With the Learn to Sew series and all of my sewing tutorials lately I have been getting a lot of people asking me for recommendations on sewing machines. So I’ve promised to put together a post with some recommended sewing machines. This is a bit overwhelming for me to put together because there are SO many machines out there with SO many options and most of them seem pretty good. Which is probably why people keep asking for recommendations. Because it’s hard to figure all of this out. I’m going to do my best to sift through some of the options for you here.
Sewing Machine Recommendations:
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.
My first 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.)
So, as I started looking into getting a new machine I discovered something. Janome and Kenmores 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 this baby. (Brace yourself, this isn’t a basic machine.) It’s the Janome Memory Craft 9500.
That’s my baby. No, I didn’t pay quite the price that is quoted on Amazon right now, but I paid a pretty penny. And haven’t regretted it a single time. This machine is work horse. I use it nearly every day and just love it. It’s only been in the shop once I believe. Part of the high price for his machine is the embroidery option, which honestly, I don’t use much, so a similar machine without the embroidery option is about half the price and is an amazing machine! My highest recommendations here.
Anyway, I don’t expect most of you are in the market for a machine like that, but I wanted to show you first what I have. If you are looking for a good, solid machine, I fully endorse Janome. For a good Janome that isn’t quite so pricey here are a few good options:
Here’s the most Basic Janome. The 2212. Rated 5 stars on Amazon. Looks like a very good starter machine and costs well under $200. Not a bad investment if you are just getting started: (this looks a lot like my starter machine)
A little bit fancier Janome. Has more stitches (30), an automatic needle threader and is computerized. This is the Janome 8077. It will run around $300.
And even nicer, the Janome DC 2012 with 50 stitches, buttonholes, adjustable sewing speed and is computerized. This one will cost around $500.
May I just say one more time that I give my HIGHEST stamp of approval for Janome!
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 friends in the facebook group have recommended various Brother machines and I am giving you their recommendations here.
The Brother CS 6000i is the most recommended machine on the facebook group. 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. Cost just $20-$30 more than the one above, has 100 stitches and 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 by Brother machines at Walmart and Costco! So if you want a basic starter machine that doesn’t cost much, try Brother.
Just a couple more.
I just found it. My first machine. (Or the closest thing to it that they sell now.) Costs just barely over $100 and is a sturdy and solid machine. This is another good starter machine!
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:
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. But I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much information.
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 abotu machines as well!