Sewing machines are lifesavers, aren’t they? Whether you have to patch up a tear or sew a new dress, it’s a laborious task to work with a needle in hand. And let’s not even talk about embroidery.
Of course, nothing compares to the charm and elegance of hand-embroidered pieces, but it’s not always possible. How does one cater to such a huge population without using machines? From a simple handheld model for minor repairs to a fully computerized sewing machine that runs at 1500 stitches per minute, there are so many models and brands to choose from.
Depending on your purpose and sewing needs, you can choose a machine that fits your budget and gives you the kind of quality you expect. The market is filled with countless sewing machines belonging to famous brands and also to small brands that are competing with the big names.
Looking for a sewing machine is no easy task, right? We need to consider so many factors, the features, the accessories, the warranty, customer reviews, and whatnot! But even then, how do we decide that a particular model is suitable for our use?
Well, we need some sort of a shortlist that would help us pick the best from the rest and then decide which one to ultimately buy. We’ve got exactly that list for you in this post.
Yep. We’ve combed through the numerous models to pick the top 5 best selling sewing machines in the market. And we went on to find out why these models are as popular.
All of it put together with a detailed buying guide to further assist you, we have what you need to make the right decision and invest in a durable, reliable, and efficient sewing machine.
So, shall we start checking out the models and their features?
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The Best Selling Sewing Machines For The Money
#1 Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine - EDITOR'S CHOICE
In the first place on our list is a computerized sewing machine by Janome, one of the famous brands in the market. It is what people call a modern-day sewing machine that is both comfortable to use and fun to work with. The 7330 model in the Magnolia range caters to entry and mid-level users. This is a suitable machine for beginners and small business owners who work from home. Similar to every other Janome model, this one also is a workhouse and will hardly cause any trouble.
Features & Benefits
The machine looks sleek, elegant, and sturdy. The white body frame has a small flowery pattern on the side. There is a small LCD screen display where you can see the designs you’ve selected.
The sewing machine comes with 30 built-in designs. While this number isn’t really great compared to other brands, the designs are all excellent and useful. The machine has a reverse stitch button and a speed controlling button for you to adjust the stitching speed. It also has a foot pedal in case you want to use it that way. Otherwise, it can be operated using the start/ stop button. Remember that the button doesn’t work when you connect the foot pedal.
Janome has always been known for the best stitch quality, and this model is no exception. The machine has quite a few buttons apart from the ones we’ve mentioned. The LCD screen is controlled using three buttons beside it. There is another to make sure that the needle movement is right. And yeah, the best part is the lock stitch button. You don’t need to run the fabric back and forth to lock the stitches at the end.
Fixing the bobbin is super easy. You just have to drop it in, and that’s it. The bobbin case is clear and transparent so that you can see how much thread is remaining on the bobbin as the machine runs to stitch the cloth.
Ease of Use
As we’ve already mentioned, the machine is easy to use despite being a computerized model. You can check the instruction manual to know how to operate the sewing machine. Another advantage of this model is that it doesn’t make much noise. You can work on it for extended hours without getting a headache or feeling irritated. Also, you can talk to others (instead of shouting to be heard over the sound of the sewing machine).
The machine has a free arm. It doesn’t have an automatic thread cutter. There is an automatic threader, though. Also, the LED light doesn’t appear to be as bright as it should be. That’s fine, right? It’s a small inconvenience compared to the features it has.
#2 Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i - Best in the Budget
CS6000i is another computerized sewing machine aimed at beginners. Brother is known for designs machines that are easy to use. That makes this model a worthy choice. The fact that it is less expensive while being highly useful is another bonus.
As the name suggests, CS6000i is a sewing and quilting machine that comes with an extra table for quilting. It is convenient and suits perfectly for home professionals. Just like the above model, this one also can easily be used various kinds of fabrics (thin and thick).
Features & Benefits
The machine may not be great to look at, but it is sturdy enough to deliver the results you want. There is a small LCD display screen on the top bar with two buttons on the side and two buttons at the bottom.
The unit has 60 built-in stitches with 7 buttonholes, 6 heirloom stitches, 7 quilting stitches, 20 regular, and 20 decorative stitches included in the list. The designs are marked on the side for you to get an idea. Then you can choose the one you want through the LCD screen. There is also a foot pedal in case you want to operate it mechanically.
The performance of the machine definitely deserves praise. It’s not perfect by any means, but when compared to the high-end models, this one offers more than what’s worth the price to pay. The machine has an LED light, but it’s located at an odd angle. That doesn’t serve the purpose of having a light. Also, it is not bright enough.
However, the machine comes with an array of accessories like 9 presser feet, bobbins, spool caps, accessory pouch, cleaning brush, ripper, a needle set, an eyelet pouch, and more. The brand also provides a good quality hard case, which is durable compared to the cases provided by some top brands.
Ease of Use
Threading the machine for the first time is actually easy. There are clear numbers to indicate where and how the thread goes. Once done, the automatic threader will take over. You don’t have to worry about it anymore.
One thing you do have to be careful of is the needle. The one that comes with the machine is not strong enough for quilting or thicker fabrics. You can replace it with another one for better stitching quality. For a computerized sewing machine for beginners, these minor disadvantages can be overlooked.
#3 SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine - Best Advanced Computerized Sewing Machine
Singer is yet another popular brand with some of the best selling sewing machines. The Quantum Stylist 9960 has been recognized as an advanced computerized sewing machine that has a whopping 600 built-in stitches, 5 fonts, an automated threader, and trimmer, start/ stop button, needle up/ down button, and 13 presser feet. Not just that, the brand offers a wide range of accessories with the unit.
After releasing a few not-so dependable sewing machines, Singer has gotten back on track with 9960. This one is sturdy, durable, reliable, and extremely useful.
Features & Benefits
The machine scores points for its appearance. It’s got a nice-looking curve where the LCD display screen and a bunch of buttons are located. The looped pattern towards the bottom end of the machine adds a good touch to the white frame.
There is an extension table for quilters. The fonts can be used in upper case and lower case. Combine this with the 600 stitches, and you know there is no limit to creativity. The LCD screen is clear and neat. You can set the type of material you want to stitch, and the machine will show you which presser foot to use. Cool, isn’t it?
From controlling the stitching speed to adjusting the length and width of the stitches, the machine allows you to make your own changes. The drop-in bobbin with the transparent cover makes it easy to keep track of the remaining thread in the bobbin.
Though the brand says that you can thread the machine in six seconds, it’ll take a bit longer than that. If you are a beginner, make that a minute or more. That’s still less, right? The instructions are written on the machine. You just have to follow the numbers. The automatic thread trimmer is a wonderful feature. There is no need to pick up the scissors every time to cut the thread.
Ease of Use
Beginners shouldn’t have issues using the machine. The speed controller allows you to stitch at a lower speed. The automatic tension controller works well. You don’t have to worry about that either.
But no sewing machine is perfect. 9960 is no exception. For starters, some of the components are quite flimsy. Though the machine is durable, it is not invincible. Also, the buttonholes seem to be quite smaller than the buttons. Just be a little careful in handling the unit, and you’ll have a dependable machine on your hands (for the cost you pay).
#4 JUKI TL-2000Qi Sewing and Quilting Machine - Best Home Quilting Machine
Not all best selling sewing machines are suitable for beginners. TL2000Qi is one such model. This one has been designed for home professionals who excel in quilting. We can say with authority that this is one of the best quilting machines in the market. It has the required speed, the necessary work area, the ability to stitch through layers of fabric, and many other features, which makes it an excellent choice for quilters who work from home. It also works great with free motion quilting. Yes, the model is quite expensive. But it serves what it promises and more.
Features & Benefits
The unit looks reliable and sturdy and has a large extension table. There is no LCD display screen, but you don’t need it either. Also, it has just one built-in stitch. Yep. You can only get the straight stitch. However, with the standard quilting presser feet, automatic threader, free arm, and foot pedal controlled thread trimmer, you can ignore the lack of stitch designs.
The unit is heavy and not easily portable. That’s because it is made of aluminum. It doesn’t have a single piece made of plastic. Professionals don’t usually move the machines often, so the weight isn’t exactly a problem. All you need to do is find the right place to set up the machine and leave it there. The LED light is bright and located in the correct position. You can work even when natural light dims.
The stitching speed of the machine is 1500 SPM. This speed is highly useful for professionals as they take up large projects and need to deliver the work in time. The stitching quality is amazing. One look at the end product, and you can say for sure that it has been done by a pro.
It is easy to control the length of the stitch by adjusting the knob on the side. The range varies from 1 mm to 6 mm. The automatic threader feature is useful, but it is not easy to thread the machine. Remember that the thread cutter is controller using the foot pedal. It’s easy to get confused until you are used to it.
Ease of Use
We’ve already mentioned that this model is not meant for beginners. Professionals who like to use both hands on the fabric can operate the machine using the knee lever. There is also a control for the needle’s up and down movements. You don’t have to manually lift and drop the needle at the corners or when turning around the seam. And yeah, the brand offers a 5-year limited warranty.
#5 SINGER 4423 Sewing Machine - Best Durable Sewing Machine
It should not surprise us that there are two Singer models on the list. This heavy-duty machine has gained fame for being one of the most durable and efficient models in the market. Especially for the price we pay, this model is easily the best. Who wouldn’t want a machine that requires only the bare minimum maintenance? And the 25-year limited warranty is another incentive, isn’t it?
Features & Benefits
There is much to look at with this machine. It is meant to work, and work it does, as per your requirements. The presser foot is adjustable; there is an extra-high presser foot, a reverse stitch lever, a free arm, an automatic needle threader, a knob to adjust the stitch length, a transparent bobbin cover with the drop-in bobbin, and much more.
It comes with 23 built-in stitches and 12 decorative stitches. Despite the heavy-duty motor, the unit weighs barely 15 pounds. It has been designed for easy use and portability.
The sewing area is well-lit by the LED light. You don’t have to worry about working in the dark. The automatic needle threader is a wee bit confusing, but nothing you can’t figure out. Just take some time to understand the machine.
If the bobbin rattles when using the machine (it does at times) place the felt on top of the bobbin (it comes with the unit). The brand seems to know about the issue and is supplying the customers with a solution as well. You can happily use this machine to stitch through layers of fabric without any trouble.
Ease of Use
Though the sewing machine can be used by anybody (beginner or a pro), the manual doesn’t really help. It is not detailed enough to follow the instructions. Beginners are better off searching for videos on the internet or asking a professional to show them the operations. It’ll be safer and faster that way.
The machine comes with a dozen useful accessories, but the hard case is not included in the list. That’s something we wish they added as a part of the package.
Best Selling Sewing Machines Buying Guide
Each of the above-mentioned sewing machines has something wonderful to offer. But you can hardly buy all of them. Check out the buying guide to see the factors you should consider when choosing the best selling sewing machine.
Types of Sewing Machine
There is a different type of sewing machine for every need. There’s one for stitching, one for embroidery, one for quilting, etc. And then we have models that have combo features and offer the advantages of two or more types in one.
We also have models with varying stitching methods (mechanical vs. computerized), and the ones are specifically designed for industrial use. Generally speaking, a sewing machine meant for home use cannot be used continuously for more than 5 hours. The motor will start to overheat. But an industrial sewing machine can run for longer hours.
Also, if you need to stitch thick fabric like denim, leather, etc., you’ll need an upholstery sewing machine with sturdier features. What if you want to travel with a sewing machine? You will need a handheld model or a mini version.
Size and Portability
Not all sewing machines are easily portable. Especially the industrial models are bigger and sturdier to suit the demands of the users. Some of the embroidery and quilting machines are also huge. Do you really need such a sewing machine? Will the compact and portable models be more suited for your needs? If you are a beginner or a home user, yes, you will find it easier to pick the portable models, which are also highly efficient.
Most sewing machines come with built-in stitches. These designs are usually used by professionals to create attractive patterns on fabrics. Some models have just the straight stitch and a reverse stitch lever. While choosing a machine with various built-in stitches is useful, it is not compulsory. This doesn’t decide the efficiency of the sewing machine.
Length of the Stitches
Not all machines allow you to adjust the length and width of the stitches. However, the top brands make it a point to provide at least some options to users. Again, this is not a must-have feature but is a useful one nevertheless.
Ease of Use
Well, as we’ve mentioned before, some sewing machines can be awfully complicated to use. They have so many features and accessories, we begin to wonder why they are even needed. If you are a beginner, do not pick such a machine. You might end up hating the beautiful art of sewing.
Are you worried that the beginner models would be too simple? Let us assure you that they are not. In fact, some computerized models can be operated by beginners. You just need to find the right one. We’ve highlighted the models that are perfect for beginners and for professionals.
Features and Accessories
LED light, LCD screen, automated needle threader, types of presser feet, automated trimmer, stitching speed adjustments, free arms, extended tables of additional workspace, extra bobbins, screwdrivers, hard case, etc. are some examples of the various features and accessories that come with the sewing machine. These depend on the model and brand of the machine. However, the top brands tend to offer something extra to attract users.
Stitching speed is also known as SPM (Stitches Per Minute), is the rate at which the machine produces the stitches. The higher the speed, the more productive would be the sewing machine. But not all of us require sewing machines that run at high speed. A stitching speed of 800 or even 600 would be enough for beginners.
Servicing and Maintenance
It’s no surprise that sewing machines need to be cared for. Any tool we use has to be regularly serviced and maintained if we want to increase its life span. Some models require more maintenance compared to others. While you can do the cleaning at home, knowing that the company offers good customer support would be a relief, isn’t it?
Sewing machines require sizable investments. When you invest hundreds of dollars in something, you would want it to last for a considerable time, isn’t it? Depending on the brand, you can get a warranty of 5 years or 25 years (or anything in between).