Beginner Sewing Machines

Yamata FY510 - Only $99! Janome RE1306 Brother NS55 Brother GS3700 Husqvarna Emerald 116BSMT 10

How to choose a beginner sewing machine:

There is a wide range of choices for beginner sewing machines. Most beginners machines range from $100.00 to $500.00. But a sewing machine is not like any other appliance that just plugs in and goes. There is basic understanding needed in terms of threading and bobbins etc.  But today’s modern technology has made it much easier for a beginner to prefect the basics quickly.  There is a massive variety of beginners sewing machines and choosing the right one can be a challenge if you have never had one before. Below, you will find some handy information that may help you.

A good beginner sewing machine normally ranges between the $350.00 to $500.00 range, from a world renowned brand such as Janome or Brother. They are also the easiest and best in terms of an investment for the long term.

Like most things, all machines are made for a price. Higher the price, the better quality more features such as:

  • Larger selection of stitches
  • Stronger and faster motors
  • Drop in Bobbin (Loads from the top, providing easy access and visibility
  • Built in needle threaders
  • Thread cutters
  • Better lighting
  • Better engineering such as feed systems, and overall performance

Computerised sewing machines, normally start at $300. They offer a wider selection of really useful stitches, digital controls and display, plus nice automatic functions that just make the overall experience a pleasure to use.

Mechanical machines are also still available. For under $300.00 you will find many basic mechanical machines. However, the more hardy sewing machines are normally between the $399 to $499 price range. These machines will often last longer, come with stronger motors, and built to sew through most things such as heavy fabric and denim.

Anything under $100.00 are normally very limited in its capability, such as:

  • Limited width setting for zig-zag stitching (one of the most common stitch used)
  • Low powered motors, such as a 12 volt (these machine will more likely struggle on medium weight materials)
  • Difficult and unfriendly to use
  • Noisy and Slow
  • The overall build is rougher and will not provide a good finish

Cheap Sewing machines, found everywhere today, in general make sewing tough, and deters people away from sewing. This is a big shame, as the technology in the machines today makes sewing very easy and are beginner friendly.

Below, a handpicked selection of beginner machines. Please see below for more information and pricing.

Click on the images below for more information on our recommended beginner sewing machines:

Yamata FY510 Mechanical Sewing Machine 12 Janome 3160QDC Thumb

Beginner Sewing Machine - Brother NS55 08 Emerald 116 Thumb V2 DC2150 ThumbBeginner Sewing Machine - Janome MW3018LE   Beginner Sewing Machine - Janome JR1012  Beginner Sewing Machine - Brother GS3700  

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