When purchasing a sewing machine, be sure to consider what types of materials you want to sew, how often you'll use the machine, your skill level, and the amount of room you have to store the machine. Your answers will help determine what size and style is best for you.
Sewing machines can be categorized into three basic styles:
An electric machine also uses a foot pedal, but the controls are typically touch screen, computerized settings. Because there is more control with an electric machine, the stitches are often more precise. These machines usually offer 15 to 25 stitch styles and are used by those with intermediate skill levels.
The computerized sewing machine is the most technologically savvy. Its multiple small step motors are all run by a computer processor. These machines generally offer 150 to 250 stitch styles, including embroidery and alphabet stitches for personalizing. They can also be connected to your computer so you can download custom stitches. Advanced sewers are the main users of these machines.
Most machines will have the following features: