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.
You can teach yourself to use a sewing machine
Learning to sew with a sewing maching is not difficult. As with any task, learning how to use a sewing machine can be accomplished by anyone with patience and a little guidance. Sometimes a good manual and practice is enough to become an expert home tailor, eventually. Ask questions, have confidence and give it your best effort, you just might uncover some hidden talent with enough practice.
Sewing machines advance society and trade
Sewing machines revolutionized the garment industry by significantly increasing production capacity. The benefits to society and to trade were immediately noticeable as production of clothes increased and new design options became more widely available. They continue to allow the home tailor to save money and in many cases generate a viable income.
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.
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.
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).
How long you should expect a Janome sewing machine to last
If you buy your Janome sewing machine from an authorized Janome dealer you are guaranteed that it will last as long as it’s warranty. That’s just the minimum life expectancy. There is no reason a Janome machine can’t last for decades if used as instructed and properly maintained, they are durable machines. Tip: When buying a Janome sewing machine on Amazon make sure the seller is an authorized dealer!
Choosing a new sewing machine – Important considerations
The most important step in choosing a new sewing machine, besides model research, is to honestly evaluate your sewing needs, both current and future. What kind of sewing you do, which types of fabrics you prefer, your budget and sewing skill level will help you choose the sewing machine perfect for your needs.
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.
Sewing machines are worth fixing, here’s why…
Sewing machines are worth fixing when broken because, in the long run, repairs will save you money. This is because most sewing machine parts can be replaced fairly cheaply in comparison with the cost of a total machine replacement. It is not uncommon for a replaced sewing machine part to outlast it’s owner.