Honest list of sewing machines you can buy under different price categories. 9 best of the best sewing machines are listed here.
What is the best sewing machine to buy ? So many people have asked me this question before. Actually there is no clear cut answer for this question, especially in a country like United States where you get hundreds of different sewing machine models in different price categories. I can count at least a dozen sewing machine manufacturers operating in U.S. So the task of selecting the best sewing machine is made that much more difficult.
If you ask me what is the best sewing machine to buy, my answer would always be, “It will depend on your budget”. You can’t pick a particular machine and say that it is the best. It is not the way it works. You need to filter sewing machines based on price or features and then choose the best. To make things simple, I will give you a small list of best sewing machines you can buy in different price categories.
Before going into the price category, you must first decide whether you want a computerized or mechanical sewing machine. My years of experience in sewing field have taught me that computerized sewing machines are easy to learn for beginners. Especially in a tech era, where people pick up the mode of operation quite fast. Mechanical sewing machines on the other hand are more durable than computerized ones. Stats show that the visit to service centre is less frequent if you are using a mechanical sewing machine. But there is a learning curve associated with mechanical machines. The quality of project also depends upon your handling when you are using mechanical sewing machines.
Personally, I am big fan of computerized sewing machine. There are less things to worry and the machine will do most of the work. Some features like automatic needle threader, speed control slider, start/stop button, programmable needle up/down etc add a lot to the ease of use. They all can save a lot of time. You will not understand the convenience until you start using them. Now let us have a look at the best machines in different price categories.
I haven’t included any of those low quality $50 machines in this. If you are looking for a really inexpensive mini sewing machine, you can have a look at our list of ‘6 Best Mini Sewing Machines To Buy’. Here I am talking about regular sewing machines. And in this price category there 3 machines to watch out
You will be better of going with one of the above three machines. The reason I am saying this is because, there are a lot of useless machines in this price category. Some of them are so low in quality that many users did not even get to use it for a week. Out of the three, I personally recommend Brother XL2600I because of two things. One is the low price and other is the features. XL2600I and XM2701 have advanced features like automatic needle threader and top drop-in bobbin. LS2125i is lesser in features when compared to the other two. The price is not that great either. So my recommendation in this price category will be Brother XL600I.
$100 – $200
You can find the best beginners sewing machines in this price category. Some of them can even be used by professional sewers. I always search this price category whenever I am looking for a beginners machine, . This is where you can find the best of the best. Three machines to watch out are
Brother XR9500PRW is the one with most advanced features. It has also been voted as the ‘Best Sewing Machine For The Money Under $200’. Singer 7258 is almost at par with Brother XR9500PRW in features. So you may compare the price to make a decision. If you are looking for a beginners machine from Singer, this is the best. It has also won the award for the best home sewing machine in America for the year 2013. As far as the price is concerned, Brother CS6000i is the best of all three. It is the least expensive of all. You can’t even imagine how many people have bought this machine. It is without any question, the most popular beginners sewing machine model in America. It is a quality sewing machine. It also features in our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’.
$200 – $300
Now we are moving into the advanced sewing machines range. The computerized sewing machines in this range will have over 100 built-in stitches (sometimes even 600), programmable needle up/down, automatic needle threader, automatic thread cutter, lettering fonts for monogramming, custom design editing etc etc. The best 3 sewing machines to buy in this price category are
The best sewing machine in this category is the Singer 9960. It is the most advanced of all other machines. It features a whopping 600 built-in stitches. It belongs to our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’. It oozes quality. It is also the most expensive of the three and sometimes the price of this machine may go out of this range, it varies from time to time. If you are looking for an inexpensive option, Brother DZ2400 is the best bet. And if you love mechanical sewing machines, Janome 7318 is the one to consider. It is the best mechanical sewing machine in this price range.
$300 – $400
In this price range, you can get sewing & embroidery combo machines as well. This price category also includes one of the best heavy duty beginners sewing machines you can get in U.S. The three front runners are
As far as sewing & embroidery combo is concerned, Brother SE400 is the best. It is a flawless machine, that is the reason why it features in our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’. If you are looking for a heavy duty beginners machine, there is no better option than Janome HD3000. Even though it is a mechanical sewing machine, it has some good features like automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin etc. Janome DC2011 is another quality computerized sewing machine to consider. It is the most expensive of all, but its quality is right up there with the best.
I value money a lot. It is very hard for me to make even a few dollars each day, so whenever someone asks for a recommendation, I will only recommend machines that can provide some value for the money they are spending.I have tried my level best to bring the best sewing machines in each price category for your consideration. I am not saying that you can’t find better machines other than the ones listed here. This is a list based on what I learned through my 10 years of experience with sewing machines. You can check the detailed reviews for more information.