There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect sewing machine. It can often be a confusing task, especially if you’re new to sewing or needle craft, or if you are looking to buy one as a gift for someone. We suggest trying out one from the Janome sewing machines range, here are some handy tips to help you.

Machines for Beginners

First of all, you need to establish whether the sewing machine is for a beginner or a more experienced sewist. A beginner will need a machine with a basic range of stitches, whereas an experienced sewer may require more features.

Sewing Projects

You need to have in mind what kind of projects you want to use the machine for, whether it be for dressmaking, repairs and alterations, home furnishings and upholstery, embroidery and quilting. A basic machine would be more suitable for those who want to do dressmaking, crafts, repairs and alterations. A machine with a wider range of stitches however would be better suited for projects such as embroidery, crafts, quilting and upholstery.

How Often Do You Sew?

Will the machine be used often? If the machine is for occasional use, then it wouldn’t be worth your time or money in investing in a large sewing machine with a large range of stitches and accessories, because they will never be needed.

For those who are looking to invest in a sewing machine that they know will be used regularly, it would be a good idea to look into ones that are sturdy with a metal frame inside.

Weight and Storage

Sewing machines can be bulky appliances, so you need to consider where you are planning on storing it. Will you put it away after each use, or will you be taking it to classes? Consider the weight and whether it’ll be too heavy to lift alone.

Many sewing machines come with accessories, so you need to consider where you can store them if you have limited space available.

Invest in a sewing machine that comes with a soft or hard cover to protect your machine from dust and dirt. The cover can keep the sewing machine safe and make it easy to transport.

Different Types of Sewing Machine

There are three different types of sewing machines; an electronic sewing machine, a computerised sewing machine and the overlockers.

An electronic one works by sending an electrical impulse into the needle from a single motor; you operate the machine via a foot pedal.

The computerised sewing machine is good for beginners and experienced sewers. You can manually control the functions of the machine, the speed and needle functions.

Overlockers are finishing machines, used to create hems and seams but can also have decorative stitching options. They’re great for sewing knitted fabrics too.

Confused by the Jargon?

There are plenty of technical terms that you’re bound to come across as a sewer, such as ‘bobbin’, ‘free arm’ and ‘feed dogs’. These technical terms can seem completely baffling but, we’ve found a list of sewing terms to help you understand them!

If you need any help with choosing the perfect sewing machine, what the machines functions mean and any general sewing queries, you can always speak to an expert – we recommend Franklins, who are always happy to help.