Sewing is a great skill that lets you explore your creativity and make anything from quilts to high fashion clothes, but choosing your first sewing machine can be quite daunting. At Empisal, we recommend the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE for its quality and value for money – and here are some of our best tips to help you make the right decision.

  • Affordability: Sewing machines range drastically in cost depending on brand, whether it’s new or used, and the capabilities of the machine. The best rule of thumb is always to buy the best you can afford for the value it offers. Very cheap machines aren’t built to last and are difficult to use, which could end up putting you off the craft entirely!
  • Features: This depends on what kind of projects you’re interested in completing on your machine. Essential stitches are a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch, but machines can easily offer up to 100 stitch variations! Good additional stitches to have include buttonhole, stretch/knit, blind hem and utility stitches.
  • Additional features and accessories: Many more affordable machines offer additional value in terms of useful features like needle threaders, lighting, adjustable speed control, free arms, automatic thread cutters and needle position adjustment. While these are not essential features, many of them make sewing more comfortable and easy.
  • The right foot: The feet of the sewing machine are different for different projects. For example, you’ll need a walking foot for quilting, and a zipper and buttonhole foot for making clothes.

Sewing machines for beginners from Empisal.

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines,  overlockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES 50 SEWING MACHINE, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

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