Embroidery sewing machine
The MSK-8400B single needle, compound feed walking foot sewing machine is perfect for sewing leather, upholstery, canvas, synthetics along with other medium to heavy weight fabric. Heavy-duty sewing with all the options. With its strong feeding program (major and bottom feed) greater stress foot lift and longer stitch length, the MSK-8400B can quickly sew heavy supplies with heavier thread
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A Buyer's Guide to Your First Sewing Machine
1. What Can You Afford?
Everyone has a budget and recognising whether or not you can actually afford the machine that you want is the first step to choosing the one that's right for you. There is simply no point in looking at high-end machines if you have a limited budget. That way lies disaster. So decide on a budget and stick to it, recognising that there will always be a machine that offers so much more if you just spend just a little bit extra.
If you can only afford a £50 machine, then look around and see what quality second-hand machines are available, either at a dedicated retailer or on an auction site (but make sure any second-hand machine you buy has a warranty). Spending £50 on a plastic Hello Kitty sewing machine is probably not the best idea - no matter how adorable it may seem. A cheap plastic machine won't last and in all probability will put you off sewing. Buy the best you can afford!
2. How Many Stitches Do You Need?
Once you know your budget, you need to start thinking about what you really need. What you need and what looks exciting are two very different things! To sew successfully you only really need a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. These two stitches will allow you to do just about everything you want to do on a sewing machine.
Everything else depends on how you intend to use the machine. My sewing machine has over 200 stitches and I sew every single day, but I very rarely use anything other than my straight stitch and and my zigzag stitch. The rest of the stitches look great, and are certainly fun, but will you use any of them on a regular basis? Are they really a deal breaker?
3. Can You Adjust the Stitch Length?
While you may just use straight stitch and zigzag stitch, being able to adjust both the width and the length of these stitches can be invaluable.
I set my machine to the longest length and machine baste any new designs I'm working on. I set the stitch to its shortest length when I'm sewing up my toy designs, to ensure small, tight stitches. And I constantly adjust the zigzag length and width for appliqué and finishing off edges.
While most machines offer variable stitch widths and lengths, some of the lower priced machines don't, so it's always worth checking.
4. What Attachments Come With the Machine?
Having a selection of presser feet can make all the difference to your sewing day, so it's important to find out which attachments come as standard and which attachments are available to buy separately.
If you want to make clothing, then you should look for a machine that has a buttonhole foot, a zipper foot and a blind hem foot as standard attachments.
However, if you intend to make quilts, you will need a walking foot, a ¼" foot (the seam allowance for patchwork) and if you intend to freehand quilt (and you should, because it's so much fun!) then you'll want a freehand embroidery foot.
Sewing Machine FAQs
A sewing machine is a device which manipulates thread to form a stitch.
What are the uses of a sewing machine?
The uses of a sewing machine are stitching garments, leather, green house covers, car covers, parachute, canvas, bags etc.
What are the two types of sewing machines used?
The two types of sewing machines are household sewing machine and industrial sewing machine.
What is an Industrial sewing machine?
Industrial sewing machines are used by textile manufacturers and customers who need a faster and professional job.
What are the differences between industrial and household sewing machines?
An Industrial sewing machine is faster and performs perfect stitches. They can perform only one operation at a time. While a household sewing machine can perform a straight stitch, a zig-zag, sew on a button or make a button hole with all operations built into the machine.
Whether a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas etc.?
Yes, a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas by using needle feed or walking feet or a combination of both with the sewing machine.
What are the classifications of sewing machines?
Sewing machines can be classified according to its usage. Its classification includes computerized sewing machines, embroidery sewing machines etc.
What are the names of companies who are famous in the market of sewing machine?
The companies which are popular in the production of sewing machines are Singer, Pfaff, White, Brother etc.
How can a sewing machine be purchased?
A new sewing machine can be purchased anywhere once the model is finalized by the customer. But a used sewing machine is best purchased from a trusted dealer. Dealers must have showroom and demonstration facilities.
How can one ensure about the right sewing machine?
By talking and asking questions to a local dealer of sewing machines. One can also get a free demonstration from the dealer.
Charles Fredrick Wiesenthal, a German-born engineer working in England was awarded the first British patent for a mechanical device to aid the art of sewing, in 1755. His invention consisted of a double pointed needle with an eye at one end.
In 1790, the English inventor Thomas Saint invented the first sewing machine design, but he did not successfully advertise or market his invention. His machine was meant to be used on leather and canvas material. It is likely that Saint had a working model but there is no evidence of one; he was a skilled cabinet maker and his device included many practically functional features: an overhanging arm, a feed mechanism (adequate for short lengths of leather), a vertical needle bar, and a looper.
His sewing machine used the chain stitch method, in which the machine uses a single thread to make simple stitches in the fabric. A stitching awl would pierce the material and a forked point rod would carry the thread through the hole where it would be hooked underneath and moved to the next stitching place, where the cycle would be repeated, locking the stitch. Saint's machine was designed to aid the manufacture of various leather goods, including saddles and bridles, but it was also capable of working with canvas, and was used for sewing ship sails. Although his machine was very advanced for the era, the concept would need steady improvement over the coming decades before it could become a practical proposition.