The best sewing machines you can buy
- High-quality sewing machines are pleasant to use for long periods of time, have stitches for whatever projects you want to work on, and can handle a broad range of fabrics.
- The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine is our top pick because it's ideal for beginners, it's inexpensive, and can reach speeds of up to 1,100 stitches per minutes.
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With the easy accessibility of cheap clothing, linens, and other fabric products just a click away, the sewing machine has lost its once prominent place in American homes. However, for people who like completing projects on their own and reducing their consumption, sewing machines are an indispensable part of the household. Plus, these units serve as an excellent way to bond with youngsters and nurture their self-sufficiency.
For the most part, the sewing machine industry is dominated by Singer, Janome, and Brother, though there are some notable exceptions. Kenmore used to be a major player in the market, but its business has eroded under former parent company Sears, which is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Singer is the top brand with almost half of sewing machine sales. The company offers features and styles that are designed for all skill levels. Brother holds a quarter of the market share and focuses on balancing easy usability with advanced technology and functions for a variety of experience levels and budgets. Lastly, Janome is known for more expensive and advanced computerized machines.
The two main factors you should consider when purchasing a new sewing machine is your skill level and your budget. In our guide, we note which experience levels will benefit most from each machine, including which ones will continue to serve you well as you develop your abilities.
If you have a limited budget, you need to pay closer attention to the features and extras that you really need. For the most part, added functionality comes with a price, but there are deals to be found if you are willing to live without some accessories. For example, some of the more affordable units don't come with carrying cases and have limited stitch options. This might be fine if you have a dedicated space for your machine and are not interested in monogramming or embroidery.
While researching the best sewing machines, we read through hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of dozens of models. Our guide features machines that have a track record or performance, durability, and versatility.
Here are the best sewing machines you can buy:
- Best sewing machine overall: Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
- Best computerized sewing machine: Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine
- Best quilting sewing machine: Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine
- Best luxury sewing machine: Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine
- Best portable sewing machine: Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine
Updated on 07/09/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting.
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