The 5 Best Sewing Machines 2017

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A sewing machine can make life easier for those DIY projects, quick fixes, and it’s often an affordable way to create things like curtains, blankets, and anything relative to embroidering. With sewing machines, you can avoid the high-priced, low-quality store-bought items. Keep in mind that every new project can start out more difficult than you’d like. But don't be afraid to fail and do not be surprised when you succeed. Sewing can be a great hobby and purpose to many people!

While a sewing machine may be on your “wish-list”, there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge into the world of sewing. Budget, stitch capability, computerization, and even size can play into choosing the right machine for you. Keep in mind with the various models and brands, this can be an hard task to tackle. Where do you even start? For this reason, we have provided you with the 5 best sewing machines available today. Whether you’re a beginner, looking for the latest technology, or simply looking for a machine that does it all. Happy sewing!

Our Top Picks:

Brother se400

1. Brother SE400 

The Brother SE400 is our prefered pick. Not only can you sew, quilt, and embroider, it features a back-lit touch screen LCD display that accesses 67 unique sewing stitches, 70 built- in embroidery designs, and 5 lettering fonts. You can even import designs from your computer. Don’t worry about the hassle of threading your own needle, with one touch you have an automatic needle threader. For embroidery, you have a spacious 4x4 area, extra assistance with 7-point feed dogs, easily prepared bobbins and a jam resistant top bobbin.

Included with the Brother SE400 is the machine itself, the embroidery hoop, embroidery arm, soft cover, free arm compartment, accessory foots such as zipper foot, buttonhole foot, and more, USB cable, and much, much more.

The Brother SE400 features a bilingual user manual and free phone support for the life of the product. This sewing machine is truly the best if you’re looking for a feature-rich machine for crafters, sewers, and aspiring fashion designers.

singer 9960

The SINGER Quantum Stylist sewing machine has everything you could possibly want and more. We feature it as our “runner up” option not because it’s lack of capabilities, but the price is a little steeper than our top pick. It features 600 built-in stitch patterns, five alphanumeric fonts, and 13 fully automatic one-step buttonholes. You have freedom to customize your projects with stitch elongation options, a buttonhole underplate, and mirror imaging. Starting your project is a breeze with quick, easy one touch automatic threading system. Enjoy automatic stitch length and width, stitch editing capabilities, a start/stop button, and direct button stitch selection. Lastly, there are additional features like programmable needle, slow sewing speed option, LCD screen, extra-high presser foot lifter, free arm, and warning animation.

Included with the Singer 9660 is your machine, 18 different presser feet, needles, spool caps, your power cord, an extra wide extension table, and more!

110 volt machine designed for United States and Canadian use only. The 9960 model is not capable of being mounted to a cabinet. This machine weights approximately 25LBS.

brother cs6000i

Quite possibly the most important part about buying a new machine, is finding a machine you can grow into. Learning to sew can be an awesome, rewarding experience but you will always grow in your sewing experience and you need to allow room for your growth. The Brother CS6000i is a user-friendly, portable, and easy on the budget, sewing machine perfect for every beginner. This machine offers a wide range of sewing and quilting features like, 60 built in stitches, 7 styles of one-step buttonholes, a detachable, oversized table for larger projects, and feel free to take your machine anywhere you go with the hard carry case. The CS6000i is designed for ease of use, for both beginners and experts. It features an easy to view LCD display, automatic needle threader, and adjustable sewing speed control. Whether you’re transforming your closet or making a quilt, the Brother cs6000i is sure to help you dream up your creation and create it on this extremely affordable, yet feature-packed machine. Two features of the Brother CS6000i sewing machine that are helpful to beginner sewers is the stop/start control that enables sewing without its foot control and the machine’s quick action drop-in bobbin that is jam-resistant.

Included with the Brother cs6000i is a hard protective case, multiple accessory feet, oversized table to multiple different projects, and may other accessories. The Brother cs6000i comes with an English/Spanish user manual.

brother runway

This feature rich sewing machine helps you achieve your quilting goals. The Brother PC420PRW has a comprehensive set of built-in features and includes accessories typically seen only with higher level machines. To curb the quilting addiction in you, select from over 294 built-in stitches. You can view your stitches and create your own with a My Custom Switch feature, and check your settings and options on the easy-view backlit LCD display. The eleven included presser feet help you produce designer-level finishing, more easily, with specialized feet for blind hems, monogramming, quilting and more. To make your sewing life easier, the Brother PC420PWR features an automatic threader, 6-point feed dogs, built-in threat cutter, super easy bobbin winding system, super bright work area, and adjustable sewing speeds. Precision and customization are found in this machine, leaving you the opportunity to sew or quilt virtually any project you can imagine.

Included is a hard case, foot controller pedal, 12 different presser feet, and a pouch with seam rippers, spool caps, and more.

singer simple

5. SINGER 3223G

The Singer 322G has created the perfect machine for in bright bold colors, an easy and simple to use system, and at an affordable price. This machine created with beginner and budget sewers in mind. It also would be a great option for a back up machine or travel machine.

This sewing machine will give you all the important features you need to get off to a great start. It features easy threading, simple stitch selection, free accessories, and 23 built in stitches. Buttonholes are made easy with the 4-step buttonhole and the 4 Snap-On Presser Feet makes changing from one to another effortless. Choose between the colors petrol and honey, and enjoy your simple Singer 3223G. This will be a sewing machine you will enjoy for years to come!

How to Choose a Sewing Machine?

Investing in a sewing machine can be an exciting yet stressful task. It's hard to know where to start with endless makes and models on the available. To determine the best machine for you, first recognize the type of sewing you will do (garments, quilting, heavy duty, embroidery, lace, etc.) Ask yourself questions like, “Does the machine automatically adjust for heavier fabrics? Does it have an automatic needle threader?” Before you give yourself a headache with these harder questions, consider some basics before buying your machine. Here are 6 factors in choosing the machine suited for you:

What Can You Afford?

Budget can be the first step in choosing the one that’s right for you. Buying the best machine for your budget is essential. Buying a cheap, plastic machine that seems too good to be true, is probably too good to be true. Remember, you’re investing in something that should last you a very long time!

What Kind of Attachments or Feet Come with the Machine?

Having a selection of presser feet can make all the difference to your sewing day, so it's important to find out which attachments come as standard and which attachments are available to buy separately. If you’re looking to make clothing, look for a machine with a buttonhole foot. If you’re looking for a machine for quilting, you will need a walking foot. If the machine you're thinking of buying doesn't come with the accessories or feet you'd like, make sure they are available to purchase separately. It's also very useful to check how easily the feet can be changed.

Can You Adjust the Stitch Length?

While most machines offer variable stitch widths and lengths, some of the lower priced machines don't. You may use just a straight stitch or zigzag stitch (Almost all sewing can be accomplished with either of these stitches) but being able to adjust these stitches can be extremely useful! A few additional stitches can make sewing a little bit easier. Those can be any stitch from blind hem stitch for hems on pants or utility stitches that are good for securing seams.

Mechanical or Computerized?

Mechanical machines tend to be fairly easy to operate and they aren’t as heavy because they don’t have a computer. While the require less maintenance, you must keep the machine oil and clean if you want your machine to last a long while. A well taken care of mechanical machine can last you years, making it an alternate choice for someone on a budget. Computerized machines are great if you are looking for something simplifying stitching and they will almost always feature a touch screen. Because these machines seem to be more expensive, they usually have a better motor for your harder projects. Though this may be a good choice for you, keep in mind your computerized sewing machine will likely need serviced by professionals.

What Type of Sewing Will You Do?

Are you looking to make clothes? Curtains? Are you planning on quilting or embroidering? If you’re planning on doing any kind of quilting, consider machines with ample lighting, a needle down position, a wider throat to hold bigger quilts, or even something as simple as a large list of decorative stitches. Embroidering? Is the embroidery unit separate from the sewing machine? If it is, you can use the machine for many things like sewing and quilting not just your embroidery. What hoop sizes are available? There are hoops that range in sizes from 100X100 and beyond.

How Loud is the Machine?

This may not seem like a big deal until you’re doing multiple projects for a long time. The noise starts to catch up with you. Fortunately, most retailers will have an in-store model which will allow you to look at the different features of each machine. Most retailers are more than happy to let you see the machine and how it works. If you are person who prefers not to hear the engine of the sewing machine you will need to ensure that the model you choose does not have a loud sound output. The the Brother CS6000i, featured on our list is one of the quietest new models out there.

Wrapping it up

Once you realize you’re sewing more than just one button or quick seam fix a year, you may want to plunge into the sewing world and make that machine purchase. A good sewing machine isn’t just going to be a simple purchase. Which is why we’ve created this article for you. Most people don’t think about all the features that come along with your new sewing machine but it is necessary that you must consider these features in order to find the most effective machine for you.

There is a sewing machine available for each and every sewing enthusiast. Whatever your skill level or degree of sewing experience may be, rest assured that you will be able to purchase a machine that will work and provide you with all the enjoying sewing hours you could want. Sewing is a creative outlet and admired skill that can help you to create many, many things. I hope this guide will help you find the perfect sewing machine for you.

About the author

Janet

Avid reader and writer. Professional seamstress. Mother and fashion lover.

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