What Is the Best Sewing Machine on the Market?

Before You Buy... | 9.7.2012 | 16 Comments


 

A sewing machine can be an expensive purchase and if you’re going to invest your money in something you want to buy a machine that has all of the features you need and is built to last. If someone asks what is the best sewing machine on the market, it’s not possible to just name one machine and tell them that machine X is definitely the best. It really depends on the individual. How are you going to be using the machine? Are you going to be doing lots of delicate, decorative stitching or are you going to be doing a lot of heavy-duty jobs, sewing through canvas and denim? Do you need lots of different features or can you forgo all of the bells and whistles in exchange for a machine that will get the job done at an affordable price? Because there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question “what is the best sewing machine” we have chosen a few different options for you to consider.

 

Brother PC-420 PRW Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine

 

One of the machines that has been getting some of the best user reviews online is the Brother PC-420. This machine costs about $390 (if you shop around for the lowest price) and customers have been giving it rave reviews. It has 294 built-in stitches and this loaded with user-friendly features. Even though it is packed with features most people still feel that it is easy to use. People are also commenting that the machine is fast and quiet. With over 180 reviews online this machine received a very impressive average user rating of 4.7 stars. If you are looking for a good machine it’s hard to argue with that kind of customer feedback.

 

Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

 

The Janome HD1000 is quite a bit different than the Brother PC-420. It doesn’t have nearly as many features but it is designed for heavy-duty work. If you need something that is able to sew through multiple layers of denim, canvas or other thick fabrics this machine can tackle the job without any trouble. This machine has also been getting very good reviews online and can be purchased for around $300. This machine is not for the person that wants a million features, it’s for the person that needs a powerful, workhorse of a machine that is reliable and built to last.

 

Brother CS6000i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine

 

The Brother CS6000i is a great choice for people on a budget. It can be purchased for around $160. This machine has been getting great reviews from customers online and it was also a top-rated machine by Consumer Reports. It is a lightweight and portable machine which is great for someone that needs to put their sewing machine in the car and take it with them. This machine doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the Project Runway machine but it is more feature-rich than many other machines in a similar price range. If you need something portable and affordable this machine would be a great option.

 

When people ask what the best sewing machine on the market is it would be great if I could just point to one machine and say that’s the one, you definitely need to get that one. However, it’s not that easy. Everyone is different and not everyone is looking for the same thing. For some people, budget is the most important consideration and they need to find a machine that’s affordable. Other people need a machine that is packed with every possible feature. A lot of people are just looking for a reliable machine that will get the job done and will last for many years. The machines outlined above are some of the ones that received the best reviews online and in our research Brother and Janome have consistently been some of the best brands, if you’re still looking for a good sewing machine those brands would be good ones to start with.

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Discussion

  1. Nan says:

    I’m in the market for a new sewing machine. I’m an “avid” quilter and the Singer XL1000 that I’ve had for years has too costly a repair to justify. I like to make quilt tops, but only quilt small items. What would you recommend?

    • Linda Stidham says:

      I LOVE my new Pfaff 5.0!! With just a tap of the pedal, the needle goes down and the presser foot goes up so you can piece or pivot without stopping!!

  2. diane says:

    My favorite all time sewing machine for clothing and quilt construction is any Pfaff. It has a built in walking foot that feeds fabric evenly. I have a Pfaff Creative 4.0, which is a workhorse on any type of fabric. I have a basic Pfaff for a back up and this machine also has a walking foot built in, is really good for piecing quilts. I have a Pfaff serger, which is also a work horse.
    I have Janome cover stitch for finishing hems, etc.

  3. Barb Palmer says:

    Why are there no Bernina machines listed for quilting? Have they fallen out of favor? I am just getting back into quilting and love bells and whistles. I have been encouraged to trade in my quilting/embrodery machine for a Jannome.

    • Evelyn says:

      I am curious why you have been told to trade in your machine (I’m assuming it is a Bernina) for a Janome. I am in the process of finding the perfect machine for my needs and am out collecting information. Do you like your Bernina? What kind is it?

    • Elaine says:

      I have a really old Bernina that not one of the shops will take as a trade-in nor try to sell me a replacement – why? – because they say that it is better than anything that is on the market nowadays. When I get it serviced I am always told to hang onto it. I have sewn sailcovers to sheers and while it is quite basic it is also a treasure. Do not trade an old Bernina – if you want bells and whistles, then just buy a new macine for that.

  4. Pat says:

    I’m interested in knowing what are considered to be the best sewing and embroidery machines.

  5. ashley says:

    what are peoples thoughts on a singer pixie plus sewing machine??help

  6. Doloria Keeney says:

    Your descriptions of the different “good” machines would be very helpful. I would your description of how a Bernina would fit with the named machines.

  7. BJ DeVore says:

    I have a New Home which is a company Janome bought out. The machine is a work horse. It is approx. 20 years old and has only been in the shop one time. I purchased 2Janomes for our quilting club about 10 years ago, because we were tired of sewing with castoffs and fighting the machines. They just went to be cleaned and serviced for the first time last month. I love my Bernina, but the feet only fit a Bernina and not exchangeable even with all the other bernina’s. I also own a baby lock which is a good machine, but any lint gets in the tension disks and it is back to the shop, until I decided to take it apart myself. I do this frequently to keep it clean. I think most brands out there are comparable. I would never buy the low end machine of any brand. Buy the best you can afford. Normally, if the machine has a needle down function, it is far enough up the ladder to be very serviceable .

  8. Paula says:

    I have 2 machines, 1 is an older machine, a New Home, made by Janome, a definite work horse, free arm, computerized, I love it and use it interchangeably with my newer 6600P Janome which is great for quilting. This has a duel feed foot built in and lots of bells and whistles. Another work horse, now I’m in the market for an embroidery machine. Looking for a strictly embroiderer, nothing more, Baby Lock’s Spirit looks like it fits the bill, any comments?

  9. Lee says:

    I have been making old blue jean quilts and am getting tired of all the tangled threads, broken needles and aching hands. I am looking to buy a heavy duty machine that can easily sew four to six layers of denim. Does a quilting machine only do the stitching after the blocks are put together or do they also work as a heavy duty sewing machine?

  10. Linda Riner says:

    Does anyone have a Bernina 1130 machine and how do you like it? Would appreciate some input from owners of this machine. I got mine when they first came out. Thanks.

  11. Martha says:

    I have alsawy used Singer machines, but am now in the market for a new machine and am having one heck of a time fighting through all the sales pitches and user coments. I want a machine that can easily go from denim to georgette without a bunch of adjustments needed. A little embroidery would be a plus and I do want a drop in bobbin. I also am looking for the most room from the base of the head to the needle. It can get to be quit a chore wading up material on the right side of the needle to fit through to the back of the machine. I have this problem when doing decorative top stitching on Christmas Tree skirts.

  12. rglaes says:

    Would any serious quilter consider either the Brother 6000i or SQ9185 machine for quilting and free motion quilting?



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