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The 8 Best Sewing Machines – Guide

You always wanted to sew your own clothes and be creative? Then a sewing machine is just the thing for you. With a sewing machine, you can create your own clothes and use different fabrics. If you are already skilled in the use of the sewing machine, you can even attach buttons or zippers with the help of the sewing machine. Self-sewn clothing is also a beautiful and especially individual gift!

To help you find the right sewing machine for you, we have prepared a checklist for you. In our product recommendations you can then take a look at a variety of great sewing machines.

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Variants
  • Free-arm sewing machines with foot pedal are the classics among household sewing machines.
  • Computerized sewing machines have a display that controls the individual sewing programs.
  • If necessary, you can expand the pre-installed program by purchasing new modules.
  • Overlock sewing machines are suitable for serging sewing pieces and are especially interesting for those who like to sew clothes frequently.
Size and Weight
  • Weight and size depend on the particular model chosen. However, most sewing machines weigh between 1 and 5 kilograms and have these or similar dimensions: 27.4 * 26 * 12 cm.
Drive
  • You can choose between electronic and mechanical models. As a rule, they have an electric motor. However, you can also find smaller sewing machines, which are powered by batteries.
  • Other models, however, need to be connected to the power supply in order to work optimally with them. Therefore, you can not place such a machine anywhere in the room, but always need a power outlet nearby.
Things To Know
  • Straight stitch and zigzag stitch are standard features. You can use them for almost everything.
  • Inexpensive free-arm sewing machines are usually sufficient for home use if you only want to sew thin fabrics or are just starting out.
  • They work much slower than the heavy-duty or industrial sewing machines.
  • If you sew a lot and like to try new things, it’s a good idea to invest in a computerized sewing machine that offers a variety of functions and stitch programs.
  • If you want to sew thicker fabrics, for example, imitation leather, leather, jeans, or several layers of fabric (for example, for garments), you need a sewing machine with a stronger motor, as this can prick the needle more strongly.
  • In addition, the foot must then be able to be adjusted accordingly high.
  • Overlock sewing machines are not a substitute for a normal sewing machine, since you cannot sew in buttonholes or zippers with them, for example. They are merely a useful addition.
  • An integrated lighting system always ensures optimal lighting conditions.
  • If you sew clothes yourself, an automatic buttonhole function is helpful.
  • Small extras, such as an automatic thread trimmer, are not absolutely necessary, but they do make working more pleasant.
Accessories
  • Maintenance materials, such as screwdrivers and sewing machine oil, are included. Likewise, at least one bobbin is included. If you need more, you can always buy them, since the sizes are standardized.
  • Different feet, for example plastic/Teflon feet for leather or stretchy fabrics, zipper or buttonhole feet, are not always included.
  • Also, you usually have to buy needles for extra thick fabrics and leather needles separately.
  • Some computer sewing machines can also embroider. This may require an extra module, which can sometimes be purchased separately.

We have compiled the best and most interesting sewing machines. You can find the list with our product recommendations here.

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The Best Sellers Of Sewing Machines

In a list of bestsellers we have compiled the most popular sewing machines for you.

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1 SINGER | 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Included Accessory Kit, 97 Stitch Applications, Simple, Easy To Use & Great for Beginners SINGER | 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Included Accessory Kit, 97 Stitch Applications, Simple,...
2 Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine, Lightweight, Full Featured, 27 Stitches, 6 Included Feet Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine, Lightweight, Full Featured, 27 Stitches, 6 Included Feet
3 SINGER M1000 Mending Machine SINGER M1000 Mending Machine
4 Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, XR3774, 37 Built-in Stitches, Wide Table, 8 Included Sewing Feet Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, XR3774, 37 Built-in Stitches, Wide Table, 8 Included Sewing...
5 Brother Sewing Machine, GX37, 37 Built-in Stitches, 6 Included Sewing Feet Brother Sewing Machine, GX37, 37 Built-in Stitches, 6 Included Sewing Feet
6 Handheld Sewing Machine, Mini Handheld Sewing Machine for Quick Stitching,Portable Sewing Machine Suitable for Home,Travel and DIY,Electric Handheld Sewing Machine for Beginners - Black Handheld Sewing Machine, Mini Handheld Sewing Machine for Quick Stitching,Portable Sewing Machine...
7 SINGER | MX60 Sewing Machine With Accessory Kit & Foot Pedal - 57 Stitch Applications - Simple & Great for Beginners SINGER | MX60 Sewing Machine With Accessory Kit & Foot Pedal - 57 Stitch Applications - Simple &...
8 SINGER® M1500 Mechanical Sewing Machine SINGER® M1500 Mechanical Sewing Machine
9 Magicfly Mini Sewing Machine for Beginner, Dual Speed Portable Sewing Machine Machine with Extension Table, Light, Sewing Kit for Household, Travel Magicfly Mini Sewing Machine for Beginner, Dual Speed Portable Sewing Machine Machine with Extension...
10 SINGER Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Included Accessory Kit, 110 Stitch Applications 4432, Perfect For Beginners, Gray SINGER Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Included Accessory Kit, 110 Stitch Applications 4432, Perfect...
11 Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine, 80 Designs, 103 Built-In Stitches, Computerized, 4' x 4' Hoop Area, 3.2' LCD Touchscreen Display, 7 Included Feet Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine, 80 Designs, 103 Built-In Stitches, Computerized, 4" x...
12 Brother CS5055 Computerized Sewing Machine, 60 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, 7 Included Feet, White Brother CS5055 Computerized Sewing Machine, 60 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, 7 Included Feet,...
13 Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with Interior Metal Frame, Bobbin Diagram, Tutorial Videos, Made with Beginners in Mind! Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with Interior Metal Frame, Bobbin Diagram, Tutorial...
14 Brother 37-Stitch Free Arm Sewing Machine, 12' x 5.8' x 15.3', White Brother 37-Stitch Free Arm Sewing Machine, 12" x 5.8" x 15.3", White
15 Brother XR9550 Sewing and Quilting Machine, Computerized, 165 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, Wide Table, 8 Included Presser Feet, 20x12x17, White Brother XR9550 Sewing and Quilting Machine, Computerized, 165 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, Wide...
16 SINGER | 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Accessory Kit & Foot Pedal - 69 Stitch Applications - Simple & Great For Beginners SINGER | 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine With Accessory Kit & Foot Pedal - 69 Stitch Applications -...
17 Brother Sewing 14 Stitch Sewing Machine, White Brother Sewing 14 Stitch Sewing Machine, White
18 Brother CS7000X Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine, 70 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, Wide Table, 10 Included Feet, White Brother CS7000X Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine, 70 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, Wide...
19 SINGER 01663 Stitch Sew Quick Portable Mending Machine SINGER 01663 Stitch Sew Quick Portable Mending Machine
20 Brother Sewing Lightweight Sewing Machine, 7.6' x 17.25' x 13.8', White Brother Sewing Lightweight Sewing Machine, 7.6" x 17.25" x 13.8", White

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Current Offers Of Sewing Machines

You can find the best current offers on sewing machines in this list.

SaleBestseller Nr. 3
Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with Interior Metal Frame, Bobbin Diagram, Tutorial Videos, Made with Beginners in Mind!
Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with Interior Metal Frame, Bobbin Diagram, Tutorial Videos, Made with Beginners in Mind!
Easy to Use: Tutorial Videos, Built-In Bobbin Diagram, Quick Start Guide Included
$139.99 −11%
SaleBestseller Nr. 4
Brother 37-Stitch Free Arm Sewing Machine, 12' x 5.8' x 15.3', White
Brother 37-Stitch Free Arm Sewing Machine, 12" x 5.8" x 15.3", White
37 unique built-in stitches, including one 1-step auto-size buttonhole; 5 quick-change sewing feet are included
$199.00 −37%
SaleBestseller Nr. 5
SINGER 01663 Stitch Sew Quick Portable Mending Machine
SINGER 01663 Stitch Sew Quick Portable Mending Machine
Works best on lightweight fabrics; Includes threads, bobbins, needles and thread spindle; (4 AA ) Batteries not included
$18.99 −20%
SaleBestseller Nr. 6
Brother Sewing Lightweight Sewing Machine, 7.6' x 17.25' x 13.8', White
Brother Sewing Lightweight Sewing Machine, 7.6" x 17.25" x 13.8", White
The SM1704 offers the features of a full size machine yet is lightweight and portable; Included are 17 unique stitches for blind, stretch, buttonholes and zipper insertion
$102.99 −13%

FAQ for sewing machines

What is a sewing machine?

A sewing machine is a handy device with which you can sew your own clothes. It is also good for smaller detail work.

Which sewing machine?

Which sewing machine is suitable depends on individual goals and sewing experience. For example, there are special professional machines. For beginners or occasional hobby use, the classic version with foot pedal is particularly suitable. If you want special functions, you should check beforehand whether the sewing machine you have chosen is suitable for them.

Which sewing machine for beginners?

It is not possible to make a general statement about which sewing machine is suitable for beginners. However, the classic variant with foot pedal is very popular. As a rule, a machine with basic equipment is sufficient for beginners, i.e. without special functions such as zigzag seams. Take a look at our guide, there we have listed the best sewing machines.

What is an overlock sewing machine?

An overlock sewing machine can serge, accurately trim and sew fabrics at the same time. This method of operation is called overlock stitch.

How much does a sewing machine cost?

A sewing machine can cost up to 230 euros or more.

How big is a sewing machine?

A sewing machine has approximately the dimensions 27.4 * 26 * 12 cm. Of course, there are also smaller or larger models. Therefore, before buying, consider whether the sewing machine can fit in your room.

How heavy is a sewing machine?

A sewing machine can weigh up to 5 kilograms. However, there are also lighter models, which have a weight of about 1 kilogram.

How is a sewing machine equipped?

With a sewing machine you can perform a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. In addition, you can sew different fabrics, such as leather, jeans or plastic without any problems. A thread trimmer or an integrated light provide additional functions. Some sewing machines also have a foot pedal with which you can sew.

What accessories are available?

In addition, you need to purchase the appropriate needles for the sewing machine if you want to work with particularly thick fabrics. But also screwdrivers and sewing machine oil are important so that the machine always works properly,

How is the sewing machine powered?

Smaller sewing machines can be powered by batteries. However, most models have a motor. Some sewing machines also need to be constantly connected to the power supply so that you can work with them.

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