H Class 100Q Sewing Machine

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We are often asked what sewing machine we recommend and this is difficult to answer as there are so many factors that influence this choice. Choosing a machine, particularly for school use is also just as much about considering who your supplier will be and the follow up service they provide.

H100Q

The sewing machines we use on most of our courses that include textiles content is a Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q. This is also the machine that is one of the prizes for our Product in a Tin competition. 

We love this machine and recommend it because of the features it has which make it ideal for a busy classroom. Whatever brand and type of machine you choose the features on this machine are ones we suggest you look out for:

  • It's compact, lightweight with a carry handle all of which make it easy to move around in a busy classroom.
  • It has a hard carry case that drops over the machine. This can be useful if you need to protect machines between use without having to move the machine e.g. in a multi purpose classroom.  The disadvantage is that is it takes up storage space, although several cases can be nested on top of each other. 
  • The integrated bobbin case means students can’t loose it and it makes threading quicker and easier. 
  • The bobbins are clear as is the bobbin case cover. This makes it really easy to see how much thread is left. 
  • The machine is particularly good for beginners as it has many automated features e.g. the needle always returning to a position out of the fabric (unless you tell it not to). 
  • It has a speed control slider which is useful for less experienced students or for complex shapes.
  • A particularly useful feature is that if a student forgets to put the presser foot down when sewing the machine will beep and will not sew until the presser foot is down. This significantly reduces the number of machine jams. 
  • Another useful feature is the fix function that ties off stitches neatly. The machine also has a reverse button, which is often traditionally used to neaten off ends of stitches, but the fix button gives a much neater, almost invisible finish. 
  • It has a built in needle threader.
  • There is a needle up/down button for making the needle end up in the fabric when stitching. This makes corners and things like appliqué easier to do. 
  • As well as the foot peddle the machine has a start/stop button as an alternative for starting and stopping stitching. This is particularly for students who are unable to use a foot peddle. 
  • It has a range of automatic utility stitches including buttonholes, blind hemming, stretch stitch and an appliqué stitch. These are automatically set just by pushing a button so there’s no fiddling with settings. 
  • It also has a range of decorative embroidery stitches which are automatically set by pushing a button, again with no fiddling of settings.
  • The standard straight stitch and zigzag stitch can be adjusted to increase and reduce the size. Many very cheap machines only have preset straight stitch and zigzag stitches which gives you no flexibility if you want to change things the settings. A useful feature is that the machine has a maximum zigzag stitch width that is wider than many machines. 
  • The extra high presser foot lift is useful for stitching thicker fabrics. 
  • The machine comes with accessories including several bobbins, a zip foot and a range of other feet. 
  • Non branded clip on feet can be used on the machine (check with your dealer for more information).
  • It has a metal chassis which makes it more hard wearing. The outer case can also be removed from the chassis making repairs and servicing easier (the chassis of many cheaper machines are attached to the outer case which can make it difficult to do repairs). 
  • This features on this machine means it’s more of a mid price range (and this is likely to be the case for other brands with similar features) but it’s worth considering if the extra money is worth it, particularly in a busy classroom. 
  • Remember that schools can claim back the VAT on a purchase so take this into account when calculating the cost of a machine. Many companies will also offer separate education prices to schools, especially if you are buying more than one machine. 
  • Click here to find out more about this machine
H Class


 Choosing a supplier

Again, we don’t particularly recommend one supplier over others as this is a personal choice influenced by a number of factors.  Your choice of supplier is in many ways as important as your choice of machine as it may impact on your use of the machine in the future. Things you might consider when choosing a supplier include:

  • Will the supplier offer you an education price rather than the standard consumer price?
  • Will the supplier buy your old machines off you to help you buy more machines (including buying machines that are not their brand)? It’s also useful if they will use your broken machines to create ones that work and then buy what’s left off you.  
  • What additional support do they offer after you’ve purchased the machines e.g. Coles Sewing Centre, who are a company local to us who we use for our own machines, offer a free one day course at their store when a machine is purchased. 
  • What follow up support is there after your purchase e.g. free advice over the phone plus an expert you can speak to rather than just a sales person?
  • Do the company also service machines and what are the costs? 
  • Are they friendly and easy to get hold of? Can you build a relationship with them and do they make you feel ‘looked after’?

 

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We use Coles Sewing Centre, in Nottingham as this is close to where we live and it is one of the venues we use for some of our courses. We used this company before we became consultants because of their great service and support, and we have purchased several machines from them. They provide all of the services listed above and although they are based in Nottingham they provide machines and servicing nationally. If you contact Coles, mention you saw their details on our website. We don’t receive any commission for any sales - we just like them to know that we are happy to recommend them. 

Hear Neil from Coles Sewing Centre give tips on looking after your sewing machines. 

Find out about the sewing machine servicing that Coles do


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