New To Sewing Machines? Here’s How To Choose The Right One – Part 2

August 19 2011No Commented

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What Sort Of Stitching Patterns Do I Need?

There are two stitches that folks new to stitching will want. These are the straight stitch and zig zag stitch

All machines have a straight stitch, its the most common and most used stitch by just about everyone. So its pretty much the default.

Most machines will have a zig zag stitch but be certain to check as there are machines out there that do not have this. They are far and few between, but they’re still out there, so just make sure to check it out.

There are a couple of other stitching styles that are good to have but are not necessary. These are button hole stitch and stretch stitch.

Stretch stitch is perfect for for anything that requires a little room to manouver around the seam, so its good for a patchwork quilt which use a number of different materials, but it isn’t required.

Don’t be too nervous about getting a button hole stitch, a few people love this sort of stitch, but button holes can be done with a zig zag stitch setting.

Any Other Tips?

Check the machine can be reversed or is able sew backwards. This is fairly significant as some older machines do not do this and its truly handy when you have to do this.

Always get the seller to show you how to thread the machine. Nearly every machine has a different way of threading the needle. There’s few things worse than having a new machine to play with and having no idea how to start using it.

If you purchase one and forget this step, you could get lucky and find a video that shows you the correct way to do it on YouTube, but this should really only be a back up solution.

If you’re purchasing a used machine, remember to check the electrical cord for indications of fraying and wear. You do not want to get electrocuted while sewing a quilt!

Keep these tips in mind and you’re certain to buy a winner!

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