What are the best sewing machines for adults, or in my case, sewing machines for beginners? My sewing experience is pretty much reduced to Home Economics class in High School many years ago, not counting typical mending, hemming or button replacement sewing done over the years. Mentioning my Christmas wish for a good quality sewing machine and sewing machine accessories to family and friends brought some humorous joking, with several teasing me that I’m officially a Grandma now because I wanted to buy a sewing machine.
Choosing the right kind of sewing machine for what I want to do as a sewer required educating myself on all the different brands of sewing machines to pick the best one for me, and of course reading consumer reviews and ratings. Consumer Reports Magazine or the CR website is often the first place I look when researching product reviews and recommendations, even though I use a few other online resources and compare the information to make a final, informed decision.
Sewing Machine Brands
According to CR, the most popular brands of sewing machines are Singer, Brother and Kenmore, selling about 70% of all sewing machine units. It came as a surprise to me to find that there are so many different brands of home sewing machines, with many brand names listed most people have never heard of. Bernina and Husqvarna Viking brands are gaining in popularity, making the list of the top 5 best selling sewing machines that are loaded with great features that sewing beginners and more experienced sewers appreciate.
Good quality, basic sewing machines can be bought for under 200 dollars, which are designed to handle most clothing and crafts projects, especially for kids or teens wanting a beginner’s sewing machine. The more expensive, top-of-the-line sewing machines offer many more options, including automated functions, producing professional-quality projects and designs, even if you don’t know how to sew and are just a beginner or intermediate sewer.
Best Sewing Machines For You
Buying the best sewing machine for you and your needs all depends on what type of sewing machine you need and what you plan to do with it. Craft projects, embroidery, quilting, making clothes, hats and outfits, baby blankets for grandchildren etc may require sewing machine models with different features than the cheap, basic models. Sewing machines for quilting make quilt assembly easier with a long-arm feature, with many quilter’s giving praise to quilting machines made by Singer, Bernina, Husqvarna Viking, Janome and Pfaff.
There are different types of sewing machines and a wide variety of price ranges to choose from. Mechanical sewing machines are very basic, less expensive sewing machines, controlled by a rotary wheel, where any necessary adjustment to thread tension, or the width or length of the stitches is made by moving a dial by hand. Mechanical models would work just fine for occasional sewers or if you’re on a strict budget needing a cheap sewing machine. Mechanical machines remind me of my mother and grandmother’s sewing machines, very old-fashioned machines with a foot pedal, lacking the updated or modern features today’s sewers want.
Electronic sewing machines is a step up from mechanical sewing machines in that electronic machines have some functions that can be accomplished simply by pushing a button, and have a number of motors for completing a variety of duties, running of course by electricity. If you are a frequent sewer and can afford to spend a little more money on a quality sewing machine, an electric model may be fine for you.
After comparing different electronic sewing machines with computerized sewing machines and the functions of each kind, it’s no surprise to me that computerized machines are what most serious sewers, seamstresses, quilting, serging and embroidery sewing hobbyists opt for.
Computerized sewing machines give more bang for the buck, so to speak. Besides the options and features found in electronic machines, computerized machine units offer the ability to do so much more. Monogramming, quilting, embroidery for craft projects like bedspreads, blankets, pillowcases, and so much more.
Choosing the best sewing machine for you (or me) not only depends on current skill levels and budget, but also considering how the sewing machine may possibly be used in the future with improved sewing skills. Considering the fact that most people typically keep a sewing machine for ten years or more, and while I don’t have any immediate plans to become an expert in quilting or embroidery, I want to make sure that I buy the best sewing machine now, thus allowing me to do everything I want to do and not have to upgrade to a better model later on.