What types of sewing machine are there?
In our online shop, you will find two types of quality sewing machine: mechanical and computer-controlled models. These give you different advantages. It’s worth comparing both varieties with each other. Think about what you want from a sewing machine. If you know your own, personal requirements of your sewing helper, you are sure to have long-lasting joy when sewing and produce excellent sewing work.
Sewing with a mechanical sewing machine: you have full control
In spite of an increase in computer technology, you will still find conventional mechanical sewing machines in many households. Their sturdiness and robustness make them practical helpers for all kinds of sewing work.
Their manual function gives you complete control, starting off with settings such as stitches, thread tension and stitch length, right up to the sewing process itself. At every stage of the project, you are in control.
And yet, these mechanical models are still very easy to use. Even beginners will quickly get into the swing of things. The advantage: At the start especially, it can help to try out the different setting combinations and to gain a confident feeling when sewing in this way. W6 has its own showroom and can support both beginners and advanced users with instruction videos, application videos and at sewing ideas, you will find many tips and trick from the world of sewing.
Compared to the computer-controlled machines, a conventional mechanical model is a little more affordable as an initial purchase, as well as for maintenance and repair work.
Complete the most varied sewing work with a computer-controlled sewing machine
Computer technology is even finding its way into the world of sewing. Aside from mechanical sewing machines, more and more computer-controlled versions are being developed. Here, you can conveniently set all your desired functions via a display or a keyboard. This makes the sewing machine easy to operate. This intelligent sewing helper also makes a few of the sewing stages considerably simpler and even carries out some stages completely automatically. You can even sew with difficult fabrics without any trouble.
A computerised sewing machine has over 100 different stitch types stored in its memory. Depending on the model, you can combine the machine with an embroidery unit which is also compatible with PC and new embroidery motifs
If you spend a lot of time sewing, the computerised sewing machine offers you even more advantages. Thanks to the automatic functions, you can save time which you can then invest in other projects. Enthusiastic beginners don’t need to shy away from machines like these. They will make your first sewing attempts so much easier, especially if you aren’t very experienced in using technology.
However, due to the extensive technology which is integrated, computer-controlled sewing machines are slightly more expensive to purchase, maintain and repair.
What should you look out for when buying a sewing machine?
You have decided that you want to get involved in this wonderful craft. But where to start? First, find some information about your new hobby. For beginners, the internet is a treasure trove of information. Make sure you only pick out a few pages to read in the beginning. Too much of a good thing might confuse you. We at W6 are, of course, always here to assist you with our experience.
Before you choose a sewing machine, think about the following things. This will make it easy for you to find the right model.
Requirements of the sewing machine?
If you want to hem a pair of trousers now and again, modify a garment or sew a little something for your family or friends, a mechanical sewing machine is sufficient.
If you are inexperienced when it comes to technology, but still want to produce fabric creations, a computer-controlled machine will support you. If you already know that you will be sewing intensively, it’s worth buying a more extensive model.
What would you like to sew?
You can carry out a lot of sewing work with both sewing machine types. But when using a mechanical version, the stitch selection is usually very limited. You can choose between a maximum of 36 stitch types.
A computer machine offers considerably more options for creativity with up to 500 stitch types, depending on the model. If you are thinking of trying out quilting, patchworking or embroidery at a later stage, a machine which is specially suitable for these is a good choice.
How often do you want to sew?
For an occasional hobby, you don’t need a high-end machine with functions that you will never use. Invest in a solid, sturdy and durable mechanical sewing machine.
If you intend to sew a lot, you don’t just save time during the sewing process with an electronic, computer-controlled sewing machine. You can also work more quietly and without a foot control. Especially if you sew for a long time, a computerised sewing machine is much kinder on your back, as you can sit comfortably in front of your sewing work. These sewing machines are also smoother and quieter for your ears.
How much do you want to spend?
In the end, it’s often your budget which dictates which sewing machine makes its way to you.
If you don’t have much to spend, however, you can still afford a good, mechanical version for sewing. W6 can also offer you finance options, e.g. using Klarna or PayPal.
Is sewing your hobby, or will it become your hobby? Then take a close look at the computerised sewing machines at W6 Wertarbeit. Remember, a good sewing machine will accompany you over many years and serve you faithfully in that time
Tips for your first sewing projects
We have a few tips for you so that you can enjoy working with fabrics from the very beginning.
First of all, you should be aware that sewing is a hobby. Invest in good equipment – a high-quality sewing machine and high-quality accessories. Your thread and fabrics should also be of a good quality. But what makes a good quality thread? A good thread doesn’t become fuzzy or leave lint behind. The thread must run evenly. A good thread must be washable at up to 90 degrees, tear-resistant and stable. The thread and good quality needles especially will guarantee a good sewing result. Try out 1000 m threads and needles from W6 Wertarbeit. The price-performance ratio will really impress you. This is the best way to fulfil the requirements for a pleasant sewing experience. Remember that the cheap varieties will quickly break, your thread will tear or you won’t be able to sew the fabric together neatly. This will ruin the fun of your new pastime.
If you have space at home, set up a small sewing niche. It’s a real pain to have to set up and put away your sewing machine all the time. You could just leave your sewing tool on a moveable table, for example. Then you can change your sewing spot to wherever you would like to work.
Particularly at the beginning, comprehensive sewing instructions will be a real help to you. Avoid the free instructions and patterns if you can avoid it. Normally, the explanations and figures on the free options are rather brief. This can lead to a lack of understanding and frustration. A good book for beginners and three or four purchased patterns will make your first steps so much easier.
Alternatively, you can visit our page W6 sewing ideas. Here, you will find the machine settings and the instructions are explained step-by step with many photos in a way which is also suitable for beginners.
Put together a good set of basic W6 equipment, such as a marker pen, bobbin boxes, a magnetic pincushion or a sharp pair of scissors for buttonholes, or scissors for tailoring work. Good, sharp W6 scissors should only be used for fabrics. Never use these for paper, or try to use paper scissors to cut fabric. This means that your scissors will never become blunt and your cuts will always be neat.
Before you start your first proper sewing project, familiarise yourself with your sewing machine. The W6 instruction and application videos for each W6 machine will certainly help you. Take a scrap of fabric and try out the various functions. Cotton is a very good fabric for beginners. It’s solid, inflexible and is therefore easy to sew. Fabric bags, phone cases, pockets without zips and small decorations are perfect ideas for your first sewing projects. And the best thing? You will really use your little works of art. Get some inspiration on the W6 sewing ideas webpage.
Sewing for advanced sewing machine users
Is sewing one of your firm pastimes and would you like to expand your possibilities with a new sewing machine? Discover the sophisticated premium models and luxury versions.
Real masterpieces of versatility await you among the electronic W6 sewing machines. You will have a vast number of additional functions such as needle threaders, free-arm function, knee lifter, thread cutter, automatic thread tensioning, magnifier, adjustable speed control and many more... these will make your sewing experience even more comfortable.
There’s also room for creativity. Well over 100 sewing programmes and a marvellous selection of utility, decorative elastic, hem, patchworking and quilting stitches offer you completely new possibilities for real fabric works of art. Quilting and patchworking also become a joy when you use one of these sewing machines. If you would like to try your hand at embroidering, look out for the embroidery function when choosing a machine.
Kitting out schools or sewing schools with extensive equipment
You can also learn how to sew with a sewing machine by attending courses. At W6 Wertarbeit, course teachers and schools will find various brand-quality models. The combination of sturdiness and a long service life makes them excellently suited for sewing courses and schools. Whether you’re a beginner, advanced user or future sewing pro: Our range has the right sewing machines for every requirement, both mechanical and computer-controlled.
With us, you have a reliable partner by your side who appreciates the art of sewing as much as you do. Benefit from our many years of experience and specialist competence. Your sewing school and your next sewing course will become the perfect starting point for your students’ creative masterpieces.
If you would like to place an order with us for your sewing school or school, we can offer you a payment term extension of 30 days. If you wish to make use of this, it first has to be activated by us. To do this, simply get in touch with W6 Wertarbeit. We can support you with special offers where you can save money.
Look after your sewing machine
Like all technical devices, your sewing machine also needs maintenance and care. You can carry out smaller maintenance tasks yourself. Under Service / Help / Machine type on the W6 website, you will find all the maintenance instructions to read through or watch (videos). In our accessories you will find machine oil, brushes and tweezers if you need them to oil your mechanical model.
At regular intervals, the mechanics of a mechanical sewing machine, overlock machine or cover machine needs a few drops of oil after cleaning. It will then run smoothly and neatly again. For all computer models, you should regularly remove lint and fabric from the cutters, hook races and needle plates. With tweezers and a brush you can banish these bits of fluff.
In every sewing machine, there are areas which are not designed for you to reach. Every now and then, or every 2 to 4 years, professional maintenance or repair work will guarantee a long service life for your sewing machine, and a pleasant sewing experience. W6 Wertarbeit can offer you a first-class service for maintaining and repairing your machine at a guaranteed fixed price, including shipping costs, labour costs and replacement parts. You can also simply order replacement parts for your sewing machine yourself so you can switch out a defective part quickly and with ease.
At W6 Wertarbeit, you can find everything for sewing with a sewing machine, embroidering machine, overlock or cover machine
As experts in all things relating to sewing, embroidery and quilting, you can delight in high-quality sewing machines, extensive accessories and consumables. Order everything you need for your next sewing project or sewing course directly from us. We can deliver to your desired address within Europe and Austria.
If you have any questions, we are happy to advise you by phone, email or directly in person at our showroom. If you register on our website, you will receive a special benefit. Then, along with your new W6 sewing machine, we can give you a 10 year warranty.