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.
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:
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.
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 25 lbs.
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.
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.
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!
Now if you are looking for a quality sewing machine that is a bit more affordable, the Brother Sewing Machine XM2701 might be a good option for you and is one we recommend for just such a person. Light weight and under $100, this machine offers its users both ease of use — making it great for beginners — as well as agility and ability to take on more complex designs and works, meaning that as your skill with a sewing machine grows, you won’t be hindered by a machine that doesn’t allow for your growth to continue. Instead, you will have a machine that can match your changing pace stick-for-stitch.
This sewing machine includes 27 built-in stitches, a built-in free arm, a built-in needle threader, a jam resistant Quick-set top drop-in bobbin, an automatic bobbin winding system, 6 quick-change sewing feet and more.
Ideal for creating seamless cuffs, hems, blind stitches, zig-zags, zippers, quilting, decorative designs, perfect button holes (thanks to the one-step button hole) and so much more, this sewing machine will take you from start to finish and beginner to expert. And just in case you ever do run into an issue with this machine, it also comes with a 25 year limited warranty, as well as both online and customer phone support for the entirety of the machines lifespan.
7. SINGER 7258
Tough not under $100, this computerized Singer sewing machine still hits the mark when it comes to affordability, especially when we considered all the things it had to offer! Coming from a well established sewing machine brand that is known for its quality machines, this sewing machine boasts 100 different stitches, one-step button holing (with six different button hole type options), a top drop-in bobbin (jam proof and with a clear cover so you can always see what you’re working with), a free arm, 13 different needle positions, 10 different types of pressure feet, has an automatic bobbin wonder stop, (so you never overfill your bobbin again), and even has an LED light built in that lasts for over 100,000 hours and allows you to continuously see with clarity what you are working on.
Plus it is extreme easy to thread, and allows for detailed quilting, top stitching and more via a programmable needle up and down. And as if all of this wasn’t already enough, it also lets you control both your speed and your stitch with and length via and LCD screen on the side of your machine.
All of this combined makes this a great sewing machine option for the experienced sewer, looking to get the absolute most out of their own sewing machine and add little details to make each piece the work on their own.
Finally, the owner of this machine can rest assured they are in good hands and that their machine comes from good people, with a 25 year warranty, as well as a machine intro DVD and an instructional manual in English, Spanish and French.
This sewing machine is an excellent heavy duty option if you foresee having to sew quite a few items with heavier fabric/ like denim or canvas. This is because this machine is built to stand strong, offer slip free sewing and a smooth fabric flow, with a strong and sturdy frame, (made of stainless steel), an extra strong motor (60% stronger than the standard sewing machine motor), an extra large stainless steel bed-plate and a clearance plate for thick seams. So if you know you are going to be making lots of curtains or possibly uniforms in the further, for example, this might be an option want want to seriously consider.
That said, this Singer machine offers a lot more than just the ability to handle thicker/more difficult material with ease. It also has 32 built in stitches (a button hole, 6 basic, 7 stretch and 18 decorative), which means that apart from standard every day sewing or the creating of curtains, uniforms, etc, you will also be able to practice creative free-motion sewing with ease as well. Plus, this machine comes with a built in aromatic needle threader with a stitch speed that is 48% faster than your average machine, a top drop-in bobbin system with a clear cover, a free arm, an all purpose super foot, an adjustable pressure foot, a non-stick foot for hard fabrics like leather and vinyl, a reverse lever, adjustable stitch width and length via a dial on side and more!
Then, just to sweeten the pot a little more, this specific Singer sewing machine is also going to come with access to online sewing classes, a quick start guide and manual and, if you download the Singer sewing app, access to continuous assistance throughout the life of your machine. This means increasing your skill and never having to worry about not having help with a problem, which is a big win-win.
So we just want to preface this sewing machine with it’s not going to be right for everyone. However, it makes our list at number nine because it will be absolutely and completely right for someone! What makes the sewing machine different and unique is it’s portability. Several pounds lighter at 12.2 pounds, and slightly smaller in size at 15”L x 7.5”W x 12”H, than the standard machine, you can move this machine around with you easily if you’re sewing station isn’t exactly stationary. Or if your a beginner and/or buying this for your child to learn on, this is an excellent option as well.
Now apart from being more portable than your standard sewing machine, this machine also features a few things that add to its appeal as well, such as 32 built in stitches which includes a 1 button hole and 19 decorative stitches, as well as an automatic needle threader and free arm. Plus it includes 4 pressure feet, an extra high pressure foot lifter, automatic reverse and the ability to easily adjust the stitch length and width using a dial on the side of the machine.
All of this, plus the fact that this machine is also extremely easy to set up, comes with a limited 25 year warranty and has been built to be sturdy (in addition to portable) thus eliminating the issue of skipping, means that while yes, this is a wonderful option for beginners, anyone — beginner and pro alike — can get some serious work done on this machine.
This last sewing machine makes our list of the top then sewing machines because of its total ease of use and its ingenuity in design. While it’s not by any means an extravagant piece of machinery, it definitely fulfills two specific needs within the sewing world, namely the ability to
- a) med garments on the go and
- b) sew in difficult positioning that conventional machines would have difficulty with.
How does it solve these problems? It is a cordless, hand held, battery operated, sewing machine! Measuring only 7.87”L x 2.95”H x 1.97”W, this little machine moves automatically, has a thread whipper, includes one pressure foot and offers single stitch sewing, and while it may not be able to create curtains or garments by itself, it is an invaluable tool for mending on the go!
Just think, small enough to fit in a purse, this little sewing machine can fix hems, torn pockets, shorten pants or dresses and more in minutes! So say, for a big event (perhaps a wedding or a fashion show or even just a local play where costumes are required, this tool could really come in use and save the day! You can even use this machine without removing garments, which saves a tremendous amount of time and makes it idea for any emergency sewing situation. What’s more it works on all types of fabrics, including silk, denim, leather, wool and more (so long as they aren’t pieces thicker than 1.8mm).
Finally, this is a wonderful tool for decorative designs as well. Embroider handkerchiefs, creat custom designs and more! Perfect for any serious seamstress, craft aficionados, beginner sewers and designers alike, this small sewing machine makes the perfect companion to any of the above sewing machines and is under $20 total.
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.
Now if you are looking for a quality sewing machine that is a bit more affordable, the Brother Sewing Machine XM2701 might be a good option for you, and is one we recommend for just such a person. Under $100, this machine offers its users both ease of use — making it great for beginners — as well as agility and ability to take on more complex designs and works, meaning that as your skill with a sewing machine grows, you won’t be hindered by a machine that doesn’t allow for your growth to continue. Instead, you will have a machine that can match your changing pace stick-for-stitch.
This sewing machine includes 27 built-in stitches, a built-in free arm, a built in needle threaded, a jam resistant Quick-set top drop-in bobbin, an automatic bobbin winding system, 6 quick-change sewing feet and more.
Ideal for creating seamless cuffs, hems, blind stitches, zig-zags, zippers, quilting, decorative designs, perfect button wholes (thanks to the one-step button whole) and so much more, this sewing machine will take you from start to finish and beginner to expert.