There are many types of sewing machines a beginner can choose for themselves and I can tell you from first hand experience what to look for in shopping for sewing machines. I have now been sewing for over twenty years and purchased three Singer models for myself and I am ready now for the computerized […]
Many people even some top reviews have a misunderstanding on heavy duty sewing machine.They consider any machines that can sew through several layers of thick fabirc like denim or jean can call a heavy duty sewing machine.Actually,there are more than that.Many home used sewing machines with a metal frame and metal gears can sew through […]
It’s always a good point to start your hobby with entry-level gears.As to sewing, a cheap sewing machine is simple and easy to start,you can sewing with confidence without worring you will break your precious machine while making mistakes.A less expensive machine means it has function limited,sometimes it’s less quality.Today I will give you a comparison table […]
Hi everyone, welcome to my blog. When I first saw the hand sewing works of my little niece, I decided to buy her a real sewing machine for her birthday present. Although I’m a mechanical engineer, I know nothing about sewing machines and didn’t know where to start. I didn’t want to rush into buying […]
As a newbie of sewing,I’ve been wondering which is the best sewing machine for quilting as many other beginners.Of course I know there no such best one machine for different quilters because they have different demands and budgets.So the first thing I need to know is what we should take for granted when quilting.Here are some tips I have collected from some talented quilters. How to do a good quilting with a sewing machine? The key of quilting with a sewing machine is to control the stitch length and thread tension.These are the most common problems when quilting with a machine.The seams will open up easily when pressure is put on them when the stitch length is too long or the tension is too loose. It’s necessary to make a sample block before you actually start your project.First,you should change the top and bobbin threads to contrasting threads, then sew an inch or two, and count the actual stitches per inch.Adjust the stitch length to make the stitches stay at about 12 per inch and never less than 10. When your stitch length is set,you should check the tension of the thread.By using contrasting threads on the top and bottom,it’s easy to found whether the tension is too loose or too tight.You just need to check the seam on the top and the bottom,and make sure there no little dots of the contrasting thread popping through.If you see the top thread on the bottom seam,that means your top thread tension is too loose,you should tighten your thread tension.Turn the tension dial in small increments,never more than an eight of a turn at a time.Repeat the adjustment until you correct the problem.If you see the bottom thread on the top seam,that means your top thread tension is too tight,just do the opposite to loose the tension. If you can’t correct the problem just by control the top thread tension,you can adjust the bobbin tension as well.When you do that,you should read the manual of the machine first.The way to adjust both top and bottom tension may be different according to different model. The best sewing machine for quilting Now we know that we need a machine that can adjust stitch length and thread tension conveniently in quilting, and of course the machine should have the ability to sew through the fabric you are working on.Here I have come up with several models that are popular for quilters,and a in-depth review for you to choose a right one.If there are any aspects I have not covered in this post,please let me know by leaving a comment of sent me an email,I will update this post as soon as I can. Brother PQ1500S PROS:1.A great quilting machine and has excellent “pin feed”. 2.It’s a great machine to make quilts faster,affordable and well made. 3.Free Motion Quilting performs wonderful. 4.The color guide adjustment window make the presser foot pressure adjustment super easy. 5.It’s sturdy and has a large throat plate with a table extension that works perfectly. CONS:1.It’s a little more industrial than other models and requires some time to figure out how to make in work. The Free Motion Quilting foot does not have a slit in it.When you start out with FMQ you have thread tails that need to be held to the side. Since you don’t have a slit in the foot it is hard to get the tails out of the way. The built-in light is a little lacking.You’d better get an extra light to lit your sewing area. The machine is very heavy,you will hate to switch your machine around. All the sewing feet are solid metal,you can’t see what you are sewing under the feet. SINGER 7469Q PROS:1.The setup is simple and the instruction is clear. 2.The light is very bright and clearly illuminates around the presser foot. 3.The machine is quite when sewing at a slow speed,you can hold a conversation on speakerphone with no noise interference. 4.This machine has a wonderful assortment of accessories,including a 1/4 inch presser foot that every quilter wants. CONS:1.The needle threader will take you a few practice to get good at it.Many of the guides are tiny or hidden inside. 2.The pressure foot lever is to the right side rather than straight back. Feeding fabric through the neck sometimes lifts the pressure foot accidentally. 3.Some buyers have quality issues. Singer 8500Q PROS:1.It stitches flawlessly, and free motion quilts beautifully. 2.It winds bobbin beautifully by simply pushing the bobbin and pushing it in place without needing to push the foot pedal, or the start button. It stops automatically. It is a machine that is super simplified for threading as well as laying in the bobbin. CONS:1.The screws are difficult to remove on the plate, and the exchange of shank for free motion foot is on the left, it’s difficult to operate. 2.Some buyers have issues on free motion quilting,despite changing thread, needle, and multiple tension adjustments, it didn’t create a good stitch when free- motion quilting, and it broke the thread often as well.
Sewing and stitching garments is an art that has existed for centuries. Human beings started stitching their clothes way before they discovered fire and just as fashion has evolved to incredible levels, sewing and sewing machines have followed suit in this process to facilitate some of the easiest ways to put together fabrics using creativity. The Singer Featherweight sewing machines from the Singer Manufacturing and production company have played a very important role in this evolution. Many people have admitted that this is one of the products that has had a hand and still has a hand in the change of many aspects that are related to fashion. The singer Featherweight sewing machines have laid foundations and developed world-renowned fashion icons, stars, and experts. Singer featherweight sewing machines are your ultimate sewing partners and this is not just because they are legendary, it also because they are the highest quality sewing machines that will offer you the best sewing solutions to all of your sewing needs. A History Of The Singer Featherweight Sewing machines. At your first glance at the singer featherweight sewing machine, you can mistake it for a child’s toy because it is very small. Nevertheless, it is very compact. This plus its incredible functionality are some of its features that originally made it popular immediately after its first versions were produced. The first Singer featherweight models were produced between 1933 and 1968. This design was adapted from a previous portable sewing machine which is known as the ‘Standard Sewhandy’, whose company was later bought by the Singer. It was first showcased and introduced as the Singer Featherweight 221 model in 1934 during the International World Fair. This was during the great depression when many people had other economic priorities to focus on rather than purchasing a sewing machine but despite this demeaning situation, the Singer Featherweight sewing machine did very well. This was the first sewing machine that that was incredibly small, it weighed about 5kg/11 pounds only and it was manufactured using tough aluminum metal. The Singer Featherweight 221 came with additional features like a reverse stitching capability, simple parts, smooth and easier functioning, and a portability feature that all its predecessors did not have. Ever since the Singer company started producing the Singer Featherweight sewing machines, no other manufacturer has ever captured and captivated the imagination of Americans to its extent. During this company’s lifetime, these models have sold an estimated 3 – 3.5 million machines and all of them have been greatly appreciated by all their customers. The Singer Featherweight sewing machine is one of the top rated products in America because it was developed with simplicity, elegance and an outstanding performance and functionality. This product was designed in an era when things were made to last and it has maintained this level of quality to date. Advantages Of Owning And Using a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine. It is very well known and also obvious that quilting, stitching or sewing using a sewing machine is way easier than by using our bare hands. Apart from this, sewing machines have numerous other advantages that anyone will find beneficial. In the past, many people indulged in sewing for fun but in modern times, that is not the case. That is why it is completely practical to find a dusty and idle sewing machines in many homes in America. Sewing has also lost its value due to the fact that many people prefer the cheap and convenient thrift shopping instead of creating something that they can wear by themselves. Though this is the trend, many people still own and use sewing machines which have many benefits. These include; – They are very easy to set up, use and repair in case of destruction. Singer sewing machines are incredibly easy to master and use. As soon as you set your threads right, you only need a few minutes to get a complete grip on it. With a little warm up, even the dumbest person will know how this machine works and how to operate it. – It does not depend on electricity. This is one of its most important advantages both in terms of economy and self-sufficiency. Apart from saving on your electricity bills, you will be able to perform and complete your tasks anywhere, at any time and when you feel like. – With a high-quality sewing machine, you will be able to bring your imaginative art into life by creating different garments and designs that will showcase your unique creativity and imagination. – A quality sewing machine will greatly increase your sewing efficiency because you can complete a very complex task which would have taken you hours in a few minutes and still end up with the best results. – It brings professionalism into your work. Clothes produced from a high-quality sewing machine always have a professional look and a neat clear-cut finish. This has served many middle-class women for a long time since they get to design and create very fine clothes and attire that look very luxurious and expensive. – Singer Featherweight sewing machines are very portable, so, you can move them from place to place with the least effort. – They are durable and long lasting. One major advantage of the Singer Featherweight sewing machines is their durability, these machines have no limit. As long as they are stored as required and well maintained, they will serve you for a lifetime. A Buyer’s Guide To Purchasing The Best Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine. Before you can purchase a Singer featherweight sewing machine, you should know that it always comes with six basic attachments. These are the adjustable hemmer, the footer-hemmer, the edge stitcher, the multiple-slotted binder, the gatherer, which is used for gathering and shirring and the ruffer. You will find the best instructions of how to use these attachments on the singer manual. Before you decide to purchase a specific Singer featherweight sewing machine, there are a number of factors that you should consider. What You Should Look out For In a Singer Featherweight Sewing machine. When it comes to vintage sewing machines like the featherweight models from the singer company, what you need to look out for is totally different from what people consider the latest developed models. Singer featherweight machines are not incorporated with cutting edge technological features but they are still the most robust portable machines that have ever been invented. Because these machines were developed years ago, finding a good machine may take you time, but a good one can last for more that 50 years without any complications. Some of the things that you should have your maximum attention on include; Lost parts and lost foot controllers. Featherweight sewing machines have various separate parts that are usually stored inside the machine cases. Before you decide to purchase a particular model, you should make sure that all its parts are available and it is complete. A missing bobbin case or missing accessories can be an indication that the machine has gone through some kind of recycling or they might have been exposed to damp, mechanical abuse or interference. You would not want to purchase a machine like this because it will only come with problems. Rust and Corrosion. you should avoid any machine with any rust or corrosion on its shiny and bright metallic parts. A singer featherweight sewing machine that has been stored appropriately can hardly show any signs or corrosion. If the machine has rust, it is a clear indication that it had not been stored properly and it was exposed to extreme environmental conditions. Most probably, the interior delicate parts of this machine will be corroded thus inhibiting a smooth operation and general sewing functionality. Machines without a guarantee because the owner does not know how to use it. It is very impractical to own a machine that you cannot operate. Every owner must go through his manual. If you come across this kind of problem, the seller might be using a cheap technique to fool you and withhold some faults. A seller will probably not want to admit a machines faults because it may lower its price value. Sewing machines that can operate only at full speed. Machines that behave like this most probably have a kind of fault in their electric parts. This can cause severe electrocution. Some Singer featherweight sewing machines have a developed PVC insulation system whose polymers might break down due to old age. This can additionally melt some insulation wires and expose some bare wires which can pose a very high risk to anyone operating it. The cost of the machine and where you are buying it from. Singer machines can last forever and that is why they always cost a fortune, but you should always consider the prices. As long as you purchase your sewing machine from a credible source, you will get a quality product. You can choose to purchase it from a certified dealer which may come at a higher price but it is the surest and the easiest deal. You can also seek out products from internet auctions or individuals but you must make sure that you see it in person and affirm it before making the purchase. Conclusion. Some great features of the singer featherweight sewing machines are its solid aluminum body, reverse stitching, super lightweight, an adjustable presser foot pressure and a rotary. These features are by far everything you need to design and bring to life very high-quality projects and sewing tasks. Singer featherweight sewing machines have defied time and up to date, they continue to be one of the best choices for a perfect sewing solution. Purchase your’s today and experience durability.
Industrial leather sewing machines are heavy duty machines that are designed to sew leather among other heavy fabrics such as canvas, sails, and parachute among others. Usually, there are four kinds of professional leather sewing machines. These are Flatbed Machine, Post-Bed Machine, Cylinder-Bed Machine and Off-the-Arm Machine. i. Flatbed Machine The machine can sew at […]
If you’ve been sewing for some time, you know this can be highly engaging and productive venture. When I started sewing 10 years ago, I made it a point to invest in a durable, versatile machine. Sewing machine models include mechanized, intermediate and computerized machines. One thing that is so glaring about the various choices […]
Hi everyone, welcome back. After I posted my last post about sewing machines for kids, I have got some positive feed back. Some people suggested I create another post about small sewing machine, for many of them are looking for that kind of information. Well, here we are. Maybe you need a small sewing machine for your limited space,or you need to travel a lot with your sewing machine, or you just want a machine that can do some quick repairs… Whatever you want, I hope you can find a right one in this post. As I had stated before, there is no the best machine for all kind of duties or all kind of demands, machines behave different in different tasks.For example,HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini,which I had labelled it a toy level machine in my last post,surprisingly get a lot of fans and positive reviews, because it performs well in thin fabric and simple stitches, and it’s very easy to operate. But when sewing some other fabric which is thicker, it’s a terrible machine.So when you are buying a small sewing machine, you’d better have a fully understanding of the capabilities of the machine and know exactly what you are going to do with this machine,otherwise you will waste your time and investment. What I am doing here is to show you the capabilities of each small sewing machine model, and I hope I can help you dig out your real demand.If there is anything I haven’t covered here,please let me know by leave a comment down this page or sent me an email,so that other people can learn from your feedback. First, let me show you what I have collected in my table: HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini PROS:1.Has all the basic sewing functions. 2.Small and portable. 3.It’s not a toy but fully working machine. CONS:1.It moves around when using because it is too light. 2.The bobbin case may become loose and move freely,the bobbin need to re-aligning occasionally. 3.It can only sew ordinary thin fabric. This is a real small sewing machine with basic sewing functions. With its compact design, it’s only 1.46 pounds weight and as small as four cans of coca cola. Despite its tiny body, it can fulfill most of the basic sewing projects, and fit for thin jean,woolens,cotton,velvet… (Remember to change your needle when sewing jean and other relatively thick fabric.) This model comes with a pedal and a hand switch to turn on/off the machine,You can control the sewing speed with another switch button to select the high/low sewing speed. Remember the pedal of this model does not control the sewing speed.What may upset you is that it does not have a reverse stitch function. This model has a lot of similar models according to its shape.Like Michley LSS-202,FlatLED Mini Sewing Machine,eshion Mini Portable Sewing Machine… All these models have the same appearance and the same functions.I guess they are all come from the same factory and label with different brands.Any way,this model is very economical and practical, it does well in simple sewing projects. NEX Sewing Machine PROS:1.Economical but functional. 2.Can sew 6 layers of thin denim. 3. A toy-like machine but works very well for those who has a very good experience with sewing machines. CONS:1.The instructions were difficult to understand . 2.The foot pedal is too small. Well, how can I say? It has 12 built-in stitches and only cost you $45. It’s really an amazing machine! And there are more features than you can expect: Free Arm for sewing sleeves. Built-in sewing light. A four-step button hole. Built-in carry handle,easy to carry with. Stitch length and zigzag width adjustable. A built-in drawer to store your attachments. … This model is so energy conservation that it can run with only 4 “AA” batteries(The power supply and battery cannot be used at the same time ).It can use a hand switch or a pedal to start and control the sewing speed(high & low) with a slider switch.Unlike HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini,it has a reverse sewing function. Janome Sew Mini Colors PROS:1.It’s simple to set up and use,perfect for kids and beginners. […]