The Best Sewing Machines: Reviews of the Ones I’ve Tried

Whether you are purchasing a sewing machine for the first time, or you are purchasing a new sewing machine because your current one is getting old, purchasing a sewing machine can be stressful. With an abundance of different features, sizes, and brands, on the market it can be extremely difficult to narrow your search down to the perfect sewing machine. If you find yourself feeling confused and stressed at the thought of purchasing a new sewing machine, you’re not alone. I was in your position once. I’ve owned four sewing machines so far, and each one has been perfect in its own aspect.

1.) Brother C6000i

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The first sewing machine I bought was the Brother C6000i. Between the low price ($145) and easy to use advanced features, this sewing machine is perfect for people who have little to no experience sewing. There are 60 built-in sewing stitches, 7 styles of one-step buttonholes, 9 presser feet, and a detachable oversized table. Threading is extremely easy, as there is a numbered diagram that is directly printed on the machine! Other features include; an automatic needle threader, an adjustable sewing speed control, a backlit LCD display, and even a starting guide. Finally, this sewing machine is medium-sized and comes with a hard carry case, so it can be easily stored anywhere or even taken to a friend’s house or to class.

2.) Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW

Every fashion-obsessed person has seen Project Runway, especially if you like to sew. About a year after I bought the Brother C6000i, I had gotten the hang of sewing and decided it was time for an upgrade. After binge watching too many marathons of Project Runway, I caved in and decided to purchase the Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW sewing machine. Priced at $154, this sewing machine proved to me more advanced than the Brother C6000i at less than a $10 difference! Don’t get me wrong, it still has the fundamental features that the Brother C6000i does, but it also includes; 70 stitches that include customized style stitching as well as heirloom and quilt stitching, an accessory pouch, and a wide table with ruler markings.

3.) Singer 7258

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Although I love Project Runway more than I could describe, the Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW just wasn’t cutting it. After a while, my sewing skills become more advanced, and the sewing machine became duller. But, there wasn’t room in my budget to purchase a professional sewing machine more than $200. That’s when I found the Singer 7258. I like to call the Singer 7258 the perfect professional sewing machine on a budget. Priced at $161, the Singer 7258 uses advanced and intricate technology that makes it seem like you bought a $400 sewing machine instead of one less than $200. This sewing machine comes with 100 stitches and 10 presser feet. The threading and automatic needle system is extremely efficient to use. Not only does this sewing machine come with an advanced LED display screen, but it also comes with an automatic stitch length and width. Finally, the best feature of the Singer 7258 is the electronic auto pilot mode, which allows you to put the foot pedal away, and sit back and watch the sewing machine do all the work at an adjustable speed.

4.) Juki HZL-F600

A few years after I purchased the Singer 7258, I decided it was time to bid adieu to that sewing machine and purchase another one. This time, the price of the sewing machine didn’t matter. So, I searched long and hard for the best advanced sewing machine on the market and finally found the Juki HZL-F600. Priced at $925, this computerized sewing machine is crafted with a box feed technology that has a wide sewing space perfect for free motion sewing. The large LCD display showcases the 255 sewing patterns and 16 button hole types you can choose from. Also, the work surface is four times larger than the average work surface a sewing machine has. Thus, no project is too large for the Juki HZL-F600. I’ve had this sewing machine for a few years now, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other.

 

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Check Out These Foods You Should Make From Scratch

Many people refuse to cook food from scratch because it takes a lot of time and effort. While it’s true that cooking from scratch takes a lot of time and effort, it can be healthier and money saving. When considering cooking from scratch, it’s important to decide which foods are worth cooking from scratch and which aren’t. For example, if something can be healthier and cheaper if you make it from home, then you should make it from scratch. But, if you can purchase a food from a store for around the same price and nutritional value, then you skip the cooking and purchase the food from the store. To give you some ideas of foods you can make at home, check out these five foods you should make from scratch!

1.) French Fries

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Many people have the misconception that frozen french fries are healthier than french fries from restaurants or fast-food places. Unfortunately, they aren’t healthier. In fact, frozen french fries are already deep fried. So, you’re not doing your health any favors by swapping hot and ‘fresh’ french fries for frozen ones. Instead of putting more toxins in your body, you can easily make your own french fries by simply cutting a potato in long fry-like strips, tossing them in olive oil, and then putting them in the oven. You can even create a sweeter alternative by using sweet potatoes!

2.) Almond Milk

Almond milk is known to be a healthier alternative to regular milk. But, store bought almond milks tend to have chemical stabilizers and thickeners which diminish the nutritional value of almond milk. We almost forgot how pricey almond milk can get. But, you can avoid the added chemicals and expensive price by making your own almond milk. You’re going to be surprised to learn how easy it is to make almond milk. All you need is almonds, maple syrup, and water. After only a few steps, you’ll have fresh almond milk and you can use the leftover almond meal as almond flour. If you prefer another nut milk, you can use that designated milk instead of almonds. For example, cashews are a great substitute for almonds.

3.) Cookies

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How could we not include cookies on our list? Making cookies from scratch is like a staple of growing up. Most of us should remember making cookies from scratch, at least once, with one of our family members. The great thing about making cookies from scratch is, it is extremely difficult to mess up baking cookies. Cookies are simple to make, and recipes allow for mistakes and cooking creativity. Also, like every other food on our list, you will get to control the amount of sugar are in your cookies. The last benefit to making cookies from scratch is that you are less likely to pig out on the cookies. Baking usually takes a lot of time, so by the time the cookies are done, you will most likely want to only eat a few and savor them.

4.) Baby Food

While general baby food is often budget friendly, it often includes a lot of additives. If you purchase organic baby food, then you already know that it can be pricey, and there still can be a good amount of additives. To lower the cost and eliminate additives from the food your baby consumes, simply make baby food from scratch. It is a lot easier than you think! All you need is vegetables and fruits that are already peeled. Make sure that they are cold, then blend them with a substantial amount of water. Within a few minutes you will have a puree-like substance that your baby will love!

5.) Veggie Burgers

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While frozen veggie burgers are a delicious substitute for meat, they often are filled with random ingredients and preservatives, and are pricey. Luckily for you, veggie burgers are extremely easy to make! The base of a veggie burger is typically beans. You can make your burger out of just beans, or you can add rice and other vegetables to your patty. After you make your veggie burgers, you can throw the extra patties in the freezer, and reheat them another day.