Want to read reviews and information about the best-rated sewing machines? You’re in the right place!
Hi, and welcome to my site which I’ve put together especially for those who are looking to buy a sewing machine. I’ve collated information and reviews from lots of different sources and put them all together, right here for you to read at your leisure.
That’s why it made sense to me to gather this information and reviews and have them all in one place – to cut out the hassle of having to do it yourself!
As most people tend to stick with their sewing machine for years, it’s easy to miss out on the best developments in the market. Plus, for a first-time buyer, there are so many different brands and types out there, and so many individual factors to consider that it really can be quite overwhelming to figure out which is the best option to buy.
What I take into consideration in each review:
When you take a look at each review of a sewing machine, you’ll see that in each of the reviews, I’ve looked at details such as what materials the sewing machines are made of, what features they have, the accessories and attachments they include, plus the different specifications of the machines themselves. Obviously, I want to keep these sewing machine reviews as objective as possible so you’ll also find the negative aspects alongside the best of each machine there. The idea is to help you choose the best match for you, personally.
Let’s take a closer look at the products I rated best:
Brother XL 2600i
As a relatively cheap option, the best I’ve reviewed is the Brother XL2600i. Even though it has a lot of features, it’s not complicated at all to use. It’s light weight and compact enough to be moved around without any real difficulties. Brother has one of the best reputations in the game and they’ve come up with a reliable, versatile and user-friendly entry-level machine right here.
If you’re new to sewing, the best machine for you would be one that’s easy to operate and simple to use. The Brother CS6000i really fits the bill in this case. Having said that, it also includes a nice variety of optional features which you can start to use when you feel ready. That, plus 60 different stitches, makes this sewing machine one of the best in all the reviews I’ve made for those new to sewing.
When I reviewed the Singer 4423, it became clear that this machine was able to handle a lot in terms of tough fabric. It stitches really quickly and has a nice, smooth feed. Even though this is a heavy duty machine, it still allows you to make precision adjustments, meaning you can still work with an exceptional degree of accuracy. All in all I would definitely consider putting this on my shopping list.
For the combination of a wealth of different features plus ease of use, look no further than my review of the Singer 9960. This highly modern-looking machine is not as expensive as it looks. It has 600 different stitches which are selected using an LED screen. These stitches can then be further edited to give you complete control of the exact look you want. This machine really gives a thoroughly modern sewing experience.
For those whose priorities are customization and achieving a high-end look, I reviewed the Brother SE400 as the best choice out there. This sewing machine allows you to import digital embroidery designs directly from your computer to add to the designs, stitches, and fonts already available within. If that sounds very technical, it includes tutorials, a LED-screen and other features which make it really easy to learn how to use.
People who want a machine for both quilting and sewing will do well to consider the Laura Ashley CX155LA. Built by Brother, this machine has 135 built-in stitches plus a wide range of features which make it one of the best options for those who are interested in home décor. You can combine the decorative stitches to prevent fraying and create your own curtains, pillows and whatever ideas you come up with.
If what you’re looking for is a sturdy and durable, easy to use sewing machine that can handle more demanding projects, I think the best option out there is the Janome HD3000. It allows you to adjust the pressure used, being able to handle even multiple layers of tougher fabrics. Janome sewing machines are popular as they still use metal – giving their machines the weight needed to deal with thicker material.
If embroidery is your thing, then it would be best to take a look at the Brother PE770 – a dedicated embroidery machine which is just great for scrollwork and florals. There are 136 designs built in, plus the option to import and edit your own designs from a USB stick. The quick-set bobbin and automatic needle-threader make it easy to use, meaning even those new to embroidery can produce high-quality stitching.
For those looking for a high-quality serger, the Brother 1034D should be high up on your list of machines to consider. With both four and three-thread overlock, and 22 stitch functions, in my opinion, it’s the best and most reliable machine out there at the moment. It’s easy to learn to use, uses simple color coding to the thread and gives a professional finish on even the most difficult, thinner fabrics.
What information do you need to consider before you buy?
- Materials – Most sewing machines on the market are either made mostly of plastic or metal. Metal machines are heavier and more difficult to move around, yet they are the best at dealing with tough layers of material that other machines might not be able to handle. Plastic machines, on the other hand, are often more suited to use at home as they are generally smaller and lighter, making them easy to get out and put away as and when you need them.
- Options – there are perhaps more options available on the market than you would expect, ranging from more traditional manually-operated machines, to fully programmable, computerized appliances. In terms of price, you don’t need to break the bank by any means, although there are plenty of high-end options out there.
- Features – sewing machines come with various features which enable them to deal in the best way with different types of fabric. These include adjustment of the feed dog for embroidery, automatic needle threading, various different types of stitches and the machine’s general responsiveness.
- Accessories/ attachments –These range from the simplest of items such as bobbins and presser feet to memory cards with the latest designs and patterns from the manufacturer. That’s why it’s best to make sure that any future accessories you may need are readily available for your machine.
- Specifications – the dimensions and weight of the machine will have an impact, not only on its portability but on the types of fabric you can easily work with. This is also partly determined by the size of needles used and they speed at which they operate. Other specs to look at are lighting, threading system, sewing speed, and control, plus the number and types of built-in stitches. Computerized sewing machines may have electronic displays with language specifications. Any type of USB or memory card will also need to be considered for compatibility.
- Price – aside from the initial cost of the machine, don’t forget to include those accessories and attachments which you will need to purchase separately. You may need spare needles and bobbins and to consider the prices of the types of thread you want to use for different fabrics.. Price is usually determined more by the materials and features of a sewing machine. A more durable, computerized and feature-rich sewing machine can cost several times more than a simple, plastic model designed for limited use.
How do you know which type will suit you best?
Mechanical sewing machines
Simpler and more straightforward to use than electronic ones. As a result, absolute beginners tend to find them easier to deal with and more conducive to learning the best sewing techniques. The relative dearth of functions means that these must be performed manually, which some people prefer in order to maintain an element of control and personal connection with the fabric. Using a mechanical machine takes a lot longer to finish most projects, which means they are less favored by those who have a lot of sewing to do. They also don’t provide the degree of accuracy that can be achieved by other types.
Used exclusively for cutting and sewing layers of cloth for edging and hemming. They run at very high speeds and are widely used in the manufacture of garments. It’s these time-saving properties, plus the quality and accuracy of stitching, which makes them popular with people who like to make their own clothes, cushions etc. They only serve a limited number of purposes and are, therefore, not suitable for comparing reviews with standard sewing machines.
Electronic sewing machines
Typically used by people who do a lot of sewing, in order to save both time and effort. These can typically store hundreds of stitch types and other settings which are easily accessible and editable through the use of an LED screen. They are more efficient than their mechanical equivalents as they provide closer control over the accuracy and speed of stitching. They can also often take care of the more mundane tasks such as sewing in button holes according to the details inputted by the user. They’re ideal for regular sewing enthusiasts.
Work by using a needle and a hoop, which can be moved in four directions to execute different designs as the needle sews. These designs are usually stored in the machine’s memory. In addition to this, many machines allow the user to edit the designs as necessary. As the name gives away, they are most popular with embroiderers and those who want to add extra finesse to their sewing. Embroidery-only machines are not used for regular sewing tasks at all. These machines are used by specialist embroiderers.
What you need to know about the different brands featured here:
Often synonymous with sewing machines – is possibly the most famous brand and is also the most popular in terms of sales. They have a wide range of models which cater to everyone from the novice right up to the expert, detail and quality-oriented tailors.
Brother is known for its incorporation of high technology into even its most basic sewing machines. Brother machines are often reviewed well for their high user satisfaction, with one of their most popular lines being the featured Laura Ashley line.
A well-known brand which builds sewing machines for everyone from beginners to experts, with the difference that they focus on the use of advanced technology. They are fun to use as there are a lot of different functions to explore.
Got questions? Here are some of the most commonly asked:
What are the main parts of a sewing machine?
Most sewing machines will contain a bobbin which is a spool used to hold the thread which makes the underside of a stitch. This is usually housed in the lower part of the machine. Feed dogs are the teeth that move the fabric through. A presser foot holds the fabric down and can be adjusted according to needs. These parts are found in pretty much every sewing machine, including the needle – of course!
How much maintenance do sewing machines need?
Follow the instructions in the manual to regularly clean your machine and keep it covered when not in use so as to prevent the build-up of dust and dirt in its inner workings. Cleaning can involve removing the plates, bobbins and other parts so make sure you set aside enough time to do this properly.
What advice do you have for absolute beginners?
I would recommend starting out by practicing your technique manually and using scraps of fabric that you don’t need. It will take a bit of practice before you can sew confidently without the risk of making major mistakes, so do this as much as you can on the material you won’t miss if it all goes wrong!
How many needles do I need?
You should change your needle after each large project or between every five to eight hours of sewing, depending on the toughness of the fabric. You can calculate how many you need accordingly.
What does ‘top loading’ mean?
This simply refers to a machine in which the bobbin is found above, rather than below, the needle.
How can I get to grips with a new sewing machine?
Start with the backstitch, which you will need to tie the start and end of your stitch. Once you’ve got that down, just practice sewing in straight lines and then ‘drawing shapes’ to get used to how the machine responds to you. Once you’re confident, try using the different stitches on your machine and sewing different types of fabric.
How do I stay safe when using the machine?
It’s very important not to work while being distracted. Don’t allow your children to use the machine unsupervised. Most obviously, keep your fingers away from the needle! Be careful not to trip over the cord and remember to unplug it when you’re not using it as sewing machines can get surprisingly hot. Don’t let young children or animals (especially cats) near your thread.
How can I find people to share tips and ideas with?
Sewing is a very popular hobby and a quick internet search should bring up local groups and clubs. Failing that, if you live in a very isolated area, there are numerous online sewing groups, blogs, and forums where you can download designs, have your questions answered and share your thoughts with other sewing lovers. Alternatively, why not invite your family members, neighbors, and friends over to show them your new machine and take turns to work on it together?
Hopefully, now you’re ready to choose the right machine for you!
Once again, thanks for taking the time to peruse my page – I sincerely hope that the information and reviews I’ve put together are of use to you and that you’re able to find a sewing machine that matches your needs down to a tee. Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll open up a whole new world of creativity and learning which gives its own unique sense of satisfaction.
Good luck and happy sewing!