Tired of fumbling around with a needle and thread when trying to hem your jeans or quickly fashion a set of curtains, pricking yourself along the way as you struggle through hours of work?
Step up your sewing a few notches and speed up the process with a new electronic or computerized sewing machine. Whether you make your own clothing or just need something for the occasional alteration, you’d be surprised at how much time you can save while expanding your wardrobe.
Sewing Machine Overview
Whatever kind of sewing machine you are looking for, we’ve got one to fit your needs. After reviewing dozens of top-selling models, we narrowed the list of best sewing machines to only these 12 top-rated options. The following table makes a good starting point when figuring out which might suit you best.
Good: A strong, sturdy frame, a heavy-duty motor, and interesting presser feet allow you to create creative masterpieces with this lightweight machine, even when used over extended periods of time.
Not so good: Very few stitches are included with this machine, which means that inexperienced tailors might struggle with it.
Bottom Line: If you are an expert seamstress and need a lightweight machine capable of going the distance, this machine is built for you.
Good: A multitude of features and functions set this machine apart from many of the others in this list. Its easy-to-use computerized interface makes high-quality designs accessible to beginners.
Not so good: Though it has the design capacity that professionals need, it is probably not strong enough to withstand use on a regular, daily basis.
Bottom Line: For the casual and leisurely sewer, it will be harder to find a more versatile machine at a better price. This machine has earned its title of “Best Value”.
Good: The cheapest on our list, this affordable machine comes with 3 presser feet, a 4-step buttonhole creation system, and 6 stitches (including a decorative scalloped stitch). Overall, it’s a well-built machine.
Not so good: Unfortunately, this machine is not equipped for fancy designs, embroidery, and monogramming; it also doesn’t have advanced functions like an automatic thread trimmer.
Bottom Line: If you need a small, uncomplicated machine for basic sewing, you will be hard-pressed to find a better quality machine at such a budget-friendly price.
Good: Chock full of advanced features like built-in embroidery templates, automatic functions, and the ability to be hooked up to a computer, this is a very impressive machine.
Not so good: Though the advanced features are wonderful for some people, they may be a little more than a beginner can handle and might serve only to complicate the sewing process for some people.
Bottom Line: If you’re ready to take your sewing and embroidery to the next level, this Brother machine is a perfect choice.
Good: This machine offers 130 stitch types, plus monogramming that includes special characters in addition to letters and numbers. It’s lightweight and can easily be transported from one place to another.
Not so good: The light weight of this machine means that its motor probably isn’t very strong. Heavy-duty jobs may cause the machine to struggle and it may not stand up to prolonged tasks.
Bottom Line: A great option for people who are just getting started in the quilting and sewing world. But this is not for those who will use the machine often or for long periods of time.
Good: Twelve stitches and three presser feet will meet all of your basic garment-sewing needs with this well-built machine.
Not so good: A lack of special stitches, monogramming, and automated features mean that this machine is not cut out for the advanced needs of serious tailors.
Bottom Line: Near the lower end of the price-range on our list, this Janome has a decent range of stitches and presser feet for accomplishing most tasks.
Good: Built to handle regular heavy use, this machine will stand the test of time thanks to its sturdy frame and well-made parts. A few special features make it even more appealing.
Not so good: With only 11 stitches, this isn’t likely to be the quilter’s dream machine and will be best suited to people who don’t have intricate monogramming in mind.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a basic machine at an affordable price, but want top quality in terms of durability, this Singer has got you covered.
Good: A total of 60 stitches, 9 presser feet, automatic stitching, speed control, and an easy-to-read LCD display panel with push button functions are some of the things that elevate this machine above its similarly-priced competitors.
Not so good: This machine lacks a few advanced features, such as automatic backstitch and an automatic thread trimmer, but it’s hard to be disappointed considering its other abilities and its very fair price.
Bottom Line: Though this machine is impressive in terms of what it can do, it is best for those who intend to use it only occasionally and not those who make a living through their sewing projects.
Good: This machine comes with a variety of presser feet, is strong and durable, and can handle regular use by avid sewers.
Not so good: Does not have some of the fancy functions and stitches that you can easily find on much cheaper machines.
Bottom Line: If quality is what you are looking for but you aren’t quite in the market for a $1,000 professional machine, this basic, durable, mid-priced option may be what you need.
Good: With a total of 18 stitch options, 5 snap-on presser feet, a top-load bobbin system, and a hard plastic carrying handle, this portable sewing machine goes beyond basics.
Not so good: This machine fails to offer bonus options like automatic backstitch, automatic needle threading, and automatic thread cutting.
Bottom Line: Overall, if you need an above-basic (but not professional-quality) machine that’s highly portable and easily storable, this one just may be what you’re looking for.
Good: At an affordable price, this small sewing machine is built to impress despite its compact size. It includes over 100 stitches, 10 presser feet, multiple buttonhole types, and a few automatic functions.
Not so good: Built-in monogramming patterns, like those found on some of the other machines, are not part of the package with this one, nor is an automatic thread trimmer.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an economical, compact machine capable of many stitches, you can’t do much better than this one. If, however, you absolutely need the few missing functions, you may want to keep looking and increase your budget.
Good: With almost 30 pre-set stitches, 7 easy-to-change presser feet, an automatic needle threader, a drop-in bobbin, and a very competitive price, it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular sewing machines on today’s market.
Not so good: A small motor and modest overall size mean that this machine simply isn’t up to large tasks and won’t satisfy professional seamstresses.
Bottom Line: If you like to sew at home and tackle a few creative projects over the course of a month or a year, this machine offers good value.