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The Best Sewing Machines on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. 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
$149 at Amazon

“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
$279 at Amazon

“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.”

Best sewing machines for all materials

Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
$139 at Amazon

“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
$189 at Amazon

“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
$300 at Amazon

“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.”

Singer Curvy 8763 Computerized Free-Arm Handy Sewing Machine
$201 at Amazon

“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 9980 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
$450 at Amazon

“This machine is sooooo beyond amazing. It out-sews my $1,100 machine by far. I can’t say enough about it. I’ve tried out all of the specialty stitches on several fabrics: perfection even on lame stretch fabric, cheap satin, Minky, and cotton folded over six times! So easy to use that I even sewed on a button with it instead of by hand. It came with a bias-binding foot that blew me away. Highly recommend this machine to anyone that needs an awesome machine with all the bells and whistles.”

Best sewing machine for clothing

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine
$117 at Amazon

“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.”

Best sewing machine for quilters

Juki TL-2000Qi Sewing and Quilting Machine
$699 at Amazon

“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.”

Best sewing machine under $100

Brother XM2701 Lightweight Full-Featured Sewing Machine
$81 at Amazon

“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
$999 at Amazon

“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