11 Different Types of Sewing Machines

There are many different types of machines that sew fabric. Each one has a specific use which I’ll explain today. Electronic sewing machines  They’re basic machines with no computerized elements. They have a limited number of stitches – typically 10 to 30, with only 1 buttonhole style (rectangle). The most basic versions will have pre-set … Read more

The Best Sewing Machine Brands (Ranked by Pros)

The most popular sewing machine brands Babylock Bernina Brother Elna Husqvarna Viking Jaguar Janome Juki Singer Pfaff Toyota Note: I’m only including brands that still exist today, and this post is focused on their home sewing machine ranges only. Brother Who are they? Brother was founded in 1908 by Kanekichi Yasui in Japan (source) under … Read more

The Best Sewing Machines for Beginners *All Tested*

I compared 56 sewing machines and picked 7 of the best options to try. After extensive testing, I think the best sewing machine for beginners is the Brother innov-is A16. It’s easy to use, powerful, and has enough features that you can grow with it for years. Buy it from UK Amazon. If you’re from … Read more

I Bought the Brother Ls14s Sewing Machine (6 Month Review)

Here’s my review of the Brother Ls14s (Amazon link) after 6 months of testing. Note: it’s called different things around the world, like the L14s, Sm1400, Sm1704, Lx3817, Xm1010, RLX3817A, and Js1400. I think it’s best for beginners who need a cheap sewing machine for occasional use. It suits everyday projects and light/medium weight fabrics. … Read more

How to Change a Sewing Machine Needle in 59 Seconds (Singer, Brother, Janome)

Here’s how Singer, Brother, and Janome manuals recommend changing a sewing machine needle. I reviewed at least 3 manuals from each brand, so I haven’t skipped important bits. If your machine is from another brand, this post will still apply. Most brands use the same process. Here’s how to change a sewing machine needle (in a nutshell): … Read more

How to Put a Bobbin in Any Sewing Machine – 4 Ways

This is a follow-up from my previous post, how to thread a bobbin. Here’s how to put a threaded bobbin in your sewing machine. This process can be broken down into 3 main stages: Insert the bobbin into your sewing machine. Thread the upper thread system and needle. Pull the bobbin thread up. There are … Read more

Exactly How Much a Sewing Machine Service & Repair Costs UK

I researched what 8 UK businesses charge for a sewing machine service or repair. Here’s the average cost for domestic machines: Type of sewing machine Average service/repair cost (excluding parts) Mechanical machines £50-70 Computerised machines £75-95 Long arm machines £85-105 Most businesses charge based on the type of machine, not brand, except Frank Nutt. Premium … Read more

Exact Sewing Machine Settings for Cotton: Tension, Length…

I checked online manuals to find the exact sewing machine settings for cotton fabric (the “woven”, non-stretch type). I’ll share the tension and stitch length settings you need for thin, medium, and thick cotton. Across the 3 major brands I checked, the standard tension you need is 4, and the standard stitch length is 2.5mm. … Read more