Learning to sew can be intimidating, but the best sewing machines for beginners can help you master this skill in no time. But with tons of options online — not to mention trying to decode new terms like "presser feet" and "bobbins" — it can be hard to sift through the choices. To help you narrow things down, I've deciphered a few sewing machine terms for you, and highlighted some considerations to help make your decision easy.
Helpful Sewing Machine Terms:
- Presser foot: a changeable piece that holds fabric in place and lets you take on various tasks, like sewing on buttons, hidden zippers, or trimming fabric
- Bobbin: the cylinder that holds your thread
- Pre-set stitches: a sewing machine's programmed stitch types (running, blanket, zigzag, etc.) that can be adjusted on a dial or LCD display
- Thread cutter: replaces the need for scissors
- What you're using it for: If you're just looking to make small repairs and sew buttons, you can get by with something simple. If you're looking to sew denim or quilts, however, you'll need a little more power.
- Mobility: Do you have a designated sewing table or do you need to store it easily in a cabinet or closet? Knowing weight and dimensions can help you make the right choice.
- User-friendliness: A few features — like automatic threaders and built-in thread cutters — can help cut down on frustration and speed up your sewing. You'll also need to find the right balance of features: A machine with all the bells and whistles can be overwhelming for a beginner, but you also want a machine that's involved enough to keep up with you as you develop a little expertise.
Now that you've got a lay of the land, here are my picks for the best sewing machines for beginners.
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