What You Want to See as Features in a Sewing Machine

If you are about to embark on a shopping trip in search of a sewing machine, there are some features you will want to check to be sure you select what is going to meet your needs. These features are all essential if you are just beginning to learn sewing.
• Needle down: allows you to place the needle in either an up or down position when the machine is stopped. This feature lets you lift the presser foot and move the fabric as needed without losing a stitch.
• Automatic needle threader: this is a great feature if you remember the older days of trying to hand thread the needle. With this tool, the machine comes with a hook and spring action that pushes a loop of thread into that tiny needle hole. 
• One step buttonhole: not as wonderful as an automatic buttonholer, this feature allows the user to set a dial one time, and the machine does the rest of the work. No more twisting the fabric around to get your button holes done. There is also a four-step buttonhole that isn't awful, but we recommend this or the automatic buttonholer
• Four built-in stitches: most machines have a standard three stitches (straight, zigzag, and button stitch) plus the backstitch. This is adequate for repairs and simple sewing projects. 
• Compatibility add-ons: no matter your level of sewing expertise on your purchase day, if you are investing in a quality machine, you will eventually want some add-on features. A couple of examples are the ability to add more stitch types or more needle positions. 
• Lightweight: no, this isn't a feature, but something to keep in mind. You want your machine to be portable so and a lighter weight will improve portability.
• Adjustable Pressor Foot: this is the feature that holds the fabric in place. So, if you're working with delicate fabric or heavier quilting fabrics, the ability to adjust the presser foot will help prevent puckering and stretching of the material.
• Free arm: no sadly this doesn’t offer you a third arm, which you sometimes feel you need. It does allow you to stitch small round areas, like sleeves or collars quickly. So, it adds some versatility for you. Thread Serger
• Top load bobbin: the bobbin is the little wheel that slides in under the needle plate, and fulfills the need for the thread to sew the underside of the fabric. Top load allows you to just drop the bobbin in, rather than fidgeting to get it into place. Not only is this a big time saver, it’s also much easier when you need to change bobbin colors.
• Bobbin thread lift: this is the partner to the top load bobbin because this feature automatically brings the bobbin thread up to the sewing surface. Another handy time saver.

There are many advanced settings that you will want to consider if you expect to become a regular seamstress. Sewing Machine