Sewing Machines Are Usually Worth Fixing, Here's why
by Kelsi Watts: Sewing machines are worth fixing if they are still in good working condition and if the cost of repairs is not too high in relation to the value of the machine.
Sewing machines can be expensive to replace, so if you have a machine that you like and that works well, it can be worth it to invest in repairs to keep it running.
How long computerized sewing machines can last
Typically, a sewing machine can last 25 years or longer. However, care and sewing conditions can drastically shorten the life of any sewing machine, not just a computerized sewing machine.
After some years it's likely that vibration, humidity, heat and other environmental factors affect the chips and wires in a computerized sewing machine more than a mechanical one, but, these can be replaced fairly cheaply.
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 bobbin(incl bobbin 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).
The most popular sewing machine brand is…
Several sewing machine brands compete for the title of most popular sewing machine. There is some fluctuation based on which country the data comes from but, that being said, Brother is currently the most popular brand with a market share of 29% of all home sewing machines.
Singer, Janome and Kenmore are almost as popular overall and, in many places, more popular. It's a very competitive market!
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.
The price of a good sewing machine
For starters, the cost of a bad sewing machine is higher than that of a good one, even if it's cheaper. Secondly, try renting or borrowing a sewing machine if you're not sure it's the model you want or need.
Lastly, the average price range of a typical 'good' sewing machine is between $150 and $750 depending on your needs, less if used.
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 beginner 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.
Differences in sewing machines - for your consideration
Sewing machines are not all the same, they don't all have the same parts inside. Some sewing machines quilt better than others, some sew fine fabrics better and others are more suited to automated industrial use.
For best results make sure you understand the differences, strengths and weaknesses of a sewing machine before you rent or buy it.
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!
Embroidering on a computerized sewing machine - fun
Yes, you can embroider on a computerized sewing machine and it's fun. The biggest benefit is being able to connect to the internet and have your machine download embroidery patters to try.
If connecting your computerized sewing machine to the internet directly isn't possible you can take advantage of a built-in USB port to collect and store embroidery patterns.