I believe every lady has experiences about sewing clothes or other fabrics by hands. When I was young, my mum was always sewing worn clothes stitch by stitch, it may be enjoyable for her, but sometimes it is really difficult when sewing fabrics like jeans and mum may hurt her finger tips. Well, technology has changed everything, especially for recent decades. Machine can replace and free human hands to large extent, and new gears for sewing appeared. Here I reviewed three of the best gears for sewing, including a standard sewing machine, a sewing machine with advanced embroidery feature and a serger.
If you are going to do some everyday sewing work only, then a general sewing machine should be enough. Sewing machine brands and products are endless, so I highly recommend you to just choose the right one but not the expensive one. Brother CS6000i Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized free-Arm Sewing Machine (Ranking No.3 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing on Amazon.com) is an affordable sewing machine which is portable, user-friendly and offers plenty of sewing and quilting features that can meet all you daily requirements. This sewing machine is easy to operate and you can simply adjust and control the operating parameters. You can choose from 60 built-in sewing stitches (including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes); you can select from the 9 included presser feet; or you can use the detachable, oversized table for larger projects; you can even carry it out with the help of the included hard carry case. The CS6000i is born to be an easy-to-use sewing machine with its featured backlit LCD display, automatic needle threader, easy-to follow threading diagrams and adjustable sewing speed control.
If the functions of The CS6000i still cannot fulfill your requirements and you do have extra budgets, then the Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine might be a good choice. This computerized SE400 model not only has all the functions that a typical sewing machine has, it also combines the embroidery features built-in. It is designed to offer great help for finishing highly customized, best end look projects. The SE400 provides basic sewing function utilizing both the 67 sewing stitches and the 98 stitches systems. Plus, advanced function includes embellishing clothing and gifts with its included 4”*4” embroidery capabilities. If you want to create a lot of clothing or fabrics with unique images and patterns, then SE400 is just your choice. Why? Look at what SE400 is capable of! In its built-in embroidery design library, there are 70 decorative designs, 120 frame pattern combinations and five kinds of letter fonts. You can even imports your desired patterns directly from you own PC. And you don’t need to worry about if this machine is too difficult to use because you get started really soon with the intuitive LCD display, built-in tutorials and the quick start guide. With the SE400, practical and beautiful projects will be easily done and I’m sure you will enjoy the creative works of a craftsman!
Well, after talking so much about a sewing machine, let me ask you a question. Do you know what a serger is and what is the difference between a serger and sewing machine? Honestly, I don’t know the exact answer after I do some research. If you cannot tell the difference, let me explain this for you. Basically, a serger should be counted as a sewing machine, too. However, it is a specialized sewing machine and it was called overlock machine before. Generally, a serger utilizes 4 threads with 2 needles, but there are models that can also use 5 threads, while at the same time, most models have the option to use 1 needle and 2 or 3 threads. Then, what’s the purpose of using a serger if I already have a sophisticated sewing machine? Just like I mentioned, a serger is a specialized sewing machine, but specialized in what? The answer is a serger can make a more professional and durable seam than a standard sewing machine. The major advantage of a serger over typical sewing machine is its capability of piercing fabrics together quickly and simply. The serger is a good addition to a sewing machine, but it cannot replace one. The standard sewing tasks should still be accomplished by a sewing machine. Brother 1034D is designed for finishing the edges and hems of a fabric that has wide range. The fabric types that can be finished by the 1034D includes formal wear, linens and stretchy fabrics. The 1034D is the best assistant to any sewing machine due to its creating ability in ruffles and decorative edges. It is reliable and easy to operate, using 3 or 4 thread serger features 22 stitch functions and snap-on, interchangeable creative feet. Different stitch options include 4 thread overlock, 3 thread overlock, narrow hem, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches. With the help of its differential fabric feed, the 1034D helps you accomplish better stitch quality for a more professional finish even on very thin or stretchy fabrics. And don’t worry about the threading problem, this model is easy to thread with the color-coded upper thread guides and lower looper threading system. In addition, the included snap-on presser feet facilitate quick and easy changes to transition to each desired stitch.
Now, I think based on your requirements for the functions and budgets, you should get an idea about which sewing machine or serger you should buy. The CS6000i, SE400, and 1034D are great gears for sewing from Brother. Inc. and you just need to select the right one for you!