What is the best sewing machine for you is a personal choice and will depend on how often you will use your sewing machine and what features you are looking for. Currently, Brother and Singer machines dominate the best sewing machine list due to their perfect balance of price and features. I have omitted from this list any of the mini-machines or those under $100 which are more suited to the occasional sewing project rather than regular use.
How to decide on the best sewing machine for your budget
Look for a balance between your budget, features and build quality. The features that may be important to you will include the number of stitches, build quality (whether it has a metal frame or is all plastic) and durability.
Features to Compare the Best Sewing Machine for You
- Does the sewing machine have a metal or plastic frame? If you are looking to sew every day or sew heavy fabrics, then choose a metal frame.
- Do I want to embroider or just sew normally? Machines with embroidery functions generally cost a little more but can open a whole new world of possibilities.
- Will I use all the extra and fancy stitches or do I just need a good quality basic machine? You may not need all the fancy stitches included in some machines. If not then spend your money on a quality built work-horse.
How do I decide?
Personally, I never use even half of the fancy stitches my machines have. The things that are important to me when buying a machine is a metal frame for durability, ease of use and reliability. On my love to have but not necessary list is – automatic threading and one step fully automatic buttonholes. If possible go for a one step fully automatic buttonhole function over a 4 step automatic buttonhole. To me, 4 steps mean 4 chances of making a mistake.
Different people will have different requirements so use the comparison tables below and make a decision based on your ideal wish-list in your budget.
Best Sewing Machine $100-$200
With nearly 6500 reviews and a high Amazon rating, this machine wins hands down every time as a perfect combination of features and very affordable price. With 60 stitch functions, it is a great machine if you are a beginner sewer or a more experienced sewer looking for an entry level computerized machine.
Why MCT loves it – Nothing gives you confidence like a product with such a large amount of positive reviews. This Brother machine has lots of features for a great price.
With the words “Heavy Duty” in its title, this was always bound to be on the best sewing machine list. It has fewer features than the Brother machine above but with its superior metal interior frame, it is great for the everyday sewer or those looking to sew heavier fabrics
Why MCT loves it – This machine would be my pick in this price range! The Singer 4432 has a durable, heavy duty body and internal metal frame and 32 stitch functions. Great for sewing leather, denim and other heavy fabrics with ease.
This machine is similar to the number 2 machine on this list but has 11 built in stitches compared to the Singer 4432’s 23 built in stitches. It also has a 1 step fully automatic buttonhole function which is highly recommended for those of you wanting to do buttonholes regularly.
Why MCT loves it – Metal heavy duty frame and its simplicity. Just the basics so very little can go wrong at a little cheaper price than the Singer 4432.
Like the Brother machines at number 1 on this list, this Singer is a combination of features and affordability. Computerized, it has 100 stitches, one-step fully automated buttonholes and a metal interior frame.
Why MCT loves it – The Singer 7258 is a great machine for the price combining easy to use computerized sewing and loads of functions; metal interior frame.
Why MCT loves it – Great value if you are looking for a computerized machine with maximum features and stitch function.
Comparison Chart for Best Sewing Machine $100-$200
|Singer 7258 Stylist||100||Metal||4.5||10||Yes|
Best Sewing Machine $300-$500
What makes this machine so popular is that regular sewing functions are combined with a fun to use Embroidery machine. 67 stitches and 70 built-in embroidery designs mean you will have no shortage of projects you can create.
Why MCT loves it – Computerized convenience combined with the added bonus of 4×4 inch embroidery options lets you maximize your inner creativity. Great for sewing quilting and embroidery, this versatile machine can do it all.
This machine has an incredible 600 stitches, 13 fully automatic 1 step buttonholes, automatic needle threader, large extension table and heavy duty metal interior frame. Perfect for those of you looking for fun and creative options in your machine with maximum features.
Why MCT loves it – Who doesn’t want 600 stitches? I can’t even imagine that many! This machine has a quality build in combination with computerized convenience and creativity. What is not to love?
This great machine is a quality build with a metal interior frame which is designed for heavy duty sewing. A real work horse, this Janome is perfect for those of you looking to sew every day or sew heavier fabrics such as leather, vinyl and denim. (Read my leather sewing machine guide)
Why MCT loves it – I love the metal frame and simplicity of this machine. Simple means nothing much to go wrong especially if you need a machine that will be hard wearing and long lasting.
Comparison Chart for Best Sewing Machine $300-$500
|SINGER 9960 Quantum||600||Metal||4.3||19||Yes|
Best Sewing Machine $500-$1000
The Singer S18 has an extra large sewing space plus an extension table which is perfect for quilters and sewers looking to tackle larger projects. This is a high-performance machine with a large amount of functions including 400 stitches and alphabet scripts. It has advanced features as well such as programmable pattern combinations which will appeal to those of you looking to stretch your creativity.
Why MCT loves it – So many functions to play with! This machine will appeal to quilters looking to work on larger projects and get a little more out of their machine than basic stitching. It is also great for beginners with a higher budget due to its variable speed control lever.
This is the ultimate sewing machine package that includes so many extras it will take you hours to unpack the box. This computerized machine includes a USB flash drive port to easily transfer embroidery designs from your computer to your sewing machine with no added software. If your wish list for the best sewing machine includes high-speed embroidery functions then this is the machine for you.
Why MCT loves it – With all these added extras this machine is a quilter and embroiderers dream machine.
This Juki machine comes with a durable aluminum die-cast arm for low vibration sewing perfect for heavy duty sewing and quilting. The extension table that is included means you have a large work area for large sewing projects such as home decor items.
Why MCT loves it – This semi-industrial machine is a quality build that will be truly durable for those of you looking to sew heavier fabrics.
Comparison Chart for Best Sewing Machine $500-$1000
|Juki TL 2000Qi||1||Metal||4.4||No|
Please note that the prices ranges on these lists were correct at the time of publishing but may have changed since. Look out for specials, particularly at holiday times.
Other notable quality brands that are absent from this list include PFAFF, Husqvarna and Bernina. They are more expensive than Brother, Singer or Janome but are known for their high reputation and deliver superior results for those of you with a much larger budget.
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