When you order an industrial sewing machine from us, we supply it fully built and set up ready to go. However, it’s also important to have the right accessories to compliment your new equipment! It may seem trivial, but small things can have a big impact on how ergonomic your workspace is and how productive you are. This is the same whether you are working at home or in a factory, so in this blog we run through some of the extras we recommend to help you optimise your working environment.
A sewing machinist’s chair
Sewing machine chairs are at the top of our list because they’re such an important thing to consider! If you’re going to spend a lot of time sat working at your sewing machine then a good quality chair is essential. The right one will provide support for your lower back and should be adjustable so you can ensure you’re at the ideal height to operate the machine comfortably.
So, what’s the best chair for sewing machine users?
If you are looking for a new chair, then we would recommend the AE2 sewing machinist chairs. We only stock one type because they’re the ones that we have found to be the best! They are fitted with an anti-static base to prevent the build-up of static electricity which can cause shocks in a sewing room environment.
A sewing machine light
Some sewing machines have built-in LEDs to illuminate the needle area. For those that don’t, or for people who’d prefer a light source which can be moved freely, a sewing machine light is a very useful tool. These lights prevent eye strain and make it easier for you to check your work as you go. We supply a variety of different sewing machine light options – our technicians actually use Keqids DS-28K lights in the workshop, so we can vouch for how useful they are!
If you'd like to purchase a sewing machine chair and light together then you can get a discount on a bundle here!
A way to cut your fabric
Some people prefer to cut their fabric using scissors, whereas others opt for a handheld electric cutting tool. Whichever you use, make sure that they’re kept in good condition for the best results. For small scale sewing, scissors are a great choice, but if you find your hands aching after cutting all day then it might be worth investing in a pair of electric scissors or a handheld rotary cutter.
A pair of snips
You can use scissors to cut your thread, but the simplest and most efficient tool to use is a pair of snips! They are small, easy to use, and are sharp enough to cut the thread without fraying. In addition, they are spring loaded for added speed and ease of use, and are narrow enough to snip excess thread close to the fabric for tidy results. We’d always recommend having a pair on-hand at your sewing machine.
Some measuring tape
Most of our sewing machines are supplied with handy measurements along the table for reference. If your machine doesn’t have this then there are plenty of alternatives available. We stock adhesive tape measures which can be applied the table and are handy for quickly checking your measurements when both hands are occupied with your work. It has the added benefit of not being as easy to misplace and lose as a traditional tape measure! You can browse our range of adhesive and traditional tape measures here.
Industrial sewing machines are remarkable tools, but their true potential is unlocked when paired with the right accessories. These useful add-ons can make your sewing projects more efficient and enjoyable, no matter the scale!