The backbone of apparel industry- sewing machine s, now find importance in households too for basic repair and alternation needs. The advent of technology has helped evolve compact, hi-tech and less noisy sewing machine s for use by common individuals at home—from the bulky and noisy machines being invented and used earlier.

One might not be interested in carrying out professional or large scale stitching at home, but the convenience of handling minor alteration and repair needs of clothes at home certainly appeals to most households.

Also, there is a striking difference in size, features and cost of sewing machine s being purchased for home and industries.

Buying a sewing machine for personal use:

sewing machine7With a host of sewing machine varieties available in the market now and varied sizes and costs a buyer is likely to be quite confused and troubled. It is thus important for the buyer to go through a simple buying guide before he or she begins to hunt for the product.

Assess your stitching needs:

The size of the machine will depend entirely on your requirements. Sit down and assess the extent of stitching requirements and your own capacity of handling it at home. Then select the machine that you find sufficient enough to meet your requirements.

Select a popular brand:

Even if you feel that the usage of the machine will be too limited at your home, quality of stitches and longer shelf-life is something you would certainly hail. Here, buying a machine from a branded company will keep you off the issues of frequent maintenance. All leading brands use high-quality metal.


Apart from the basic stitching features, the machine must be capable of performing buttonhole stitches, basic embroidery skills and ability to interlock.

Location of seller:

One should never buy a machine from a shop located very far off from his or her residence. A nearby shop can also help in situation of crisis when the machine breaks down suddenly and you do not even find a tailor next door.

Know your affordability:

It will make no sense for a person to buy a highly complex and costly sewing machine if he or she is not professionally trained to stitch. Until you find utmost interest in stitching new apparels, it better not to invest heavily on the machine.

Difference between mechanical and computerised machines

While the markets are now full of computerised machines having touch screens and programmable touch sequences, you need to decide whether mechanical machines will serve your purpose right.

Now mechanical machines are also designed in the most compact manner to cover minimum physical space and assist the user in better ways.

Computerised sewing machine s are more friendly and precise. You do not need to make any extra efforts to keep stitches straight or hold them tight. A computerised machine simple follows instructions.

However, there is a huge difference in the cost of computerised and mechanical machines. Computerised ones are 10 times costlier. Computerised machines have stronger motor and built.

Brief history of sewing machines:

While the origin and invention of sewing machine s dates back to 1790, the machines find much more significance in trade in the present century. The earliest sewing machine s used chain stitch concept for stitching of clothes and were used in England in the 17th century.