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2 Popular Types of Sewing Machines with Functions & Uses

Learn about the most used types of sewing machines. In this article, we have discussed both the domestic and industrial sewing machines. Read more

2 Popular Types of Sewing Machines with Functions & Uses

Tailor lives a quite different life than a normal person. They know what normal people might not know. For example, someone who has never stitched anything doesn’t know that today we have multiple types of sewing machines.

Most of us only know the types and models of mobile phones or laptops. But sewing machines are somewhat of a hidden treasure.

So, if you are interested in sewing, and want to purchase a good and reliable sewing machine, then it is extremely crucial for you to understand the various types of sewing machines available in the market.

How Many Types of Sewing Machines are There?

In this article, we aim to share the 2 amazing types of sewing machines and their uses. So that you may understand which type you need.

Many times, people assume that the most advanced type of sewing machine is the one they must buy. However, in reality, that is not the case. You only require a sewing machine type that suits your needs and requirements, buying anything irrelevant would only put a toll on your budget.

Here are the categories of sewing machines:

The sellers and manufacturers of sewing machines have divided the sewing machines into different categories. Some of them are purely for domestic use while others can assist in factories.

  1. Domestic sewing machines.
  2. Industrial sewing machines.

Types of Domestic Sewing Machines

As the name implies domestic sewing machines are the ones that are used at home for everyday purposes.

But thanks to science and technology, even these sewing machines are now available in various types and forms. So let us explain each one of them to you.

Classical Sewing Machines

classical sewing machines for sewing work

These are the ones that our grandparents were using and now we only see them in the storeroom. So whenever our parents need a quick stitch, they would take that heavy metal sewing machine out.

You can keep them as a piece of art, but luckily, even after ages these sewing machines still work pretty fine. However, a beginner who has no idea about sewing machines will consider them complex and hard-to-set machines.

Pros:
  • Sturdy and reliable.
  • Comes with a standing table.
  • Old people would love to use it.

Mechanical Sewing Machines

mechanical sewing machines for domestic use

These are the most common types of domestic sewing machines. One can easily purchase and use it, as most are affordable and portable. Old women and parents would love to use it, as it does not require a lot of energy to carry them.

Then many mechanical sewing machines come with manuals and guides too. The main thing that distinguishes a mechanical sewing machine from others is the way it is used. It comes with several buttons and dials to adjust and set the machine.

People who don’t like to use the more advanced sewing machines and wish to stay with the classics can try using a mechanical sewing machine, it is a blend of both the old fashioned sewing machines and modern ones.

Pros:
  • Easy to carry.
  • Affordable.
  • Easy to maintain.

Electronic Sewing Machines

electronic sewing machines for domestic use

Here again, the name is pretty self-explanatory. The electronic machines are an upgrade of the mechanical sewing machines. They have a few features that are automatic and electronically upgraded.

You don’t need to use any of your limbs to make the electronic sewing machine work. A single button will make the machine go and solve all the issues. For example, there will be motors or batteries attached to make the machine work.

It would be a fine pick for both beginners and professional tailors. As far as the price of electronic sewing machines is concerned, due to added value and features, it is obviously more than the mechanical sewing machines.

Pros:
  • Easy to carry.
  • Easy to use.
  • Comes with advanced features.

Computerized Sewing Machines

computerized sewing machines for domestic purposes

For a beginner, the best type of sewing machine for domestic purposes is a computerized sewing machine. It comes with several advanced features that not only guide the tailor but also help them to create new and unique styles that are often impossible to make with a manual sewing machine.

This ease of stitching comes with a price. Therefore, computerized sewing machines are relatively more expensive than manual and mechanical sewing machines.

Unlike a mechanical machine where you were supposed to set stitch length and other features for a single buttonhole, here you get the buttonhole sensor.

Then for each stitch, the machine will give you suggestions in a way that a new tailor would be guided enough to create a masterpiece.

Then thread trimming and reverse stitching will be a matter of a few seconds. No need to turn the dial, a simple click will be enough to set that.

In short, the computerized sewing machines come with a mini-computer, that will not only make the work fast but also help you understand what you will get as a result of certain actions.

Just like you use a computer you may upload some designs on the machine, and it will automatically sense the etch used for that. Then the sewing machine will adjust itself for that design, and Viola! You would get that exact stitch design within no time.

If you have a good huge budget, then there is no harm in selecting a computerized sewing machine instead of the mechanical one.

Pros:
  • Fast work.
  • Easy to use.
  • No need to use your hands.
  • Advanced features.
  • Suggestions.
  • Helps in complex design.

Embroidery Machines

embroidery sewing machines and its uses

To be honest, I have also assumed that embroidery is only possible by hand, but now it’s not like that. If you are fond of embroidery, then you need a separate type of sewing machine for that. It does not look like the regular sewing machine, however, it’s more like a different setup with a unique design.

Even for the embroidery machines, there are subtypes.

  • Schiffli embroidery machine.
  • Single-head embroidery machine.
  • Multi-head embroidery machines.
Pros:
  • Handy embroidery sessions.
  • Freedom to design.

Quilting Machine

quilting sewing machines and its uses

It is quite similar to the regular sewing machine with a very simple difference. It is specially designed for people who make quilts or do some sort of quilt-related business. As it would get hard to stitch a quilt with a regular sewing machine, thus, it comes with a larger area for the armrest, where you may place the quilt, and stitch it very easily.

Pros:
  • Comes with a large space.
  • Ideal for long and huge pieces of clothing.
  • Similar to electronic/mechanical sewing machines.

Types of Commercial Sewing Machines

If you are planning to start a garment or tailoring business, then a sound knowledge of industrial sewing machines is a basic necessity.

So here we are with a detailed analysis of the types of sewing machines for industrial purposes.

Heavy-duty Sewing Machine

heavy duty sewing machine and its uses

These are the most common types of sewing machines for industrial purposes. You can find electronic and computerized heavy-duty machines both.

Often these machines are attached to the table, as it is assumed that there will be plenty of cloth to stitch at an industrial scale, so a small armrest would not be enough.

The only purpose of these machines is to stitch fastly and with precision.

Sergers Machine

serger sewing machine uses

You might have seen various ready-to-wear clothes that are stitched with multiple overlock stitches. Unlike the regular homemade or tailor-made stitches, these clothes are more durable, and tearing them is nearly impossible

To do this companies use serger machines. They are not like a regular sewing machines and use multiple thread sources to stitch fabrics.

For commercial purposes, serger machines are often used to create fine seams, and borders for clothes. For example in denim pants using a serger machine is really important.

You can tell that it is a serger machine just by looking at it, as it has almost two to three thread sources, and thread piles. One thing about serger machines is their limitation. You cannot stitch any other thing with this machine, only overlock. That is why this machine is also called the overlock machine.

On the dark side, a person oblivious of its specs cannot use the serger machine properly, it has some weird and confusing configurations, and only experts know about it. Moreover, the serger machines are very slow even when used in industries.

Blind Stitch Machine

blind stitch machines and its uses

The name of this sewing machine is pretty self-explanatory. In some cases for industrial stitching, especially when designer clothes are being made, there is a need for blind stitches. These stitches are necessary to keep the cloth intact but often come at the front side of the cloth.

It is not like using some invisible thread, but an invisible inner folded hem or seam is created by this machine. Doing so is nearly impossible with a regular sewing machine.

It is only required for commercial purposes to create seams and hems on the front side of a suit. It creates a sense of illusion, and the end result would not have any signs of extra thread and stitches.

Chain Stitch Machines

chain stitch machine its uses

Creating chain stitches with an average domestic sewing machine is quite complex, and for industries, it is very important to stitch hems and designs with chain stitches. As a solution, we have chain stitch machines that use two needles and two threads to create a loop like a chain.

It is a very common sewing machine in industries, and if you happen to have any denim, then you can easily see a chain stitch on the hem of your pants.

The sole purpose of this machine is chain stitching and nothing else, so why would it be added to the domestic sewing machines category? It is merely used in factories where they need to make extra strong and durable stitches for hems.

Cover Stitch Machine

coverstitch machine its uses

It is often used in the woolen clothes industry, where they need to stitch the sides of woven sweaters and gloves. This machine also uses multiple fabrics and is used to create seams and hems for woven fabrics.

Unlike regular serger machines, it creates a bit of loose but durable seams with double threads. It does so by retaining the stretch of the woolen fabric.

Final Words

That’s all folks!

Currently, there are more than these types of sewing machines, but these were the most general ones. You might need to select and buy all the industrial sewing machines as each one of them performs a specific necessary function.

However, for domestic sewing machines, it would be better to select any of them which suits your needs.

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Mariam

I did my bachelor's in journalism and English literature from the University of Punjab, and now I am going to start my master's in the English language, I love to write and I have written a great deal since 2016.