Home Sewing Machines - Pros And Cons

Home Sewing Machine
Home Sewing Machine

When It All Started...

A home sewing machine is an electric or even a mechanical machine that can be used to sew fabric together using a needle and thread. Sewing machines have existed since all the way back in the 1800s.

There are a variety of different types of sewing machines available and most people are most familiar with home or so called domestic sewing machines. They are a great tool for sewing clothes and other household gods, and by the middle of the 19th century, these sewing machines became common place in most homes for the production of clothing.

Choosing The Right Model...

Common Features In Home Sewing Machines

While home sewing machines started out as machines that had to be worked with the foot, they are now fully electronic. Today you will find that home sewing equipment comes with more great features than ever before.

While every model has different features, there are many features that they have in common. With the rise of technology, sewing machines are making it easier and easier for people to sew today. Most sewing and embroidery machines that you'll find today for home use include a free arm, which is definitely helpful and they often have storage for your accessories in them as well.

You'll find that many of them also come with a variety of different needle positions and simple bobbin winding systems that work quickly as well. Many come with a variety of utility stitch functions and many even have decorative stitches that are built in as well.

You'll find that many machines are actually computerized as well, and you can easily use the LCD screens to pick out your stitch patterns, length, width, pressure, balance, and tension as well. Some even allow you to monogram with a special built in alphabet.

Quilt stitching comes along with some home sewing machines as well as zigzag stitching. Today most of these machines come with an automatic needle threader that makes it easy to get the thread in right and the pressure foot often comes with automatic controls as well.

How To Thread A Sewing Machine

Pros of Home Sewing Machines

1. Sew Your Own Clothing

One of the main benefits that can be enjoyed when you have your own sewing machine at home is that you'll be able to sew your own clothing. In some cases, this can save you some money, and you can be sure that you'll get the perfect fit every single time. Also, no matter what the styles of colors are in the stores, you'll be able to make yourself exactly what you want to wear.

2. Make Home Furnishings

Not only will you be able to sew your own clothing, but you'll also be able to make your own home furnishings. This can actually be a lot of fun if you have the time, and you'll be able to create furnishings that are just the style and colors that you need.

3. Enjoy Great Quality

You'll find that you can benefit from using your own home sewing machine because you'll be able to product things that have great quality. Today there are many companies that are cutting corners and their clothing and other sewn products are not high quality. If you know how to sew, you'll be able to make your things of higher quality than if you purchased them already made.

4. Great Prices for Sewing Machines

Today you'll also find that the prices on sewing machines are coming down. You can get great sewing machines for a couple hundred dollars that will do an excellent job for you.

Cons Of Home Sewing Machines

1. Sewing Takes Time

It is important that you remember that sewing takes time, and to many busy people, this is really a con. If you don't have enough time, then purchasing a sewing machine may not be for you.

2. You May Never Use I (Or Rarely)

Another con is that many people purchase the machine, but they end up never using it. Some don't have the time and others just lose their inspiration.

3. Fabrics Can Be Expensive

Making things with your machine may not be a huge benefit if you have to pay huge prices for good fabrics.

The Final Choice

Home sewing machines are wonderful inventions, and they have definitely made life easier for many women. However, they are not for everyone.

If you decide to purchase a sewing machine for your home, make sure that you compare prices and check sewing machine reviews so you'll be sure to get the best possible machine for your needs.

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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

Great hub. Very helpful, thanks!

Selena 3 years ago


Lexi11F-L 3 years ago

Amazing I love Hub very helpful as always

Offended Customer 2 years ago

I would like to share my thoughts on one of the latter paragraphs:

I find the phrase 'easier for women' incredibly offensive because it implies that only women sew and it is our place in the home. Frankly, that spoiled what was an otherwise helpful article. I shall not be reading any of your articles again.

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