A lot of us have been turning to computerized sewing machines to help us complete our sewing projects. It allows us to automate many of the sewing tasks that we used to do by hand. One such example is that we used to draw a pattern on a fabric and then painstakingly sew the outlines to make our monograms. With a computerized machine, you can just select the design you want and the machine will automatically sew it for you.
And with so many options, it can be quite daunting searching through the many available options to find the best computerized sewing machines for you. However, there are a few features that can help you distinguish the best from the rest.
Computerized sewing machines come in different models. There are hybrid computerized embroidery and quilting machines, and stand-alone quilting, embroidery, and sewing models.
As a beginner, you probably don’t have a large budget to play with. It is a good idea to sit down and determine the features you want the machine to have. Most entry-level machines will come with all the features that you need to work on beginner projects.
The basic entry-level machine will come with an LED screen, a monochrome, and other features like automatic threader, and a manual tension control. They tend to have a variety of decorative stitches built into the machine.
A good entry-level computerized sewing machine will come with an automatic buttonhole maker, which can do the task of making buttonholes with virtually no input from you. You also want the machine to have features like a start/stop button, an automatic needle up/down position, variable speed control, and automatic bobbin winding. Some will come with many additional presser feet, but you may have to buy a few extras yourself.
As your skill level increases to an intermediate level, you may need to upgrade to a machine with a few extra features. Most hobbyists should be able to sew most of their projects using an intermediate level computerized sewing machine.
The machines on this level usually have more than two times the features of a basic model. They have many more decorative stitches, additional presser feet, automatic thread cutter, etc.
Some will even allow you to upload your own designs for embroidering and monogramming.
For those who have money to spare, you can get a top of the range computerized machine that comes with all the bells and whistles. Some of these machines can cost several thousands of dollars so it is important to compare features to make sure you are getting the best.
They tend to come with a large touchscreen LED displays that allow you access hundreds of additional features. You can even create stitches directly from the machine and upload your own designs via a USB port.