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Which Sewing Machine Is Right for You?

Before investing in a sewing machine, consider buying one that suits your skill level.

A basic sewing machine may suffice for a beginner, but intermediate and advanced-level sewers may opt for more complex machines that can perform more tasks.

 

Beginner Sewing Machine

 A simple mechanical sewing machine can perform all basic tasks for beginner projects. 

One to try: Singer's Simple Sewing Machine

Features for this machine include:

  • A bobbin winder to stop the bobbin winding once it's full.

  • A horizontal spool pin that feeds the thread horizontally.

  • An automatic reverse lever, which allows you to sew in reverse and reinforce stitches.

  • An automatic needle threader that easily threads the eye of the needle.

  • A removable accessory tray.

  • Snap-on presser feet.

  • A pattern selector dial, which allows for a selection of different stitch patterns.

  • Adjustable stitch length and width with a turn of a dial.

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Intermediate-Level Sewing Machine

If you're at the intermediate level, consider a slightly more complex electronic machine.

One to try: Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875 Quilt Sewing Machine

Features for this machine include:

  • Touch buttons with the ability to raise and lower the sensor foot. The Sensor Foot Pivot senses the thickness of the fabric and adjusts for even feeding.

  • An easy-touch selection panel highlighting stitch sections.

  • Snap-on presser feet to hold the fabric in place. (Different presser feet give you different stitch results.)

  • The ability to lower and raise feed teeth using a lever.

  • A ruler for reference while sewing.

  • Dual lights that illuminate the sewing area under the needle and on the sewing bed.

  • An Exclusive Sewing Advisor, which automatically sets the best stitch, stitch length, stitch width and sewing speed. The graphic display recommends thread tension, presser foot, and needle size and type.

  • A built-in needle threader that easily threads the eye of the needle.

  • A bobbin cover that allows easy access to the bobbin. The bobbin thread is brought up automatically with the first stitch.

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Advanced-Level Sewing Machine

If you're an experienced sewer, there's a good chance you incorporate more complicated techniques such as embroidery into your projects. Consider investing in a high-end embroidery machine that allows for greater precision.

One to try: Pfaff Creative 4.0 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Features for this machine include:

  • A large working space extension for embroidery and large sewing tasks.

  • A high-resolution color touch screen with realistic 3-D representation of your embroidery designs. Customization and editing can be done right on screen.

  • Bright lighting that illuminates the entire work area with no shadow. You can adjust the intensity and color of the light based on room light and fabric color.

  • A USB connection that allows you to transfer embroidery designs between your machine and a computer.

  • An automatic presser foot lift.

  • Large, built-in accessory trays with removable compartments.

  • Extra-high presser foot lift that allows for thick fabrics to be placed easily under the presser foot.

  • Thread snips that automatically cut top and bobbin thread and pulls thread end to the wrong side of fabric. It can be programmed to cut in sequences if needed.

  • Over 500 different stitches displayed under the lid, along with guided paths for easy threading and bobbin winding.

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