If you’re new to the sewing craft or just looking for a new sewing machine, I’m here to help. I had always lived by a funny analogy, as God created Man, I create Clothes. I’ve never studied design and by no means am I a fashion protégé but I just adore sewing. Obviously, in this age hand sewing has become almost obsolete so I rely on sewing machines a lot.
Embroidery, quilting or even random patch work, I absolutely love it all. I have tried out various sewing machines to find what would suit me best. With practice and determination, I am now able to do just about anything with a good sewing machine. So, I feel I should help other new seamsters and seamstresses like me find their best sewing machine.
So… Why Read This Blog?
On this blog, I’ll compile all my honest sewing machine reviews on those sewing machines that I have used or tested. Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of these models of sewing machines do so you’ll not waste your hard earned money purchasing some worthless piece of garbage.
I’ll also include some tips and pointers on how to choose the best sewing machine for you depending on your goals and skills. So welcome to my blog and I hope I can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
How to Choose the Best Sewing Machine
There is a lot more to sewing than just weaving thread and fabric together. So only when you know what type of sewing you intend to do can you get a sewing machine that suits you. Your skill set is also important. The more skilful and well versed with sewing machines you are, the more complex the sewing machines you’d be able to use.
Type of Sewing Machines
Sewing machines basically fall in three categories. There are regular sewing machines, embroidery sewing machines and quilting sewing machines. There are sewing machines that can do more than one type of sewing but we’ll get to that a little later in the descriptions.
Regular sewing machine
If patchwork and sewing projects are what you intend to use your sewing machine for, look no further. A regular sewing machine would indeed suffice.
Embroidery sewing machine
Monograms and emblems are tough to sew on using regular sewing machines. Do look out for embroidery sewing machines if you just want a machine to customize or spruce up clothes you already have. This is an advance machine so it’ll come at quite a price.
Quilting sewing machine
Large powerhouses are what these machines are. They function like a straight stitch machine which in spite of their massive size, allows your creative to run wild. Some even can be connected to computers so that you can virtually transfer any image or pattern to be quilted on the fabric of your choice.
Type of Work vs Price
Just like everything else on the market today, Sewing machines (quilting and embroidery too) come in so many different price ranges and build quality. Aside from the obvious build quality and functional ability, the main thing that sets a sewing machine apart is its ability to handle heavy or thick fabric.
So in layman’s terms, if you plan on sewing using thick and heavy fabrics like denim and velvet you’d need a heavy sewing machine. This is to ensure that enough force is put out so the needle would be able to penetrate the fabric that you are using.
A decent sewing machine that would get the job done using thick fabric would probably be priced around the $250 mark. I’ll include some reviews for each type of budget friendly options and high end options in the review section to help you have a better picture of the best sewing machine to buy.
Any sewing machine would be capable of handling light fabric because it wouldn’t require much force to push the needle through the fabric. Look through my reviews, you’ll surely find one that is to your liking.
I don’t move around much so portability isn’t really an issue but if you’re planning to move your sewing machine a lot, your only option would be to purchase one that is lightweight and has a smaller footprint.
Something to remember is that smaller scaled sewing machines are usually underpowered so make sure you check how much the sewing machine is powered before you purchase it.
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Sewing Machine Reviews
My honest advice to anyone who is purchasing their first sewing machine is not to overdo it. Unless you just have a lot of money to spend, you shouldn’t go spending all your money on some computerized or fully automated sewing machine that costs a bomb. So here are a couple of suggestions of sewing machines for beginners.
If you’re the kind of person who skips reading instructions and manuals (because you love winging it), do look at these sewing machines.
If you are a more experienced seamstress or seamster, do read these sewing machine reviews below. Obviously, a beginner sewing machine wouldn’t do you much good so take your craft up a notch with these sewing machines.
Best Basic Sewing Machine
Here are machines that would do spectacular patch work and they don’t really cost that much.
Best Value Sewing Machine
Sewing machines under this category give you the best bang for your buck. They are feature packed but they don’t forgo the essentials of sewing.
Best Cheap Sewing Machine
The most economical sewing machines that would be worth taking a look at if you have a tight budget.
Best Quilting Sewing Machine
Trick out and customize your fabrics with a large scale quilting machine and amazing sewing machines with quilting features from this section in my blog.
Best Embroidery Sewing Machine
Monogramming and branding wouldn’t have ever been this simplistic in the past. Sewing machines with embroidery features and industrial grade embroidery machines can be found under this category.
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Sewing Machine Brands
The sewing machine market has come a long ways since the 90’s when there were so few options to choose from. Singer and Brother were brands that dominated the market but now there many more newer companies with much to offer in their sewing machine lineup. With new brands popping up everywhere, who knows how well one performs against its competition. Which is why I’ve taken it up upon myself to try and give my readers feedback from models of sewing machines that I’ve tried.
About Sewing & Sewing Machines
I love sewing there is no doubt about it. Ever since I started playing with my mom’s old sewing machine, I have felt that I have a passion for sewing, its the art of creation through design.
Sewing isn’t something that can be rushed. Rather than just going full speed and trying to master everything at one go, you should grow and learn at a steady pace. The same thing can be said when it comes to sewing machines.
I truly believe that your first sewing machine is meant to be a stepping stone. As you gain confidence and grow, your control of the sewing machine and your craft is will improve and you’ll eventually outgrow your first sewing machine. Then you’ll be able to handle more advanced machines.
Top Sewing Machines
Here’s a list of the top sewing machines.
- Singer 7470 Confidence – Amazing sewing machine that is great for beginners.
- Brother XL2600i – Patch work and mini craft projects, it does it all.
- Singer 7442 – Futuristic machine with countless wonderful features.
- Brother ES2000 – Perfect for those who don’t have a budget but want a computerised model.
- Brother CS6000i – The best quilting machine I have ever used.
- Brother SE400 – The two in one sewing machine that does sewing and embroidery amazingly.
- Janome 2212 – Perfect for beginners who are just picking up the art of sewing.
Make new clothes, or just do some patch up. With the right sewing machine, the sky’s the limit. I hope my blog helps you find the best sewing machine while gaining some new insights into the sewing world.
These pages will be filled with my experiences, success stories and failures that you can learn from and speed up your journey to becoming a master seamstress or seamster, and of course, my endless sewing machine reviews. Enjoy and visit my blog.