Best Sewing Machines for Beginners
Are you looking for an easy-to-use, not too expensive, reliable sewing machine for a beginner sewer? We help you choose the right one for your needs.
Listed below are some recommendations for beginner sewing machines that are not too intimidating for the novice sewer.
Any of these easy to use beginner sewing machines would be great for children, students, beginners, or just the casual sewer. They are good for mending, quilting, everyday sewing projects, and perfect for anyone just learning how to sew. There’s nothing too fancy or complicated about them; even the computerized sewing machines are easy-to-use.
Our Beginner Sewing Machine Recommendations:
The following are some of our recommendations for a few less expensive, easy to use, beginner sewing machines in the $50 – $270 range, sorted from low to high.
Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine
Small in size. BIG on features!
The only ‘REAL” sewing machine in its price range! If you are looking for a toy sewing machine, you are looking at the wrong machine. Sew Mini is made by Janome, the world’s leading manufacturer of home sewing machines. In fact, Sew Mini is made in the same factory as Janome’s larger machines, and incorporates many of the same helpful features. This is the perfect second machine for the experienced user, or a great starter machine for the young enthusiast.
- Only 5 lbs. Easy to take out, set up and put away. You can even bring it with you when you travel.
- Easy to Use!
- Top drop-in bobbin is easy to insert and remove.
- Straight stitch –4 lengths, Zigzag — 3 widths, Straight stitch also available in left needle position.
- For quick mending jobs, quilting, scrapbooking, costumes & doll’s clothing.
Michley LSS-505 Lil’ Sew & Sew with 8 Built-In Stitches
Here is another sewing machine that sells for under $60.00. This sewing machine doesn’t look like a toy, and it would make a great first sewing machine for a child, or a good travel machine for small sewing projects and mending.
The LSS-505 from Michley is a multi-purpose sewing machine that features double thread, double speed, 8 built-in stitch patterns, forward and reverse sewing and automatic thread rewind. Sews sleeves and had a built-in sewing light. Use hand switch or foot pedal to start. Drawer, thread cutter, foot pedal, adaptor, and thread bag included. Uses DC 6V power.
- Eight built-in stitch patterns
- Automatic thread rewind, can sew sleeves, LED sewing light
- Includes two bobbins, two thread spools, needle, threader, foot pedal, and AC adaptor
- Double speed, double thread, forward and reverse sewing
- Measurements: approx. 10-4/5″ by 4-4/5″ by 10-1/5″
Brother LS2125I Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine
The Brother LS-2125i. This sewing machine is compact and lightweight, weighing only 15 pounds, with a built-in handle for portability. It has a quick bobbin wind, automatic four-step buttonholer, and tension adjustment dial. It has 10 built-in stitches and 25 stitch functions, including hem, elastic, satin, straight, and zigzag stitching.
The Brother LS-2125i is user-friendly and perfect for basic sewing and mending. It operates with a foot pedal, is user-friendly with quick bobbin wind, tension dial, and snap-on presser feet. The Brother LS-2125i Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine is eligible for Prime Shipping.
Brother XL2600i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine
This is a versatile, lightweight machine that is great for sewing, quilting, and decorating clothing. It operates with a foot pedal, and comes with 25 built-in stitches, a thread cutter, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin system, quick-change presser feet, and a one-step automatic buttonholer. This is a great feature, considering most inexpensive machines come with a four-step buttonhole, which requires four steps instead of just one.
The Brother XL2610 is very much like the XL2600i, except for one important feature. This has a four-step buttonholer, which unlike the Brother XL2600i that has a one-step automatic buttonhole, requires four steps instead of one. Because of this, we would recommend the Brother XL2600i. The Brother XL2600i is eligible for Prime Shipping.
Singer 1507WC Sewing Machine
The Singer 1507WC is a nice sewing machine for beginners as well. If you are a beginner sewer or are looking for a machine to do some basic mending and sewing, this 8-stitch sewing machine could be the machine you need. The machine features a 4-step buttonhole; 2 needle positions to help get your stitching in just the right spot; an easy bobbin winder; a free arm for sewing those pant legs and sleeves; horizontal threading for smoother stitching; and adjustable presser foot pressure (useful for heavier fabrics). Includes four snap-on presser feet and operates with a foot pedal. The Singer 1507WC is eligible for Prime Shipping.
Janome 2212 Sewing Machine
The Janome 2212 Sewing Machine This quality low level model is another fantastic buy from Janome. It is lightweight and easy to use, and at the right price. The Janome 2212 features 12 built-in stitches, including four adjustable length stitches, and a four-step buttonholer. Dial pattern selection and stitch width adjustment and length adjustment ensures ease of use. Operates with a foot pedal. The Janome 2212 is eligible for Free Shipping.
Brother CS6000i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine
This is our personal favorite. The Brother CS6000i is not only great for beginners, but the avid sewer as well. Don’t let the low price fool you! This lightweight sewing machine is incredible, especially at such a low price for a computerized sewing machine. It has a foot pedal and 1-touch button for start, stop, and reverse stitching; and dual LED light. The one-step buttonhole alone would make this a great choice because most inexpensive machines come with a four-step buttonhole. Not only that, there are seven buttonhole styles to choose from.
“Simply insert a regular sized button right into the back of the buttonhole foot and the machine will then utilize the button as a guide to make a perfectly fitted buttonhole in any one of seven styles you can choose.”
This machine has many of the same features found on a $1,000 high-end sewing machine. It is easier to learn and lightweight, making it easy to carry back and forth between classes or workshops, and it’s reliable. It comes with over a dozen accessories, plus four bonus accessories; a walking foot, quilting foot, quilting guide, and a hard case/cover.
Singer 7258 Stylist 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine
The Singer 7258 Stylist 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine has many of the same features as a higher priced machine.
Offering 100 built-in stitches, the Singer 7258 Stylist includes a large variety of stitches for all types of sewing, such as fashion sewing, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative sewing.
Among the top five product features, this machine has an automatic needle threader and six styles of one-step automatic buttonholes. The one-step buttonholer alone makes this a great pick, and there’s so many more great features. It operates with a foot pedal and has a slider for speed control. It also includes a drop-in bobbin, and 10 presser feet. The Singer 7258 is eligible for Prime Shipping.
This is one step up from the really nice Singer 7256 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine.
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Janome Hello Kitty
The Janome Hello Kitty 11706. “Sew Pretty, Sew Perfect.” Don’t let the cute design fool you. This adorable sewing machine is a fully functional 3/4-size model that is perfect for the beginning sewist! It offers a free arm and a carry handle for easy portability. This 12-lb. machine offers 11 stitches, including 2 stretch stitches and a built-in buttonhole. Operates with a foot pedal. Standard Janome quality and durability make this the perfect machine for a first-time sewist as a quilting machine to take to classes. There are three models available at Amazon.com:
|Janome Hello Kitty 11706 Sewing Machine||Janome Hello Kitty 15822 Heavy-duty Sewing Machine
||Janome Hello Kitty 18750 Computerized Sewing Machine
|Note: The Hello Kitty 15822 and 18750 Sewing Machines are eligible for Prime Shipping.|
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When price matching, always check for bonuses or extras that may be included at no extra charge, or for less than it would cost to purchase accessories separately. Some vendors offer the same merchandise in different combinations or packages (Allbrands is great for this). For example, you might find additional accessories or add-ons at a lower price when purchasing as a bundle. Make sure you take that into consideration when comparing values.
While you won’t receive sewing lessons or personal assistance when buying, the machines cost less and you can save money by purchasing online. Also, take into consideration the cost of shipping. Most online retailers have free shipping on many in-stock items, such as Allbrands, Amazon, and Joann.com.
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