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How to Pick a Sewing Machine

Learn about the different types of sewing machines and how to pick the best one for you from designer Jennifer Wiese in this Howcast tutorial.


Hi. I'm Jennifer from Workroom Social, and today I'm going to talk to you about sewing machines. There are several types of sewing machines that you're probably going to look to if you are looking to buy a sewing machine.

For home sewing users, there are mechanical machines, electronic, or often called computerized machines. Above that, there are machines that do embroidery. All three of these types of machines can do everything that you might want to do at home: sew garments, make repairs, do home dec sewing, any of that kind of thing.

A mechanical machine is going to be on the cheaper side, and it's going to be much more basic. The stitch types might be less, and everything is operated by hand. An electronic or computerized machine is going to use a computer to select all of your functions. Instead of turning a dial to pick which stitch and which length and everything, the machine will have pre-set options and will know what to do, and you can press a button and it will go to exactly which zigzag you want. It will adjust the tension for you and do everything automatically. Those are definitely more expensive than mechanical machines.

If you think you're going to do any kind of embroidery or something like that, there are embroidery machines. And you can buy discs and stuff with computerized images on them. The embroidery machine will just automatically embroider you a lovely flower, or do some nice appliqué or something like that for you.

Besides those sewing machines, you might also want to consider an overlock machine or a serger. These machines are used to finish the seams on anything that you might sew. Some sergers also are often called coverstitch machines, which is used a lot of times.

Both coverstitch and sergers are used for sewing knits. If you think you're going to do a lot of sewing with knit fabrics, and that would be like the stretchy, T-shirt kind of materials, then you might definitely want to consider purchasing a serger.

That's it for the basic types of sewing machines. You can definitely look for any of them online or at your local department stores. Reviews online are a great way to see what other sewers like you have experienced with their machines to try and find the best one to meet your needs.

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