As a child you probably remember swinging by your Nan’s house and watching her hunched over her sewing machine, detailing a centerpiece or in other occasions sewing a dress for you. There was always something different about the clothes she made, maybe it was the stitching or the fact that she spent a good amount of time, even hours pouring love into what she was making for her granddaughter/son.
As the years have passed by, you have probably realized the practicality of sewing and how useful it can be in various situations. However you’re faced with two options now that you are looking to buy a sewing machine. You can either buy a mechanical sewing machine like your Nan or you opt for the modern computerized sewing machines. Both types have their own versions of a beginner sewing machine and both have their own sets of pros and cons as well. We will however, be focusing solely on mechanical sewing machines in this article.
Mechanical sewing machines require you turn a handle in order to make the motor work or in some cases you have to press down on a paddle that will make the motor work, so it does require more effort and energy compared to its computerized counterpart. They are resilient machines that do not require as much maintenance, just regular oiling from time to time, they last longer and most vintage models can work with any kind of material ranging from cotton to satin and even denim.
Mechanical sewing machines however do not offer as many varieties and options in buttonholes and sewing options like the computerized versions; however they offer basic functions, which are a great option for amateurs, making it a good choice for a beginner sewing machine. Lastly, they’re also a more affordable and budget-friendly option.