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The Best Sewing Machines on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. That’s why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about the best garment steamers and irons before, here we share the best sewing machines for your quilting and clothing projects, as chosen by Amazon reviewers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best sewing machines for beginners

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine

“I bought this machine with the thought that if I ended up enjoying it, I’d replace it with a nicer machine fairly quickly. But once I finally started using it, I seriously couldn’t believe how easy and fun it was. I’ve since made a rag doll, three full queen-size quilts, and four baby quilts. I feel like I’ve already gotten my money’s worth! I’ve considered buying an upgrade but have decided at this point that I don’t really want to. My machine sews beautifully, is easy to thread, and never gives me any trouble.”

Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine

“I am by no means an experienced seamstress, and research led me to this sewing machine as one of the top recommendations for a beginner. I’m very pleased to say that the recommendations were very accurate, as this is a great machine that pretty much anyone can use! It’s a bit more expensive than other machines of similar functionality, but it’s very much worth it for the smooth operation and reliability it offers.”

Singer Start 1304 With 6 Built-in Stitches

“I bought this sewing machine after reading reviews about its ease of operation and that it was a good machine for beginners. I have never sewn a thing in my life, and I have certainly never used a sewing machine. I had a project I needed this for and it was easier to buy a machine than try to find time to use someone else’s. This machine was incredibly easy to set up. It comes with step-by-step directions and diagrams. Once the machine was up and running, I was able to complete my project with ease. I was sewing some heavy-duty fleece fabric and had zero issues with the machine. I was really impressed how my son’s Jedi robe turned out. I would recommend this machine to anyone looking for a simple machine. I am not sure what kind of limitations it has for the advanced sewers, but for basic, it’s perfect!”

Best heavy-duty sewing machines

Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine

“This is a solid machine. The stuff my wife and I make requires both rather thick and rugged and thin and delicate materials, and we get a beautiful stitch regardless the kind of material we use; from a thick and stiff vinyl, silky satin to stretchy Lycra. Can’t wait to try leather; have a thicker needle for it and everything. It’s not a super-fancy machine with a million functions, but it gives me a far more detailed stitch than I expected, especially for the price.”

Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

“This is my second Janome. I like this type of machine because it is so easy to operate and dependable to work. It, like my old one, will sew everything I want to make, including quilt tops, clothes, and home accessories. I even sewed Sunbrella fabric to make boat awnings with my old one and patched sheets for an aft cabin bed. It’s simple to use, so I can spend my time sewing rather than reading instructions.”

Best basic computerized sewing machines

Singer Stylist 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

“The last Singer I bought was over 25 years ago, and it finally quit working. So I spent about four hours looking at sewing machines and reviews on Amazon. Of course, I went with the Singer. One thing that really impressed me was that the tension, stitch length, and needle position are automatically adjusted when you decide which stitch you use. The machine is so easy to use! You can also adjust the speed of the machine. I am so impressed with this machine! The only problem I have is figuring out what my next project is.”

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine

“I don’t know a lot about sewing or sewing machines, but this appeared to be a good deal and seemed to have all the basics covered. I was nervous buying it for my boyfriend for Christmas because he does enjoy sewing, and I wanted to be sure that what I was giving him was a good value. He loves this machine. He has had no issues with it mechanically, and it’s ease of use has inspired him to sew more and more. He has gone on to design his own patterns and has made several complete Renaissance Faire costumes. He particularly loves the way the automatic buttonholer works.”

Singer Curvy 8763 Computerized Free-Arm Handy Sewing Machine

“This is my first sewing machine, and I wanted something that I didn’t want to have to upgrade later. I merely got the Curvy for mending and for making carry bags for my daughter and nieces. I’m quite happy with my purchase. I couldn’t beat the price at the time of purchase. The setup was simple, and I didn’t really need to read the instructions. Although it will take me some time to master, I am fairly confident that I’m well on my way to enjoying many hours with my Curvy.”

Best advanced computerized sewing machine

Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine

“One year later and I am still beyond happy with this purchase. I knew I needed an upgrade when my old $60 sewing machine proved to be too puny for my sewing projects, but I didn’t know if I should invest the money in a top-notch machine. I am so, so happy that my husband urged me to purchase a higher-quality machine. I have completed many projects with my Singer that would have been very time-consuming on a lower-quality machine. It comes with every foot that I have ever wanted to use — and the digital display and user manual make it a breeze for even a novice like myself to understand. I have been using this for over a year and have logged countless hours with this amazing tool. I would recommend it for any level of sewing enthusiast. I thought that I was too inexperienced to really benefit from this machine — but boy has it helped deepen my passion for sewing. I love, love, love it!”

Best computerized sewing machine for embroidery

Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

“I love this machine. I don’t sew all the time, but I love to make things for my family and friends from time to time. I had outgrown my old, cheap, super-simple machine and wanted to be able to do more. You can pull this machine out of the box and begin sewing well, immediately. There is a bit of a learning curve with the embroidery, but I had not done it prior to getting this machine. A few trial-and-error sessions later I was off and running. If you are somewhat tech savvy, you can get a third-party program and design and import your own embroidery designs rather than staying limited to what’s already onboard or available for purchase online. The versatility this machine provides is astounding for the price. I highly recommend this for the creative hobbyist in your life.”

Best sewing machines for quilting

Juki TL-2000Qi Sewing and Quilting Machine

“I cannot even express the depth of my love for this machine. I use it primarily for quilting, and it goes through multiple layers and batting like a hot knife goes through butter. The thread-cutter button on the machine is great. The automatic needle-down is great when binding the corners of a quilt or doing any other change of direction. The table is ginormous and makes machine quilting so much easier and so smooth. The bobbin case is simple to load and the needle up/down button makes bringing the bobbin thread up effortless. The huge throat space has allowed me to create queen- and king-size quilts without a wrestling match, and without snapped threads or puckers.”

Brother PQ1500SL High-Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine

“This machine is a little powerhouse. I have had mine for five years now and it still works like the day I got it. I have a Singer featherweight and a small Janome that I use for mending and small sewing projects, but I use this one for quilting and piecing and it has never let me down. I have made table runners and queen-size quilts with all-over free motions quilting, and it does the job beautifully. For the price, this machine cannot be beaten. No bells or whistles on this, but I’ve not found that I’ve needed either. Happy sewing!”

Best sewing machine under $100

Brother XM2701 Lightweight Full-Featured Sewing Machine

“Love this sewing machine! I love Brother sewing machines and have always used them. I’m in college and just moved into an new apartment, so was looking for something affordable. I was kind of worried about the price because it was so cheap for a sewing machine; I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s honestly comparable to some of the higher-end sewing machines I have used!”

Best semi-professional sewing machine

Juki TL-2010Q 1-Needle Lockstitch, Portable Sewing Machine

“I’ve had my Juki TL-2010Q for a couple of weeks now. I’m a quilter, with years of experience in the past with garment sewing. It sews like butter, so smooth, and the stitches are the most even I’ve seen. It’s very solid and comes with an enormous extension table (almost twice as big as what came on my Singer). I’ve had an opportunity to use all its features, and the free-motion quilting allows me to do the best work I’ve ever done, with so much control.”

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The Best Sewing Machines on Amazon, According to Reviewers