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Sewing machine buying guide India

Sewing Machine, a convenient tool for people who are fond of sewing. Sewing machines are of different varieties with different features and functionalities. In India Sewing machine is generally known as stitching machine or “silai” machine or stitching machine.

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Basically, sewing is an elderly artwork which is being modernized along with the time. However, people are very much interested in DIY trend and are following their own designs as fashion, consequently artwork of sewing has always been an essential part of fashion. As already said above that, there are many models of sewing machines available in India such that many points are to be considered before you purchase a sewing machine. You must be clear with your requirement as different types of sewing machines are meant for different types functionalities-stitch patterns. Let’s move to a clear classification of sewing machines.

Types of Sewing machines in India

Firstly sewing machines are classified into 3 different types, based on their features and again classified into 2 different types based on their functionalities. Overall, sewing machines are classified into 5 different types of categories based on their both, features and functionality as detailed below

  1. Mechanical or domestic sewing machines
  2. Electronic sewing machines
  3. Computerized sewing machines
  4. Embroidery sewing machine
  5. Overlock sewing machine

Mechanical or domestic sewing machines

The mechanical sewing machine is referred by many different names like domestic sewing machines, manual sewing machine, standard sewing machine and household sewing machine.

These machines are simple sewing machines with less advanced features and less stitch patterns- stitch patterns are the variety of stitches that can be designed on the machine. Mechanical sewing machines are called manual machines because the settings of these machines are to be done manually and these machines work on human effort and this type of machines are being mostly used as household machine. Treadle machines or pedal operated machines are the old model sewing machines where the wheel of the machine is been operated by the pedal, and the pedal is to be pressed by the user to run the machine. Similarly, hand operated machines are operated by user’s hands, these machines are designed with handle on the wheel of the machine, user need to rotate the handle on the wheel of the machine to run the machine.

These machines are old but still commonly available in the market or online because the human effort of these machines are been reduced by attaching them with electric pedal motors, you just need to lightly press the pedal and you can sew with ease and comfort and this motor is inexpensive (between 500-1000 Rupees). Unlike treadle and hand operated sewing machines, latest mechanical sewing machines are motorized and lightweight. Still these machines are not that good or advanced type because you can only use it to sew a straight stitch or just for sewing normally. These machines are most inexpensive machines in the all five types of machines.

Mini sewing machine and hand held sewing machines are another type of mechanical sewing machines with very few useful features and manually operated. These machines provides you low quality of stitching when compared with any other mechanical sewing machine model. These machines are less expensive because of its low quality and less features.

tradle machines

hand operated sewing machine

Electronic sewing Machine

Electronic sewing machines are different from mechanical sewing machines, these machines are motorized with compact size and lightweight. These machines have different inbuilt stitch patterns about 7-20 (vary according to the model and brand of machine) stitch patterns.

These machines are costlier than mechanical sewing machines, these are the automated sewing machines with advanced features like automatic threading, inbuilt thread cutter, varieties of stitch patterns like hemming, quilting, embroidering, blind stitch, reverse stitch, start and stop button, zip fixing, automatic needle positioning, top loaded bobbin drop, adjustable stitch thread tension, adjustable stitch length and width, the inbuilt presser foot can be replaced with other patterned presser foot, some models are available with a LCD screen to select the feature options and inbuilt light for clear visibility for user. The price of this type of machine varies on the number of the features it has. Some electronic sewing models have USB connectivity option too.

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Usha Janome Dream Stitch Electronic Sewing Machine


Electronic Sewing Machine with 14 Stitch Function
Auto tripping bobbin system, drop feed for embroidery, manual needle threading, 7 built-in stitches, 14 Stitch functions, lace fixing, quilting, smocking and rolled hemming
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These machines are suitable for all types of users- beginners, tailors or professionals and designers and all types of fabric can be handled on these machines.

Computerized sewing machines

Singer sewing machine

These machines are heavy duty sewing machines meant for industrial use. These machines are completely computer operated and high speed machines with advanced technology features. Computerized sewing machines have capability of about 200 inbuilt stitch patterns-embroidery, smocking, quilting, hemming, blind stitch, zip fixing, free arm stitching, autopilot option where machine sews automatically without manual interference, LCD screen, automatic threading, automatic thread cutter, needle positioning, twin needle capability, USB connectivity, internet connectivity- download the design and design it, any design can be loaded over the card and can be connected and designed on the machine.

USB and internet connectivity makes it more efficient. The computerized sewing machines are fast sewing machines and time saver for garment industries.

Price of computerized sewing machines in India varies between Rs. 25000/- to Rs. 1,00000/- and above, according to machine’s efficiency and features.

Embroidery Sewing Machine

Embroidery sewing machines are electronic sewing machines with inbuilt embroidery presser foot. Embroidery is an artwork- design patterns made on the fabric or garment with different colors of threads, like monograms, flowers, etc.,. These machines are meant for embroidering and generally suitable for regular sewers who knows about embroidery. These machines are similar to electronic sewing machines. Embroidery sewing machines are best suitable for designers/tailors whereas computerized embroidering machines are meant for industrial use. However, select an Embroidery Machine which suitable to your requirement is difficult job.

Embroidery machines are expensive machines. These machines can be used for hemming, quilting, embroidering,etc

Overlock Sewing Machine

Overlock sewing machines are referred different in different places, overlock sewing machines are also called Sergers. Overlock sewing machines are completely different from all other four sewing machines, the working and the functionality of overlock sewing machines is distinct. You can refer our post on 'What an Overlock Machine or serger used for' for more information.

Overlock sewing machines, the name itself describe - overlock machines seams or serges the fabric may be one or more than one fabrics together. Generally Overlock sewing machines are used in garment industries where all the garments are seam internally such that the threads of the fabric do not get frayed or spoiled. Overlock machines are used to seam the edges of the napkins, hemming the elastics of the inner garments, seaming the trousers, serging the curtains, T-shirts, pillow covers, hemming the garments.

Efficiency of overlock sewing machine is been decided according to the number of threads it uses, overlock sewing machine have about 5 inbuilt stitch patterns

  1. Single thread stitch pattern- 501 stitch pattern
  2. Two threaded stitch pattern- 502 stitch pattern
  3. Three threaded stitch pattern- 504 stitch pattern
  4. Four threaded stitch pattern- 514 stitch pattern
  5. Five thread stitch pattern- 516 stitch pattern

Overlock sewing machines stitch structure is like a loop, the concept of overlock sewing machine is about needles and loopers. The 501 and 502 stitch pattern uses 1 needle and 1 looper, whereas 503 and 514 stitch pattern uses 2 needles and 1 looper at a time and 516 stitch pattern uses 2 needles and 2 loopers at a time.

502 stitch pattern is stronger than 501 stitch pattern and 503 stitch pattern is stronger than 502 and 501 and weaker than 514 stitch and similarly 516 stitch pattern is stronger stitch pattern.

Overlock sewing machines prices in India depends on the capability of stitch pattern type. 516, five threaded stitch pattern is more expensive than all other overlockers, and 501, single threaded stitch pattern overlocker is very inexpensive-ranges between Rs.3000/- to Rs.5000/-

Difference between types of sewing machines in India

Feature Mechanical machine Electronic machine Computerized machine Embroidery machine Overlocker/ serger
Number of Inbuilt stitches 1 - 7 7-50 50- 200 10-150 More than 20
Suitable for home use Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Motorized latest models are motorized Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB connectivity No Yes Yes Yes No
Light Weight Yes, only latest models Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suitable for beginners Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Automatic features No Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. of Spool capacity 1 1 or 2 1 or 2 1-3 or more 1 to 5 or more
Sewing Yes Yes Yes Some models No
Embroidering No Some models Yes Yes No
Surging/cover stitch No No No No Yes
Prices Starts from Rs.2500/- Starts from Rs. 6000/- Starts from Rs.15000/- Starts from Rs. 8000- Starts from Rs. 3000/-
Adjustable presser foot No Yes Yes Yes Yes
LCD screen No Yes Yes Yes No

Sewing Machines for Home

Sewing Machines are essential tools for the home. People who know sewing are benefited. Sewing machines are not only useful for designing clothes, although you may not be a perfect sewer or regular sewer to design your clothes still you can use a sewing machine for altering -your old clothes, your home decor, fixing your clothes or any.

Generally, sewing is a common hobby of our Indian females, almost all Indian house wives are fond of sewing. Sewing machines are useful when you have DIY projects or need it for altering clothes of your children. Sewing machines save your time and money.

Mechanical sewing machines are best suitable for users who don’t want to sew regularly, but knows how to sew or use a sewing machine. Mini sewing machines are also good choices for irregular sewers.

Sewing Machines for Beginners

Prudent decision should be taken by the beginners. Many types of sewing machines are available for beginners, according to their budget and requirement. If you are a beginner and you are planning to learn sewing and make it as your profession, hobby or use it for your home use then better you go for a good quality sewing machine with more features which makes sewing easy and comfortable. Choose the machine according to your budget and required features like treadle or any electronic sewing machine within your budget.

Many varieties of sewing machines are available with different prices according to its features. Treadle sewing machine is an old model sewing machine, but this is a budget sewing machine for beginners who are looking for a good machine with less features within budget. And beginners who need sewing machine just for temporary use can choose a mini sewing machine. Mini sewing machines are inexpensive sewing machines with compact size and less features. If you are looking sewing machine for decorative crafting like hemming, embroidering or zigzag, then you can choose an electronic sewing machine with advanced features. This may cost you but this might be a great investment.

The beginner must be clear with their purpose of buying, budget, features, your plan- what you are going to sew.

Mini Sewing Machines in India

Mini sewing machines are also known as handheld sewing machines. These machines are compact size machines, lightweight machine with very few features like simple straight forward stitch. These machines are portable sewing machines, easy to operate and easy to maintain it. These machines are used for simple sewing and are not durable. These machines are not suitable for regular sewers, only temporary stitching can be done with this machine. People who need sewing machine for temporary period of time can go for this type of machines, the stitches of these machines are not strong, and thick fabrics cannot be sewn on this mini sewing machine. However, mini sewing machine for beginners is a great tool to know what they are.

Mini sewing machines are manufactured by local companies, the quality of these machines are not that good and the price of these machines is low when compared to any standard sewing machine. Many videos about how to use these machines are available on Youtube. Handheld sewing machines are very small sewing machines looks like a paper stabler. Different varieties of handheld sewing machines are available online. The working of mini sewing machine and handheld sewing machine is different, mini sewing machines come with electric foot pedal whereas handheld sewing machines uses batteries. Images below shows a clear description of their structure and components.

Hand held sewing machines

Mini sewing machine

Sewing Machine online

In India different varieties of sewing machines are available online. Varieties like treadle, hand operated sewing machine, mechanical sewing machine, electronic sewing machine, mini sewing machine, computerized sewing machine, overlock machine, portable handheld mini sewing machine, coverstitch machine and much more.

You can buy sewing machines online according to your requirement and budget. Famous sewing machine brands in India are Singer, Philips, Brother and Usha Janome and these brands are easily available online.

Best Brands of Sewing Machines in India

Many famous brands of sewing machine are available in India. Singer and Usha sewing machines are the elderly and most famous brands in India. In 1990’s Treadle was the only sewing machine model introduced by Singer and also Usha, later they were remodeled and hand operated sewing machines were introduced, and now there are varieties of sewing machines available- Mechanical sewing machine, Electronic sewing machine and computerized sewing machine.

Singer Sewing Machine

Singer sewing machine

Singer is a well known sewing machine brand, there are a variety of models of Singer sewing machines. Below is the list of some popular and top selling models of Singer sewing machines.

Best Singer Sewing Machine Models in India

  1. Singer Solo Straight Stitch Hand Sewing Machine
  2. Singer Start 1306 Sewing Machine
  3. Singer Fashion Mate 3333 Electric Sewing Machine
  4. Singer 4423 HEAVY DUTY Electric Sewing Machine
  5. Singer Fashion Mate 3342 Electric Sewing Machine
  6. Singer 8280 Sewing Machine
  7. Singer Brilliance 6180 Sewing Machine
  8. Singer 1507 Sewing Machine

Usha sewing Machine

Singer sewing machine

Usha is well known brand of sewing machines in India. Usha sewing machines are available in many varieties for different level of the sewers, starting from a simple treadle to a computerized sewing machine. Prices of these machines vary according to their features.

Below is a short list of some best Usha sewing machine in India. Don’t get confused by Usha and Usha Janome, these are the names of the same company, Usha Janome is collaboration of the Indian company, Usha and the Japanese company, Janome.

Best Usha Sewing Machine Models in India

  1. Usha Bandhan Straight Stitch
  2. Usha Janome Wonder Stitch Automatic Zig-Zag Electric Sewing Machine
  3. USHA Janome Dream Stitch
  4. Usha Janome Wonder Stitch Automatic Zig-Zag Electric Sewing Machine
  5. Usha Janome Marvela 60-Watt Sewing Machine
  6. Usha Janome Allure Sewing Machine
  7. Usha Janome Memory Craft 200E 35-Watt Sewing Machine
  8. Usha Janome Dream Maker 120 35-Watt Computerized Sewing Machine

Brother Sewing Machine

Brother sewing machine

Brother is the current trending sewing machine brand in India. Brother’s electronic and computerized sewing machines are most popular and inexpensive machines compared to other international brands. Generally, brother sewing machines have more advanced features and wide range of varieties of sewing machines are available in India.

Best Brother Sewing Machine Models in India

  1. Brother GS 1700 Sewing Machine
  2. Brother GS 2700 Sewing Machine
  3. Brother FS101 Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
  4. Brother GS 3700 Sewing Machine
  5. Brother LS 2000 Sewing Machine
  6. Brother JA20 Electric Home Sewing Machine
  7. Brother INNOV-IS 55P Computerized Sewing Machine
  8. Brother Feature-Rich Sewing Machine

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