Saturday, June 18, 2016

3 Awesome and Reliable Sewing Machines 2016

If 2016 is the year you are learning to sew, improving your sewing skills, or just want to upgrade your sewing machine - check out this short list of great, reliable sewing machines: 2016.

(I tried to choose mid-priced sewing machines that are suitable for different skill levels - if you don't see your favorite, please leave a comment to share info with the other readers.)

3 Reliable Sewing Machines 2016

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this Singer!
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist: The SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist is a 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with a good reputation for quality. (Yeah, I actually did just write 600 stitches!) That is a mind-boggling amount of preset stitches you can use to create, well, pretty much anything you can imagine. What surprised me even more than the number of stitches the Quantum Stylist can create was the fact that it is a quality machine with so many features for under $350. While I have bought cheap, 69 dollar sewing machines at Walmart, and they did work - sort of okay - I generally expect a decent quality sewing machine to cost about $500, and not have many 'extra' features at that price. 

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this Janome!
Janome Magnolia 7318: The Janome Magnolia 7318 is an 18-stitch sewing machine made with the Janome high-quality standards packed into a relatively simple machine. (Oh, and it's super cute as a bonus!) This Janome features a 7-piece feed dog assembly, and what that does is it provides a precise level of control as it feeds fabric under the needle. I saved the feature that excited me most for last, it has a top-loading jam-proof bobbin system. Jam proof! If you've ever had to unjam a bobbin case, you know what a big deal that is and why I consider it an amazing feature - if you haven't, well, just know you don't want to.

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buy this JUKI!
JUKI HZL-35Z: I associate the name JUKI with quality sewing machines - probably because they were a standard piece of sewing equipment in the sewing factories where I worked when I was younger. The HZL-35Z has the 'pretty' look of a home sewing machine backed by the quality of the company name. This sewing machine has a drop feed that lets you do both quilting and free-motion sewing. It has a free-arm feature for sewing inside sleeves or pant legs. And, it has an automatic needle threader, which is a cool feature for those of us with vision problems. The JUKI HZL-35Z also gives you 27 different stitches to complete your sewing projects with just the right details. 

Thanks for reading about these three awesome and reliable sewing machines. Feel free to share your thoughts or questions below.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Compare Sewing Machines to Find The Best One for You

Compare Sewing Machines to Find The Best One for You

By: Daphne Thomas

Compare Sewing Machines image courtesy of Pixabay

Before you buy a new sewing machine, you will want to compare sewing machines to find the best choice for your needs.

Sewing machines have come a long way over the years, no longer are they merely for sewing hems or creating quilt tops. Today a home sewing machine can make fancy stitches, embroidery and much, much more. Choosing the best sewing machine for you will depend a great deal on what you plan to do with it. If you plan to sew a couple times a year and your designs will be simple, a standard machine will do the trick. However, if you are a craft master and plan to take on all types of projects, you will want something a bit more advanced.


Your budget may limit your choices for a new machine. Sewing machines are like other electronics - they can range in price from cheap to expensive. Decide how much cash you can spare and then set your budget. Once you have a figure in mind, begin comparing machines that fit within your financial guidelines.


Now that you have a good idea of what you will be doing with your machine and how much you can afford to spend, begin researching the different models available. The Internet will be your best friend when it comes to this research because you can compare features, cost and even reviews side by side. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can save specific information about each machine and refer to it later. This research will be helpful even if you are planning to buy locally. Simply print it off and take it to your local shop.

Specials and Buying Online

While you may prefer to buy locally, take the machine home immediately and get sewing, you might find that online shopping will save you a ton of money. The Internet is prime ground for deals and specials you often cannot find anywhere else. Online retailers have a lot less overhead and can cut prices to benefit consumers.


Reasons many people prefer to buy at a local shop are the classes and instruction often offered. Perhaps you have never sewn before and want to take up a new hobby. What you want to remember to do is compare the increased cost of the machine versus the value of the class. In fact, you could buy a machine online cheaper, pay for sewing classes and still come out ahead.


Sewing machines range from garden-variety disposables to full-blown embroidery and quilting machines that will run you several thousand dollars. Choosing the best one for you will depend on your wishes and available funds. Compare models carefully so you find the best machine to fit all your needs.
About Author Daphne Thomas shares more tips on how to compare sewing machines and some great sewing tips and techniques on her site at
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