6 Best Lightweight Beginner Sewing Machines

6 Best Lightweight Beginner Sewing Machines

Lightweight sewing machines are a must for those who attend sewing classes. A lightweight sewing machine is also very useful for those who don't have a permanent location for their sewing machines. Choosing the best lightweight sewing machine is a daunting task. If you go too far down in weight, you may be compromising on build quality. So it is a very thin line between build quality and portability. I will not recommend machines under 5 lbs (here I am talking about lightweight full size regular sewing machines, not mini sewing machines) because most of them are not up to the quality standards I look for. I don't like wasting my hard earned money for nothing, I would rather spend it for charity.

When looking for a lightweight sewing machine, you must make sure that it has a heavy duty internal frame. To help you out, I have handpicked 6 best lightweight beginner sewing machines that you can get in US. The list is not solely based on machine weight. Here, quality and performance is the top priority and then I filtered out the lightweight sewing machines among them and prepared a list accordingly. Your selection must be based on quality first and weight second (because you won't regret your decisions if you put quality first, be it anywhere in your life).

Philosophy apart, now let us head straight into the list. Please note that this list is not in any particular order.

Brother XR9500PRW Review In Detail

#1 - Brother XR9500PRW

Forget about the weight, Brother XR9500PRW is one of the best value for money sewing machines. Weighing at just 9.92 lbs, it is also the lightest sewing machine in this list. This is one sewing machine that has everything you could wish for in a beginner sewing machine. It has the features, stitch quality, affordability and it is lightweight. This machine ticks all the check boxes for me. It has 100 built-in stitches, a font for monogramming, programmable needle up/down, automatic needle threader, sewing start/stop button and speed control slider. It is also one of the quietest machines around. The stitch quality is top notch. It sews through multiple layers of denim with ease. It sure is one of the best performers in the beginners category.

Machine Weight : 9.92 lbs

Brother XR3774 Review In Detail

#2 - Brother XR3774

Brother XR3774 is a quality mechanical sewing machine from Brother.  Its stitch quality and ease of use made it a beginners' favorite. XR3774 may not have all the bells and whistles of the previous machine, but it sure is a quality machine. It comes with 37 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole etc.

Machine Weight : 12.3 lbs

Brother XM2701 Review In Detail

#3 - Brother XM2701

If you ask me to pick an entry level sewing machine, I would go with Brother XM2701. I have noticed the quality of this sewing machine ever since it was released. It weighs 12.6 lbs and has a very good variety of features for the segment it is placed in. I would like to call it the King of entry level machines. It has 27 built-in stitches, 1-step buttonhole, top drop-in bobbin and automatic needle threader. 

Machine Weight : 12.6 lbs

Brother CS6000i Review In Detail

#4 - Brother CS6000i

CS6000i has been beginners' favorite for quite some time now. It was a blockbuster hit for Brother. Its popularity is something you can't imagine. The magic formula of stitch quality, features and affordability worked wonders for this machine. Brother CS6000i comes with 60 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, programmable needle up/down, sewing start/stop and speed control slider. It has excellent stitch quality. 

Machine Weight : 13 lbs

Brother CS5055PRW Review In Detail

#5 - Brother CS5055PRW

CS5055PRW is pretty light in weight, but it is an electronic/partly computerized sewing machine. So it lacks features like programmable needle up/down, start/stop button, speed control slider etc. when you compare it with XR9500PRW and CS6000i. CS5055PRW weighs just 10.65 lbs and it sews well. Quality is always there.

Machine Weight : 10.65 lbs

Singer 7258 Review In Detail

#6 - Singer 7258

This is one of the best beginner sewing machines from Singer. It weighs around 14.6 lbs. It comes with 100 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, 6 1-step buttonholes, programmable needle up/down, sewing start/stop button and speed control slider. The stitch quality is excellent and it is very affordable.

Machine Weight : Around 14.6 lbs


This concludes the list of 6 Best Lightweight Beginner Sewing Machines. Most of us believe that being lightweight is a compromise on build quality. The success and quality of the sewing machines listed above proves that wrong. 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.