Sewing machines have come along way from the late-60s beauty I learned to sew on. Here is an overview of the three different sewing machines categories:
- Mechanical sewing machines are controlled by wheels and knobs. Some people feel most comfortable having very hands-on control over their machine. I have happily been sewing on mine for almost 20 years.
- Electronic sewing machines are controlled by buttons and offer functions that make sewing a bit easier. They have standard settings so you don’t have to think if you don’t want to. Consider them like a point-and-shoot camera.
- Computerized sewing machines have over 100 stitch options and most have the ability to be updated with ultra cool customizable software programs.
Specialty machines offer an advanced level of performance for specific tasks and include:
- Serger machines finish seams and edges.
- Quilting machines have features specific to quilting including a larger sewing area; also many offer the ability to free-form sew,
- Embroidery machines allow you to sew graphics with embroidery tread. This is a fantastic way to personalize your projects.
If you are new to sewing or just in the market for a sewing machine I suggest you visit your local sewing shop. They will let you test-drive a variety of sewing machines in each category. It’s a great opportunity to really see and understand the differences between sewing machine types and find the one that is right for you. Like many things in life, hands-on experience is the best way to check out what is perfect for you—so go ahead and get personal.