Generally, I feel sewing machines are essential tool, which should be available in every home. Sewing can be easily learned and knowing the basic of sewing is also enough to use sewing machines for fixing your loose or tight clothes, fixing buttons, etc. Latest model sewing machines are the combination of many advanced features and are also easy to operate. You can use our Sewing Machine selector to choose right sewing machine by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.
Basically, Sewing Machines are categorized based on their functionality, and they have also been categorized depending on their features like sewing, quilting and embroidery. Sewing Machines can be categorized into five types:
Let’s get into Mechanical sewing machines, these machines are also called as manual machines/tailoring machine/treadle sewing machine/domestic sewing machines where the basic settings are done manually by the user. These machines are best suitable for the beginners who want to learn sewing from basics. These are simple “silai machine” (sewing machine) with very few features, inexpensive and also easily repairable. These sewing machines have affordable prices when compared with computerized and electronic sewing machines. Looking into its features – it has a built in presser feet, adjustable stitch length, bottom loading Bobbin, adjustable Tension, single (straight and reverse) stitch. Many of the latest model machines have more than one inbuilt stitch pattern. Mechanical sewing machines are not suitable for sewing thick fabrics like denim and leather. One thing of these sewing machines that irritates beginners is threading of the needle again and again. Treadle and hand operated machines have only one straight and forward inbuilt stitch capability.
The sewing machine’s body type depends on the model and its manufacturing company. Mostly they are made of aluminum body (mostly in black color). This domestic old model sewing machine can be stand based or table based. Old model treadle (lever operated by foot) sewing machines or handle based machines runs on human efforts. However, nowadays these efforts are being replaced by an electric motor. The treadle sewing machines take more space and not easily movable.
Some latest mechanical sewing machines have been designed with few advanced features and also a small LED screen to select stitch pattern. Comparatively, these mechanical sewing machines are easy to handle, as these machines don’t need any user’s experience in sewing, best for learners and household purpose tailoring. Efficient for simple stitching and cannot be used for the other decorative crafting purpose like embroidery, etc. Domestic sewing machine prices in India: Rs.2500/- to Rs.15000/-
Now coming to the next level of a sewing machine – “Electronic Sewing Machine”. Electronic sewing machines have more features than a mechanical sewing machine. These sewing machines are the combination of mechanical sewing machine and computerized sewing machine. Basically at present, we Indians are getting crazy about DIY (Do It Yourself) and these electronic sewing machines are very useful for DIY -decorative crafting.
Generally, electronic sewing machines provide varieties of features. These machines are for expertise sewing. And sewing professionals can effortlessly use these machines. These are free arm and motorized machines with light weight, compact size and also some models have an LCD screen to choose the patterns accordingly.
Coming into its features, electronic sewing machines are useful for - good quality of stitching, minimum of 7 in-built stitch capability, embroidering, hemming, blind stitch, buttonhole stitch, , hemming zip fixing, smocking, reverse - stitch lever, stretch stitching, quilting, built in needle Threader, top loading drop in bobbin, auto tripping bobbin, automatic thread cutter, twin needle compatibility, adjustable stitch length and width, adjustable presser foot, adjustable needle positioning, attachment option for other features.
Warranty for electronic sewing machines matters a lot, as these machines need a technicians for repairs unlike mechanical sewing machines. Depending on the model, some uses electricity and some uses battery. Heavy duty machines generally use electricity.
These machines are expensive in comparison of mechanical sewing machines, maintaining these machines is also less expensive. People who don’t sew regularly or don’t need all these features better buy a mechanical sewing machine. Electronic sewing machines are a good choice for professionals/ tailors and expertise people.
These machines can be carried easily. Price of electronic sewing machines in India ranges between Rs.6000/- to Rs. 25000/-. Mechanical and electronic sewing machines can be easily handled, that’s why these are well suitable for beginners. For more information, read our post sewing machines for beginners
Computerized Sewing Machines are high technology sewing machines which can be connected to the internet, computer or design loaded cards. These machines are best suitable for industrial purpose. These sewing machines have inbuilt stitches capacity of a minimum of 50 and maximum of 200.
Computerized sewing machines are big size machines with multiple needles and multiple spool spinners for different color of thread spools for embroidering, sewing, quilting, smocking and many more crafting. These machines work very fast and these are heavy duty machines more efficient and fast.
These machines are mostly used for industrial purposes, large scale fabrics are designed within very less time. This type of sewing machine will have a special feature called Autopilot stitching mode – where machine automatically controls the speed (number of stitches per minute), thread tension and stitch strength.
Focusing towards pros and cons of computerized sewing machines-
Computerized sewing machine price in India ranges from Rs.25000/- to Rs. 100000/-
Embroidery machines are meant for designing different patterns of embroidery on the fabric. Mostly electronic sewing machines can be used for embroidering; an embroidering presser foot can be attached to the machine.
Beginners better choose a zigzag machine for basic embroidering. Whereas professional or skilled level people choose electronic sewing machine model which have embroidering feature with varieties of patterns. Many varieties of computerized embroidering machines are available for industrial purpose.
These machines are expensive in comparison of mechanical sewing machines, maintaining these machines is also less expensive. People who don’t sew regularly or don’t need all these features better buy a mechanical sewing machine. Electronic sewing machines are the best choice for professionals/ tailors and expertise people.
Price of electronic sewing machines in India ranges between Rs.8000/- to Rs. 80000/-.
Overlock Sewing Machines are also known as Sergers they are named differently by different countries, in India we call these machines as overlocks sewing machines. These machines are used to seam or overlock the fabric. In simple words these machines are for joining or sewing the edges of the fabric together (edging single fabric also), these machines are used by professionals or tailors, generally to give the finishing look for the garments. Garment industries use this machine for edging the fabrics like edging napkins, elastic Hemming or elastic seaming in lingerie designing, edging curtains, overlocking on pillow covers and many more decorative crafting.
Overlocker has inbuilt cutter, a blade to cut the uneven edges of the fabric while edging the garment or textile. Basically, overlock machines make loops of stitch over the edge of the fabric. Overlocker stitch patterns depend on number thread it uses single threaded overlock stitch, 2 threaded overlock stitch, 3 thread overlock stitch, 4 threaded overlock stitch and 5 threaded overlock stitch. Single threaded overlock stitch is very weak loop and the number of threads used to edge more strong the loop is. The width and length of the stitch can be adjusted by the user choice.
In India, most Tailors use this 2 threaded or 3 threaded overlock stitch pattern for edging the inner fabric of the blouses or Salwar Kameez and for sewing decorative crafts like laces. Prices of Overlocker vary with the capacity of the thread stitch it can provide. Single threaded overlockers are less expensive when compared with other 4 or 5 thread stitch overlocker.
Generally overlockers are used in textile or garment industry, these machines are very fast and time saving machines. Price of overlockers in India ranges from Rs.3000/- to Rs. 50,000/-
Mechanical sewing machines are best suitable machines for beginners, and these machines are inexpensive. Even treadle and hand operated machine can also be converted to motorized machine by connecting to the motor. Below is the list of some best reviewed sewing machines in India: