Haven't gotten an answer in other threads, so I'll try my luck here! Hello TFL, A question about sewing machines... I started to look for one for sewing together liners and for doing the zigzag for the sweatband. With so many brands out there, I started to question, which options and properties I need... Can anyone point out the key features I should be looking for? Thank you in advance! P.S. I found a professional sewer that pointed out quite a few features, but just do not know which is important for hatters: Changing needles. How easy is this? How long does it take? How does the machine cope with multiple layers? Stitching ability on heavy materials. Watch out for problems with drop feed and bunching Tension control. Without this feature, some tasks can become tricky Creating a buttonhole. How simple is it and what system is used? 1 step is easier and more accurate; 4 step can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Pay special attention to the accuracy of a finished buttonhole Does a bound seam remain true? Quality counts Ease of threading and how long it takes. If you have poor coordination, then look out for automatic threading feature Changing a presser foot. Is this a Snap-On adjustment or does it need screws? Feed dog control. This is paramount with bulkier fabrics Versatility with different projects (quilting, straight sewing, free arm…) Built-in stitches. Go for a good range of basics rather than overkill with decorative alternatives Adaptability for different skill levels Speed. Is it being a priority for you? Remember, though: if the machine cannot comfortably operate at high speed then certain projects may turn out ineffective.