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Electric Sewing Machine8 min read

electric sewing machine

What is an electric sewing machine?

The electric sewing machine is a device that is used to sew two or more pieces of fabric together. An electric sewing machine sews not only fabrics but also other materials, such as bags, lather, tents, and more. The electric sewing machine is also used to improve the fineness and appearance of fabrics. Different sewing machines follow their duty to produce perfect products as we want, such as garments, mattress protectors, etc.

In the textile industry, two sewing machines are used: manual swing machines and electric sewing machines. Hands or legs power the manual sewing machine. That is to say, the users have to handle the device with their own hands or legs. Compared with the electric sewing machine, the production capacity of manual sewing machines is low. Because it’s inexpensive and straightforward, most sewing machines are used in trailer shops or homes, which mattress protector manufacturers usually use. The electric sewing machine is driven by electrical power, so it works quickly and smoothly. Due to its high production capacity and efficiency, it is also called an industrial sewing machine. Some standard industrial sewing machines include lock stitch machines, chain stitch machines, overlock machines, zigzag stitch machines, blind stitch machines, etc.

Advantages of electric sewing machine

  • Less effort is needed to finish a sewing project.
  • Sewing manipulation is more straightforward, especially when there is a need to control stitches, and the hands must be busy manipulating the fabric during stitching. Once the foot has mastered foot control, the sewer will not want to sew without it.
  • Most electric sewing machines come with more applications than straight stitching, so one will not need other equipment for different applications like buttonholes, raw edge lock stitching, and three-step zigzag stitches. Sometimes embroidery stitches are also included.

Disadvantages of electric sewing machine

  • The main thing is that you can not sew without electricity.
  • When they first try to learn how to use it, novice users may find it daunting. 
  • To begin with, one must learn how to step on the foot control. 
  • It is continually learning how to reduce stitch speed by adjusting foot pressure.
  • There is maintenance cost, though very minimum for the motor and the foot control on the carbon.

Types of sewing machines in India

Firstly, sewing machines are classified into three types based on their features and again classified into two types based on their functionalities. Overall, sewing machines are classified into five different kinds of categories based on their both features and functionality, as detailed below

  1. Mechanical or domestic sewing machines
  2. Electronic sewing machines
  3. Computerized sewing machines
  4. Embroidery sewing machine
  5. Overlock sewing machine

Buying guide for electric sewing machine

Size- If you choose full-size, determine whether you have a space big enough to keep it by looking at the weight and dimensions of the unit you are contemplating. Additionally, ensure your sewing machine is not too heavy or unwieldy to carry if you intend to pass it around or travel with it.

Included Presser Feet- Your cloth is held in place while you sew with presser feet or sewing feet. Various presser feet carry out various jobs. The majority of sewing machines will at the very least come with a zipper foot and an all-purpose presser foot. A walking foot, invisible zipper foot, blind hem foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, an overcasting foot are a few other useful feet. If you think you need more later, you should often be able to buy more presser feet that match your sewing machine.

Number and Types of Stitches- The most common stitches on primary sewing machines are zigzag, straight, buttonhole, stretch, and a few decorative stitches. More high-end stitches are found on more expensive sewing machines, including quilting, piecing, overlocking, triple play, blind hem, and satin stitching. For the projects you intend to make, it’s a good idea to sit down and determine precisely what stitches you will need.

A sewing machine with an overcasting stitch and presser foot can finish and sew seams professionally if a serger is out of your price range or you don’t have room for one. Be aware that having a serger, which can also trim seams, is not the same as doing this. Adjustable Stitch Width and Length- A limited number of fixed lengths and widths of stitches are available on entry-level sewing machines. These preset take the guesswork of knowing standard lengths and widths for a straight stitch or zigzag stitch, for instance. However, if you want to work more than basic mending or sewing with a straight or zigzag stitch, it’s your best advantage to find a sewing machine that allows you to change stitch length and width. There will be dials for changing length and width on mechanical devices, and on computerized machines, you would use buttons.

Adjustable Stitch Width and Length- A limited number of fixed lengths and widths of stitches are available on entry-level sewing machines. These preset take the guesswork of knowing standard lengths and widths for a straight stitch or zigzag stitch, for instance. However, if you want to work more than basic mending or sewing with a straight or zigzag stitch, it’s your best advantage to find a sewing machine that allows you to change stitch length and width. There will be dials for changing length and width on mechanical devices, and on computerized machines, you would use buttons.

How Buttonholes Are Made- Either one step or four steps are used to create buttonholes. With the four-step buttonhole, the buttonholes are created by manually alternating between zigzag and bar tack stitches. In contrast, a bespoke buttonhole presser foot retains a button, while an automatic one-step buttonhole instantly stitches a precise buttonhole that is the exact size of the control you insert in the foot. If you are new to this and want to sew buttons frequently, I believe this is a sewing machine worth the money.

Foot Pedal vs Hands-Free Sewing- Some sewing machines require a foot pedal to operate. On the other hand, specific computerized sewing machines let you sew without using a foot pedal and just the machine’s buttons. I frequently choose to sew while sitting criss-cross applesauce so I can use my hands instead of my feet with my computerized machine. This function is helpful.

Built-in Free Arm- Built-in free arm results show when you cut off a portion of the sewing machine base. The free arm allows the sewing of narrow cylindrical or tubular items such as pant legs or sleeves. Most sewing machines have built-in free components, which I must have on all my sewing machines.

Moveable Needle Position- Primary sewing machines come with just one needle position. More advanced sewing machines have right, left, and center needle positions. Some very advanced devices even allow you to choose between far-right and far-left places using the computerized touchscreen. While not necessary by any stretch, having multiple needle positions can be helpful with zippers, edge stitching, and difficult-to-sew areas.

Some computerized electric sewing machines also have the option to change the default needle stop position. You can always have your machine stop with the needle up or down. If you often quilt or sew corners and squares, the hand stopping in the down position will make pivoting your fabric around the turn faster.

Automatic Needle Threader- An automatic needle threader is a feature found on most mid-range and higher-end sewing machines that employ a little hook to pull the thread through the needle’s eye. Users with weak hand or eye coordination can benefit from sewing machines with automatic needle threaders. 

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