You don’t need a computerized embroidery machine (although they are wonderful). Even the most basic sewing machines have some built-in decorative stitches—so check your manual. Whatever you do, start simple! You might want to stitch a motif in metallic thread on the back pocket of your favorite jeans. Or have some fun with glow-in-the-dark stitching on pajamas or color-changing thread on a terrycloth bib. It’s so easy to express yourself in stitches!
Your machine is your most important tool, so you want to be sure to choose the one that best suits your interest and needs. There are three basic types of sewing machine. Which is right for you? Read on to learn more.
Regular sewing machines sew straight and zigzag stitches, with some built-in decorative stitches. They don’t allow you to work hooped embroidery, but they do sew beautiful linear stitches.
These top-of-the-line machines have an embroidery module for sewing multicolor, hooped embroidery. They also have an internal computer that programs (he stitching and allows you to edit designs. When the embroidery module is not attached, the machine works as a sewing-only model—with all the bells and whistles.
These specialized machines stitch multicolor, motif- style hooped embroidery quickly and professionally. Keep in mind that they do not sew straight rows of stitches—they’re designed only for embellishing. If you already own a sewing machine but want to do more embroidery, this machine is an excellent tool for expanding your repertoire.
Many sewing machines are computerized, which means they have a large library of stitches, and also allow you to edit, or modify, the stitches. If you’re passionate about decorative stitching, invest in a computerized machine.
A presser foot holds the fabric flat as the feed dogs or embroidery unit moves it along. There are lots of specialized feet that are perfect for fancy stitching. If you buy a special presser foot, make sure it fits on your machine-or buy a shank adaptor kit to make it fit correctly.