If you are looking for a good sewing machine under $200, the best bet is to go for a good brand. There are many good brands available in US. However you need to do some research before buying one. The price difference can be quite surprising and confusing, the difference comes down mainly to the internal parts. The cheaper ones are those made of lesser grade metals or plastics instead of metals. You will also notice a weight difference many times. This way the companies can offer “more affordable” machines.
Your sewing machine should be a work horse for at least 10 years that is my theory. There are a lot of crap out there that will not work reliably or break down in a matter of months. Here is my top 10 list of best sewing machines available in USA, under $200.
NB: The list is based on user experiences alone
My personal favorite.
• Versatile, value-packed, excellent for a wide range of stitching and quilting jobs
• Select stitches and adjust stitch length and stitch dimension via settings seen on the LCD screen
• Stop/start button permits use without foot control. Variable speed management for easily adjusting your stitching speed
• Bilingual user manual, 25-year limited warranty, and free phone support for the lifetime of the product.
Unbeatable Price :
Low Maintenance : Dust proof
Ease of Use : User interface is very simple. Automated features are excellent except for automatic thread cutter.
Portability : Light weight makes it easy to move around
Narrow Machine Throat : Free motion is slightly difficult
· Free-arm sewing machine with 25 in-built stitches, each with multiple stitch functions.
· Accessory storage built into free arm; includes 5 accessory presser feet and user’s manual
· It features needle threader, thread cutter, drop-in bobbin loading, and auto bobbin winding; 1-step auto-size buttonholer
· 110-volt machine operates with foot pedal; additional light bulb for workspace illumination.
Easy to use for beginners
25 year warranty
Excellent customer service
Too many stitches that normal users won’t use
Instruction manual is sometimes difficult to understand
No carrying case
Singer 7258 is an automatic needle threader. This Singer sewing machine, saves time by driving the thread into the needle-eye automatically. The programmable needle position control in this electronic sewing machine lets you change the position of the needle while quilting. It has 100 stitch options, the Singer 7258 allows for sewing almost any design you can imagine. Using the LCD display and stitch width and length control, you can easily customize the settings as per your convenience.
Sturdy, won’t shake at all while operating.
Auto tension feature allows worry free sewing
Easy to load bobbin
Automatic presser foot which cannot be adjusted
Maximum stitch width is 5mm unlike others with 7mm
Brother LS2125i includes 25 built-in stitches. These ranges from zigzag to shell tuck to blind hem settings, and there is an automatic four-step buttonhole function. The twin needle setting lets you sew a double line with two colors of thread for a smart decorative touch as well. The machine’s design and features are user-friendly, with some settings–stitch length and width–automatically set for easy operation. It also sews in reverse and has dial-adjusted tension for tidy work pattern.
Affordable Price :
Easy to learn and use
Easy to understand user manual
The LSS-505 from Michley is a multi-purpose sewing machine. It features double thread, double speed, 8 built-in stitch patterns, forward and reverse sewing and automatic thread rewind. Sews sleeves and had a built-in sewing light as well. It uses DC 6V power.
It can be run on batteries and AC
Weak feed dog
Lack of button hole stitch
6. SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate
70 Stitch Sewing Machine with 5 Presser Feet and Instructional DVD. It works great for Crafting, Sewing and Quilting
Simple Threading System with Automatic Needle Threader
LED Screen with Automatic Stitch Length and Width
Easy-to-Load Top Drop-In Bobbin System, with a Clear Cover
6 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes provide a professional touch.
Automatic Bobbin Winder
Easy to learn for beginners
Poorly it LCD screen which make it difficult to see in some conditions
No manual adjustments for presser foot pressure
This sewing machine comes with quite a lot of features. It has an automatic four-step buttonhole, easy stitch selection, and snap-on presser feet. You can thread the machine quickly and easily. You just need to follow the arrows on the machine, and you are threaded in a snap.19 basic, stretch, and decorative built-in stitches provide options for everything from the most basic garment alterations to more elaborate décor designs .
Great beginner sewing machine
Not a digital sewing machine
Lack of see through bobbin cover
Stitch width and length adjustment is limited
8. Michley Lil’ Sew & Sew LSS-202
The LSS-202 from Michley is a mini sewing machine. Itfeatures double thread, double speed and automatic thread rewind. You may use hand switch or foot pedal to start. Foot pedal, adaptor, and thread bag included. It uses DC 6V power.
Extremely affordable :
Easy to use
9. Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW
This sewing machine features 50 built-in stitches, including 5 styles of auto-size buttonholes. You can use the bright LCD display screen with computerized stitch selection to choose from a range of decorative, quilting or heirloom stitches to embellish your wardrobe. It provides effortless sewing on denim, tweed and other thick fabrics with the exceptional feed system.
Value for money
Great for beginners and professionals
Easy to use
High price :
10. Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition
Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition has 100 in-built utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, each of them with multiple stitch functions.It has Super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitches. It comes with built In Sewing Font for Basic Monogramming.