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.
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.
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:
Button sew-on program
Needle stop up/down
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)
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!
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
A very useful little sewing machine!
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
LOCK STITCH FEATURE
START / STOP BUTTON
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