Top Ten Sewing Machines for Beginners

Sewing machines are piece of equipment that, if you buy the right one, you can use for the rest of your life. When looking for your first one, you should be looking for reliability, simple and easy instructions as well as a simple threading method and easy to obtain features such as bobbins and spools. The majority of beginner machines are lightweight, include a small number of extras such as bobbins and scissors and a good warranty (depending on the company)

For a beginner sewing machines, I would recommend going to with a well-known brand, one of the cheaper models but with high customer reviews. One of the main things I’d look out for is the number of features on that machine. For a beginner, you don’t need a hundred stitches or the ability for advanced designs such as monograms, beginners mostly need a simple machine with a long lifespan and easily understandable features.

The majority of machines on this list are well-known brands, the other newer ones but with good reviews and features as well as a reasonable cost.

  1. Brother XM2701 – Brother – from $214.75

Average Customer Review – 4.6/5

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This machine is one of the more expensive ones, but it does have five-star reviews on its home website and an average of 4.6/5 on Amazon. It is one of the more complicated machines on this list with a wide array of stitch types as well as presser feet and the option to add buttonholes into your work. It is also one of the prettier sewing machines which may appeal to some beginners, or those planning on documenting their sewing through vlogs and blogs. This product also comes with a 25 year warranty

Pros:

  • 27 built in stitches with 63 stitch functions along with an auto-size buttonhole
  • Brightly lit LED work area to allow for work during any time of the day
  • Automatic needle threading to allow for quick set up and use
  • Jam resistant and a quick-set top drop-in bobbin
  • Lightweight at less than 13 pounds
  • The machine comes with accessory storage, 6 presser feet, darning plate, needle pack and twin needle, screwdriver, extra spool pin, 3 bobbins, a power cord and an instructional DVD in both English and Spanish.

Cons:

This is an expensive sewing machine with not a large number of accessories. As good as this machine is for beginners, the price is high purely because of brand name which, whilst beneficial, can become one of the major downsides to this machine. There is also a lot of features that may overwhelm a beginner but, with practice, you would get used to it.

Average Customer Review – 4.4/5

SINGER Fashion Mate 3333 Free-Arm Sewing Machine including 23Built-In Stitches Fully Built-in 4-step Buttonhole, Automatic Needle Threader, LED Light, perfect for sewing all types of fabrics with ease

Singer is one of the most recognizable sewing machine brands today. They are known for their reliability, long life, and their customer service as well as what they provide with their machines. It has great customer reviews across multiple websites, 4.3/5 on its home website and 4.4/5 on Amazon. Their home website is full of useful tips and tricks about how to get going and their descriptions are often detailed and provide a wealth of information for perspective buyers.

Pros:

  • Includes $85 of accessories including 4 presser feet, extra bobbins, a darning plate, a pack of needles, an auxiliary spool pin, seam ripper and lint brush, a spool cap and an edge/quilting guide
  • Before purchase, you can view instructional videos as well as read a stitch application guide to make sure this is the right machine for you
  • Singer have produced a sewing assistant app for IOS and Android for instructions and animations for sewing tutorials
  • Singer often have frequent discounts on their home websites so, whilst the website listed is quite high, it can be brought for lower depending on when you buy
  • Features an automatic needle threader as well as a heavy-duty metal frame
  • Easy to use and set up so you can quickly get sewing

Cons:

Similar to the last machine, this is slightly more expensive than you would normally pay for a beginner machine. The reviews, whilst they are high, there aren’t a huge amount, just over 200 in total. Singer is a well known brand so you are paying for the name as well as the machine but this often provides it’s own benefits if you are willing to pay more.

Average Customer Review – 4.4/5

Janome is another well known brand with the advantage of having lower prices than the two previously listed. This machine comes in three different colors, Couture Blue, Crystal Green and Sorbet Pink allowing for you to customize the machine however you wish. It has very good reviews with 4.4/5 reviews on Amazon. This machine can be purchased online through its home website or Amazon or you can locate a local dealer if you prefer to buy in person.

Pros:

  • This machine features 15 built-in stitches with an easy 4 step buttonhole
  • Includes a manual for download before purchase as well as a ‘Ready-Set-Sew’ guide so you can get sewing as soon as you open your machine
  • Contains a removable accessory bin to hold essentials such as scissors and seam rippers for quick access when sewing
  • This machine was made for beginners, it’s simple and easy to use and features YouTube video tutorials for those getting started
  • Comes with 4 presser feet, bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, darning plate, a quick start guide and instruction manual
  • Before buying, you can look at manufacturer videos on YouTube as well as on the home website to make sure this is the right machine for you

Cons:

This machine doesn’t have as many features as some of the others on this list, it does have the pro of being cheaper. It is a very simple machine and there is not a lot of options of things you can do with it but it will do what a beginner needs it to and will increase their options from hand sewing.

Average Customer Review – 4.1/5

Eversewn, whilst not as well-known a company as Singer or Janome, make some very good sewing machines. Most of them are computerized or specialized but this is directed at beginners. It doesn’t have a large amount of ratings on Amazon and the home website but the reviews that it does have says that it’s a reliable and effective machine, especially for those who don’t have a lot of experience.

Pros:

  • Easy to use and to set up with instruction manual available before purchase along with a project gallery and instructional videos
  • Features 32 stitches including a buttonhole option and the option to increase the thickness and length of the stitches as well as change the thread tension
  • Comes with 4 presser feet as standard and can be used to thread bobbins which whichever color thread you want
  • Very reasonably priced for the amount of options it gives you
  • 1-year product warranty
  • Can be bought online through Amazon or using a store locator on their home website

Cons:

The other machines on this list have a larger number of extras that come with it, but they are also more expensive. This machine is cheaper than others which is a plus, but it does come with a shorter warranty and doesn’t have as many features as the other machines. Additionally, the name isn’t as well known as others so there may be some trepidation on that part but doing some research, I would say this is a good option for beginners.

This is another machine on the cheaper side and, similar to the last one, has a lot of features for that price. It has a very clear home website and a detailed Amazon summary so you know exactly what you’re buying before you purchase. It has a good amount of features for a first machine so it would be well suited to an amateur just starting out.

Pros:

  • The product comes with a foot pedal, a set of accessories including two threads, w bobbins and a needle threader and an instruction manual
  • Has a detailed return policy and easy access to customer service options
  • Features 12 different stitches with varying designs, lengths and thickness so that you can do any design you want to
  • Features an instructional video to see if the product will suit you before purchase
  • Can sew thicker fabrics, up to six layers of thinner fabrics such as cotton and linen
  • Is lightweight at less than 6 pounds

Cons:

The main downside to this product is that there are no customer reviews on both their home website which means you would be relying solely off the descriptions on the websites. Additionally, this brand isn’t as well known as others on this list and so there is no guarantee about the reliability of the product as it doesn’t have a loyal customer base behind it.

Average Customer Review – 4.2/5

Singer’s tradition style machine is one of the most recognizable brand and style of machines to those who are looking for their first machine. Singer is known for reliability and customer service as well as the long-life of their machines. On the home website, this machine has a rating of 3.6/5, Amazon rating it at 4.2/5. There is also a large amount of ratings, close to 1,400 on Amazon, the majority being overwhelmingly positive.

Pros:

  • Includes over $75 worth of accessories including 3 presser feet, a quilting and edge guide, a screwdriver, a seam ripper and lint brush, a pack of needles and bobbins, a thread spool cap, oil bottle and darning plate
  • Can sew a range of fabrics with up to 97 different stitch applications
  • The advantage of the brand name which is synonymous with reliability, customer service and great sewing machines
  • Features 6 videos including how to thread and prepare the machine which can be watched before purchase to know if this is the machine for you
  • Machine can be threaded easily with a built-in needle threader and a simple set up so that you can sew anything you can think of
  • Heavy duty metal frame to increase overall durability and allow for a longer lasting machine

Cons:

This machine, whilst very reasonably priced, is a lot simpler than other Singer machines of similar prices meaning that it may not have as many features. It is the cheapest Singer on this list so far, but it does have slightly worse reviews than the other.

Average Customer Rating – 3.6/5

Janome is another brand that is well-known in the sewing community and are often some of the first machines that amateurs look to buy. They are often cheap with a large amount of sewing functions that can do the majority of materials and provide a good range of stitch applications that suit whatever product you wish to make. Whilst it has no reviews on Janome’s home website, Amazon has over 1,200 reviews, the majority of those being 5/5.

Pros:

  • Features 11 different stitches with adjustable width and length adjustments, you can also change thread tension
  • Comes in a variety of colors to suit everybody and every home.
  • Comes with an accessory drawer to fit everything that you might need when you’re sewing.
  • Lightweight at only 5 pounds
  • Can be used on a variety of different fabrics including stretch fabrics due to extra stitch options
  • Before purchase, you can download manuals and sewing guides so that you are confident with the product before you buy it

Cons:

This machine doesn’t have any extras included as standard so you will need to purchase threads and presser feet and things that the other on this list already come with. It would be recommended that you purchase items recommended for the machine such as those linked to it on Amazon or those under the optional extras section on the home website. Additionally, whilst it has all the stitches and options that a beginner would need, it doesn’t have as many stitch options are more expensive machines.

Average Customer Rating – 4.6/5

Bernette is another name that isn’t as well established as Singer, Janome or Brother but it is recognized for its design and the durable nature of its machines. Bernette often have quite simple designs but they are also very effective. It is advertised as a machine that has all the functions that a beginner sewer would need to get started. Whilst it doesn’t have a large amount of reviews, none on its home website and approximately 40 on Amazon, the majority of the reviews are positive.

Pros:

  • This machine offers 15 stitches including buttonholes and the ability to adjust both width and length to suit what you need
  • It comes with a foot pedal, 3 bobbins, a seam ripper, a needle set and 5 presser feet so that you can sew a large number of fabrics and you have all that you need to get started
  • Before purchase, you can access support as well as videos and accessory guides so that you can be certain this machine is perfect for you
  • Features a semi-automatic needle threader and a 2-step presser foot so that you can quickly and easily
  • The machine has a simple layout and threading mechanism so it’s easy to understand and get used to even for the most amateur of sewers
  • Including an accessory drawer, this is made with ease of access and simplicity in mind

Cons:

The brand isn’t as well known as others and so some may feel not as confident in the warranty or customer service but by all reviews, it seems like a good company. It’s slightly more expensive than some of the simpler machines but it does have more options and features such as stitching and included accessories.

  • Brother LX3817 – Brother – Approximately $200.00

Average Customer Rating – 4.3/5

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Brother is another brand that is well-known brand, this being the second machine on this list. It has a very simple and easy design, the threading mechanism easy to see and easy for beginners to get to grips with. It also has a very nice design which is slightly rare for a sewing machine but may make it appeal more to beginners. It doesn’t have a huge amount of ratings, 54 on the home website with half the amount on Amazon, the majority of these reviews being positive.

Pros:

  • Features 17 unique built-in stitches including an auto-size buttonhole
  • Comes with 4 presser feet, 4 bobbins, needle pack, needle threader, a sewing machine manual and a foot pedal
  • Features a quick-set drop-in system as well as a clear bobbin so that you can see when the thread is low and also allows for an anti-jam system
  • Before purchase, you can watch instructional videos and read manuals so that you know this machine is right for you
  • Has a brightly lit work area so that you can work at any time of the day
  • Comes with free designs so you can make things without needing to buy additional patterns

Cons:

This machine doesn’t have a huge number of reviews but is one of the more popular brands of machines. There have been some reports of unreliability in the reviews but there is a clearly written helpline and social media options for those who need help.

  1. Singer Start 1304 – Singer – $109.99

Average Customer Rating – 4.3/5

This is the third Singer machine on this list, and this is the cheapest so far. It still has a very good amount of extras and features provided with it and you can easily get the same amount of help as with the other machines through the Singer website. It can be bought both online through Amazon or through the home website and store locator.

Pros:

  • This machine is very reasonably priced for its features and additional accessories and is the cheapest on this list
  • Includes $65 of accessories including 3 presser feet, a darning plate, pack of needles, plastic bobbins, a needle plate screwdriver, a spool pin felt and a seam ripper
  • Features include 57 stitch applications including zipper and buttonholes which can be sewn in 4 easy steps
  • The machine is designed with simplicity in mind having a simple threading system and stitch selection that is easy for beginners to understand
  • Has been rated as the Best Mini/Portable Machine by Quilter’s Review and Sewing.com
  • Features online manuals and videos that you can look at before purchase

Cons:

Some of the other machines on this list come with more features but they do cost more so it depends on personal preference as to if you want a cheaper machine or extra accessories. As with the majority of machines on this list, you are also paying for the brand name along with the machine but with this you also get the customer service and warranties included with the brand name.