Since the invention of the first (hand-turned and only topstitching) sewing machines in the year 1800, their technical capacities have been continually developed and improved so that modern sewing machines are now available everywhere in various different types and price categories, ranging from simple straight stitch or zigzag up to complicated computer-controlled machines that can do all kinds of practical and decorative stitches to order. However, it only worth purchasing such sophisticated machinery if you really enjoy working with such technology. A regular sewing machine is capable of carrying out all other stitching, except perhaps some elastic or buttonhole stitching. In any case, before purchasing a new sewing machine, you should always try it out and compare various special offers, according to the following points:
• How do I feel when working with the machine and its attachments?
• Can the machine sew very fine, thin fabrics just as well as thick, woollen fabrics?
• Can it produce nice buttonholes?
• Is the company’s after-sales customer service available nearby?