Treadle Sewing Machines

What is the best sewing machine?

Hi I want to buy a sewing machine. I'm a beginner. Oh and also I will not buy any more sewing machines after this. This will be my one and only sewing machine. Please refer me to something I can find in store...my budget is still undecided.....please refer to a few more. Thank you!
Okay I'll wait for Kay. I extended the expiration date.
Oh and what is the difference between compact, electronic, computerized, and embroidery?

Compact just means smaller than average. You probably don't want that if you're going to be sewing anything large at all... even a skirt. Electronic machines use servo or stepper motors to move the needle, as opposed to mechanical machines, which use mechanical linkages to do the same. Mechanical machines tend to stall at low sewing speeds because there's not enough force from the motor to get the needle through the fabric. Electronic machines will not stall at slow speed, and give you the full punching force of the needle at any speed (which is really nice to have!) Computerized machines are electronic machines with a CPU in them -- they're primarily machines capable of embroidery also, ones the user can program through a variety of means, but they're basically electronic machines that can do more. Embroidery machines are computerized machines that come in two flavors -- embroidery only and combination sewing/embroidery. If you want to do computerized machine embroidery, most of my friends who do it prefer to have separate embroidery and sewing machines... then you can sew while the embroidery machine is chugging along. But you can do hand guided ("free motion") embroidery on any machine, even an ancient treadle.

Standard sewing machine speech from me:

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If you can afford it, I'd suggest a midline electronic from a good maker as most likely to get you a medium-long lived, easy to use, versatile machine. I have two machines that I let folks use when I'm trying to figure out what's going on with their machine (I'm sort of the neighborhood "last stop before the sewing machine repair shop"), and virtually everyone can figure out my ca. 1995 Viking electronic by themselves. More folks have problems with the old Singer 15-91, even though it sews beautifully once you know the secret. If you're really adamant that you want a machine to last 50+ years for you, then you're looking at a good mechanical.

I hate machines that break easily -- I sewed a cheapie White into oblivion in less than two years, and hated every stitch. Husband The Engineer insisted I look at electronic machines because of the advantage of the servo or stepper motors, and I'm glad he did, even if that machine only lasts me 30 or so years. (The dirty little secret of sewing machines: once you've gotten comfortable with one good machine, sometimes machine lust hits you about 10-20 years down the line.)

Since you're looking for a good machine, I would absolutely insist that it have adjustable presser foot pressure.

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