Best Sewing Machine For Beginners - Detailed List

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners - Detailed List


Finding the best sewing machine for beginners is always a difficult task. For an out and out beginner, it will take reading a lot of reviews, asking friends, asking family members etc etc. In the beginning, me myself had a hard time finding a good beginners' sewing machine. I am a kind of person who really don't like the idea of visiting dozens of websites and reading hundreds of reviews to make a choice. So I decided to do a one stop buyer's guide for those who are looking for the best beginner sewing machines available in US market. You will never find a 100% perfect sewing machine, but if you are smart, you can get pretty close. This is a long post, I will try my best to bring all the information required to make a good buying decision. But still, you only know what works the best for you, I am just trying to help you out.

Understanding the Requirements

The first and foremost thing before starting the search for the best sewing machine for beginners is, to understand your requirements. There are thousands of sewing machines available both online and in the stores. If you are not sure about your requirements, it will be like shooting in the dark.

Type of Projects You Intend to Work On

The type of projects you plan to work with your sewing machine is an important factor. If you are a person who want to sew a lot of thick fabrics like denim, you will be better off buying a heavy duty sewing machine with a strong motor. If you want to do a lot of fancy stuffs, a sewing machine with a lot of decorative stitches is what you need.

Computerized or Mechanical Sewing Machine

There are two types of sewing machines available in the market, computerized and mechanical. I personally recommend computerized sewing machines for beginners, simply because of the ease of use. Computerized machines will have a lot of automated features which will be great help for beginners. Features like automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole, speed control slider, programmable needle up/down etc are the ones you have to look out for. Computerized machines generally have an LCD display where you can view all settings.

The main advantage of mechanical sewing machines over computerized machines is that, mechanical sewing machines generally last longer. Computerized machines, with all those electronic parts may misbehave at times. Durability is one factor, you will have to take into account if you are shelling out hundreds of dollars on a machine. Generally beginner sewing machines doesn't cost much, this doesn't mean that they are made of cheap quality material. However, still there are many sewing machines that are not as durable as others. So you need to pick the right one, as far as durability is concerned. Generally, when I buy a beginner machine, I expect it to serve me for at least 3-5 years, otherwise it is a waste of investment.

Customer Service Location

Make sure that the brand you choose has a service center in your locality. You don't want your machine to travel 100 miles to get it repaired. This is an important factor that many people overlook. They will realize the difficulty only when something goes wrong with the machine.

Portability

Portability is not a huge factor unless you want to take your machine to sewing classes. A typical beginners sewing machine can weigh anywhere between 9-18 lbs. There are some lighter machines that weigh under 7 lbs or so, but I really don't recommend such machines. Because those machines come with more plastic parts and they may not last that long. Moreover, because of the lightweight construction, such machines may dance around at high speeds. Nowadays you can't get 100% heavy-duty machines in the beginner category, at least look for machines that come with heavy-duty metal frames. 

Quality And Budget

Higher the price, better the quality. Most people think that way, unfortunately that is not the case always. I have seen some really affordable sewing machines that are of better quality than some really expensive ones. Brother CS6000i, Singer 7258 and Janome 2212 to name a few.

Below, I have compiled a list of 10 beginner sewing machines, which in my opinion can bring the best out of a beginner sewer and that too without spending a fortune. 

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#1 - Brother CS6000i

Brother is one of the most trusted brand for beginner sewing machines in US. They have a wide range of low-medium cost sewing machines. CS6000i is their flag bearer in the beginner category. The magical combination of features, stitch quality and affordability worked wonders for this machine. CS6000i is a computerized sewing machine with features like

•    60 built-in stitches
•    Automatic needle threader
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Programmable needle up/down
•    Sewing start/stop button and speed control slider
 

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#2 - Brother XR9500PRW

Another quality offering from Brother. XR9500PRW is slightly more advanced than CS6000i. You can even call it as an intermediate sewing machine. XR9500PRW has 40 extra stitches in comparison with CS6000i. Like the previous machine, the magical formula of features, stitch quality and affordability worked for XR9500PRW as well. XR9500PRW is a computerized sewing machine with 

•    100 built-in stitches
•    Automatic needle threader
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Programmable needle up/down
•    Sewing start/stop button and speed control slider
•    Font for monogramming
 

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#3 - Singer 7258

One of the best beginner sewing machines from Singer. Like the previous machine, Singer 7258 can work equally well for beginners and intermediate sewers. It is a computerized sewing machine with enough features to grow your sewing skills. Some of the features are

•    100 built-in stitches
•    Automatic needle threader
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Programmable Needle up/down
•    Sewing start/stop button and speed control slider
 

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#4 - Brother XM2701

XM2701 is a very entry level offering from Brother. It is very affordable and at the same time, it has some good features for the segment it is placed in. XM2701 is a mechanical sewing machine with some beginner friendly features like

•    27 built-in stitches
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Automatic needle threader
•    User friendly
•    Affordable
 

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#5 - Brother HC1850

HC1850 is the machine with most number of built-in stitches in this list. For this very reason, you can call it an intermediate machine more than a beginner machine, but it works for both. Abundance of built-in stitches gives you that much more options to become more creative. Features include

•    130 built-in stitches
•    Automatic needle threader
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Programmable needle up/down
•    Sewing start/stop button and speed control slider
•    Font for monogramming
 

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#6 - Singer 4423

Ever thought of getting an affordable heavy duty sewing machine with good features and stitch quality? Singer 4423 is one of the best you can get. There are few other machines in the same '44 heavy duty series' with different number of built-in stitches. Two more models from the same series feature in this list. We will discuss it as they come along. Now let us focus on 4423. The thing that made 4423 this popular is its features, stitch quality, affordability and last but not the least, the motor. With a motor capable of delivering 1,100 stitches/min, Singer 4423 is one of the fastest sewing machines in the beginner segment. 4423 is a mechanical heavy duty sewing machine with features like

•    23 built-in stitches
•    Heavy-duty
•    Automatic needle threader
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Powerful motor

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#7 - Singer 4432

4432 is nothing but a sewing machine with few extra stitches in comparison with 4423. Singer 4432 comes with 32 built-in stitches in comparison with 23 built-in stitches of 4423. To be more specific, 4432 comes with extra 3 stretch stitches and 6 decorative stitches in comparison with 4423. Singer 4432 has

•   32 built-in stitches
•   Heavy-duty
•   Automatic needle threader
•   1-step buttonhole
•   Top Drop-in bobbin
•   Powerful motor

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#8 - Singer 4411

Another machine from the popular '44 Heavy Duty' series. This is a very entry level beginner model in the series. 4411 comes with features like

•    11 built-in stitches
•    Heavy-duty
•    4-step buttonhole
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    Powerful motor

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#9 - Janome 2212

Janome really does make some fantastic mechanical sewing machines. 2212 is one of its entry level beginner machines. 2212 doesn't come with lot of features, but it does one thing very well, it sews some excellent stitches. Stitch quality is something that I really loved about this machine. Like most Janome machines, the build quality of 2212 is very good. It has

•    12 built-in stitches
•    4-step buttonhole
•    Front loading bobbin

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#10 - Brother XL2600I

XL2600i has been around for a while. It made its name in the beginners category as an affordable sewing machine with good features and stitch quality. 

•    25 built-in stitches
•    Automatic needle threader
•    Top Drop-in bobbin
•    1-step buttonhole
•    Affordable
 

Conclusion

This concludes the list. If anyone asks me which beginner machine to choose, I would say, choose any one of the 10 machines listed above. Because I believe that these machines have it in them to become a great tool for a beginner sewer.


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