Sewing machines can be quite daunting to most beginners: indeed, the mechanisms coupled with all the knobs and buttons can look quite inaccessible and difficult to use. Contrary to popular belief, however, the market does offer a great variety of models that are specifically designed for users who don’t have a lot experience. The good news is that, unlike commercial machines, these models are easier to understand and operate and can be found at much lower prices, which means that you can very easily afford it even if you’re on a limited budget.
It is quite important for starter machines to be easy to operate because more advanced models may have disastrous consequences if you don’t know how to find your way around them. However, choosing a model of the appropriate level is not so easy when you’re new to sewing and looking to buy your very first sewing machine. So, in order to help you choose the most appropriate model for your skill level, sewing needs and -most important- budget, here are our top picks:
Top 10 Sewing Machines for Beginners
|Brother CS6000i||Review||60||Yes||850||13 lbs|
|Singer 4423||Review||23||Yes||1100||14 lbs|
|Singer 2259||Review||19||No||750||14 lbs|
|Brother CS5055PRW||Review||50||Yes||850||11 lbs|
|Janome 2212||Review||12||No||860||16 lbs|
|Brother XL2600I||Review||25||Yes||800||11 lbs|
|Brother ES2000||Review||40||Yes||850||11 lbs|
|Brother LS2125i||Review||10||No||900||13 lbs|
|Janome HD3000||Review||18||Yes||860||19 lbs|
|Brother XL2610||Review||25||Yes||800||11 lbs|
Best Mechanical Models for Beginners
Sewing machines are normally categorized into two different types: mechanical and computerized. While computerized machines are packed to the brim with a plethora of handy features such as a wide array of built-in stitches quickly accessible through screens and buttons, mechanical -more basic- machines will undoubtedly simplify your sewing experience. They are especially great to help you learn the ropes and for heavy duty sewing.
Here’s our take for the top 3 mechanical sewing machines for beginners:
Our Choice: Brother XL2600I
Ideal for quilting purposes, the Brother XL2600I is packed with various types of features designed to enhance your sewing experience. For example, this machine comes with a storage box built into the free arm. The storage area includes various additional accessories such as a presser feet, multilingual user’s manual, spare needles and the likes.
Indeed, this particular model is so easy to use that even beginners will be able to easily navigate through the various stitch designs by turning the dial knob. The XL2600I comes with 25 built-in stitches to provide you with more variety for your sewing projects. It can also be used for basic quilting, although it doesn’t come with a wide table, like more advanced models. Because of its automatic needle threader, you can be sure that you’ll experience a hassle-free sewing experience. It also comes with a light bulb to help you sew at night or in darker places. The jam resistant top drop-in bobbin is especially easy to install and is designed in such a way so as to prevent snags- a feature that can certainly help you save up on time and effort.
Our Choice: Janome 2212
The Janome 2212 is another machine that provides users with basic -albeit handy- features to facilitate your sewing projects while allowing you to learn the ropes. Its mechanical features make it extremely easy to navigate through, which is why this model is especially great for beginners. More importantly, it comes with a reasonable price tag that lies between $100 and $150, hence allowing you to purchase it even if you’re on a limited budget.
The Janome 2212 is quite lightweight and portable –it even includes a handy carrying case- which means that it can very easily be carried back and forth to your sewing class, which is a plus. The snap-on presser feet is also a handy feature designed to facilitate your sewing. Along with its main features, this model also comes with a free arm that will allow you to do more delicate tasks such as hemming, cuffs, sleeves and the likes.
Our Choice: Singer 4423 Heavy Duty
Like its name suggests, the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty is ideal for everyday use which makes it ideal for starting a small business since you’ll be able to exploit all the different features to the maximum. With a price tag between $100 and $200 this model isn’t among the cheapest but, since it does not compromise on quality and provides you with some commercial-grade features it is well worth the price.
The Singer 4423 can sew at a whopping speed of 1,100 stitches-per-minute, which enables you to complete your projects as quickly as possible, again making it great for the small business. Other features worth mentioning are its 23 built-in stitches that include, but are not limited to, decorative, stretch, essential, automatic 4-step buttonhole and the likes.
Best Computerized Models for Beginners
Of course, while some people prefer to start off on basic mechanical machines, other beginners choose to learn the ropes on computerized models. These are admittedly more difficult to understand than mechanical ones but once you understand the different functions and operating systems, they can actually render your sewing experience even less complicated. Indeed, the major advantage that computerized models have over manual ones is that you can navigate through the different functions and stitch designs at the mere flick of a finger.
Here are some of the best computerized models for beginners:
Our Choice: Brother CS6000i
The Brother CS6000i only costs between $140 and $200, which makes it one of the cheapest and most popular computerized models. Because it is entirely computerized, this machine allows you to navigate through the different functions simply by flicking your finger across the touchpad. The widescreen LCD display is easy to read, even from a distance, and the screen is designed to help you view the current stitch design that the machine is set to.
This model comes with a stop/start button for greater control over your sewing. Users can also benefit from a variable speed control, enabling you to adjust your sewing speed in the blink of an eye. You can also make the most of the oversized table to indulge in projects that require larger expanses of fabric like quilting. The automatic needle threader is also ideal for elderly people or anyone who suffers from poor eyesight. It even includes a variety of additional features such as the jam-resistant and quick-set top drop in bobbin that provides extremely easy access to the bobbin thread. This certainly saves you the hassle of having to constantly fish around for the bobbin thread- something that can be something of an issue, especially for beginners.
Our Choice: Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW
The Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW is a versatile machine that can be used for both sewing and quilting projects. Enhanced by an automatic needle threader, this apparatus is entirely computerized and can easily be used with several types of fabrics: indeed, while lower-quality apparatuses tend to jam with elastic fabrics, this machine can be used with elastic, spandex, fleece and other such materials. The 50 built in stitches are quire varied and includes heirloom, decorative and utility stitches, among others.
While it’s undoubtedly (costs between $140 and $200) more expensive than some other models, the CS5055PRW is easily worth every penny. Users will also be able to refer to the handy stitch chart to guide them through the various designs. The work area is enhanced by bright lighting designed to help users use the apparatus at night with minimal risks of eye strains.
Our Choice: Brother ES2000
With a price tag between $150 and $250, the Brother ES200 might seem more expensive than other starter machines. However, since it comes with 40 different stitch designs, this particular model will satisfy you for years even as you improve your sewing skills. Thanks to its touch screen, this model allows you to jump from feature to feature in no time, which is a plus. The LCD display can also be used to adjust the tension control.
Although it can be considered a starter machine, the Brother ES200 can also be used for quilting projects, so sewing enthusiasts will have more flexibility. This model comes with a decent motor that is powerful enough to deliver 850 stitches-per-minute.