I’ve been an avid sewing hobbyist since my senior year of high school, where I helped the school theater group with their costumes and even repaired my own clothes once in a while. Since then, I’ve experienced working with different types of sewing machines – some good, some bad – and over the years, I’ve learned how to look out for a machine that’s not only versatile but a machine that will last for a very long time.
However, it can be extremely intimidating for a new sewing hobbyist to pick the best sewing machine for their needs, and that’s why I’ve put together this resource. You’ll be able to see my recommendations, as well as what to look for in a sewing machine.
Need a Sewing Machine, Fast?
With all the different brands and models out there, it’s hard to pick the one that’s a good fit for your needs, even after you’ve digged through all the sewing machine reviews available. By sifting through all these, you can take weeks debating which one would be worth the investment before making a purchase. But what if you need it fast? It might be best to just look at the most reliable models available and choose from one of them.
I have personally hand picked some of my favorite machines for this guide and made sure to present them as simple as possible so that you can do your comparison shopping at a glance. I’ve focused only on the most important features of each model, including informative links so you can learn a bit more about them. These are among the best-rated sewing machines on the market, coming only from proven brands that have a good reputation within professional sewing circles.
Sewing Machine Reviews – My Personal Top 5
These machines are a good mix of professional and entry level models, so there’s something for everyone.
1) Singer 9960 Sewing Machine (full review here)
When it comes to sewing machines in a middle price range, you can’t beat the Singer 9960. The many features may seem overwhelming at first, especially since it has computerized features and hundreds of built-in stitches and styles, but surprisingly, it is very simple to operate even if you’ve only used basic sewing machines in the past. You can even program creative and decorative patterns and easily apply them to your sewing projects.
2) Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine (full review here)
The Brother CS6000i is one of the best selling sewing machines, and for a good reason. It’s very portable, yet it can help you with almost any sewing and quilting job. It has some user-friendly computerized features such as the stitch selector, built-in lighting, and adjustable sewing speed. Did I mention that it was very affordable? It’s half the price of the Singer model above – without sacrificing on quality.
3) Singer 4411 Sewing Machine (full review here)
The Singer 4411 is in the same price range as the Brother model above, and comes with a similar round of features. What makes it stand out is that it’s a heavy duty model that comes with a strong motor, a tough metal frame and a stainless steel bed plate. If you want a sewing machine to last you a very long time then this is it. Plus, it’s one of the most beautifully designed entry-level sewing machines on the market.
4) Brother HC1850 Sewing Machine (full review here)
There is no need to worry about getting lost in the features of the Brother HC1850, since it comes with a handy instructional DVD. It also comes with an accessible flip chart so you can quickly review all the built-in stitches by placing the chart next to your machine. Clearly, user-friendliness is the main selling point of this model. Also, if you want to get into basic monogramming, it has a basic font you can use.
5) Singer 7528 Fashion Mate Stylist (full review here)
The award-winning Singer 7258 comes with 100 built-in stitches, many of which are especially for fashion sewing – though there are also stitches available for typical sewing and quilting needs. Its metal frame makes it durable and the automatic tension feature that comes with all Singer models makes it easy to craft stable stitches so you don’t have to create the tension by hand. It also comes with a DVD that walks you through the basics.
Best Rated and Best Selling Sewing Machine Brands
One thing to remember when looking to purchase a sewing machine, try to always get one made by a reliable manufacturer who has a long history of producing quality machines. Some of the most reliable brands in the world are Brother, Singer, and Janome. These three brands operate internationally and have been around for decades, with Singer especially being around since the 1800s. It is best to stick to these options, since they have a good track record among sewing professionals.
What to Look for in a Sewing Machine
When you’re looking for the best sewing machine for your needs, there are some important criteria to keep in mind: durability, the sewing features you require, great customer support, and user-friendliness. Evaluate each model based on these features and you’re sure to find a shortlist of sewing machines that you’ll be happily using for the years to come.
Now that you’ve taken a quick glance at the best sewing machine models, you are more equipped to know the features when it comes to looking for your own sewing machine. If you’re new at this, the most important thing to remember is to stick to beginner sewing machines and just upgrade as you go along. Happy sewing!