Friday, April 22, 2011

Pattern Drafting 101: Sewing Machines

I'm frequently asked to recommend sewing machines to the beginner sewing enthusiast. I thought I would add this to my Pattern Drafting series also.

A basic machine that has a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch will take you a long way! There is no need to drop a pretty penny on all the bells and whistles. I own a brother CS-6000i. I spent around $150 on it about 2 years ago. I have used it a lot, probably non-stop, and it has held up very well. Keep up on the care and maintenance and a machine could last a life time. This is my 3rd machine. My 1st is still going strong and I gifted it to a friend. My 2nd is an embroidery/sewing machine combo which hardly gets used but still works great. So all you really need to know is get a basic sewing machine and read the manual.

The other machine I recommend getting after you've gained some experience and plan to create a lot of clothing is a serger. Sergers are very handy! Not only do they make your seams look more professional and help your clothing to last longer but you can use it for all kind of decorative edgings. I own a brother Lock 1034D.

If you own a basic sewing machine and a serger you are well on your way to becoming an excellent seamstress. Don't forget to practice!

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