One of the determinants of prices of sewing machines is the how sophisticated they are. Multi-functional sewing machine are relatively more expensive that those with single functions. Before you go out shopping for your sewing machine, it will be smart to know more about the available types of sewing machines to be able to make informed buying decision.
Below are the different types of sewing and embroidery machines you can find in the market today in Nigeria.
The mechanical sewing machine is the most basic sewing machine available and they are rarely made these days. The portable mechanical sewing machine is powered by a wheel on the side of the machine and are easily moved around. The house to house clothes mender carry these on their shoulders are they move around. The other type is not portable and are powered by a foot pedal. These mechanical sewing machines are not powered by electricity. They are quite popular with tailors in Nigerian rural areas where electricity is most unreliable. In general, this mechanical machine is used for less complicated sewing. However, many Nigerian tailors or fashion designers have mastered ways making the most of this type of machine.
The handheld sewing machine is lightweight and very portable and can be held with one hand. It is usually for very simple projects and practical for mending clothes. They are mostly battery driven. They are not for complete design or intensive projects. They are easy to travel with.
The electronic sewing machine, unlike the mechanical sewing machine, runs on electricity. Putting pressure on the hand or foot pedal regulates the speed.
The computerized sewing machine is for sophisticated projects. You can program a design with the computerized sewing machine. It has a screen or a LED screen in which you can choose a pattern from its numerous pre-programed function. It has a memory function in which your patterns can be stored. Some of them allow more patterns which can be downloaded from the internet to be uploaded and stored in the machine. Some of them have USB ports that make upload of patterns possible even without access to the internet. This type of sewing machine sews very fast and handles more sewing project.
The embroidery machines in the market today are computerized. Embroidery is very popular in Nigeria since most of our traditional dresses are embroidered. The more sophisticated and intricate the embroidery is the better. Some of the embroidery machines in the market today are combo which means they combine normal sewing functions with embroidery. Embroidery machines, just like the computerized sewing machine, can store pre-programed designs and patterns. There are two types of embroidery machine: 1. Single head and single needle machine which mainly supports one color thread at a time, and 2. Single head, Multi-needle machine which supports multiple color threads at a time making them very time efficient and commercially viable. This multi-needle machine has between 4 – 10 or more needles at a time. Some of the embroidery machines in the market today include Singer XL400 Combo sewing and embroidery machine, Brother SE400 Combo sewing and embroidery machine, Brother PE770 Embroidery Only machine. Embroidery machines are not cheap but you can find them at reasonably cheaper price by comparing prices first before you go out shopping for one.
The Overlocker sewing machine is used for finishing hems and seams in clothes. It uses multiple needles and threads and also trims away excess materials.