A sewing machine is an electronic machine usually used to sew fabrics and other materials together using sewing thread. Sewing machines have been invented during the early Industrial Revolution to reduce the amount of manual sewing labour done in garments businesses. With the invention of sewing machines, the business of sewing rapidly expanded. With the progress in technology sewing machines became more efficient, faster and cheaper.
Today there are numerous brands available in the market of sewing machines. But knowing which one is best suitable for your sewing needs is very important. There are three main categories of sewing machines – the mechanical sewing machines, digital sewing machines and the automated sewing machines. Let us discuss each category separately.
The mechanical sewing machines are suitable for home use. They are generally powered by the push of a button and can be used in a variety of conditions. This includes the garment dryer and even the washer and dryer in your home. These types of sewing machines are suitable for stitching both heavy and light fabrics.
On the other hand, industrial machines are designed for industrial or commercial use and can be used in high-production situations. Industrial machines include heavy duty and even super heavy duty sewing machines for a professional market. Digital machines work by using computer based programs to control the sewing process. They are suitable for home use where embroidery stitches are not important.
As far as the automated sewing machines are concerned, they differ in terms of the quality of the stitch, the number of needles, feed speed and the needle clearance. Automated sewing machines generally require fewer stitches than a mechanical machine and hence are cheaper. However, their efficiency is less than the mechanical ones. As far as the home-use sewing machines are concerned, quality and efficiency are more important and the patents are accordingly filed for such home use devices.
The basic sewing machine parts include the body, the head, the motor housing and the legs. Sewing machine parts consist of: the bobbin, the needle, the presser, the foot and the thread. Most of the sewing machines use electricity but there are some that use hydraulic pressure. The most common sewing machine parts are the bobbin, the needle, the presser, the feet and the thread. The parts are joined with pins, rivets or screws.
There are several types of industrial sewing machines available in the market. There are the straight-stitch machines, the cross-stitch machines and the velobindrical machines. The commercial machines come in different sizes and types and are built for heavy-duty work. The industrial machines sew through heavy materials like denim and silk. The commercial machines are also available in various colors like black, red, blue and gray. Typical industrial sewing machines are built around a rotating platform.
There are several advantages of using electronic machines over the other types of machines. The first advantage is that it eliminates or reduces the need of stencils. This reduces wastage of fabric since only a single copy of the pattern can be produced. Electronic sewing machines are easy to maintain and are fast to repair.
The best suitable machines should meet the requirements of the sewer. For instance, there are some sewer who use sewing machines for machine embroidery which are available in the category of the light weight, portable and with good leg capacity. Such type of sewer requires the best suitable machines which have a strong motor to ensure smooth functioning and with sufficient power. On the other hand, the heavy duty type of sewer requires the electronic machines for heavy-duty stitching. Such heavy-duty machines are usually the vertical type of machines and they can easily sew through thick materials like denim.
When we talk about the types of sewing machines then there are two basic categories i.e., the automated and the manual. The most commonly used in embroidery machine are the ball point, brush and detachable needles. A good quality embroidery machine should be having the features like feed control, auto threader and auto threading facility. Feed control ensures that the fabric is fed in the correct direction without any hassle. Auto threader is a feature that threads the fabric automatically when the needle is pushed while threading. The last feature is the threading facility which allows the machine to stitch the thread automatically after pressing the button or the dial.
The Zig-Zag machine has been very popular since its invention. It is one of the most widely used sewing machines in industrial sector and some other industrial sectors as well. It is the most suitable machine for the stitching of curtains and can be also used for other small items such as buttons, tags and belts etc. There are some machines with one or two zigzag bars which are designed to produce finer stitches. This particular feature enables the users to work on fine fabrics with ease and reduces the wastage of the yarn.
Last but not the least, the industrial sewing machines are useful for the stitching of large items such as furniture that need to be stitched in a large number of stitches. It is designed to sew through the thick material with ease and can be used for many years without any problems. It also allows the user to press the button or the dial even if there is already a stitch. The industrial machines are reliable and have been able to serve the users successfully for many years. Many manufacturing industries, whether it is a clothing factory or an industrial plant uses these types of machines for their daily work.