We have tested the sewing machines. The sewing machine is best for you depends on how experienced you are at sewing and what you plan to do with the machine.
A good sewing machine should be easy to sew and adjust and have the stitches you need. It should not be more complicated than it needs to be. Most people use their sewing machine to sew curtains and trouser legs, perhaps to mend or alter the odd garment.
If you belong to them – it is enough that the machine has a straight stitch and zigzag, which everyone has. If you are a person who sew and design your own clothes, you want to create beautiful designs and decorative stitches, then you can stop reading here, this article is not aimed at you. Otherwise, at the end of this article, you can choose yourself best sewing machine. Keep reading!
Two types of sewing machines
There are two types of sewing machines: mechanical that you set manually and computerized, where you select a stitch on a display showing the settings and the presser foot to use.
We have tested ten machines: Eight mechanical and two computerized, which cost from $70 up to more than $500. There are considerably more expensive, but we have opted out of the more advanced machines, with many seams and decors.
The stylish sew machines which have utility stitches, and are unable to put up a pair of jeans, with two exceptions: Zanussi is unable to add up jeans and AEG did not sew a neat stretch stitch.
Best in test is the computerized Brother DS 120. It has 17 stitches and three different buttonholes, which is more than you are likely to need. The machine also has useful practical details such as foot for sewing on buttons, automatic buttonholes and a presser foot that goes to raise extra loud when you want to sew thick materials.
It is certainly a tedious manual, but it will probably rarely have to, as the machine is straightforward to use and set up.
Simple to use
Best of the manual machines is Pfaff Hobby 1132. It is also easy to use, sews well and have good features and accessories.
The affordable sewing machine goes to Ikea Sy, which has surprisingly good price, $129.99. It may be admittedly only one in the overall score, as it has turned sluggish and lacks features such as stretch stitch, sew on button and no free arm. But it is an option for those who do not need as many seams and rarely sew. Worst is AEG 795 sewing machine with rigid twisted wire that jumps out when you flush the rattling. Additionally a knob went broken during the test.
Great sound difference
Sewing machines are highly personal. Some have sound like threshing, cumbersome and slow working. Others are loud, shaking and careless, and there is the effective working in silence.
The sound is very different, both in terms of level and character. Highest sound of them is Zanussi. Several of them also shaken more than the other when the sewing.
But the worst is AEG, which vibrates so that it moves on the table while working. One would think that it is because they are among the lightest, but the test on Ikea Sew, weighing 4.9 kg, standing still. Heaviest is Zanussi weighing 7.5 kg.
There are many small details that can be important for you. Therefore: Call machines store and ask if they have spare machines or not before the purchase. Oce one detail is broken, they already have storage boxes for the accessories that come with your machine.
Size of sewing machine
Size and weight of the pedal are also significant. A good pedal is sufficiently broad and heavy that you should not have to chase it under the table before you can step down.
Sewing machine common seams
Straight stitch: Used to sew woven fabrics.
Reinforced straight stitch: Is an elastic seam, two steps forward and one back, which is used to vulnerable areas and elastic material.
Zigzag: Used to throw the trimmed edges so they do not fray, but also to sew applique and knitted fabrics.
Stretch triple zigzag stitch: For elastic seams, decorative stitching, patching.
Three-step zigzag: For elastic, darning, patching.
Hemstitching: Is used to make invisible hems in woven and stretch fabrics.
Double Overlock: Used to assemble elastic material.
Casing Stitch: Used for joining fabric. The fabrics are folded and the edges are stitched together with the seam. Good for inserting lace.
Overcast: For seaming and throw a seam in one operation.
Buttonhole: All sewing machines to sew buttonholes. One they have many different variations.