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9 of the Best Sewing Machines for Getting Your DIY on in 2019

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Whether you’re a crafting guru who relishes in making your own clothes and furnishings or you’ve simply got a mind to become one, finding the best sewing machine for your needs is a great first step in perfecting the art. Sewing machines have come a long way since the days of yore, when big, bulky, intimidating appliances were prevalent in the world of seaming. Nowadays, these handy inventions are far more user-friendly. In fact, there’s even models for beginners, so you can start stitching like an old pro in no time. 

How do sewing machines work? 

Unlike manual sewing methods, which see artisans pulling a needle of thread through a piece of material, repositioning it to form a stitch, then pulling it back through the other side, sewing machines use two totally separate threads — one of which is fed from above and another that’s fed from a “bobbin” reel below — in a process known as lock stitching. 

There are different sewing machines for various needs, however. If you’ll be working with accessories, such as bags and belts, it would be best to look for a sewing machine that is made particularly for thick fabrics, like leather and denim. Alternately, if you want to make soft furnishings, including sheets, throws, and pillows, a sewing machine with a long arm would be helpful for navigating those longer fabrics. 

There are machines which have specific embroidering functions, and others that are ideal for quilting. If it’s stress-free sewing you’re after, multi-purpose computerized sewing machines make the job as simple as selecting the correct setting. We’ve rounded up a varied selection of the top nine best sewing machines currently on the market to fit your sewing needs. Keep scrolling for FIRST’s  picks for the best sewing machines of 2019.

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