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Sewing Machines

The most important tool for a person who does mending, creating garments, and works with certain crafts is the sewing machine. Ranging from very basic to complex mechanical and computerized functions, sewing machines today allow a person to pick the right machine for their purposes. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a sewing machine:

Level of Sophistication - Pick a machine to meet your sewing skill and the types of projects you will be doing now and in the future (it would be wasteful to be forced to upgrade your machine anytime soon -- just as it would be to buy too many features that you will never use). If needed only for occasional mending, hemming, or creating simple garments or craft projects, a basic machine is sufficient. Otherwise, consider these features:

  • A foot pedal that allows you to control the speed of the machine without interrupting your work.
  • A built-in light on the machine that allows better viewing of your work.
  • If you will be making a lot of buttonholes, a built-in buttonholer is helpful. If you do designer fashions, a machine that offers a variety of buttonhole styles might be what you want.
  • Automatic needle threader saves a lot of time and frustration threading the needle, especially if your eyesight isn't razor sharp
  • An adjustable pressure foot, thread tension, and dogfeed mechanism help to make stronger, more uniform stitching with a variety of threads and fabrics.
  • Embroidery options and designs. These features use advanced technology and so are normally found on expensive, top-of-the line units.

Table top versus cabinet mounted models - How often you will use the machine and where you keep it will help to determine which type model you should choose. A table top model can be kept in a closet when not in use, but a cabinet-mounted model can be an attractive piece of furniture and provide you with a working surface flush with the machine's working surface for smoother feeding of the fabric, and drawers and other spaces to put patterns, thread, scissors and other

sewing accessories.

Machine attachment storage - Some machines have built-in storage areas for attachments that keep the attachments readily available.

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