Beginner Sewing Machine

by Mrs. Moriya Chesler

Photo by Skalunda | morguefile

Photo by Skalunda | Morguefile

If you plan on getting a sewing machine just for this class, such as buying a new one or borrowing from someone else, here are a few tips on what you should be looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front-loading vs. top-loading bobbin

“Spools of Top Thread”, by RoganJosh | Morguefile

A sewing machine uses two types of thread – a top thread and a bottom thread. The top thread comes from a spool that you place somewhere on top of a sewing machine either vertically or horizontally.

 

 

 

 

“Bobbin with thread”, by Stockarch | Morguefile

The bottom thread is supplied by a bobbin. A bobbin is a cute little thread holder that holds the bottom thread.

 

 

 

 

 

“Front-loading bobbin”, photo (c) Mrs. Moriya C.

The older sewing machines come with a front-loading bobbin compartment. The disadvantage of using this type of machine is that you will have to adjust the bobbin thread’s tension manually and the process is not straightforward, and may be frustrating to the beginner.

 

 

 

 

 

“Top-loading bobbin”, remix, original by Skalunda | Morguefile

The newer sewing machines come with a top-loading bobbin compartment. The top-loading bobbin is easier to place with direction guidelines shown on the machine itself. Plus, you don’t have to adjust the bobbin tension most of the time, unless you’re dealing with elastic thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing-quilting machine vs. embroidery machine

Photo by Skalunda | morguefile

“Basic Simple Mechanical Sewing Machine”, by Skalunda | Morguefile

You are looking for a simple sewing machine. Sometimes these machines perform quilting functions as well and often comes with a wide table attachment to it. A beginner sewing machine doesn’t have to support quilting. You will be using mostly straight and zigzag stitching and sometimes a few fancy stitches for embellishment.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sewing Machine with tray table attachment, may support quilting” , by ronnieb | Morguefile

Watch out for the computerized embroidery machine which is a specialized machine for embroidery but looks like a sewing machine. It comes with an embroidery hoop attachment. You don’t need this for the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mechanical vs. Computerized machine

You should be able to tell the difference between a mechanical and a computerized sewing machine. The latter usually has an LED display on the front of the machine with lots of push buttons or touch screen. A low-end consumer mechanical machine is usually cheaper than a computerized one. You can get a mechanical machine for under $100 at your local department store, while a computerized machine is usually sold for more than $100, and in the $200-$250 range.

If you have any questions, please ask in in the “Comments” section below. Thank you.

Mrs. Moriya Chesler

Mrs. Moriya Chesler

Mrs. Chesler is passionate about the mitzvah of tznius and offers modest and kosher sewing patterns for the general public.
Mrs. Moriya Chesler

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