Beginner Sewing Machines

Beginner Sewing Machines

How to choose a beginner sewing machine:

There are a wide range of choices for beginner sewing machines. Most beginner’s machines range from $100.00 to $500.00. But a sewing machine is unlike any other household appliance that just plugs in and goes. There is a basic understanding that is required in terms of threading, bobbins etc. Luckily today’s modern technology has made it much easier for a beginner to perfect the basics quickly. There are a massive variety of beginner’s sewing machines available and choosing the right one can be a challenge if you have never owned one before. Below, you will find some handy information that will 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. The higher the price, the better the quality, and 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 prices ranges. 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 machines 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, which are 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 that is how it should be.

Below are a handpicked selection of beginner machines.


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


Triumph SP-030 FD206 Thumb

Janome DC2050 Janome DC2030

Elna Sew Fun Beginner Sewing Machine - Singer Heavy Duty 4411

Janome FD216 Beginner Sewing Machine - Singer Fashion Mate 3333

Elna EL2000 Brother GS2500

Singer Simple 3221 Brother GS2700

Singer Tradition 2250 Brother GS3700

Elna eXplore 240 Singer 3223

Elina 21 Elina 1000

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