Machine Buying Guide - Mini Tips
Five Reasons To Buy A Mini
Millions of people find that
mini sewing machines are an everyday lifesaver.
Whether you spend most of your time at home, in
the office, attending classes, or on the road,
one of these miniature machines could be
invaluable. Here are five reasons why:
1. No matter how crowded
your space, you have room for a mini. Minis are
the smallest of all sewing machines. They're
feather weight - usually only a pound or two at
most - and have an extremely compact footprint
that makes them usable in even the most cramped
If you have a space you can
dedicate full-time to sewing and crafts,
congratulations - you're one of the lucky few.
But if you have to turn your desk, table, or
nightstand into a temporary workspace, then a
mini machine could be the answer.
2. Minis can be used almost
anywhere ... no power outlet required.
Many manufacturers offer
cordless minis, and several models give you the
option of AC or battery power. This means you
can use them just about anywhere - when you're
camping, when you're traveling, or even in your
3. Storage space limited? No
problem with a mini!
If you have even a few
inches of self space, you can store a mini
machine. But shelf space is actually optional,
because most minis are small enough to stow
away in a drawer. This makes them perfect for a
dorm room or office.
4. Minis are super
Even the largest
mini-machines weigh in at less than five
pounds, which makes moving them a breeze. The
smallest minis can easily be tucked into a
suitcase, briefcase, or backpack.
5. Minis are versatile and
The whole idea behind mini
machines is to make sewing fast, simple, and
convenient. While they don't include all the
features of full-sized machines, they
definitely offer surprising versatility and
efficiency in a tiny package.
Tabletop minis, very small
versions of standard sewing machines with
limited features, offer the most options. Many
tabletop mini models include variable speeds
and adjustable stitch length, foot pedal power
control, and other "big machine" features.
Tabletop minis may be cordless or AC powered,
and several offer the option for either.
Handheld minis are
definitely limited in features and
capabilities, but they're designed to do one
thing - straight stitching for quick craft
projects and emergency repairs - and do it
well. Most are cordless, but some models can
also operate on AC.
By: RA Butters