What is the best brand of sewing machine?
Label :sewing machine Date : 2015-10-08 Views : 593 Time
Qinme Sewing machines are kind of like cell phones. There are all sorts of bells and whistles available, but most of the time you don't use them, and sometimes you can't even figure out how. Don't waste money on the bells and whistles if you won't use them. There are a lot of good brands - Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, Bernina, Janome, Babylock, Brother. Stay away from the new Singers, although the old ones (30 years or older) are still excellent workhorse machines. Look for a good, sturdy machine, and buy it from a local dealer with a good reputation. Where you buy it is almost as important as what you buy. A dealer can give you lessons, can service your machine, and can answer any questions you might have. You aren't going to get that kind of support from a discount store.
As a quilter, there are a couple of features that I feel are essential in a good quilting machine. Make sure it has a quarter inch foot, a darning or free motion foot, and a walking foot (or can have a walking foot attached). Look for a machine that can drop the feed dogs. If it can't, it should have a cover for them, although that isn't quite as good. A needle up/down function is very nice. This lets you set whether the needle stops down in the fabric, or up out of it. When you're sewing clothes you want it to stop up, but in quilting it's much easier if it stops down. Look at the space under the arm. If you're going to quilt, you want as much space as possible, because you need to be able to cram a lot of fabric under there.
As for stitches, you need a straight stitch that you can adjust for length. You should have a zigzag stitch, and maybe a blanket stitch. A zipper foot will come in handy, as well a buttonhole function. All of the computerized fancy stitches are pretty, but you probably won't ever use them. They're like the tip calculator on your cell phone (yes, you probably have one). You might use it once or twice, for the novelty, but that's about it.
Depends on how much you want to spend! You didn't mention if you already sew well (which you may, although new to quilting). If this is a new venture for you you will want to get something along the lines of a nice reliable Singer. As your skills improve you will outgrow the machine, but by that time you will be knowledgeable enough to know in which type of machine you want to invest several thousand dollars in. I still use my Singer for tough stuff - upholstery, curtains, etc. I have three machines total - the Singer, a $4,000 Viking, and a long arm quilting machine. The Singer is over 30 years old and going strong! Hope this helps. sewing machines