Sewing Machines

Sewing Machines

At Spotlight, we have sewing machines for everyone, regardless of your skill, the amount of sewing you have to do or your budget. Before investing in a sewing machine, it is wise to decide what your main requirements for the machine are.

Will you be sewing large quantities of heavy-duty upholstery fabric or canvas, or embroidering delicate patterns on baby clothes? Will you need many fancy stitches driven by a computerised programme or a reliable, easy to use work-horse?

With sewing machines from many well-known and trusted brands at great prices, choose your sewing machine at Spotlight and get ready for your next sewing project.

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Can I purchase Sewing Machines from Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Whether you are new to the craft and ready to learn an exciting new hobby or a seasoned seamstress who is looking to replace their trusty machine, then at Spotlight we are sure to have the sewing machine for you. Whip up new clothes, curtains, tablecloths, or fix those that are broken with our fabulous collection of sewing machines at Spotlight.

What do I need to consider when choosing a new Sewing Machine?

Choosing a new sewing machine can be a bit of a daunting task, and the one that you pick will depend on lots of different things. What projects you are likely to complete, how often it will be used, and what features are important are just some of the considerations that should be made. Also, consider the manner in which you will store your new machine.

If it is something that you wish to be able to move around the house at will or put away after each use, it is important that you choose a lighter machine that you are able to lift. However these are often more compact, with smaller dials and a smaller sewing area, so if you plan to keep your machine in one place, you may prefer a larger option. It is also important to consider the accessories that you are likely to need, such as walking feet or a good buttonhole mechanism, which could be a necessity for a dressmaker.

Do you have any tips for using a sewing machine for beginners?

Using a sewing machine is a great skill to learn, and with a bit of needle power in your corner, you will be able to make amendments to your clothes and even create your very own wardrobe, soft furnishings and more. If you are new to sewing, we recommend that you choose a more entry-level sewing machine that is less complicated and yet still has all the basic stitches that you are likely to require. 

While sewing machines might look complex, they are quite easy to learn, and one of our awesome sewing machines will soon have you all stitched up, even if you are a complete beginner. It is important to determine the different parts of your sewing machine and what each one is for, and we highly recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you begin. Set up your machine on a sturdy flat service and sit in a chair that is comfortable and the right height.

Check the instructions on how to thread your individual machine, and look at the stitch adjustments available. Prior to beginning your project, get used to each of the settings by practising with scrap fabric. After you have set up your machine, line up the fabric under the needle so that the bulk of the fabric is on your left-hand side. Lower the presser foot onto the fabric, making sure that it is properly attached by using the lever that is usually situated on the back.

The fabric may move away from you as your sew and to ensure that your seam is straight, it is important that you guide the fabric through the machine using your hands. Do not force or pull the material and if you feel that it is not going fast enough, then try pressing the foot pedal slightly harder.  While it may seem a lot learning how to sew, in no time at all, you will be shopping for patterns, making your own curtains, or perhaps even having a go at quilting.

How should I care for my new sewing machine?

It is important to clean your machine regularly as the build-up of dust and lint can affect the machine’s overall performance. When it is not in use, ensure that you keep it covered with an appropriate dust cover, with some of our products having this included. We also recommend that you take your sewing machine to be serviced, around once a year, to maintain performance for longer. Sewing machines are a great tool to have in your arson, and with just a bit of practice, some tender loving care, and a little bit of practice, you will soon be sewing like a pro.

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