1. Sewing Machines
While you may know how to sew by hand you might want to invest in a mechanical machine to sew your fabric and materials. Perfect for making clothes, quilts, and everything in between they can get the project done in a fraction of the time you try to manually. They can also be quite durable while producing excellent stitch quality.
Our favorite sewing machines are:
2. Long Arm Quilting Machines
This machine is perfect for you as it’s stationary and can be used in your home.
These machines are a blessing for hobbyists due to their larger throat space. With a larger throat space, you have a very low limit on what you can create. The throat portion of a longarm machine is the distance between the needle and the back of the machine and is also known as the harp area. Larger throats (or harps) can quilt larger areas without advancing the quilt as often.
Because longarms are so long, you may want to consider which longarm machine you want to purchase before settling on a frame. You may want the longest frame they make but not have enough space for it or room to walk around it. Consider where you’ll be setting the machine up and if you rent we recommend checking with your landlord before purchasing the machine due to the vibration it gives off. Please be mindful of your neighbors!
The Long Arm Machine is great for making throws, baby quilts, and even runners.
Our favorite long arm quilting machines are:
3. Sit Down Longarm Machines
A sit-down machine is a machine that remains stationary. When using it you move your fabric to quilt. These are similar to the Long Arm Quilting Machines.
Our recommended sit-down longarm machines are:
4. Embroidery Machines
Embroidering by hand can be very time-consuming. If you want something to quicken the pave while also providing quality we recommend investing in a machine.
Embroidery is a fast and easy way to customize a traditional clothing garment and with a machine, you can create all types of patterns and designs. Some will even come with an LCD screen to import and edit your very own designs. Many will come with built-in designs and fonts for you to choose from, which is a great help for those who might want to take a pre-made design and then customize it further.
Although there are multiple types of machines this one uses a single needle.
Our top picks are:
5. Sewing/Embroidery Combos
Want to add some creativity into your sewing work through embroidery? This it the machine for you! Instead of investing in both a sewing and embroidery machine separately, you can invest in a sewing and embroidery machine combo. Not only does it save you some space, but it also spares you the heftier expense.
Our top combo picks are:
6. Multi-Needle Embroidery Machines
Multi-needle embroidery machines have several “heads” that hold needles. Each of these needles can be threaded with a different color embroidery thread. So instead of rethreading the machine each time you change thread colors, you can just switch to a different head. These are user-friendly and though they are serve a single purpose they can help you make a lot of cool stuff.
The machine not designed to be an all-in-one sewing/embroidery station, just an “embroidery workhorse” according to some. In my opinion, using the Multi-Needle machine’s stitching is of higher quality.
Another perk, the “bed” is not like a sewing machine bed but more of a free arm. So hooping and embroidering items with tight areas like sleeves or baby onesies are much easier on a multi-needle.
The ones we recommend looking into are: