How To Know Which Sewing Machine Is Right For You

There are a handful of big names that manufacture durable sewing machines. There’s Singer, Bernina, Juki, Janome and Brother. You can get any model from these brands and you’d be happily sewing the moment it gets delivered. But, to be able to buy the right sewing machine model for you, it is important to assess not just your sewing needs but also your sewing skill level. A basic sewing machine may be a great fit for a beginner, but those with far greater skills will require a more complex machine to use in performing more tasks. This guide from will help you know which sewing machine is the right one for you.

The simple mechanical machine is right for novices

If you are just new at sewing and would like to try to complete some beginner projects, it is a good idea to purchase a simple mechanical sewing machine. Get one that has a bobbin winder to properly distribute the thread on your spool or bobbin. You might also want to get a machine that has an automatic reverse lever. This feature allows the beginner to reinforce stitches by sewing in reverse. Here are other elements to look for:

  • Removable accessory tray
  • Selector dial for choosing stitch patterns
  • Dial for selecting stitch length and width
  • Snap-on presser feet

A slightly more complex machine is perfect for the intermediate sewer

If you have a few years, and projects, of sewing under your belt, you might be ready for a sewing machine with more features. Look for a machine that has buttons for lowering and raising the sensor foot. This pivot detects the thickness of the fabric and makes adjustments to achieve even feeding. Also, select a machine that has a lever for lowering and raising feed teeth. Here are more elements to consider for the intermediate sewing machine:

  • Different presser feet to achieve different stitch results
  • Dual lights
  • A needle-threader built into the machine
  • A cover for the bobbin

Embroidery machines are perfect for the seasoned sewer

For people with many years of sewing experience, a sewing machine with an onboard computer that can do embroidery is probably something more up their alley. Look for a sewing machine model that has automatic end-of-stitch features. Having these automatic features for raising the needle and presser foot, as well as cutting and tying off the thread will save you so much time for more complex sewing tasks. Since you may be doing embroidery, look for one that offers big and stable hoops to keep the fabric in place. Another element that you can look for is a special feeding system for layered fabrics. This will be useful when you try to sew together layers of tricky fabrics.