April 2021

Sewing Machine Rankings Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Sewing Machine rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Sewing Machines.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Sewing Machines, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2021 ranking

We ranked Brother XM2701 #1 in April 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother XM2701 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best-Rated (Less Expensive) Sewing Machine

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The Spruce

Best Overall

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners

Pros
27 built-in stitches with 6 different sewing feet
Brightly-lit LED work area
Free technical support for life
Easy threading mechanism

Cons
Can’t handle heavy duty projects

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Sewing Spot

Sewing Machine On The Budget

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marthastewart.com

Best for Kids and Teens

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We ranked Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 #2 in April 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Sewing Machine With Screen

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Crafts Selection

Best Computerized Sewing Machine

Pros
Multiple uses, lots of useful functions
600 built-in stitches, 5 alphanumeric fonts, and 13 buttonhole designs
Automatic needle threader, autopilot, automatic reverse
Speed of 850 stitches per minute
Metal frame provides sturdiness

Cons
Cannot use walking foot with the quilting bar

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Sewing Spot

Editors Top Choice

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Today

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We ranked Brother CS6000i #3 in April 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother CS6000i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Editor’s Pick

Pros
Wide variety of stitches and buttonholes, spacious well-lit work area.

Cons
Low stitches per minute (SPM) rate, not great if you sew large pieces often.

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The Strategist

Best-Rated Sewing Machine

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Quilting Machine For Home

Pros
60 built-in stitches with basic, stretch, and decorative designs
7 one-step buttonhole styles
Speed of 850 stitches per minute
Wide table and a free arm for convenience stitching

Cons
Issues with tension have been reported; it does not stabilize

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Sewing Spot

Entry Level Sewing Machine

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We ranked Singer Tradition 2277 #4 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Value Sewing Machine

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The Spruce

Best for Beginners

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marthastewart.com

Best Budget

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We ranked Brother HC1850 #5 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners

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The Strategist

Best Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine

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Sewing Spot

Best for Personal Home Use

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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4452 #6 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Best Heavy Duty Machine

Pros
Consistent stitching on thick folds of fabric even at very high speeds (1,100 SPM).

Cons
Work area is poorly lit.

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Good Housekeeping

Best Heavy Duty Machine

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Business Insider

Best Mechanical Sewing Machine

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We ranked Singer 4423 #7 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Leather Sewing Machine

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Wirecutter

A Basic,Even Stitcher

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marthastewart.com

Best for Making Clothes

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We ranked Brother SE625 #8 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Embriodery

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marthastewart.com

Best for Embroidery

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Today

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We ranked Brother PQ1500SL #9 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Longarm Sewing Machine for Quilting

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Quilting

Pros
High-speed performance at 1500 stitches per minute
Automatic needle threader
Heavy-duty; sturdy built

Cons
Automatic threader has a peculiar operation; refer the manual for more information

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Sewing Spot

Best for Quilting

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We ranked Singer Stylist 7258 #10 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Sewing Machine for Crafting

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Crafts Selection

The Most Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine

Pros
Easy to use
100 built-in stitches and 6 buttonhole designs
Automatic needle threader, thread cutter
Bright LED light for stitching at night/dark places

Cons
Does not perform well on thick fabrics

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Sewing Spot

Good Choice for Intermediate to Beginners

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We ranked Baby Lock Jubilant #11 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Making Clothes

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Today

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We ranked Bernette 77 #12 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Best Overall (Computerized)

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Advance Sewers

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We ranked Juki TL-2000Qi #13 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Best for Quilters

Pros
Very fast (Reaches 1,500 SPM), professional quality stitching.

Cons
Has a steep learning curve and a high price tag.

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Quilting

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We ranked Brother XR9550PRW #14 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Computerized Sewing Machine With Automatic Needle Threader

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Crafts Selection

Best Affordable Sewing Machine For Intermediates

Pros
110 built-in stitches with 8 buttonhole designs
Automatic needle threader
Hard case with wide extension table
8 different sewing feet

Cons
Body and frame are of low quality

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We ranked Brother XR3774 #15 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Sewing Machine for Quilting

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marthastewart.com

Best for Quilting

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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4432 #16 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Mending

Pros
32 built-in stitches
Built-in reverse lever, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin with clear view cover
Can sew through layers of fabrics
Constructed on a metal frame; sturdy

Cons
Inefficient auto threader

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We ranked Juki MO654DE #17 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Serger Sewing Machine

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Crafts Selection

Best Serger Sewing Machine

Pros
1500 stitches per minute
2/3/4 serging operation
Intuitive thread cutter positioned in the presser foot

Cons
Work area light is dim (not LED)

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We ranked Janome 2212 #18 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Runner-Up Best for Low Prices

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The Spruce

Best for Kids

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We ranked Janome HD3000 #19 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Heavy Fabrics

Pros
Heavy built
18 built-in stitches
Reverse stitch lever

Cons
Can be a bit slow for garment sewing

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Sewing Spot

Perfect for Leathers

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We ranked Juki HZL-F600 #20 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Runner-Up Best for Quilters

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marthastewart.com

Best Splurge

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