If you are looking for best sewing machine for beginners and seeking honest reviews, then there is a sincere piece of advice. Trust the opinion of those who have themselves tried their hands on actual sewing! A real experience can never equal mere words. People who are sewing for decades and who know exactly what it takes, do know the relation you build with your sewing machine over time.
You would be amazed by looking at the wide range of sewing machines available in the market - offline as well as online. They start from the range of stapler like hand held sewing machines to heavy duty speed monsters. People have obsession with the BEST but even you would agree that 'best' is a relative term. It all depends upon your need, usage, skill level, budget and interest. All these things, determine a sewing machine that is best suitable for you.
Should you buy a hand operated Sewing Machine?
I tried my hands on my mother's Singer hand wheel operated sewing machine. It was fixed in a rectangular wooden case. We used to place the machine on some table. It used to take so much time to sew even simple things. As kids, it was kind of a toy for us, so we did not bother. But keeping one hand occupied while sewing affects quality of output.
Pros & Cons
- Easy to use & easy on the pocket too! Straight & reverse stitch only. Very Basic.
- Either get a stand with this for the sake of your health or better increase your budget a little.
Then, neck and shoulder pain is also a common problem among people who use hand operated sewing machines.
Use Stand & Table for Domestic Sewing Machine for Speed & Health
With my experience of over thirty five years, I suggest that it's better to use a sewing machine which is foot operated. May be a treadle machine is better than a hand wheel machine.
Even if you have a hand wheel sewing machine, it is a good idea to get a treadle or foot pedal fixed to your machine. Believe me, you would be much happier.
A Brief History of Sewing Machine
A long time ago, people knew stitching by their humble needle by hands only. It used to be a time consuming and strenuous work.
Though, embroidery and certain types of designer stitches are still done by hands even now but the invention of Stitching Machines brought revolution in the lives of millions of people worldwide. Sewing Machines changed the way garment manufacturing was done in mass production.
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Though, Stitching Machines’ invention work was in progress in late seventeenth century but a successful wooden sewing machine came into existence around 1830 by a humble tailor of France.
A lot changed for betterment in the manufacturing of Sewing Machines and even the metallic spare parts were being made in good quantities.
First Sewing Machine by Singer
A gentleman called Mr.Singer invented a good quality sewing machine for us in 1851 and it was a revolution in Stitching World when Singer became a household name.
Singer sewing machines have undergone a huge change since then. Now, Singer has introduced state of the art features to their machines.
Pros & Cons
- Easy to operate, Automatic Machine with zig zag stitch, Low maintenance, Hassle free
- Basic features. Not for advanced users.
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Some more companies introduced their Sewing Machine models in India but people preferred Singer or USHA. In 1935, USHA Sewing Machine factory was the first one to start production of Sewing Machines in India.
Pros & Cons
- Really handy & light weight compared to other machines. Smooth & easy to handle. No special training required. Got good features for everyday use.
- Usha Company people take so much time to come for demo. Even I had to unbox & explore my Janome machine myself. By the time, Demo guy came; I had to explain & rectify him for so many things.
With time, many other companies also introduced their Sewing Machine models. Some are really good and some of them failed with time. Though, the brand name helps you to get the required service and spare parts from their authorized dealers;
I think even using a locally made machine serves the purpose as well if the reputation is trust worthy and you get service on time. I am myself using a Rohilla Sewing Machine for more than thirteen years with utmost ease and problem free sewing but for designing purposes I use USHA Jenome StitchMagic.
I love my Sewing Machines and I think they also love me back. If you take care of your machine by oiling and regular cleaning, they never trouble you. Sewing machine is an investment. Sooner than you realize, you get your money's worth by sewing a lot many dresses and fun projects.
Let me know your views on your first Sewing Machine and your experience with it. I’ll be waiting to know your machine.
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