Best Sewing Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 12, 2019
If you want to ply needle and sew beautiful, outer clothes for yourself or your family, you should acquire a decent sewing machine. In our review we've presented the best sewing machines for home and professional use so you can find the right one for your needs.  ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
SEWING SPEED
TYPE OF SHUTTLE
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
ADJUSTMENTS
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
WARRANTY
 
PROS

You will be able to import any designs via the machine's USB port. It will be easy to find the ones you need with access to iBroidery.com, which offers thousands of stunning embroidery designs. 

CONS

The sewing speed could be higher.

OUR VERDICT

As functional as it is, the Brother SE600 can help you embellish your projects, make clothing from scratch, or repair your garments. It is equally good for sewing thicker fabrics like denim or thinner ones like silk.

detailed parameters
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS

103

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

400 stitches per minute

TYPE OF SHUTTLE

Horizontal, Drop-in top bobbin

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Built-in free arm, Automatic needle threader, Built-in USB port, Embroidery design editing features, Super bright LED-lit work area

ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustable stitch width (7 mm), Adjustable stitch length (5 mm), Variable speed controls, Seven-point feed dogs, Reverse, Single/twin needle position setting (Up/Down)

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Spring action zigzag foot, Button hole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind stitch foot, Button sewing foot

WARRANTY

25-years for the chassis casting, 2-years for electronic components and printed circuit boards, 1-year for parts, labor and accompanying accessory items

PROS

The number of preinstalled sewing operations in this machine is pretty impressive: it can make up to 600 stitches, including stretch stitches, overcast stitches, blind hem stitches, and various decorative stitches. Moreover, choosing the favorite one is an absolute breeze thanks to the OneTouch™ Stitch Selection function.

CONS

The needle threader might be a little touchy at first.

OUR VERDICT

The computerized SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine will please any user with its simplicity of controls as well as the number of automatic adjustments and convenient functions making sewing a treat. The working process is easy to control due to a handy LCD display, and the sewing area is easy to see thanks to the two LED lamps.

detailed parameters
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS

600

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

Up to 850 stitches per minute

TYPE OF SHUTTLE

Horizontal

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Automatic Needle Threader, 13 built-in 1-Step Buttonholes, Large Back-Lit LCD Screen with Brightness Control, 2 x StayBright™ LED Lights, Thread Cutter, Tie-Off Button, Free Arm, Drop Feed

ADJUSTMENTS

Variable Needle Positions, Self-Adjusting Tension System, Adjustable Stitch Length, Adjustable Stitch Width (7mm), Stitch Elongation, Mirror Imaging, Reverse

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Button Sewing Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning and Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch/Quilting Foot, Feed / Walking Foot

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine head, Limited 2-year warranty for motors, light assembly, wiring, stitches, speed control and electronic components, Limited 90-day warranty for adjustments, belts, rings, bulbs, attachments

PROS
The sewing machine offers the biggest number of built-in stitch patterns in comparison to the other models. Additional features coupled with the variety of accessories will help you turn any sewing project into reality.
CONS

Maintenance is rather tricky; you might need to turn to experts for help.

OUR VERDICT
The machine's intuitive controls will help you make all the required settings in seconds. We bet that any needlewoman would like to have this feature-rich machine at home and turn into reality all sorts of quilting and sewing projects.
detailed parameters
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS
60
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
Automatic
SEWING SPEED
Up to 850 stitches per minute
TYPE OF SHUTTLE
Horizontal, Top load drop-in bobbin system
ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin needle setting, Automatic needle threader, Free-arm feature, Automatic bobbin winder, Adjustable needle stop position

ADJUSTMENTS
Adjustable stitch length (up to 5 mm) and stitch width (up to 7 mm), Two needle position
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Walking foot, Spring action quilting foot
WARRANTY
25-years for the chassis casting, 2-years for electronic components and printed circuit boards, 1-year for parts, labor and accompanying accessory items
PROS

The high sewing speed cuts down time on garment tailoring. An internal heavy duty metal frame reduces vibration during sewing. A large metal bed allows you to sew heavy and dense fabrics.

CONS
The adjustments and operation are quite intricate so following instructions is advisable.
OUR VERDICT
The best fit for a professional sewer who requires a heavy-duty sewing machine for regular use. High-efficiency operation along with a variety of commercial available additional accessories makes this model the best sewing machine.
detailed parameters
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS
23
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
Automatic
SEWING SPEED
Up to 1100 stitches per minute
TYPE OF SHUTTLE
Horizontal, Top load drop-in bobbin system
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Twin needle setting, Automatic needle threader, Free-arm feature, Reverse stitch
ADJUSTMENTS
Adjustable stitch length (up to 4 mm) and stitch width (up to 6 mm), Upper thread tension control, Adjustable presser foot pressure, Three needle position
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
All-purpose foot, Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Button sewing foot
WARRANTY
Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine head, Limited 2-year warranty for motors, light assembly, wiring, stitches, speed control and electronic components, Limited 90-day warranty for adjustments, belts, rings, bulbs, attachments
PROS

Well engineered and durable sewing machine. Produced by a well-known manufacturer and designed as a user-friendly device.

CONS
A vertical oscillating hook requires permanent lubrication.
OUR VERDICT
Whether you're a beginner or a professional sewer, with this machine you can do all the sewing tasks you need.
detailed parameters
BUILT-IN STITCH PATTERNS
12
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
Semi-automatic
SEWING SPEED
Up to 860 stitches per minute
TYPE OF SHUTTLE
Vertical oscillating hook bobbin, Front load bobbin system
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Twin needle setting, Free-arm feature, Reverse stitch
ADJUSTMENTS
Adjustable stitch length (up to 4 mm) and stitch width (up to 5 mm), Adjustable presser foot pressure, Two needle position, Automatic shut-off when a bobbin is full
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

All-purpose foot, Zipper foot, Blind stitch foot, Buttonhole foot

WARRANTY
Limited 25-years (requires registration on Janome web-site)

Brother SE600

For Embroidery Hobbyists

While larger and more powerful machines are a natural choice of sewing professionals who work on big projects, this model is a real find for beginners and embroidery hobbyists. Portable and reasonably priced, the Brother SE600 is a functional tool with a 4" x 4" embroidery field that comes with a 4" x 4" embroidery hoop (you can purchase a 7" x 4" hoop additionally). As compact and lightweight as it is, the machine has a pretty wide needle-to-arm workspace, which means you will be able to handle bulkier projects, not only smaller ones.

The unit offers 103 built-in sewing stitches and 8 buttonholes styles, plus 80 embroidery designs. In addition to built-in designs, you can use thousands of patterns from the iBroidery.com - the unit has a USB port for this purpose. Please, note that a memory stick is not included and for iBroidery.com an additional purchase is required.

What makes this Brother model especially appealing is the large color touchscreen. Not only will you be able to preview the designs before putting them on fabric, but you will also be able to edit them. For example, you can move designs on the smart touch LCD display, change the thread colors, and more.

Though its maximum sewing speed could be higher, the item offers variable speed controls to help you perform multiple sewing and embroidery tasks with ease. You can also preset the needle up/down position depending on your needs. To ensure smooth fabric feeding, the machine is equipped with 7-point feed dogs.

Review of Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Beautifully Simple

The manufacturer has done their best to make their product as user-friendly as possible. It comes with 7 presser feet (a spring action zigzag, overcasting, monogramming, blind stitch, buttonhole, zipper, and button sewing foot), and changing them is a snap. When you select the desired stitch, the screen will show you which foot to use - with this fantastic feature, even novice sewers will be up to the task. Threading the machine and winding the bobbin is quite simple, too, you just need to follow the numbers on the housing. Like its more expensive counterparts, the Brother SE600 has an automatic needle threader, so you will save your time and nerves on threading the needle as well. A convertible free arm will allow you to sew cuffs and sleeves with no hassle at all.

All in all, if you enjoy embellishing your garments with embroidery or making one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing for you and your family, the Brother SE600 embroidery sewing machine is a fantastic choice.

Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine in the use

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SINGER 9960

Efficient and User-Friendly

The SINGER Quantum Pro 9960 is a highly efficient sewing machine that will meet or even exceed your expectations. The number of preinstalled sewing operations in this machine is nothing short of impressive: it can make up to 600 stitches, including stretch, overcast, blind hem, and various decorative stitches. This is four times more than the next highest number of built-in stitch patterns in our sewing machine review. Moreover, choosing your favourite pattern is absolutely a breeze thanks to the OneTouch™ Stitch Selection. The SINGER Quantum Pro 9960 can also boast of an extremely high sewing speed. It is able to make up to 850 stitches per minute. This makes the sewing process quick and effective.

This model comes with several convenient features, such as self-adjusting tension control, automatic needle threader and thread cutter. What this means is that you won't need to stop to do alterations - the machine will do them for you. Plus, the threader is fast enough to thread the entire machine in just a few seconds. In addition to this, it has 13 built-in 1-step buttonholes, which makes this model stand out from its rivals. What is also great about this sewing machine is that it has a horizontal loading bobbin system the winding of which requires from little to no effort. While being so easily operated, the SINGER Quantum Pro 9960, however, is more than capable and is able to cope with most complicated sewing tasks.

Review of SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine

Well Thought-Out Design

The SINGER Quantum Pro 9960 sewing machine can please its owner with a smart and intuitive design that will make the sewing process comfortable and effortless even for an inexperienced user. The machine comes in a set with numerous adjustments and additional feet and has a bright LCD screen that shows what stitch pattern (as well as its length and width) has been chosen. It also alerts the user of errors in case such occur during the process. In addition to the handy screen, the SINGER Quantum Pro 9960 sewing machine is equipped with two LED lamps that help light up the sewing area. This makes it possible to use it with ease and comfort even in poorly lit conditions.

The SINGER Quantum Pro 9960 sewing machine is ideal both for professional and beginner users. Depending on your experience and skills, you can adjust the sewing speed with a lever located on the front of the machine, with a foot control, or by pressing the "start/stop" button whereby switching it to a slow speed. You also have the option to remove part of the table, by adjusting your appliance for arm-free sewing. In doing so you will be able to reach all of the hard-to-reach places and sew them perfectly without putting in much effort. Plus, you will also be able to easily sew in any direction thanks to the adjustable feed dog.

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

My 1st project was a purse. Part of the construction was 8 layers of light/medium weight cotton and 4 layers of light interfacing. I used a medium weight needle, and the machine plowed through all 12 layers with no problem.

Features

Let there be light! The LED light above the needle is very bright. With my old Singer, I had to tape a clip-on reading light to the sewing machine to cast more light on the fabric, but that wasn't enough, so I added two task lamps to my sewing table.
 

Brother CS6000i

Jack of All Trades

What can be better than an endless stock of sewing and quilting projects? Maybe the ability to materialize your ideas and create garments and accessories that truly match your style? All you need to work your look is to opt for the Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine that will definitely help you become a Jack of all trades in sewing. This model offers a great number of sewing and quilting features that it would be easier to enumerate the options that the sewing machine doesn't have than those it offers. The Brother company has launched a really great, easy-to-use and versatile sewing machine that meets the requirements of both novice and pro needlewomen. This model will help you start sewing easily due to its automatic features and will come in handy over time with more advanced options. In order to prove our point, we'd like to specify some really astonishing features we like most in this model.

This Brother sewing machine is designed with a backlit LCD display where you can see the stitch you've chosen and it is rather a convenient feature since the model has 60 built-in stitch patterns! With this machine, you'll be able to sew garments using different fabric types for sure. We should also note the sewing machine is designed with convenience in mind. The oversized table and free-arm are meant for sewing and quilting large-sized projects or tailoring narrow items such as sleeve cuff or trouser leg. Additionally, this model is perfect for sewing in poor lighting conditions or tailoring dark fabrics owing to a super bright work area, thus, you can be certain that you won't suffer from eyestrain.

Review of Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich

Have Trust in Brother

The Brother company keeps up with the times in its innovative technologies in the market of sewing and embroidery machines. What's more, this company is known and valued for the high-quality of turned out goods. The sewing and embroidery machines are perfect for both at-home and industrial use since the manufacturer has many years of experience in the "sewing industry" and thus, is sensitive to the changes in consumer demands and needs. This means that Brother always knows how to keep in line with their customers and which products to put forward. Moreover, even the most affordable machines are easy-to-use, offer a number of sewing features and have a really catchy design.

As for the sewing speed of this model, in particular, it has a pretty decent one. The machine is able to make up to 850 stitches per minute. We also like that this model comes with a free arm feature. With its help, you can easily sew sleeves, pant legs and other hard to reach things. So no matter what item you decide to sew, you will be able to do it with ease thanks to this device. The only problem with this model is that the maintenance is rather tricky. You may have to turn to an expert for help since the instructions do not give all the necessary information clearly. Regardless, we're really surprised with how versatile, efficient and easy-to-use this machine is. For sure, the manufacturer knows what a quilter or tailor needs to create a real masterpiece with ease and great relish.

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich in the use

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Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine
 

SINGER 4423

Powerful Motor and Impressive Speed

If you're looking for an inexpensive, heavy-duty sewing machine, then this model from Singer is just what you need. Thanks to a powerful motor, this model works at an impressive speed of up to 1,100 stitches per minute. So, this SINGER is a way more powerful sewing machine in comparison with other models in our sewing machine review. This SINGER model offers 23 built-in stitch patterns. It may not be much compared to the other models on our list, but it includes all those you need for basic sewing: essential, stretch, buttonhole and decorative.

This model also features an automatic 1-step operation buttonhole creation. It is obvious that garments tailored on this machine will be of high quality. It also features an automatic needle threader, so you won’t have to spend time and effort on doing it manually.

However, we recommend being extra attentive when setting up the device. The adjustments and operation are quite intricate so following the instructions is advisable, especially if you just started using the machine.

Review of SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed

Heavy Duty Device

A horizontal shuttle and a heavy duty metal frame ensure almost whisper-quiet operation. The SINGER 4423 sewing machine has a clear view cover and a top load drop-in bobbin system. Thus, it is easy to insert a bobbin in the shuttle and keep track of the thread supply. You can be sure that this sewing machine will last for years. It's got a powerful motor, stainless steel components, and parts and heavy-duty metal construction for extended use and durability - all you may need to sew quickly, professionally and enthusiastically. Plus, it is supported with a 25-year warranty.

The SINGER 4423 is a universal, heavy duty sewing machine for professional users who’d like to sew through various types of fabric and tailor high-quality clothes. From casual dresses to shoulder bags, it will do a nice piece of work and ensure excellent results. The SINGER 4423 comes with a rich set of accessories and presser foot attachments for sewing on most types of fabric regardless of their thickness and quality. It’s a great device to use for finishing edges, trimming and decorating clothes with elaborate stitches.

All this makes the SINGER 4423 one of the leading sewing machines on the market, and not without reason. If you're looking for a professional unit to do hand-tailoring, mending and sewing clothes, there's hardly a better choice.

SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed in the use

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Janome 2212

Best Sewing Machine for Home

The Janome sewing machine is a simple, yet very sturdy and dependable device. Due to its simplicity and convenience in use, it will become a great assistant not only to a professional but for those who seek a machine for home use. This model offers a semi-automatic 4-step buttonhole creation style and intermediate amount of stitch patterns (12, to be exact). There is a special dial on the machine's housing that allows users to easily set the stitch. In comparison to the Brother sewing machine, the Janome one noticeably outranks it by the sewing speed. It makes 860 stitches per minute so the working process won't take much time. The device is a user-friendly sewing machine due to the detailed manual and intuitive controls. This machine works efficiently with fine fabrics, natural and synthetic fibers and knits. The set of this device includes all-purpose foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, and a buttonhole foot.

The next good feature about this sewing machine from Janome is that it is equipped with a vertical oscillating hook. It is assumed that a vertical type of shuttle creates high-quality stitches. The Janome has a front-loading bobbin system that takes a little more time for bobbin placing. Though, due to a vertical oscillating hook, this sewing machine accepts threads of any thickness. However, a lot of users point out that you shouldn't forget to lubricate the shuttle from time to time to prolong the life span of the machine. Otherwise, you may have trouble with threading it over some time.

Review of Janome 2212 Easy Turn Dial Pattern Selection

Easy to Adjust

Whether you're a beginner or a professional sewer, you will definitely love this machine for its additional features and adjustments. The Janome sewing machine has a special accessories case which can be removed to expose a free-arm. You can adjust a thread tension or a stitch length and width to fit the type of fabric you're using. Moreover, this model features adjustable presser foot pressure that is also a useful option when you work with specific fabric types.

Lastly, we would like to mention the appealing price of this model. Considering its good functionality and decent sewing performance, the price tag is pretty reasonable.

The Janome company is a well-known sewing machine's manufacturer that inspires every user with creativity and innovations. This model, in particular, will be a great option for home use. It will help you pursue your creativity and put into practice a broad range of ideas without costing you an arm and a leg.

Janome 2212 Easy Turn Dial Pattern Selection in the use

Additional Features

Whether you're a beginner or a professional sewer, you will definitely love this machine for its additional features and adjustments. Janome sewing machine has a special accessories case which can be removed to expose a free-arm. You can adjust a thread tension or a stitch length and width to fit the type of fabric you're using. Moreover, this model features adjustable presser foot pressure that is also a useful option when you work with specific fabric types. Janome is a well-known sewing machine's manufacturer that inspires every user with creativity and innovations.

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What Is a Sewing Machine?

Sewing machines were invented in the late 19th century and since then rung up the efficiency and productivity of the clothing industry worldwide. The operation of those machines required considerable efforts while the end products still missed the desired quality. Today, a sewing machine has become not only the first assistant of many people but also an easy-to-use and straightforward device. Modern sewing machines are engineered with a built-in motor, thereby simplifying and speeding up a working process on the whole. Having got a proper sewing machine, you may tailor garments for yourself or for sale and with additional features and different stitch patterns, you can take an innovating approach in sewing.

If you're fond of sewing and handiwork, you may also benefit from purchasing a scrapbooking cutting machine, about which you can learn more here.

What Features to Compare

Sewing capabilities

Before you decide on any particular model of sewing machine, you should firstly determine what for you are going to use it. And, in accordance with your requests, you can choose a device with suitable sewing capabilities. If you are a beginner or just about mending clothing, you don't need a computerized marvel. It would be enough to purchase an ordinary sewing machine that offers only several stitches. However, if you are a qualified tailor, it is doubtless that you need to opt for a heavy-duty multifunctional device. Professional sewing machines offer up to 25 built-in stitches for different types of fabrics and clothes. For example, some models feature stretch stitches that are perfect for sewing stretch and elastic fabrics and don't make them ravel. So, it is obvious that the more features a sewing machine has the more capabilities it provides. This also directly affects the price. Professional sewing machines are usually more costly than that with basic functionality.

The sewing speed which is measured at a number of stitches per minute will tell you how fast you'll be able to sew. Different models work at different velocities and their sewing speed usually varies from 200 to 1100 stitches per minute. Some sewing machines offer adjustable sewing speed so that a user can change it during the process. It is also preferable to choose a device that creates a wide variety of buttonhole styles, so you may attach a button of any form to your clothes. Sewing machines offer automatic, semi-automatic and manual buttonhole sewing types. An automatic type requires a one-step operation to create a buttonhole while a semi-automatic type works in a 4-step operation pattern and hence takes more time for sewing.

Type of shuttle

You should also pay attention to a type of shuttle as it is one of the most important components in a sewing machine. A shuttle is engaged in the process of stitch forming. The most widespread type is a horizontal shuttle that features a top load drop-in bobbin system. This type is notable for a convenient bobbin placing due to a built-in shuttle. To start working you only need to do drop-in a bobbin and pull the thread through the slot. Sewing machines with a horizontal shuttle also feature a clear cover so that you can see when the thread is running low. A vertical oscillating hook offers a front load bobbin system and has a dismountable shuttle. So, to start using a machine, firstly, you need to spool the thread on a bobbin and drop the bobbin into the shuttle. Secondly, you need to pull the thread through the slot and set the shuttle into a shuttle race. Sewing machines also differ in the type of fabric and thread they accept. Machines with a horizontal shuttle work more efficiently with fine threads while devices with a vertical oscillating hook accept threads of any thickness. It should be mentioned that a vertical oscillating hook requires permanent lubricating to prolong the life span of a sewing machine.

Additional features

The last but not least feature to consider is additional features that ensure a comfortable and efficient working process. It is preferable to consider a machine with a twin needle setting, so you can make hemlines on your cloth without an overlock machine. With the reverse option, you can reinforce the stitch. Some sewing machines feature an automatic needle threader and a bobbin winder. These options are meant to simplify the working process. There are also machines that allow free-arm sewing if you need to tailor narrow items, for example, sleeves, cuffs, trousers. Sewing machines may also include different presser feet that also increase working efficiency. The quality of tailored clothes depends on a sewing machine adjustments either. Owing to adjustable stitch length and width, it's easy to trim your clothes. This also comes in useful when working with different types of fabric. Certain types of fabrics also request specific thread tension, therefore manufacturers offer both automatic and manual thread tension control. Although other sewing machines have a dial to adjust the tension manually. It is not the full list of options that sewing machines can offer, every model has its own peculiarities and benefits. But we do hope that our review will help you choose the right sewing machine for your specific needs.

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4. How to Choose a Sewing Machine, wikiHow.

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