Top Rated Sewing Machines

Owning a top-rated sewing machine is important to many home sewers.  With so many great models on the market today, however, it is often difficult to make a choice. Features can vary greatly from one machine to another and often correlate to price, which can range from about one hundred dollars, to a few thousand.  If you are searching for a new sewing machine, and your eyes are glazing over from reading about stitch function, variable speed control, and automatic buttonholers, the following information may be helpful to you.

First and foremost, you must consider your actual sewing needs when deciding on a purchase.  Do you:

  • Sew only occasionally, mostly clothing and to make repairs? Or are you an avid sewer who enjoys creating  a variety of clothing and household items (curtains, pillows,   bedding, etc.)?
  • Sew for other people?
  • Sew with a variety of material, from lightweight cotton and silk, to heavier  denim, faux leather, and decorator fabrics?
  • Use your machine for quilting?
  • Require a lightweight machine?
  • Require a large variety of stitches?

If you keep the answers to these questions in mind as you research, they may help you make an informed choice, and one that makes you happy. After all, you want your investment to last a long time, and provide hours of enjoyment. Following are descriptions of three top rated sewing machines available today.

Brother CS6000I                           

This is a very good machine for the average home sewing enthusiast, as well as the beginner.  It is computerized, and offers a varied assortment of 60 stitches.  Unlike many machines, this model offers an LCD screen which shows each stitch. Most modern machines make 1-step buttonholes; this one makes 7 different sizes.  One can quilt with ease on this machine, as it has an additional snap-on table accessory to handle larger or bulky fabric lengths. Also lightweight at 16 pounds, this is an all-around top performer.

 Janome 7330 Magnolia             

This is an excellent choice for the ardent sewer.  Although at about 18 pounds it is a bit heavier than the Brother, this is due to its cast aluminum construction.  It is a solid machine, described as a workhorse by many users. With 30 built-in stitches, this machine certainly isn’t lacking. It is able to sew through everything from the most delicate silks to multiple layers of fabric. The Magnolia’s most notable features are a start/stop button that allows sewing without a foot peddle, an automatic needle threader, and incredible speed.


Singer 7470                                 

Owners rave about the Singer Confidence. It has an arsenal of 173 stitch functions, which can be edited for increased variation.  With 13 needle positions and twin-needle capability, it is a good basic embroidery machine, and quilter. Popular features include a 1-step buttonholer, automatic needle threader, and drop and sew bobbin.  You’ll only be limited by your creativity with this Singer favorite!

These three machines are solid performers, and rank well with sewers in both function and ease of use.  Any of them would make an excellent purchase, either for personal use or as a gift to a beginner.

Now, let’s stretch those creative muscles and get sewing!