 is a good choice. For the more experienced tailor the Janome HD1000 works well, especially with heavier fabrics.
Avoid sewing over pins in your fabric (injury risk)
Sure, sewing over pins in your fabric is faster and more secure than removing them first, but, it’s dangerous. Sewing over pins in your fabric is not recommended because your sewing machine needle could jam against them causing damage and, possibly, injury. Stay safe by removing pins before they pass under the needle.
Basic sewing machine parts to know (All 5)
There are five basic common components in every home sewing machine that you should know how to use. These five allow for user input while typical other parts, such as the motor and casing, do not. The five basic parts to learn about are the bobin(incl bobin housing), the presser foot(and foot dogs), the needle, the throat plat(sometimes called the needle plate) and the electronic controls(electrical switches on older models).
A sewing machine is an appliance (here’s why)
A sewing machine is an appliance, it meets the technical definition applied to all home appliances. An appliance is best defined as an instrument designed to perform a specific function. For home appliances a device simply needs to perform a useful function which a home sewing machine does well.