With various devices out there, sometimes it becomes difficult to choose sewing the best machine. So before becoming dizzy from all the options, it’s good to sit down and think about what you truly need. We will provide you some good brands.
Of course, you can pay big bucks and get a really professional machine. But you may never be able to use even a portion of its abilities and consider your money wasted. If you truly can’t afford something above $75, no problem. Think about buying a 2nd quality device. Just be careful not to buy a cheap plastic machine. Some can be fooling and look very adorable. Buying the best you can afford is the best advice.
To get technical, you need a device with a straight and zigzag stich. Even professionals with 200-stich machines only use 2 or 3 types of stitches. Focus on what you will need on a regular basis, not what is the most fancy.
Being able to adjust the width and length of the two above stitches is also crucial.
- Short stitches are for example for toy designs, with small, tight stitches
- Long stitches are for more general designs
- Zigzag length & width are adjusted for applique & finishing off edges
One good example is the Janome 2032. This is a low-cost machine with variable stitches.
The next issue is what attachments you need. Feet can be changed easily.
If you intend to make clothing make sure you have the following as standard:
- Buttonhole foot
- Zipper foot
- Blind hem foot
If you want to make quilts you need:
- Walking foot
- 1/4th foot (seam allowance for patchwork)
And for freehand quilt you will need a freehand embroidery foot.
Janome 220XT comes with easy to use snap-on feet at a low price.
Next, focus on the motor. A strong, heavy motor will allow you to cope with frequent use and heavier fabrics. Again, a plastic machine is far different than one with metal parts. But if you need to frequently transport your device, you have to decide very carefully. Remember, a lightweight machine, is simply a lightweight machine.
Singer 4411 maybe the best heavy weight machine. This beast can truly sew through almost anything.
Some insight about older brands:
- Singers are nowadays made of plastic with smaller motors
- Janome makes low-end hobby & high-end professional devices
- Brothers are known to be lightweight, hobby machines
These dedicated retailers are high-end machines starting cheap. But they are not available in big department stores.
Don’t forget to consider the machine’s noise. Put time in picking your machine, or you might see angry neighbors banging on the door or calling the cops! (Just kidding)
Janome DC2013 is a known quiet machine.
All in all, my suggestion to you is the Janome 2212. Here are just some specifications:
- 12 stitches
- 4 step button-holes
- Variable lengths
- Easy snap-on feet
- 16 lbs. or 7.25 kg
This is the best machine for beginners. Once you become a pro, definitely keep it as a spare.
So go out there and have fun. Choose carefully, but then sew away with your imagination.
If you want more advice check out this youtube video below: