Sewing Machine- A stich in time saves nineBuying Guides in Sewing Machines & Home Tools

There was a time when sewing machines of a standard model were gifted in marriages and nobody really bothered if it was actually useful or not without even realizing that a sewing machine is certainly the largest investment that can be done for sewing tool. But now with the emergence of awareness for fashion and small duration sewing training classes and a whole new era of advanced sewing machines, people are interested in buying perfect sewing machines for their occasional repairs, hems, stitching or for more professional crafts and designing.
But making an informed decision will definitely save your money and choose the right sewing machine that is more of a fun and creates pieces of your wish without the suffering and frustration of not getting what you want.

So you should first prioritize your requirements and list down the features you would necessarily require. Now you should go through different online portals and shopping stores to get an idea of the market offerings and compare prices. If you are a beginner then, you definitely are not expected to know about the features and other details of a sewing machine. So here you may find a piece of information to rich you research about the basics of sewing machines. Even if you are a learned and professional quilter, these few details would help you to improvise your quality of decision. So first of all check or try remembering how often you would be required to use your sewing machine.

So lets start with a mere classification of the sewing machine for the ease of understanding which one would suite you more.

  • Mechanical:

    The first type of machines was mechanical machines which are very basic and are still produced to serve the basic need of sewing for beginners. Most of them create a straight simple type of stitch like lockstitch or a chain stitch. Mechanical sewing machines are the basic models which are the least expensive and are not very easy to operate. If you are just a beginner and have budget constraints too then this might be your choice. These mechanical machines are used to hems, simple cloth stitching and would require you to manipulate the controls by hand in order to suite the fabric or stitching style.

  • Electric or Non- Computerized Sewing Machines:

    These are more advanced then the basic mechanical sewing machines. If you are not planning for complicated stitching and require a easy to operate and functional stitching tool, which also is affordable, then this may fit your requirements. These sewing machines are probably the most suitable sewing machines for the simple stitching, decorative stitching, buttonholes stitching with manageable controls.
    These machines are for variety of regular and simple stitching requirements which gives you fine results. If you stitch frequently then these are automated sewing machines which give you many automatic options to amend the type and size of stitching. These are versatile sewing machines which are specialists for lock stitching which use two threads to make a straight stitch.

  • Computerized Sewing Machine:

    These are the most advanced version of sewing machines which have the advantage of computerized technology to make professional stitching and crafts. They generally consist of memory to remember your preferred stitching styles, designs and sizes.
    These machines can automatically maneuver all the settings to control the length and width of stitches, adjust tension in the thread, speed and many other innovative features. These machines are so smart that they can even download designs from your PC and craft them as it is. These machines are basically for the professional quilter who wants to upgrade to a more versatile sewing machine. They generally work on various motors to control different functions for precise expert and clean stitching and hundreds and dozens of stitch styles. Some even smarter models run on touvh pad linked to a LCD TV to show you graphical nitty-gritty.

    Along with knowing the types of machines, its better to know some of the necessary features a good sewing machine should have.

    Easy Controls and Features

    The machine should be a quick in responding the adjustments for different kinds of fabrics. The foot pedal pressure adjustment should be easy to handle for thick or multiple layers. The controls should be easy to understand and work on. Manipulating settings and controls should be displayed in symbols and pictures, LED display should be clear and easy to understand. Each control button should give enough space for adjustments.

    Top load bobbin

    New age sewing machines give you the facility to load the bobbin on the top of the machine in a slider transparent compartment, which is handy and comfortable unlike older machines. This clever feature gives you a hassle-free process to reload the bobbin and also keep an eye on the finishing thread so as to make you aware when to reload the bobbin..

    Tension Adjustment

    This feature lets you "tight" or "loose" the thread whenever required, according to the fabric because a too tight thread may puck the fabric and a too loose thread leaves loopy stitches.


    The machine should be easily moveable and easy to carry or travel.

    Brand Name

    A brand name brings many qualities with the product which you otherwise miss in the un-branded product. Unbranded machine may cost you less but they cannot offer you a hold of accessories for advanced stitching, users' guides, manuals, good warranties and sewing tuition for some models.

    Extra features and benefits

    Carry case
    A functional and tailor made carry case supplied with the machine will make it easy to store and carry or travel the machine comfortably.

    Most of the branded machines are supplied with a set of useful accessory bag that contains some repair tools, thread reels and design in it.