This post (actually the entire series) was inspired by Seena who wanted to know about sewing machine recommendations:
I've moved to the US recently and have been thinking of buying a sewing machine. I love making quilts and would also like to start making dresses for my little girl who is 3 years old.
Any suggestions as to which brand I should go for?
Picking a sewing machine is confusing! I spent a lot of time researching before buying a new machine last year.
If you are just starting out borrowing a machine is a great option (especially if it comes with some built in guidance!) But if you don't know anyone that sews close by, I'd recommend buying an affordable machine to start with.
Most full size, new machines on the market today (and all the ones listed below) will have a interchagnable feet, stretch stitches, free arm, bobbin winder, and feed dogs that drop, so we'll ignore those features for now.
For a beginner machine, I look for the following features:
- Easy to use-- ie, works when you turn it on.
- Drop in bobbin
- Automatic needle threader
|Fabulous Print From Missie Krissie|
Here are my personal recommendations in 3 price ranges:
Sewing Machine Under $500:
I sew on a Janome DC2010 and am absolutely in love with it. Although the DC2010 is no longer available the Janome DC2012 and DC2011 look to be the same machine with updated colors. They have all 3 features mentioned above, as well as an automatic needle up/down feature, which means that my needle always stops at the highest or lowest position. It's a sturdy, quiet machine, and has sewn through everything that I can throw at it. It's reliable enough that I can see myself using it for the next 10 years, and I whole heartedly recommend it.
Full disclosure: A while back, I had a problem with my foot pedal. Janome fixed it for free, and I've been using it happily ever since.
Sewing Machine Under $200:
I have also occasionally used a Brother CS6000i (at my mom's) and think it's a really great machine. It has all the features of the Janome gets very good reviews around the web. It also comes with a walking foot and darning foot, so you will not need to purchase those. Although it's a bit smaller and noisier than the Janome, I believe this is the best bang for your buck on the market, and will last you for a few years until you are ready to upgrade.
Sewing Machine Under $100
Brother 2600i . I haven't used it myself; but it is one of the only machines in this price range with a drop in bobbin and automatic needle threader. I think having these features will go a long way towards reducing frustration when you are starting to use your machine.
And there you have it, 3 machines that won't have break the bank!
Seena, I hope the new year finds you humming along happily on a new machine.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Is anyone else hoping for something new for the holidays?