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The best sewing machine to buy

The best sewing machine to buy

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Since it's inception, there has been a daily increase of sewing machine models in the market. However, which one is appropriate for you based on your needs or preference? We'll get into that shortly but let's first give a brief history about the sewing machine.

The Origin of the Sewing Machine

The sewing machine is a device used to stitch textile materials together with thread (or thin cord). Some individuals prefer to call it an Industrial sewing machine. They evolved from needle-driven machines, that professionals from various walks of life made use of in the 18th century.

 The first Industrial machine was invented by Barthélemy Thimonnier which was patented on June 10, 1830 (U.S. Patent 657). By mid-century, a basic hand-held needle work machine, the first chainstitcher sewing machine, was invented by Thomas Saint.

On June 10, 1930, Elna Jørgensen received a patent in Denmark because of a lockstitch sewing machine that was capable of producing 1120 stitches per minute from an eight-dent needle. Everyone was in awe because this machine could produce blouses, shirts, collars, you name it! And it could do this before you say "Jack Robinson". It was a very fast and efficient machine. This led Elna Jørgensen into full time production that very year.

Nobody knew that in 1994, the first domestic machine for stitching buttons was going to be created. It was created by a man called Biro Guillaume. Six years later, his machine hit the market. 1958 marked the beginning of a new machine that was capable of handling a two/four thread chain stitch at once. Eleanor Maitland was the patent of this machine, for which he received worldwide recognition.

In 1851, Isaac Merritt Singer invented the first practical Industrial sewing machine, and it was too good to be true. Machines that were below this standard began to lose market value. There's no how you would have lived during that period, without coming across the machine. It was basically everywhere as individuals were always buying clothes.

In 1844, Walter Hunt was granted a U.S. patent for an "upright sewing machine" that was regarded as an upgrade to previous models of sewing machine. His invention birthed a lock-stitch mechanism as well as several other key features of modern machines. Per minute, it was said the device could produce 400 to 500 stitches. However, people were not really interested in his machine so it didn't go far.



A sewing machine in a sewing room


It would interest you to know that there are several people who have made a fortune from sewing clothes. One of them is Folorunsho Alakija, CEO Famfa Oil. According to an interview with Folorunsho Alakija, her mother provided for the family's needs by sewing. "My mum used to do a little tailoring in our house, and that's how I started my training". She was the tailor for General Ibrahim Babaginda's wife, and that was how her fame began to spread. Today, she is the richest woman in Africa.

Another Individual who has made a name for himself from sewing is Roshan Melwani of Sam's Tailor in Hong Kong. He is famous for his classic suits and other clothings he sows. President Bill Clinton and Russell Crowe are even his clients. That's how solid he is!

What is the best sewing machine for home use?

This can vary depending on your own personal needs and preferences, but there are some models that stand out from the crowd due to their sheer popularity and versatility. The following machines have proven themselves popular over many years of use with home-sewers:


A sewing machine in a sewing room


Brother Innovis 3500D Professional Sewing and Quilting Machine with 66 Built-in Stitches, Semi-Automatic Needle Threader and Drop Feed

For users looking for a reliable and durable sewing machine that can take on multiple projects at once, this is an excellent choice. In other words, you can call it one of the best multi-purpose sewing machine. This model comes in at a close second.

Singer (7258 Model) Stylist Intelligent Technology Buttonhole Sewing Machine with 23 Built-in Stitches, 4 Styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes and Clear LED Display

This machine is what you need if you sow clothes frequently. Whether or not you've gone to tailoring school, with a little practice, you'd be able to use it. You can make different kind of clothes from this machine due to its basic design. It's also great for customizing your clothes because of its different lettering fonts, stitches and buttonholes. You can even carry it like a handbag wherever you're going due to its portability.

SINGER (4423 Model) Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine, 17 Built-in Stitches, Auto Needle Threader and 4 Quick Change Presser Feet

This industrial machine is the best for thick textile materials. Infact, it was specifically created for that purpose. It's a heavy-duty machine. Imagine having 17 in-built stitches and 10 presser feet in one machine, That's the power of Singer 4423 Model! The threading system is also customized to be automatic, so it is expensive, and not the kind of machine you can see anywhere. For fast sewing projects, this is the device you want to purchase. Also, switching stitches has never been better. With the snap of a finger, you have switched from Stitch A to B. It has an LCD display but there is something you need to know, that is, this machine requires proper care. If you can't maintain it, then don't buy it.


A sewing machine in a sewing room


Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine with 10 Presser Feet and 17 Stitches, Lightweight and Compact.

This particular machine is still on demand in the market till date. It's very similar to the sewing machine above but then, it's lightweight and it is used mostly by mothers in their home. With this machine, sewing of clothes would be as smooth as a tarred road, and we are not just talking out of the blues but based on facts from reviews of satisfied customers. 

A versatile machine it is, but it has a major disadvantage. It makes quite some noise when put to use, so if you don't like noise, it might not be a good choice for you.

There you have it, the best multi-purpose sewing machine/ home sewing machine you can find in the market today. Kindly let us know in the comment section if you have used any of these machines before.


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