Can I purchase sewing machines at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. With a range of sewing machines from various well-known manufacturers, Spotlight offers you a great choice when it comes to sewing machines. Choose from machines with a range of different features, suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced sewing enthusiasts, and find the right sewing machine for your needs and at a budget you are comfortable with.
Which is the right sewing machine for me?
To choose the right sewing machine, it is important to know what you intend to use it for, and how often it is likely to be used. If you just want to be able to make some repairs and sew occasionally, a fairly basic model will suit you. For sewing larger quantities, a more robust model will be needed, while sewing thicker fabrics such as upholstery fabrics or large quilted projects will need a machine capable of tackling those jobs. Some sewing machines offer computerised stitches, which can be useful if you intend to do intricate embroidery or repeat designs.
What are the main features to check on when buying a sewing machine?
Here are some of the features that every good sewing machine should be able to offer:
Basic stitches: Every sewing machine should be capable of offering you a straight stitch, a zig-zag stitch, and a backstitching option. If you want a little more choice, a stretch stitch and a blind hem stitch are both useful features, and for some people, one-step buttonhole stitches are important too.
Several different sewing feet: Make sure your sewing machine has feet for normal stitching, delicate fabrics, and inserting zippers as basics. Other feet will help you to create blind hems or buttonholes, and there are a variety of fancy feet for specialist jobs too.
Easy thread-winding action: Most modern sewing machines make it much easier for you to thread your bobbins and get sewing quickly, but check online for reviews if you want to be sure what your chosen model offers. Self-threading needles are a godsend when your eyesight is not what it was!
Weight: Depending on when and where you are planning to sew, the weight of your machine may be an issue. If you intend to take your sewing machine to regular classes, for instance, those extra kilos can be annoying during transport!
Free arm: most modern sewing machines offer this option as they are portable and not built-in like the machines of old. A free arm allows the sewer easier access for small area such as collars, cuffs, and corners. Most machines have a platform-like attachment that can be fitted around the free arm to give you more surface space for larger projects.
What else should I keep in mind when choosing a sewing machine?
Most sewing machines can deal with slightly thicker fabrics, such as jeans material, calico or canvas. Simply by using a heavy-duty needle, but if you are planning to sew thick fabrics on a regular basis or want to use your sewing machine for interior design projects such as blinds and curtains, a heavy-duty sewing machine will be worth the investment.