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Sewing Machine Selection Guide


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basic sewing machine Sewing machines can be purchased new or used.  They are available in basic utilitarian styles or computerized models.  Basic sewing machine models serve very well for home decor sewing and making basic clothing items.  Most sewing for home decorating projects requires only straight or zigzag stitching, and perhaps a regular stitch, zigzag stitch, or zipper foot attachment.  Look for a machine that can make buttonholes as well.  For sewing fancier clothes or fabrics that require stretch stitches or special edge finishings, choose a computerized machine with multiple stitches and extra presser feet.

antique sewing machine Buying a used sewing machine can save you money, but it can be risky.  Sewing machines are precision devices, but they are fairly heavy.  If they are not packed carefully for shipment, they can be damaged.  However, you may get a better machine for less if someone is upgrading to a newer model.  Whatever type of sewing machine you choose, read the machine's user manual and familiarize yourself with all its features.  Practice threading the machine, setting the stitch length, winding the bobbin, and sewing different stitches on small pieces of fabric.

How to Choose a Sewing Machine provides a step-by-step guide and video to help you select the right sewing machine for your requirements.

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