The top 10 list of best sewing machines for the money. The list is limited to sewing machines that can be bought under $200.
This time we are going to have a look at the 8 Best Sewing Machines For The Money under $200. We are having a look at those machines that can provide value for your money. What does value for money mean? It means quality, usability and price, in combination. A value for money sewing machine should be the one that you will pay for, even if it costs $50 or something more. In this list you may see a lot of Brother sewing machines. This is not because we are biased. Since we are only talking about machines under $200, other brands like Singer, Janome or Juki doesn’t have a lot of quality machines in this category. Janome and Juki does have some quality machines but they all cost well above $300.
8. Brother XL2610
This is the only inexpensive sewing machine that really comes under $100 price category and yet has some decent quality associated with it. It is the least expensive sewing machine in our list of 10 Best Sewing Machines For The Money under $200. For the price, it does a very good job. Some of the highlights are 25 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader (which you normally don’t see on inexpensive sewing machines), top drop-in bobbin (again, another feature that you normally don’t get on such low cost machines), free arm etc. The sewing machine is very light, weighing at just 11 pounds.
Cons : Brother XL2610 doesn’t have a lot to offer for an experienced sewer. It is a machine that will suit novices. Buttonhole making on this machine can be difficult for beginners as it comes with a 4-step one instead of 1-step buttonhole. One more thing, never expect this machine to serve you for 5 years.
7. Brother CE7070PRW
CE7070PRW is a machine that comes with Project Runway branding. To be honest, the PRW branding is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. This is a highly rated sewing machine with good features. It is a computerized sewing machine as well. It has all the features needed by a person with some sewing experience. It comes with features like 70 built-in stitches, LCD stitch selection, 7 one-step buttonholes, wide table, drop-in bobbin system, automatic needle threader, drop feed etc. The machine provides consistent stitch quality as well.
Cons : The main issue with CE7070PRW is that it comes in the same price category of other Brother machines which are much more superior in features and usability. Hence most people choose other machines over this one. A lower price tag may do the trick for this machine.
6. Brother XM2701
XM2701 is a new machine in the market. It was released this year (2014) and still it is taking its baby steps. The reason why it features our list of 10 Best Sewing Machines For The Money is because of its low price. It is the second least expensive sewing machine in this list. The low price may not last too long. There is every chance of Brother raising the price, once it gets established in the market. Main features are 27 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole, free arm etc. The machine weighs 12.6 lbs, so it will be easy to carry around.
Cons : It won’t be a great buy if the price goes really high. The reason is because you can get Brother XL2610 for a much lower price. Both machines are almost the same.
5. Janome 2206
Janome only has 3 models that belong to under $200 price category. 2206 is one among them. It is an easy to use machine. Even though this is an inexpensive machine, it doesn’t affect the quality of stitches. The stitch quality is as good as any beginner’s machine you can get. It has 6 built-in stitches, free arm capability etc. The machine weighs 14 pounds.
Cons : Janome 2206 is heavily limited in features. It is the main handicap of this machine. It doesn’t have a drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader or a 1-step buttonhole. These features do make a difference in ease of use. This machine will not appeal to most beginners.
4. Brother CS5055PRW
CS5055PRW is a good beginners sewing machine. It comes with 50 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, LCD stitch selector, 5 one-step buttonholes, drop feed, free arm etc. The machine weighs just 10.65 lbs. The stitch quality is quite good as well.
Cons : Like CE7070PRW, Brother CS5055PRW is another victim of bad pricing. The quality of this sewing machine was never questioned. Since you can get better models from Brother for more or less the same price, people doesn’t show a lot of interest in this machine.
3. Janome 2212
2212 receives unbelievable feedback from its users. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but its users are extremely happy with it. It is a mechanical sewing machine and it has 12 built-in stitches, 4-step buttonhole, drop feed, free arm, vertical bobbin etc. The machine weighs 15.6 lbs. In terms of features it may not be the best sewing machine for the money, but for quality, it is. It does an equally good job with all kinds of fabrics. A very good machine for mechanical sewing machine lovers.
Cons : It doesn’t have a lot of features to excite a beginner. It does a very good job with whatever limited features it has. It doesn’t have an automatic needle threader or 1-step buttonhole.
2. Brother CS6000i
CS6000i is the most sold sewing machine on Amazon. It is an excellent mid range sewing machine. It is also the most searched sewing machine model in U.S. It packs a lot of features for a reasonable price. This machine is the reason why CE7070PRW and CS5055PRW lost their edge. It has 60 built-in stitches, 7 one-step buttonholes, automatic needle threader, speed control slider, LED stitch selection, top drop-in bobbin, drop feed, free arm, extension table etc. CS6000i is an excellent beginners sewing machine with high performance and quality. That is the reason why it is listed in our ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’ list. The machine weighs 13 lbs. The machine is very user-friendly as well. Brother CS6000i would have been the best value for money sewing machine, if not for the features offered by the next sewing machine in this list.
Cons : Doing free motion is slightly difficult because of the narrow throat.
1. Brother XR9500PRW
This is the best value for money sewing machine you can get in U.S. It doesn’t cost much and at the same time it has all the features required by an intermediate sewer. Performance wise, it is an absolutely wonderful machine. It has an awesome combination of versatility, advanced features and fantastic price. The stitch quality is excellent and it works very well with multiple layers of denim. It comes with 100 built-in stitches, 8 one-step buttonholes, LED stitch selection, speed control slider, upper thread and bobbin sensors, automatic thread cutter, top drop-in bobbin, programmable needle up/down, drop feed, free arm, extension table etc. The machine is also one of the lightest machines in this list. It weighs just 9.92 lbs. If you are looking for a machine with advanced features for the price of a beginners machine, there is none better than Brother XR9500PRW.
Cons : You may need a couple of attempts to get used to the needle threader. Other than that, it is a frustration free sewing machine.
This concludes our list of 8 Best Sewing Machines For The Money – Under $200. Thanks for being patient all the way. I apologize for not including many machines from other brands. Unfortunately, for the price under $200, there are not many brands better than Brother. When you go over $300, you will probably see better machines from brands other than Brother.