Whether your sewing skills are beginner, basic or advanced, there’s a sewing machine just right for you. Find your model and must-have features.
As sewing machine technology becomes more advanced, the range of features offered keeps growing. What do these options do and are they right for you? Below is a list of common features, starting with what you’ll find on more economical models and progressing to high-end machine options.Horizontal Bobbin
Picking up the top thread as it passes by, the rotary action of this drop-in bobbin creates a much straighter stitch. Unlike older machines that have front-loading bobbins, tension adjustment and replacement of thread is now easier.
This feature allows sewers to adjust the width of certain stitches, such as zig-zag, to fit the fabric or project design.
Avid sewers will appreciate the ease of using a one-step buttonholer to create professional looking buttonholes. Some sewing machines can be programmed to create buttonholes automatically.
Tackle complicated projects and get professional-looking results with an easy-to-operate computerized sewing machine. Home sewers will appreciate the versatility of computerized models where stitches can be programmed with the touch of a keypad.
Manually adjusting the thread tension on a sewing machine can be intimidating to beginner sewers. An automatic thread tension mechanism sets and adjusts the balance between the bobbin and needle threads according to the type of fabric being used.
Variable Speed Control
This adjustment lever controls the maximum speed of a sewing machine no matter how hard one presses on the foot control. Sewers with a heavy foot can set a slower speed and not worry about having the fabric get away.
This allows sewers to operate a sewing machine without using the foot pedal. Start and stop the machine with one touch.
This button allows sewers to secure the end of a seam without using the reverse button or tying off, resulting in a clean finish.
Want to go beyond simple repairs? Turn a plain T-shirt into a work of art or create monogrammed hand towels. Whatever the project, electronic and computerized sewing machines are designed to create beautifully ornate patterns and designs on fabric.