A girl’s (or man’s) best friend….her sewing machine! Part 1!

If you are like me then your sewing machine is your best friend and as such it is important that you have chosen the one best suited to your needs. Here at the Sewing Studio in Redruth we have an enormous selection of sewing machines and there is sure to be just the one for you!  At the moment there are lots of offers on and your dream machine might be cheaper than you think!  There are several new models in which are well worth looking at; especially the Pfaffs and Husqvarna machines.

long view machines machines to window

The machine you choose should be suited to the sewing you do. A quilter will have different needs to a dressmaker and an embroiderer will require more than both dressmakers and quilters.  And you might be all of these so your machine will require quite a few features to make it useful to you. On the website the information on each sewing machine is fully documented so that you can see at a glance what features each machine has.  Make a list of the things you would like a machine to be able to do and then as you read the very informative pages you can tick off the machines that most match your list!

The most important thing for anyone who does a fair amount of sewing of any description is that the machine has the facility to change the stitch width and length manually and these arn’t programmed in.  This might be useful for someone who does little sewing or isn’t very confident but is totally frustrating for the average sewer.

Another important feature in my book is the ability to drop the feed dogs. But then I am an avid free machinist and this might not be of importance to those who just want to sew a fine seam. However if you are starting out and wanting to learn and do as much as possible then bear this in mind because you might want this feature in the future.

Many machines are able to control the needle with an up or down needle feature. Especially useful for quilters and for doing applique. And also there is a thread cutting feature which is very useful especially when one wants both hands free.

My favourite brand of machine is Bernina. I love Bernina’s because they still retain the vertical bobbin which as far as I’m concerned  makes free machining so much easier.

Bernina QE750 Bernina QE550

These two machines are especially designed for quilters but would suit any form of sewing.

Bernina sewing machines have been one of the market leaders in the sewing machine world for many years. They are to the sewing machine world what Rolex is to the watch world or Rolls Royce is to the automotive world! Quality, classy, elegant, refined, sophisticated are the words that spring to mind. Bernina are offering a 7 year warranty on new machines bought before the end of 2014.

The Bernina QE550 is £1750 and it does all of this:

Automatic buttonhole

Manual buttonhole

Button sew-on program

Needle stop up/down

Reverse sewing

Mirror Image

Total number of stitches 187

22 Practical stitches

155 Decorative stitches (incl quilt stitches)

24 Quilting stiches

10 Buttonholes (inlc eyelet and button sew-on program)

4 Alphabets

Creative consultant

Character/stitch pattern combination view horizontal

Pattern repeat 1-9

And has a knee lift to leave your hands free for manipulating your fabric!

At the offer price of £2695 the Bernina 750QE has more options and is able to have an embroidery attachment added to it for an extra £900! Check it out!

Britannia machine

This little machine is at the other end of the price scale with an offer price of £449. It has a lot going for it for the money.  And an embroidery unit can be added for only £299.

It includes the following features:

One Step Button Hole

65 Different Stitches

Max Stitch Length 5.6mm Max Stitch Width 7mm

Handy Stop Start Button

LED Sewing Light

Drop Feed Mechanism For Free Motion Embroidery / Darning

Hard Cover

A very useful little sewing machine!

pfaff no number lotus fold up

As well there are new Pfaffs in stock and Elna Sewing Machines in store including the very popular Elna Lotus at the offer price of £649. This is Elna’s most popular machine!

This machine features the following:

COMPUTERISED WITH TWO TOUCH SCREENS

18 BUILT-IN STITCHES INCL AUTO 1-STEP BUTTONHOLES

JAM PROOF DROP IN BOBBIN

UNIQUE INTEGRATED POP-UP SPOOL SYSTEM

SOFT OPEN FLAPS WHICH FORM A CARRY CASE

FLAPS FORM EXTRA-LARGE SEWING AREA

MULTI STORAGE OPTIONS

CENTRALISED NEEDLE BAR FOR SEWING STABILITY

AUTO THREAD CUTTER

AUTO NEEDLE THREADER

NEEDLE UP/DOWN FACILITY

SPEED CONTROL

LOCK STITCH FEATURE

START / STOP BUTTON

CONVERTIBLE FREEARM

In my next write up for the blog I will have a look at Brother and Janome sewing machines plus some of the other delights in the sewing machine world including accessories.  With Christmas coming up put a new sewing machine on your present list. I’m sure Santa will oblige!  🙂

 

Written by Val

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