Seamstresses are very loyal to their machines. Some swear by Berninas, Brothers, or their grandma’s old Singer. But not every machine is right for everybody. It’s best to select a sewing machine based on your experience and what you want to sew.
Here are some of the top-rated sewing machines. They fit a variety of skill levels and sewing projects.
- Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
This best seller is wonderful for embroidery and free motion quilting. It has 67 built-in stitches, 70 built-in designs, and 5 lettering fonts. It even makes lace. You can access other designs or embroidery programs from the Internet by using the included USB cord to hook it up to your computer. Because the embroidery area is only 4 x 4, this machine is best for novice, not experienced, embroiderers. It’s very user friendly (it has an internal cutter) and easy to thread. It has an LCD display with touch screen. Users say downsides are: it’s not great for heavy duty work, it doesn’t have a lot of fonts, and it can break needles. Look at it here.
- Brother International CS6000i 60-Stitch Computerized with Wide Table
This extremely popular, light-weight machine can handle thin and thick fabrics. Its extra wide sewing deck helps hold larger pieces of fabric, so it’s good for quilting. It’s fast (850 stitches a minute), easy to use, rarely needs to be oiled, and is good for beginners and veterans. Popular features are its drop in bobbin, dial controlled tension, and auto speed control. It has an LCD display and is easy to thread. Find it here
- Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Extension Table
A heavy machine that can handle heavy work. That’s a great description for this higher priced machine that is great for quilters because of its extender arm and ability to handle thick fabrics, even vinyl. And it can sew through several layers of heavy fabric! Seamstresses love its speed control, auto threader, auto thread cutter, and its whopping 600 built-In stitches. It can work on auto pilot and is known for being quiet. It comes with a variety of foot pedals and the computer lets you know which to use with each stitch. Its bright light is easy on the eyes, but its hefty weight (25 lbs) isn’t easy on the arms. One downside is its limited embroidery abilities — its fonts are generic. However, this Singer is terrific for making buttonholes and has 13 built-in buttonhole styles. Like the Brother CS6000i, this machine is fast – it can sew 850 stitches a minute. This machine maybe be best for mid-level or experienced, not beginner, seamstresses, because it can take some time to learn how to work it and has features they probably won’t need. Click here to see this machine. .
- Brother XL2600i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm
A workhorse and a great starter machine. That’s what many seamstresses call this Brother. It’s good for everyday sewing and repairs and is a wonderful value at a reasonable price. It’s easy to use (great self-threading feature) and set up, so it’s very good for beginners. It is very portable, operated by a foot pedal, and has an easy to load bobbin. A couple drawbacks are: it isn’t great with heavy materials or several layers of fabric, and the lower thread can loop under the fabric, but it’s easy to fix that by yourself. Check it out here.