Sewing Machine is a useful device when taken proper care it can be used for many years. It is an expensive device, hence with regular use it should be maintained properly.
Now-a-day, Sewing Machine is considered as one of the useful devices in every home.
Sewing machines are available commercially in different models, such as domestic model, Tailor model, industrial model, portable and electronic model. These may be operated by hand, treadle or electric motor. When choosing a sewing machine, select a model from a well known, reliable manufacturer. Automatic Sewing Machines that make zig zag stitch in addition to the usual straight stitch are also being manufactured and sold now.
The Invention of Sewing machine was the combined ideas and work of many inventors.
In 1790, the first patent was given to Thomas Saint, an Englishman, for a machine that sewed on leather.
In 1832, Walter Hunt developed a machine in his shop in New York City. He incorporated two new ideas. These were the eye-pointed needle and a locking stitch. Many other people contributed to the development of the sewing machine. In 1845, Elias Howe, an apprentice watchmaker from Boston, made a sewing machine that had a curved eye-pointed needle and an underthread shuttle. This machine could sew 250 stitches per minute. That was five times as fast as the fastest hand sewer. In 1846, Isacc M. Singer, an American, produced a machine that had a straight needle and could sew continuously.
Whether attachments and repair tools are supplied with the machine.
Whether spare parts and repair service are readily available.
Whether a guarantee is offered on the machine.
Whether the wooden supports are well constructed and hinges, drawers, locking mechanism etc., are sturdy.
Whether the machine does reverse stitching and whether there are adjustable lock positions for forward and reverse stitching.
Whether the machine is easy to start and stop.
Whether it runs smoothly at all speeds without making holes and vibration.
Whether the needle and bobbin are easy to thread and bobbin winder easy to use. Also make sure that the bobbin gets wound evenly and the winding stops automatically before it is too full.
Whether two pieces of fabric stitched together move between the foot and feed dog evenly at the same rate.
Whether the cover plates are easily removable and all parts readily accessible for oiling and cleaning.
Make sure that you are supplied with an illustrated instruction manual giving directions for operation and care of the machine.