Hand sewing machines are compact, battery operated, hand-held sewing devices that are similar in design to a standard sewing machine, according to Sewing Machines Plus. These machines come with specialized features, such as needle threaders, built-in lights and prethreaded spindles and bobbins.
Depending on the specific model, hand sewing machines are typically capable of single-thread stitching of light and medium fabrics, such as cotton, silk, denim, leather and wool. The devices work well for small projects, such as repairing minor fabric tears, alterations or stitching hems and cuffs. Cordless sewing machines are also portable, and the devices are larger in size and are capable of more intricate stitching when compared to hand sewing machines.