What’s the Project: If you’re looking for the best sewing machines for beginners or if you are wanting an upgrade from what you have, here are some great recommendations.
Maybe you’ve always loved the idea of sewing. You dream of threading your machine, picking out the perfect fabric and sewing fabulous creations.
But you need a sewing machine in order to make these dreams come true and finding the right machine can be hard! There are so many brands and then within those brands, there are so many models. They can cost anywhere from $99 to several thousand, so how do you know which sewing machine to buy? Here’s a review of some of the best sewing machines for beginners (and beyond if you’re looking for an upgrade).
This will be a rundown of some basics and hopefully, give you a good idea of what sewing machine to buy that will be just right for you.
Best Sewing Machines for Beginners:
Now, the first thing you need to know is that I haven’t been in the market for a sewing machine for about 8 years, so I haven’t looked into this for a while. But when I was in the market for one I did a lot of research before buying my machine. And after all my research I settled on a Janome. So let’s talk Janome’s first.
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Janome Sewing Machines:
My first beginner sewing machine was a Kenmore-a very basic but very sturdy Kenmore. It was a $200 machine that earned me way more than it was worth when I started my own sewing business and made thousands of dollars sewing things with it. I loved that little machine…until I ran it right into the ground from overuse. (I used it a lot. Hours every single day.)
So, as I started looking into getting a new machine I discovered something. Janome and Kenmore are created by the same company. Janome is sort of the big sister to Kenmore. Knowing that, and after reading tons of reviews, I settled on Janome as the brand of my choice.
Here’s the most Basic Beginner Janome Sewing Machine. It’s the 2212 and it’s rated close to 5 stars on Amazon. It should be a very good starter machine and costs under $200. Not a bad investment if you are just getting started. (This looks a lot like my beginning sewing machine.)
Here is a slightly fancier Janome. This one has more stitches (30), an automatic needle threader and is computerized. This is the Janome 8077. It will run around $300.
Or if you’re looking to upgrade into something even nicer, try the Janome DC 2012 with 50 stitches, buttonholes, adjustable sewing speed and it’s computerized. This one will cost around $500.
Brother Beginner Sewing Machines:
Now let’s talk about Brother machines. I feel like these are sort of the most popular beginner machines right now. I recently borrowed a friend’s Brother while mine was broken and can now safely vouch for Brother’s as well. Many of my Learn to Sew readers have recommended various Brother machines and I am giving you their recommendations here.
The Brother CS 6000i is the most recommended machine by my beginner sewing readers. It’s another good starter machine that won’t be a huge investment but will get you going. It’s got a lot of stitches (60!) and several buttonhole options and comes with a case. It costs around $150 (but watch for deals) and is rated very highly on Amazon. In fact, it’s their #1 best seller. And this is very similar to the machine I borrowed from my friend. This is a good machine.
Here’s another Brother that’s a good one. This one costs just $20-$30 more than the one above, has 100 stitches and many other great features. The Brother SC9500:
Basically, after looking around at various Brother machines on Amazon while writing this post, I have to say, they have amazing prices for what they include-lots of stitches and other great features. And are very highly rated. You can also buy Brother machines at Walmart and Costco! So if you want a basic starter machine that doesn’t cost much, try Brother.
Singer Beginner Sewing Machines:
A reader recommended this Singer Esteem II from Target. It costs just over $100 also and has 4.5 stars rating at Target.com. It has 23 stitches and sells itself as a good machine for beginners and you can’t really beat that price, can you? I suspect this could be a good beginning sewing machine for kids too! It won’t break the bank but is still a good machine.
There are a lot of other brands of machines. Bernina’s are the King of all machines and are specifically tailored to quilters. Vikings are amazing but are also very high end. I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so these are the best sewing machines I could find for beginners.
So consider this a roundup of some very good beginner machines and a few more advanced. Brother seems to be the best option for an inexpensive and very basic starter machine. If you have a little more money to spend, go for a Janome.
Please know that I have not tried most of these machines. I am going off of reader’s recommendations and online buyer ratings. I make no guarantees on these machines, I am just giving you somewhere to start looking. Please know that affiliate links are included in this post as well.
And, take some time to read through the comments section here. Many of my readers have chimed in with valuable information about machines as well!
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