Shopping for a new sewing machine can be overwhelming, whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer because of the vast array of options now available on sewing machines. But, you don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on your new sewing machine if you take some time to figure out what you want your sewing machine to do.
The most important item to consider first is what do you want to do with your sewing machine?
This is a personal decision that only you can make. Do you want to sew new clothes for yourself and your family, just be able to hem your pants, decorate your home with things like window or shower curtains, make a quilt or be able to embroider? Until you have made that decision, don’t start looking for a sewing machine!! There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but you are the only one that can decide.
What kind of sewing will I be doing?
- Home decorations
- Stuffed animals
- Making your own skirts, pants, shirts, etc.
What kind of fabrics will I be using?
- Heavy like denim or canvas
- Light like nylon, cotton
- Multiple layers as in a quilt
Will I be making button holes?
Will I be putting in zippers?
Will I be transporting my sewing machine to classes, quilting bees or the somewhere else?
The next decision is what kind of machine do you want? There are 3 types – basic, computerized and embroidering. Most of your older machines come under the basic type, mainly because there are not many options to them and your selections are done with a knob. These are the easiest to use, but do not have the options available that the more modern, computerized sewing machines have.
A computerized sewing machine is more expensive, but the sewing quality is usually superior to a basic machine. As the name implies, most all decisions about stitch selection, needle position, foot pedal use and other factors are usually made with the push of a button and can be shown in the LCD display if the machine has one.
Embroidery machines are used mainly for embroidering, are even more sophisticated than the computerized machine and, unless you know you will be doing a lot of embroidery, this would not be a good sewing machine to make as your first sewing machine purchase.
The next decision will be whether you want a basic, electronic or computerized sewing machine. Naturally, the fancier you get, the more expensive the sewing machine will be.
What kind of options do you need to get your sewing done easily?
The following are just a few of the options available on sewing machines:
- A one-step button holer
- Needle threader
- Drop in bobbin
- Vertical bobbin
- Adjustable presser-foot pressure
- Free arm sewing
- Adjustable stitch length
- Adjustable needle position
- Thread cutter
- Vertical and horizonal spool pins
- Adjustable sewing speed
- Automatic reverse button
- Automatic tension adjustment
- Automatic bobbin winder
- Sewing pedal option
Also important are what accessories come with the machine and which ones you will have to purchase separately.
Lastly, what kind of warranty does your machine come with, and is there a repair shop close to you?
So, take your time to make your decision, look at a variety of machines and buy your new sewing machine!
Check out the 8 Best Sewing Machines on the market right now:
1. Brother SE1800 Sewing And Embroidery Machine
The versatile Brother SE1800 computerized sewing and embroidery machine is designed for the ultimate sewing and embroidery experience, with its extensive range of 184 sewing stitches, 10 buttonhole styles, 136 embroidery designs, 6 embroidery lettering fonts and maximum 5×7 inch embroidery field. Beyond the built-in sewing stitches and embroidery designs, this model allows you to design your own sewing stitches and import purchased embroidery designs, for virtually unlimited creative options. Included is a generous selection of accessories, with a 5×7 inch and a 5×12 inch multi-position embroidery hoop, hard protective carrying case for easy transport, embroidery foot, 11 quick-change sewing feet and more.
2. Janome JNHMC7700QCP Craft Sewing and Quilting Machine
11 inches of work space (the 6600P has 9 inches) An automatic plate converter for straight stitch sewing. Five ultra-bright LED lamps. Superior Plus Feed System Accufeed. 250 stitches A high visibility LCD touchscreen. Sewing speeds of 1,000 stitches per minute.
3. Juki TL-2010Q 1-Needle, Lockstitch, Portable Sewing Machine
The Juki TL 2010Q is a Single Needle Lockstitch Machine for straight stitching and quilting is also perfect for tailoring, dressmaking and home decor items. It can be used as a table top machine, mounted into some cabinets or used on machine quilting frames. It is portable and has a built in carrying handle. Sewing area extension shown in picture is included with the Juki 2010 sewing machine. Included accessories: foot controller, auxiliary table, exclusive screwdriver, screwdriver (small), cleaning brush, bobbins (4pcs.), oiler, needles (hax1), spool cap, sewing machine cover, power cord, knee lifter lever, hemming foot, zipper attaching foot, walking or even feed foot, 1/4, quilting foot, 1/5 quilting foot, compensating presser foot, large extension table.
4. SINGER 9985 960-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
Do it all with the SINGER Quantum Stylist Touch sewing machine! The sewing machine makes beautiful results easier than ever. This sewing machine is just like your most trusted sewing friend at your side! The built-in sewing assistance and color LCD touch screen ensure sewing success every step of the way. With over 960 built-in stitches, including 6 styles of alphabets, you’ll enjoy the speed, simplicity and durability of this advanced sewing machine. Advanced features like needle up/down for quilting and appliquộing, pattern elongation, stitch memory with editing and automatic thread trimmer ensure that this is a sewing machine you will love for years to come!
5. Brother LB-6800PRW Computerized Sewing Embroidery Machine
The Brother LB6800PRW brings new heights for all sewers to enjoy. It is an official project runway machine and comes packed project runway custom fashion rolling luggage. It has a built-in USB Port allowing you to transfer embroidery designs from the computer to the machine. You can transfer designs found on CD’s, Floppys, the Internet and more with a simple copy and paste and cord. There is no software installation necessary! It allows to pick your stitch with the touch of the LCD touchscreen as well as change the width and length of stitch, mirror image certain stitches, choose whether you want to use a twin needle and more. It has 67 Built-In sewing stitches including 10 one-step automatic buttonholes. The automatic needle threader allows you the ability to thread the needle with the press of lever. Quick-set bobbin system – just drop in a full bobbin, thread in the direction of the arrow and you are ready to sew – no need to bring up the bobbin thread. Automatic thread cutting – simply press the scissor button to cut the top and lower thread. Start/Stop button – you can start and stop the machine with the touch of a button – no foot control needed. The free arm is great for cuffs, sleeves and pants legs. It has a Fast and Simple bobbin winder.
6. Eversewn – Sparrow 25 -197 Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
197 stitch computerized sewing machine with alphabet, LCD display, LED sewing light, 14 utility stitches including stretch stitches, 2 darning stitches, 58 decorative stitches, 18 quilting stitches, automatic securing function.
7. Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger with Differential Feed
The Brother 1034D serger features a 3/4 lay-in thread system with lower looper threader. Stitch options include 4 thread overlock 3 thread overlock narrow hem rolled hem and ribbon lock stitches. Additionally you can sew blind hem pin tuck and flat lock stitches by purchasing optional presser feet. The machine has a free arm/flat bed convertible sewing surface. It also offers a F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system for easy thread changes. The differential feed improves sewing results on stretch or thin fabrics to give you a perfect finish. Snap-on presser feet allow quick and easy changes to transition to each desired stitch. The 1034D also includes an instructional video tape to make serging fast easy and fun. This machine does not conform to international electronic codes. Warranty is voided outside the US.
8. REX RX-518 Portable Blind Stich Machine
Portable blind stich machine this is the perfect blind stitch machine for home or small business use. Manufactured with only the best quality components this product is made of cast iron to ensure industrial-strength productivity and has a lightweight 110-volt motor for portability. Blind hemming is ideal for skirt hems, pants cuffs, neckbands, sleeves and knitted materials. “1200 stitches per minute 7mm presser foot lift 110-volt motor knee lift skip stitch setting curved needle tension dial”.