“The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine has loads of ease-of-use features to allow you to fulfill your creative dreams. Its 600 Built-In Stitches include 5 Alphanumeric Fonts and 13 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes with Exclusive Buttonhole Underplate, Mirror Imaging, and Stitch Elongation options provide even more creative possibilities. Start-up is a breeze with quick and easy threading, preset stitch length and width, built-in needle threader, built-in thread cutter, stitch editing capabilities, a start/stop button and direct button stitch selection. Packed with features, this machine truly has it all. The computerized sewing machine with large LCD screen, provides clear and easy viewing of stitch functions including stitch length, stitch width, tension settings, recommended presser foot, needle up/down position and more! The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine includes an extension table providing a larger working area, essential for quilting or when working with larger projects. It has 2 StayBright LED lights which illuminate the sewing surface for optimal viewing. This sewing machine has a ton of other features like electronic twin needle settings, 7-segment feeding system, automatic locking stitch function, built-in reverse, horizontal threading, automatic bobbin winding clutch, direct select stitch selection buttons, automatic tension settings, extra-high presser foot lift, center zigzag taper, automatic presser foot pressure control and optimum power control. PRODUCT DETAILS: Model Number – 9960 Description – 600 Stitch Electronic Sewing Machine Product – Sewing Machine Bobbin Class – 15 Transparent Needles – 2021 & 2045 Lightbulb – LED UPC – 037431884411 Dimensions – 17″”L x 8.25″”W x 12″”H Weight – 18.2 pounds Warranty – 25-Year Limited”. Watts:55,Volts:120V,Amps:0.46,Hertz:60. READ REVIEW…
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SINGER COMPUTERIZED SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 portable sewing machine has loads of ease-of-use features to allow you to fulfill your creative dreams. Has a large selection of stitches including basic, stretch and decorative stitches for fashion sewing, quilting, home decor and crafting. There’s even a selection of fonts to personalize projects!
AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER: Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in seconds. The built-in needle threader threads the eye of the needle for you, eliminating eye strain and frustration.
BEST SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine has 600 Built-In Stitches including 5 Alphanumeric Fonts and 13 built-in 1-Step Buttonholes with Exclusive Buttonhole Underplate. It also has Mirror Imaging and Stitch Elongation providing even more creative possibilities.
HIGH-SPEED SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine has a maximum sewing speed of 850 stitches-per-minute, projects can be sewn quickly.
SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES: A variety of presser feet are included with the sewing machine: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Button Sewing Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning and Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch/Quilting Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot. 110 volt machine designed for United States and Canadian use only
There is an issue currently where the North American power supply on the products can cause electrical damage if plugged into power outlets in other countries.
Optimum Power Control
Snap-On Presser Feet
Automatic Presser Foot Pressure Control
Center Zigzag Taper
Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter
Automatic Bobbin Winding Clutch
Direct Button Stitch Selection
Automatic Locking Stitch Function
Mirror Imaging and Elongation Functions
Electronic Auto Pilot
Large Back-Lit LCD Screen with Brightness Control
Warranty: 25 years
This machine compares very favorably with the current Bernina 550, for a fraction of the price. Singer’s touch screen is superior, as it is not only a color screen — theirs isn’t — it is much clearer. There is no comparison in terms of the appearance of the two machines. This Singer is flat out gorgeous in person, and it’s purple. Singer has really knocked it out of the park in terms of presentation with this one. The photos here do not begin to do it justice. I literally gasped when I pulled it out of the box. I do miss having a knee lifter on this machine, which my Singer 580 embroidery machine has, but the superb quality of the 9985 considering its low price is ample consolation.
Brother CS-600i Computerized Sewing Machine 60 Stitch – Versatile, value-packed, perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects. Select stitches and adjust stitch length and stitch width via settings seen on the LCD display. Stop/start button allows use without included foot control. Variable speed control for easily adjusting your sewing speed. Jam-resistant Quick-set top drop-in bobbin makes setting and accessing your bobbin thread a breeze. No more fishing for your bobbin thread.
Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. Our U.S.A. corporate office, located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was established in the US on April 21, 1954 and markets many industrial products, home appliances, and business products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd., of Nagoya, Japan. These products include an award-winning line of Multi-Function Center and printers. Brother also provides the number one line of facsimile machines in the U.S. and is the leader in electronic labeling, with its full line of P-touch Electronic Labeling Systems. With revenues of approximately $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2006, Brother and its subsidiaries employ over 1,100 people in the Americas. READ REVIEW…
Main Product Feature:
• 100 Unique Built-in Stitches, Including 8 Styles of 1-Step Auto-size Buttonholes
• 140 Stitch Functions
• Super Easy Bobbin Winding System
• Free Arm for Sewing Cuffs and Sleeves
• Brightly Lit LED Work Area
• Full Assortment of Accessories
• Needle Position Button
• Easy-to-use Needle Threading System
• Jam Resistant Drop-in Top Bobbin
• Hard Cover Included
The Brother PQ1500SL quilting and sewing machine is a fantastic machine that belongs in the sewing room of every serious quilter and seamstress. The PQ1500SL is a high-speed straight stitching machine that produces lightning-fast sewing up to 1,500 stitches per minute. It also features a push-button automatic thread trimmer that allows you to save time without compromising the quality of your sewing projects. The inclusion of a built-in needle threader makes threading simple and time-saving.
The Brother PQ1500SL quilting and sewing machine also features an adjustable pin feed mechanism that allows you to exchange the use of the feed dogs for a single pin that cleanly extends from beneath the machine. This moves all layers of your quilt together or moves a delicate velvet without leaving feed dog marks in the nap. Four additional feed dog settings allow for maximum fabric control, while a knee lifter and bed extension table are added for quilting.
The Brother PQ1500SL also features a full range foot pressure adjustment and an automatic thread cutter with a F.A.S.T. needle threader – which is a huge time-saving convenience. This machine is additionally backed by a 25-year limited warranty with free technical phone support for the life of the product. READ REVIEW…
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AUTO THREAD TRIMMER: The Brother PQ1500SL Quilting and Sewing machine comes with a push-button automatic thread trimmer.
BUILT-IN NEEDLE THREADER: This quilting and sewing machine includes a built-in needle threader that makes loading thread a snap.
SEWS UP TO 1,500 STITCHES PER MINUTE: Finish sewing projects quicker with lightning-fast speeds of up to 1,500 stitches per minute.
MULTIPLE SETTINGS: The Brother PQ1500SL comes with 4 feed dog settings for maximum fabric control, a knee lifter, and a bed extension for quilting.
25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: The Brother PQ1500SL is backed by a 25-year limited warranty with free technical phone support for the life of the product.
PQ1500SL High Speed Sewing Machine
The PQ1500SL is a high performance sewing machine that belongs in the sewing room of every serious quilter and seamstress.
High speed straight stitch up to 1,500 stitches per minute
Heavy duty construction for increased stability
Time-saving automatic thread cutter and F.A.S.T needle threader
Brother exclusive pin-feed mechanism for improved fabric management
Foot pressure adjustment and 4 feed dog settings for maximum fabric control
Knee lifter and extension table for easier management of quilts and bulky fabrics
Bright LED light makes it easier to work on dark fabrics
Built-in telescopic thread stand for cone thread usage
Fabric separator for smooth handling of difficult to join fabrics
Up to 7mm stitch length for perfect stitch lengths or basting
User-friendly and portable, the CS6000i offers a wide range of sewing and quilting features, all at a price that’s easy on your budget. Select from 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes; choose from the 9 included presser feet; use the detachable, oversized table for larger projects; and take your machine with you to classes with the included hard carry case. The CS6000i is designed for ease of use, with its easy-to-view backlit LCD display, automatic needle threader, easy-to-follow threading diagrams, and adjustable sewing speed control. Included are a printed Quick Start guide, and a complete instructions manual in English and in Spanish. Enjoy sewing, quilting and crafting with the incredibly value-packed, CS6000i sewing machine!
Beginner and experienced quilters alike love the many must-have quilting features included in the CS6000i. The oversized table makes it easy to maneuver larger quilting projects, the walking foot allows for smoother feeding of multiple layers, the quilting foot allows for more accurate placement of your quilting stitches, and the quilting guide helps you sew evenly spaced rows of quilting stitches. With all these features, you’ll soon be discovering just how easy it is to create beautiful quilts for your home, family and friends!
A great way to start sewing is to re-fashion items in your own closet. Have fun combining fabrics and textures, and transform clothes you rarely wear into ‘front of the closet’ favorites. Instead of spending money on alterations, see how easy it is to hem a pair of pants, or take in a seam yourself. The CS6000i includes 27 stitches designed specifically for sewing clothing. Among the included stitches are:
• Overcast and zigzag stitches – to help prevent fabric from fraying
• Basting stitch – to temporarily secure seams; perfect for getting the right fit
• Triple stretch stitch – for reinforcing seams
• Blind hem stitch – for virtually invisible hems on skirts, pants and sleeves
• Buttonhole stitches – 7 different stitches, for lightweight, medium weight and heavier weight fabrics. READ REVIEW…
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Versatile, value-packed, perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects, accessories are stored inside a compartment on the arm of the sewing machine
Select stitches and adjust stitch length and stitch width via settings seen on the LCD display
Stop/start button allows use without included foot control. Variable speed control for easily adjusting your sewing speed
Jam-resistant Quick-set top drop-in bobbin makes setting and accessing your bobbin thread a breeze. No more fishing for your bobbin thread. Accessories are stored in a compartment on the arm of the machine.
Bilingual user manual, 25-year limited warranty, and free phone support for the life of the product. We do not recommend using this machine in countries that do not support 120V AC even if a voltage adapter is in use
The SINGER S18 Studio computerized sewing & quilting machine provides you with the high performance of a dealer-grade sewing machine for a fraction of the cost. Boasting over 400 Built-In Stitches including 7 Styles of Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes the possibilities are limitless. This advanced sewing machine allows you to store up to 50 stitch pattern combinations and recall them at the touch of a button. With block and script letters and numbers available in 5 millimeters and 7 millimeters sizes, you can create custom quilt labels appropriate for the project size. Advanced features like Programmable Needle Up / Down for quilting and appliquéing, Pattern Elongation, Stitch Memory with Editing and Automatic Thread Cutter ensure that this is a sewing machine you will love for years to come. The SINGER S16 Studio True Straight Stitch portable machine provides you with the power of an industrial strength sewing machine for a fraction of the cost. Stitching up to 1,600 stitches per minute, you will whip through projects in no time. The independent bobbin winding system allows you to wind a bobbin while sewing at the same time! The SINGER Studio quilting and portable sewing machines long arm design allows you to manage draperies and other large projects without worry. Experience the power of an industrial strength sewing machine with the sleek design of a home sewing machine. This machine is ideal for professional sewers, quilters, dry cleaners, alteration shops, and seamstresses. Product Features: True Straight Stitch Machine – This straight stitch only machine sews with precision. The needle bar is locked in perfect alignment, eliminating wobbly-looking stitches. The specially designed needle plate is perfect for sewing all fabric types, including delicates, without distortion. Industrial Strength Sewing Speed – With a sewing speed of up to 1,600 stitches per minute, you can finish projects in less time than a conventional sewing machine. Side-Loading Vertical Full-Rotary Bobbin System – The side-loading system allows for easy bobbin insertion. The vertical full-rotary bobbin system means you get a precise straight stitch every time! Extra-Large Sewing Space – With almost 9 x 6 of space to the right of the needle, the long arm design allows you to manage quilts and other larg. READ REVIEW…
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rue Straight Stitch Sewing Machine ensures a perfect straight stitch and precise fabric handling
Industrial Strength sewing speed of 1,600 stitches per minute
The Janome Memory Craft 6300nnnnnnnnn provides the speed, power, and precision critical for advanced sewing and contains serious features for the serious sewist. Sewing speeds of 1,000 stitches per minute mean that your projects get finished quickly, and it’s advanced features ensure that they get completed easily. Janome quilting: it also includes many features designed especially for the quilter including: a 9″ x 5″ throat space for working with large quilts, 5 different blanket stitches for applique, a hand-look quilt stitch, an advanced feed mechanism for sewing the thickest of materials, a knee lifter for lifting the presser foot and a bult-in thread cutter. READ REVIEW…
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66 Stitches with 4 buttonholes
Knee Lift and Drop Feed Control
The LED Display area shows a variety of information, including a low bobbin indicator light and twin needle guard
Perfect for sewing, quilting, and basic monogramming!The HC1850 features 130 unique stitches, including 8 styles of 1-step buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches for basic monogramming. Designed for flexibility and ease of use, this machine includes a convenient, built-in stitch reference flip-chart, 8 presser feet, push-button stitch selector, adjustable sewing speed, automatic threading system, detachable foot controller, and an exceptional feed system for sewing on almost any fabric. Specialty quilting features include a detachable wide table, spring action quilting foot, and the ability to do free-motion quilting. The HC1850 is lightweight and portable, and perfect for taking to classes. The versatile HC1850 Computerized Sewing Machine gives you the flexibility to do everything from basic monogramming, to creating quilts, adding decorative stitches to clothing and craft projects, sewing buttonholes and more. The HC1850 features 130 unique stitches, including 8 styles of 1-step buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches for basic monogramming. Quilters enjoy the included spring action quilting foot, detachable wide table, and the ability to do free-motion quilting. Designed for flexibility and ease of use, this machine includes 8 presser feet, an attached stitch reference flip-chart, push-button stitch selector, adjustable sewing speed, automatic threading system, and detachable foot controller. Though heavy on features, the HC1850 is also incredibly lightweight, and perfect for carrying your machine to classes. Includes a bilingual English/ Spanish instructional DVD and printed manual, and a 25-year limited warranty. READ REVIEW…
Main Product Feature:
Easy threading system, and automatic needle threader
Super easy bobbin winding system
Quick-set drop-in bobbin
Operation with or without included foot controller pedal
Lightweight with built-in handle for portability
Large Backlit LCD display with intuitive push-button stitch selector
Exceptional feed system – sew on a wide range of fabrics
The Quantum Stylist 7258 sewing machine is versatile addition to your sewing room. With 100 stitches from which to choose, you can create and embellish fashions, home decor and much more. Sew buttonholes in one easy step with consistent results every time. You can even choose from 6 different styles of buttonholes like the basic bartack style, round end and keyhole, great for menswear and outerwear. The Top Drop-in Bobbin is easy to thread and easy to see, so you won’t run out of thread in the middle of a seam. Programmable Needle Up/Down is a must-have for quilting, sewing appliques and even topstitching The SINGER Stylist 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine offers great value because it comes with loads of free accessories. The sewing machine is provided with 100 built-in stitches making fashion sewing, home and decorative sewing, quilting, crafting and heirloom sewing easier. Thanks to its heavy duty metal frame, it has long-lasting durability. The Computerized Sewing machine with large LCD screen provides clear and easy viewing of your selected stitches including stitch length and stitch width. Stitch length and width can be adjusted to customize as desired for your projects. This sewing machine has a ton of other features like 6-segment feeding system, built-in reverse, horizontal threading, programmable needle up/down, electronic start and stop, automatic bobbin winding clutch, extra-high presser foot lifter, speed control and automatic presser foot pressure control. The SINGER Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine has 2 StayBright LED lights which illuminate the sewing surface for optimal viewing. PRODUCT DETAILS: Model Number – 7258 Description – 100 Stitch Electronic Sewing Machine Product – Sewing Machine Bobbin Class – 15J Needles – 2021 & 2045 Lightbulb – LED UPC – 037431882769 Dimensions – 14.5″”L x 7.5″”W x 12″”H Weight – 14.6 pounds Warranty – 25-Year Limited Power Supply – Works in North America only WHAT’S IN THE BOX: 10 Presser Feet: All-Purpose Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Darning / Freehand Embroidery Foot, Gathering Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Rolled Hem Foot, Quarter Inch Foot, Zipper Foot In the box along with machine and presser feet: Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Darning Plate, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Thread Spool Caps, Soft-Sided Dust Cover, Foot Pedal, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Power Cord, Instruction Manual in English, Spanish, French, Machine Intro DVD
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Model Number – 7258Description – 100 Stitch Electronic Sewing MachineProduct – Sewing MachineBobbin Class – 15JNeedles – 2021 & 2045Lightbulb – LEDUPC – 037431882769Dimensions – 14.5″L x 7.5″W x 12″HWeight – 14.6 poundsWarranty – 25-Year LimitedPower Supply – Works in North America only.GO TO TOP
Excellent machine loaded with great features at the listed price. (The auto-thread cutter function is worth its weight in gold). The machine came new in the box and in good condition. Every function worked fine and nothing has gone wrong yet. This is an extremely user friendly machine and has easy to understand computer screen functions. Threading and loading the bobin is so effortless and unbelievely easy. This machine will sew through multiple layers of heavy denim, with no lag in the motor, it defintely has the power and speed you need. I would recommend this machine and I’m very happy with my purchase. My only condern is that fact that auto threaders are delicate on all machines, and that you need to be extra mindful of this one. That being the only downside to this machine, I would still give it 5 stars. You will love this machine.
Frequently used stitch patterns can be selected directly through the Direct Select mode. Piecing, Applique, Blanket stitch for applique, Overlocking, Invisible Hemming, Stretch Stitch and more all at the touch of a button. Stitch settings, patterns and recommendations for the best presser foot can all be seen on the machine’s LCD screen display. The keypad allows you to quickly and easily select lettering and to adjust settings. Stitch can be adjusted with just the turn of a dial! Combine decorative stitches and lettering into new sequences. You can save up to 70 patterns! You can program the needle up/down position, automatic thread trimming, and foot control trimming with just the push of a button. Also set the contrast of the LCD screen, change the volume of the machine buzzer, select from 8 different language settings, and use the on-board sewing guide when you need a little help. Thick fabrics can be sewn with ease. Leather, denim, and canvas are no problem for this machine. No fabric shrinkage even while sewing on extra lightweight materials. Using a unique sensor method, HZL-F series sews beautiful buttonholes regardless of the type of material and overlapped sections. 16 types of buttonholes are available for your needs. Now it is possible to adjust the cutting width of the buttonholes in 3 steps. HZL-F series trims both needle and bobbin threads automatically by pressing the heel side of the foot controller. It is also possible to trim threads with a button located at machine body. With this feature you can concentrate on your project while automatically cutting the thread! Presser foot can be raised and lowered by the knee-lifting lever. The presser foot lift is up to 12 mm when the lever is used. The F400 now has a feature that allows you to move the position of a complete pattern without changing the width, as well as variable needle positions that allow you to place the needle any where you want
Best Product Feature:
Combine decorative stitches and lettering into new sequences. You can save up to 70 patterns!
You can program the needle up/down position, automatic thread trimming, and foot control trimming with just the push of a button.
Using a unique sensor method, HZL-F series sews beautiful buttonholes regardless of the type of material and overlapped sections.
HZL-F series trims both needle and bobbin threads automatically by pressing the heel side of the foot controller.
The Exceed series now has a feature that allows you to move the psoition of a complete pattern without changing the width,
The EverSewn Sparrow 20 is a computerized model for ambitious sewers. The stitch package includes 80 stitches with a generous maximum stitch width of 7 mm and 15 needle positions. The practical start/stop function lets you control the stitching process without using the foot pedal. The needle position up/down function allows you to specify the needle position at end of a row of stitching Features: Machine type Computerized Hook System Drop in Rotary Free Arm length 163 mm Max. Stitches per minute 850spm Upper thread tension control Manual thread cutter Start and stop button LED Light Threader Needle up and down positioning Twin needle capability 2 step presser foot lift Electronic foot control Stitch Patterns 80 Six One step Button Holes 14 Utility Stitches including Stretch Stitches One darning stitch 49 Decorative stitches 10 Quilting Stitches 7 mm Maximum stitch width 4.5 mm Maximum stitch length Bobbin winder 7 presser feet Dust cover included Stitch patterns: sparrow20stitch.jpg Included Accessories: Zig zag foot (on machine) Zipper foot Sliding button hole foot Overlock foot Blind hem foot Applique foot Button sewing foot Bobbins Large spool cap Small spool cap Spool felt Spool pin L shaped screw driver Right seam guide Brush and seam ripper Needle set Spool Pin Dust cover sparrow20acce.jpg Warranty: 10 Year Mechanical 1 Year electronics 1 Year labor through Brewer Sewing BRAND NEW!
I was looking for a lightweight machine for taking to workshops when I saw this. I have quite a few machines already, some are high end and expensive, but much too heavy to carry to retreats and workshops. I’ve been sewing on this machine a few weeks now and love it! The EverSewn Sparrow 25 is exactly what I needed. The features compare nicely to what is on my high end machines. There is a wide range of utility, decorative, quilting stitches, and even an alphabet! The needle up/down feature is a big plus as is the automatic needle threader. This machine sews beautifully. The stitches are perfect. Being a quilter, I love that it has a drop feed for free motion embroidery and quilting. The only thing this machine lacks is an automatic thread cutter, but the side cutter works well and I certainly won’t complain that it doesn’t have every feature that I would like to have. If you are a quilter, be aware that you will need to purchase other accessory feet that do not come with the machine. The machine comes with assorted feet, but not those needed for quilting. The many low shank feet and snap on feet that I already have work perfectly on this machine. I am totally pleased with my purchase and have recommended it to friends. This little 13 pound Sparrow is well built, sturdy, and a great value for the price.
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80 stitch, computerized sewing machine
LCD Display, Drop-in Hook System
Start/stop button, LED sewing light, Needle stop up/down
49 Decorative stitches, 10 Quilting stitches
7mm Maximum stitch width, 4.5mm Maximum stitch length
EverSewn’s Charlotte is a computerized sewing machine offering professional, high-performance features at a price point lower than equally equipped machines.
Charlotte’s high-performance features include:
70-stitch package of popular stitches with a maximum stitch width of 7mm.
Start/stop and speed functions located on the front of the machine, allowing control without needing a foot pedal.
Automatic needle threader and drop-In Bobbin with clear cover plate.
Feed Dog Drop: Charlotte can be transformed into a quilting or embroidery machine. Lower the feed dogs and free motion quilting or embroidery capabilities are available. This professional feature will enable you to create beautiful quilts and free motion embroidery designs, no matter your level of experience.
Computerized Stitch Panel: An LED stitch panel provides your stitch pattern and stitch length selection, you’ll always know which stitch you’ve selected or with mode you’re in.
Pull-out Stitch Library: Stitch reference card and storage makes finding your perfect stitch patterns a breeze.
Mechanically, EverSewn Sewing Machines are: Built with you in mind, all of our sewing machines are designed to ensure ergonomic sewing and ease of use. Strong from the Inside Out: Built to the highest standards, all EverSewn components are ISO 9001 certified and are tested thoroughly, a metal frame ensures longevity and excellent sewing performance.
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Review:I am EXTREMELY new to sewing but my Mom is so into it and she told me to get a computerized machine. I did my research and I kept seeing Eversewns brand name on a few blogs so I looked into it.. I looked at several machines.. Had NO idea how to pick one.. and finally went for the EverSewn Charlotte. I was also looking at the Sparrow25 but wanted to save some money and did not need all the other features this machine has. AKA I am cheap and wanted to start slow.
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70-stitch package, 7mm maximum stitch width, LED stitch panel
6.5 inch wide sewing space with feed dog drop for both quilting & embroidery
Automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin with clear cover plate & 7 standard presser feet
Fingertip speed control, stitch-width and start/stop,Adjustable sewing speed slider
High Performance features at an exceptional price point.
What’s the best sewing machine for you? That depends on your skill level and budget. Before buying a sewing machine, assess your needs and skills. Consider, too, how you might use the machine when your skills improve (independent shops often offer a free tutorial; many also have classes).
A few hundred dollars buys a good, basic sewing machine that can handle most clothing and crafts projects or quilting. Spending even more gets you additional automated functions, while a top-of-the-line machine can cost thousands. The best part? It will produce professional-quality designs and you don’t even need to know how to sew.
This information is meant to help make shopping for a sewing machine easier. Today’s machines can recommend the proper presser foot, determine the right thread tension and stitch length, size and sew a buttonhole, and automatically cut the thread.
The Basics Singer, Brother, and Kenmore are long established, well known brands, and Bernina, Husqvarna Viking, and Janome have gained popularity. Choose your retailer wisely. Different retail channels offer different advantages. An independent shop might not have the lowest prices but usually offers lessons, more personalized service, and repairs can often be done in the store, sometimes even on the spot. Note that some models are only sold at authorized dealers (usually independent stores), and they offer instructional classes and repairs.
Ask About the Warranty What does it covers, and what does it exclude. Look for sales (stores typically discount sewing machines around Mother’s Day and Christmas) and try before you buy. Bring fabric samples and test several machines on a variety of fabrics and settings to make sure that they stitch evenly and are easy to use.
Use the Right Needle A dull one, or the wrong kind, can bend and damage the fabric and/or machine. Change your needles after every project or when switching fabric types. And at least every two years (more if you sew a lot), take your sewing machine in for a tune-up.
Ways to Save Search online for coupons and ask about upcoming sales and trade-in allowances. Don’t be shy about negotiating with dealers and asking for free sewing lessons.
Check Repair Polices Many dealers offer in-store service. If not, they’ll send you to a repair center or to the manufacturer. No matter who does the repairs, ask about turnaround time, which can vary from days to weeks. Remember that repairs made by technicians who are not factory-authorized can void the manufacturer’s warranty. And keep your machine’s box and packaging, in case it needs to be shipped for repairs.
Sewing Machine Types
Mechanical models are still around but more skilled sewers can take advantage of all that electronic and embroidery/sewing models offer. Here are your options.
Mechanical Machines If you’re an occasional sewer or on a budget, this type should work fine. They require you to manipulate most controls by hand and can handle the basic repairs, hems, simple clothing, and crafts projects.
Electronic Machines If you sew frequently or can spend more, an electronic model can be a worthwhile investment. These shift many tedious sewing jobs from your hands to computer chips. A typical machine offers touchpad controls, LED screen, an array of presser feet for challenges such as piping and topstitching, and settings for dozens or even hundreds of stitch types.
Embroidery/Sewing Machines In addition to all of the features and options found in an elaborate electronic machine, you’ll also have the ability to do monogramming and embroidery for projects such as garments, bedspreads, and pillowcases.
The machine holds a hoop under its needles and moves the hoop in all four directions as the needle sews. You start by stretching fabric over a hoop. Then, secure the hoop under the needle. Designs are built into the machine’s memory, or purchased on memory cards, CDs, or data sticks or linked from your computer. A touch screen or computer link lets you position the design and specify colors for design elements. Often machines let you resize, reposition and mirror designs and sound an alert to let you know when to change colors.
Even the most basic machine should be able to handle a variety of fabrics, from satin to denim and corduroy, without stretching or puckering the fabric or producing loose, loopy stitches. Good task lighting is essential, of course, and there are a number of features to consider.
Automatic Buttonholer Sew a buttonhole in one step and you won’t need to stop and turn the fabric or manipulate a dial. Some machines allow you to insert the button into a slot so that the machine will sew a buttonhole to fit.
Feed-Dog Adjustment Some machines allow you to drop the toothy mechanism below the sewing surface to do free-style embroidery or darning.
Good Ergonomics and Controls The machine should be responsive to pressure on the foot pedal, and not stall or growl when sewing thick fabric or multiple layers. The controls should be easy to reach and manipulate, and the symbols on the machine or LED display should be easy to read. Machines that have more room to the right of the needle provide more space for fabric and your hands.
Lightweight If you’ll be storing the machine in a closet and hauling it out when you want to sew, look for a machine that’s easy to lift and has a handle on top.
Needle Position This feature allows you to move the needle, and stitching line, from left to right, and to have the needle up or down when you stop. Needle down makes it easy to lift the pressure foot and turn a corner without a jump stitch.
Needle Threader It pulls the thread through the eye of the needle and saves you from squinting and prevents frustration.
Presser Feet Find out how many come with the machine. For basic sewing a multi-purpose foot lets you do straight and zigzag stitches, but you’ll want a zipper foot and buttonhole foot too. An adjustable presser foot regulates how tightly the machine holds the fabric while you sew, preventing puckering in fine fabrics and stretching in knits. You’ll find there are hundreds of specialty presser feet to choose from.
Power Switch Use it to turn the machine on and off. It’s a safety feature if kids are milling about. If the machine doesn’t have a power switch think about plugging it into a safety strip with a master switch, says the Sewing & Craft Alliance.
Speed Control Determine the pace at which fabric is fed through the machine, enabling you to sew at a nice, steady tempo rather than stopping and starting.
Stitches The number varies wildly, from the basics, such as straight and zigzag, to decorative stitching. When shopping check a machine’s maximum stitch length and width.
Tension Adjustment You’ll need to change how tight the thread is. When it’s too tight it can result in puckered fabric; if the thread is too loose, the result is loopy stitches.
Top-Load Bobbin Unlike older machines, in which you had to thread the bobbin in a recessed compartment, many machines now allow you to simply slide open a panel and drop the bobbin in. A clear cover lets you see when thread is running low.
Decide what type of sewer you are. Are you going to make clothes for yourself or your family, soft furnishings for your home, or creative crafts?
Get the top machine for your budget but don’t overspend on features you’ll never use.
Have a play with several machines before you buy. Don’t just rely on the store owner to demonstrate things they know well and make it look easy.
Check out the after-sales service. Does it include lessons and servicing?
Set up your machine with comfort in mind, it’s very easy to get engrossed in a project, and you know what happens when you sit in front of a computer for too long.