How much to spend on a sewing machine
Never spend more than you can afford. With that in mind, first figure out exactly how many features and what kind of sewing you need to complete the projects you’ve planned. Additionaly, consider future-proofing your purchanse by considering features you think you might eventually need. You can start sewing for as little as $150, how much more is needed depends on your personal goals.
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.
Computerized vs mechanical sewing machines (the winner is..)
Neither, and both. One is not better than the other, they are different, each good at different sewing tasks. They typically exist in different price ranges too. It’s all about your sewing needs, if you don’t need three dozen fancy features a mechanical sewing machine is better for you but if you think you need extra features a computerized sewing machine is the way to go.
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.
What to do with the bobbin when done sewing
Unless you plan to continue with the same sewing project at a later time it’s best to clean up your workspace when done for the day. You can leave the bobbin in the machine for next time but, my personal preference, is to place it on the bobbin winder. Odds are you”ll be needing a different color of thread for the next project.
Computerized sewing machines are easy to use
Feature rich computerized sewing machines have revolutionized the home sewing industry. Their complexity and price vary based on how many features they have but all are relatively easy to use and simple to program. The introduction of computerized sewing machines has changed sewing forever just as the first mechanical machines did in the early 1900s.
The sewing machines used for Project Runway
The Brother LB6770 PRW sewing machine was the first for Project Runway to feature embroidery. The CS8800PRW is also a Project Runway™ Limited Edition computerized sewing machine with many useful features that can be put to good use.
The best sewing machines between Singer and Brother
For starters, Brother and Singer sewing machine brands offer a comparable model for almost all sewing related needs. It doesn’t matter which price-range, which type of material or the level of features you need, both Brother and Singer(and others) have a model best suited for any specific need. The trick is to determine what you need because both companies have similar solutions.
The sewing machine belt shifter – what it does
A sewing machine’s belt shifter is located on the lower part of the sewing machine and its function is to help remove the drive belt. Not all models have a drive belt, or a belt shifter, but for sewing machine models with a belt drive the shifter is needed for belt adjustment and removal.
A presser foot holds the fabric while sewing
The presser foot is what holds your fabric while using you sew with your home sewing machine. It’s important that you remember to lower the presser foot each time you start to sew of you’ll find that the fabric doesn’t move through your machine as easily as it should. When I first started sewing I forgot it ALL THE TIME!