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Getting a new sewing machine can be both exciting and daunting. You can easily get confused because there are seemingly endless makes, price ranges, and features. Knowing the types of sewing machines available can help you make an informed decision. When buying used sewing machines, make sure you purchase one that has been properly maintained and is in good repair. Below are the types of sewing machines.
Electric Sewing Machines
Electric sewing machines are quite versatile and common. They have a single motor that transmits electrical impulses to the work needle. This enables you to effectively use both hands to guide the fabric. They also offer a reasonable size and range of stitches that can be selected by simply turning a dial.
Mechanical/Manual Sewing Machines
These are early generation sewing machines. They are operated by turning the wheel with one hand as you guide the fabric with the other. Mechanical sewing machines are cheap but very difficult to use.
Computerised Sewing Machines
These are the most modern types of sewing machines. They are controlled by microprocessors and the manufacturer programs various stitch styles into it. They are ideal for both novice and experienced users.
Overlockers are mainly used to give the seams of a garment a professional finish; they achieve this by trimming while sewing. They can also be used to sew knitted fabrics like jersey. Overlockers typically sew faster compared to regular sewing machines. You can opt to get an overlocker as an addition to your sewing machine or using it on its own.
Mini Sewing Machines
These machines can only do a chain stitch or a straight stitch. They are typically used by people who want a portable sewing machine for the sole purpose of making minor repairs. Mini sewing machines are also good learning tools for beginners.
You might also decide to purchase a sewing machine based on the brand. The most known brands include: Juki, Babylock, Bernina, Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, Kenmore, Janome, and Brother. and Singer. When considering which brand to buy, take a closer look at how the machine is constructed and where it was made.
Finally, before you choose a secondhand sewing machine, consider the features you are likely to use. Select one that will be able to do everything you want but will not overwhelm you with complicated knobs and buttons.