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.
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!