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Sewing Machines for beginners

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A BEGINNER SEWING MACHINE

Today's beginner sewing machines make it much easier for novice sewists to perfect the basics quickly.

There is a massive variety of beginner sewing machines available and choosing the right one can sometimes be a challenge. Beware, many machines are appealing due to their very low price. Sadly, they are often of terrible quality and have such limited function that the user will have no opportunity to progress their skills. 

If you are looking to purchase a sewing machine that will last many years, we recommend investing in models in the $200 - $500 range. You should shop for reputable brands such as Janome, Brother, Juki, Bernina, Bernette, Singer, Elna and Husqvarna. That way, they will come with a warranty and give the user the ability to try out different fabrics and stitches.
 

Like most things, the higher the price, the better the quality, longevity and range of features. If you or your loved one is just starting out, you should consider the following features:

  • Selection of stitches: look for the types, not necessarily the quantity of stitches available.
  • Stitch speed.
  • Built in needle threader: you will thread your machine thousands of times. Save yourself a lot of frustration by purchasing a machine with this feature.
  • Drop in / front loading bobbin: drop-in is preffered these days as it's much easier to top up your bobbin with thread. You can also see when the thread is running low at a glance.
  • Built in thread cutter.
  • Good lighting.
  • Strength of motor: if sewing with thicker fabrics like denim, many very basic machines will not be able to handle more than one layer. We have several "Heavy Duty" machines available which are still very easy to use. Check out the Singer Heavy Duty 4432. (And remember to use the correct needles!)

It all depends what you want to get out of your machine; everyone is different!

 

Below are our top picks for the average beginner sewist. These machines are from reputable brands, are easy to operate and function very well, meaning you can purchase with confidence. Should you require further assistance with purchasing a sewing machine, our team of experienced and professional staff are available to help you either over the phone or in Hobbysew stores.

Hobbysew is a leading Beginner Sewing Machine Dealer in Australia.

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Janome
Sewist 709 (5mm LS)
Janome Sewist 709 (5mm LS)

$599.00 $389.00
Janome
Sewist 721 (5mm LS)
Janome Sewist 721 (5mm LS)

$699.00 $479.00
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Janome
Sewist 725S (5mm LS)
Janome Sewist 725S (5mm LS)

$799.00 $579.00
Singer
3333 Fashion Mate Sewing Machine runout deal
Singer 3333 Fashion Mate Sewing Machine runout deal

$459.00 $275.00
Brother
A150 INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine
Brother A150 INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine

$839.00 $789.00
Brother
A16 - INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine
Brother A16 - INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine

$525.00 $499.00
Brother
A80 - INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine
Brother A80 - INNOV-ÍS A SERIES Computerised Sewing Machine

$685.00 $639.00
Janome
Juno DC1030 (5mm LS) Computerised Sewing Machine
Janome Juno DC1030 (5mm LS) Computerised Sewing Machine

$699.00 $385.00
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Janome
FD206 Sewing Machine - Mechanical Top Loading (5mm)
Janome FD206 Sewing Machine - Mechanical Top Loading (5mm)

$399.00 $199.00
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Janome
FD216 Mechanical Top Loading (5mm)
Janome FD216 Mechanical Top Loading (5mm)

$499.00 $299.00
Triumph
Compact Learner Sewing Machine ST030
Triumph Compact Learner Sewing Machine ST030

$99.00 $50.00
Janome
DC2030 Sewing Machine computerised digital
Janome DC2030 Sewing Machine computerised digital

$799.00 $489.00
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Elna
eXperience 450 Sewing Machine
Elna eXperience 450 Sewing Machine

$699.00 $462.00
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Elna
eXperience 510 Sewing Machine with Extension Table
Elna eXperience 510 Sewing Machine with Extension Table

$899.00 $499.00
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Elna
eXperience 550 Sewing Machine
Elna eXperience 550 Sewing Machine

$1,099.00 $799.00
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Singer
Cosplay CP6355M Heavy Duty
Singer Cosplay CP6355M Heavy Duty

$859.00 $687.00
Bernette
05 Academy Sewing Machine
Bernette 05 Academy Sewing Machine

Used for: Sewing


$599.00
Bernette
05 Crafter Sewing Machine
Bernette 05 Crafter Sewing Machine

$399.00
Elna
Elna HD1000 Sewing Machine
Elna Elna HD1000 Sewing Machine

$599.00 $490.00
Janome
JANOME DC1000 5mm LS Computerised Sewing Machine
Janome JANOME DC1000 5mm LS Computerised Sewing Machine

$599.00 $299.00
Brother
GS3700  Mechanical Sewing Machine with Portable Free Arm
Brother GS3700 Mechanical Sewing Machine with Portable Free Arm

$389.00 $299.00
Husqvarna
Emerald 116 Sewing Machine (Strong Mechanical)
Husqvarna Emerald 116 Sewing Machine (Strong Mechanical)

$699.00 $599.00
Elna
EL2000 - Sewing Machine
Elna EL2000 - Sewing Machine

$399.00 $240.00
hot deal
Singer
Simple 3221 Easy Sewing Machine Popular
Singer Simple 3221 Easy Sewing Machine Popular

$429.00 $172.00
Janome
DC2150 (7mm LS) Computerised Décor Sewing Machine
Janome DC2150 (7mm LS) Computerised Décor Sewing Machine

$899.00 $569.00
hot deal
Elna
Elina 21 Sewing Machine
Elna Elina 21 Sewing Machine

$499.00 $340.00
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Elna
Elna 1000 Sewing Machine
Elna Elna 1000 Sewing Machine

$399.00 $289.00
Elna
Elina 1000 Sewing Machine
Elna Elina 1000 Sewing Machine

$399.00 $279.00
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