The machines of today are a real joy to behold and to use. When I began looking for my own machine as an adult, I was pleasantly surprised that not only are manual machines easier to operate, especially when it comes to bobbin threading, but the computer age has even caught up with the sewing machine-finally.
What are some of the tasks the machine is used for?
- General tasks such like sewing clothing and mending
- Home décor (making curtains, pillows, pillow cases, table cloths, napkins, table runners and more)
- Machine embroidery
- Machine quilting
What kinds of sewing machines are available?
- Those having basic features for sewing only
- Sewing and have embroidery attachments and a special foot for embroidery
- Sewing and have quilting attachments such as an extension table and special feet, such as the ¼ inch foot
- Sewing and have both embroidery attachments and feet as well as special quilting feet and an extension table for quilting (these are generally purchased separately)
- Sergers for that professional finished look to seams
Naturally, the more features a machine has, the higher the cost. Sewing machines can run as low as a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
Manual machines are generally less expensive than computerized machines. But, what those computerized machines can do, can definitely make it worth the cost!
Before settling on any one machine, you really have to decide what you are going to use it for now and in the future. That way, it may be worth it to get a more expensive machine with the attachments that can accommodate future goals, such as machine embroidery or quilting. It is also a good idea to get a serger or even one of the new serger attachments that now come with some of the newer machines.
Sewing machines just keep right on advancing, who would have thought a few years ago, that soon there would be machines that could serge as well as sew, and I don’t mean like the common zigzag stitch that machines come with, but real serger quality serging, well almost.
Once you decide what you are going to use the machine for, it is a really good idea to go online to the various machine vendors. Why? Because, the online companies show you all of their models, and most have brochures that you can print out in pdf format, that detail the features of the machine.
“Learning the ins and outs of the operation of the machine is a gradual process, but in order to become proficient at sewing, learning the machine is a necessary step, otherwise sewing is a skill that one can never become really good at, and knowledge and skill is what makes any craft enjoyable” added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.