Here is the list of 5 Best Sewing Machines For Quilting – Under $300. Not all sewing machines are ideal for quilting. Sewing machines need to have some ‘must have’ features to qualify as a quilting machine.
Finding the best sewing machine for quilting is always a tough job. The first hurdle is to decide how much you can actually spend on a quilting machine. Quilting machine price ranges from few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Here we are limiting our list to 5 sewing machines that cost under $300. A lot of hard work has been put into this list as we had to test a lot of machines. Most of them were omitted due to low performance (hence the list of only 5 machines). We could have easily made a list of 10 sewing machines, but if we do that, a lot of poor quality machines will creep into the list, which is like cheating our readers. So please bear with us.
Nowadays, quilting machines come with hell of a lot of bells and whistles. It is very confusing to be honest. Most of them are expensive and it is even harder for a person under budget to find the best sewing machine for quilting. There are certain features that I consider to be ‘must have’ on a quilting machine. You need to make sure that the machine you buy has all those ‘must have’ features.
Must Have Features
Quality : Top priority for me. Don’t even think of buying a machine if it is of low quality, no matter how many features it has. I am a picky person and I rate quality and performance above all other features. I don’t mind having a quality 10 stitch machine rather than living with a poor quality 100 stitch sewing machine.
Straight Stitch, Zig Zag and Blind Hem : A sewing machine that does a wonderful straight stitch, zig zag stitch and blind hem is a must for a quilter. Quality straight stitches do make a difference while piecing or quilting. Zig Zag and Blind Hem are essential while doing machine applique.
Powerful Motor : This is not just for quilters, it applies for everyone. Motor is the heart of a sewing machine and a powerful one is always welcome.
Drop Feed Lever : This is a must have for doing free-motion quilting. Discard the machine if this feature is not present.
Programmable Needle Up/Down : An absolute must have for quilters. Don’t even think of buying a machine that lacks this feature. A machine having needle up/down button is like having an extra hand. It is vital for pivoting.
Speed Control Slider : Ability to control the sewing speed and sew without the foot pedal is always a welcome feature.
Decorative Stitches : A wide variety of decorative stitches will give you more room for creativity.
Throat Space & Quilting Table : Throat space, the bigger, the better. An oversized table for quilting is a must have for larger quilts.
5 Best Sewing Machines For Quilting
Now let us have a look at the best sewing machines for quilting, available in U.S for under $300. We have made sure that all the sewing machines in this list has all those essential ‘must have’ features for quilting.
1. Brother XR9500PRW
XR9500PRW is the best sewing machine for quilting. It is a combination of quality and affordability that makes this machine the best quilting machine under $300. It is the least expensive sewing machine in this list. It has all the features needed by a quilter (which we discussed earlier). It is also voted as the ‘best sewing machine for the money under $200’ by Sewing Machine Reviews. It packs a lot of features including 100 built-in stitches, needle position key and quilting table. Its quiet operation is something that I really liked. It also has a sewing font for basic monogramming. It is also the lightest sewing machine in this list. It is a flawless machine.
Cons : A slight learning curve is required to get the automatic needle threader to work.
2. Brother DZ2400
If you are looking for a feature packed sewing machine for quilting, look no further. This is an absolute charmer. Quality of stitches are absolutely wonderful. The variety of stitches available on this sewing machine is absolutely worth it. It has 185 built-in stitches, needle position key etc. The machine is pretty light weight as well. The lower price tag, quilting table and added value pack of designer accessories have made the deal even better.
Cons : The thread holder looks flimsy. No other complaints.
3. Brother Laura Ashley CX155LA
A highly underestimated sewing machine which is slowly making its presence felt in the U.S sewing machine market. Laura Ashley CX155LA holds the second position primarily because of its stitch quality and its ability to go through heavy duty fabrics like denim. The variety of stitches is another advantage. It comes with 155 built-in stitches and extra wide table. The full set of designer accessories you get is an added advantage.
Cons : The LED work light is dim. You will have to rely on exterior lighting.
4. Brother HC1850
HC1850 is another quality machine. It comes with 130 built-in stitches and wide table. Its price was unjustifiable in the past, but now it seems affordable. But still it is not a great deal as you can get DZ2400 which has 185 stitches for more or less the same price.
Cons : The price doesn’t justify its performance and features, it keeps fluctuating, so keep an eye on it. Reverse sewing doesn’t have reinforcement option.
5. Singer 7469Q
7469Q is the only Singer sewing machine in this list. It comes with 98 built-in stitches, quilting table and 4 bonus quilting feet. This is the most expensive sewing machine in this list. It is an easy to use sewing machine which delivers quality stitches.
Cons : The work light is dim. The higher price is the factor that drives people away from this quality quilting machine.
This concludes our list of 5 Best Sewing Machines For Quilting – Under $300. You may have noted that Brother as a brand holds a fair advantage in this price category. But when you go over $400, there are better brands than Brother. Rather than becoming brand addicted, it is better to analyze each sewing machine one by one and then decide which one suits your pocket.