Beginners should opt for a simple machine with the basic range of stitches and a selection of foot attachments to cover the essentials, e.g. a zipper foot and a buttonhole foot.
At a more experienced level, you will benefit from an expanded variety of stitch options and extra needle power, stitch length and automatic buttonholes.
Advanced sewers may wish to invest in a computerised machine that can offer precise controls, an LCD display screen, pre-programmed designs and much more.
It’s worth making a list of the things you want from your new sewing machine before you start reviewing the options. Someone who is looking to make curtains and clothes is going to want a completely different machine to someone who does machine embroidery.
When choosing your sewing machine, it’s important to consider the fabrics you will be working with. The machine weight, ability to adjust foot pressure and stitch length can all affect the suitability of your machine when it comes to delicate, thick and stretchy fabrics.
Other things to consider
Size & Weight
Use the size and weight information to find out how easy it will be for storage and portability. Guidance on the right weight to choose is provided above according to your use and fabric choice.
Storage & Accessories
A list of accessories is provided for all of our machines so you can make sure that the accessories you require are included. Most machines include a soft or hard cover to protect it between uses.
Many of the sewing machines available come with manufacturer warranties, offering you peace of mind for the first months and years of use.