So, you want to start sewing? Yay! Go you! Choosing a new sewing machine can be daunting with all the options available, especially if you are completely new to sewing. While you can purchase many machines online, the best way to test out sewing machines is to go to your local dealer. Those machines are typically not available online and tend to be of higher quality than the budget models available online. The mid-range machines are quieter and run smoother than the budget ones available online. Most dealers even offer free classes included with machine purchases, which can be a huge help to a newbie! The downside is that they tend to come with a bigger price tag.
There are two main types of sewing machines: mechanical and computerized. The mechanical machines are typically simple to operate but have fewer capabilities. A computerized machine offers more functions but that may be overwhelming to a new sewist. Below are the best machines for budget and mid-range price.
Best Budget Sewing Machines for Beginners (under $250):
Brother CS6000i:This computerized machine offers 60 stitches, 7 types of 1 step buttonholes and an automatic needle threader.
Brother Project Runway XR9550PRW: This computerized machine has 110 stitches, 8 one-step buttonhole, and automatic needle threader. $205
Janome 2212: A nice and simple 12 stitch mechanical machine that runs a little smoother and quieter than the machines listed above. $190
EverSewn Charlotte: A feature rich computerized machine with 70 stitches. $235
Best Mid-Range Machines for Beginners (under $400)
Janome Magnolia: $300 Has less stitches than comparably priced machines but it seems people who have Janome machines really love them. Available online and through dealers.
Baby Lock Molly: A nice and smooth mechanical machine. I’ve tried this one out at my local dealer and it’s quiet too! $350 Available through dealers only.
EverSewn Sparrow 30: Computerized, 310 stitches with 2 full alphabets. While it is slightly louder than the other two listed, it has more features and is easy to use. This is the machine I use and I love it! I also love the color! $400 Available online and through dealers.
These are all Amazon affiliate links but I wouldn’t recommend any machine I don’t believe in! I have tried many of these machines myself and have also gone over many reviews and recommendations of other sewists.
Also, don’t forget to check Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, local garage sales, and used machines at your local dealer. You just might find a great deal! I’ve actually picked up both of my sergers at garage sales for under $30!