What do you love, and what do you hate about your sewing machine?  For the past several years, new Beginner Sewing members have been asking other members this questions. Curious as to which sewing machines they would consider the best for beginners. But it is hard to give an answer of which one is best for YOU! If you are looking to purchase a sewing machine, or perhaps do an upgrade, there are a lot of options to consider when making your decision. There are also a lot of factors that play a role in what decision you should make.  Determining what the best sewing machine for YOU is has a lot to do with personal preferences. Although I may not be able to give you a direct answer, I can tell you what the best sewing machines for beginners are based on popular group consensus.

I’ll admit that have had my fair share of machines thru the years, but my sewing needs might be much different than the person asking.  Which is why having so many helpful group members join this discussion is beneficial. Following in their responses has also taught me a lot about what others are looking for, or love, about their machines. With this being such a commonly asked question, I put together a list of the top three sewing machine recommendations to share.

To get you started thinking about your sewing goals and what you should be considering when making your purchase, you can refer to the advice in this post 5 Tips For Buying Your First Sewing Machine. After you have answered those questions it is time to look at your options.

Most Commonly Recommended Sewing Machines

From what I have found, in most of the interactions on this question people are looking for an affordable, reliable, and easy to learn sewing machine. This too can be true for those looking to upgrade. Good news! You can find each of these machines for under $200. But what I really loved about this research I did, is that the top three recommendations were all different brands! In order of recommendation from the group members the recommendations where:

  • Singer 4423 sewing machine
  • Janome 2212 sewing machine
  • Brother CS6000i sewing machine

Here is a closer look in this sewing machine breakdown…

Singer 4423 sewing machine was voted #1

About this sewing machine:

  • Has 23 built-in stitches including basic, stretch, decorative, and buttonhole stitches.
  • This sewing machine has an automatic needle threader. After following the threading path printed right on the machine, this built-in feature helps you to thread the eye of the needle without eye strain or frustration.
  • The Singer 4426 can sew through a variety of heavy weight fabrics and provides long lasting stability.
  • A variety of accessories are included such as an All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, seam ripper/lint brush, quilting guide, needles, bobbins, screwdriver, auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt are all conveniently located and stored in the accessory tray. A soft-sided dust cover is also included in the packaging
  • It has 25 Year Limited Warranty.

Want to take a closer look? Here is an honest review on YouTube from an expert.

Janome 2212 sewing machine was voted #2

About this sewing machine:

  • This machine can be found for under $200 and in that price it can include a Bonus Bundle.
  • The Janome 2212 sewing machine features 12 built-in stitches, a four-step buttonhole, dial pattern selection, and zig-zag stitch width adjustment and stitch length adjustment that ensures ease of use.
  • This sewing machine also has other features like a free arm and drop feed.
  • The Janome 2212 is lightweight and easy to learn.

Take a look at it in action in this video:

Brother CS6000i sewing machine was voted #3

About this sewing machine:

  • The Brother CS6000i includes 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and seven styles of auto-size buttonholes.
  • it has an automatic needle threader and drop-in top bobbin.
  • Accessories needed to get you started right away are included
  • Unlike those listed above this machine has an LCD display screen.
  • The CS6000i is backed by a 25 Year limited warranty with free technical support for the life of the product.

Here is a video overview to show you what this machine has and what it is capable of doing for you:

More to think about…

Although I personally have used a digitalized sewing machine for over 10 years now and I do enjoy my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, a sewing expert recently told me that digital sewing machines are not the preferred because the computer aspect can require more maintenance if it goes out. This was a valid point and one I feel worth mentioning. I have seen so many beautiful vintage sewing machines in action and I think it is safe to say, we will not get that same long lasting quality with choosing a digital sewing machine. This does not effect my decision but it could play a role in yours!


Want to learn more about how sewing machines work? Check out this post for an overview: How Sewing Machines Work

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Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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