May 2022

Sewing Machines: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Sewing Machine rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Sewing Machine
money.com
Good Housekeeping
marthastewart.com
The Strategist
Business Insider
Wirecutter
Crafts Selection
Today
Sewing Spot
The Spruce
1
- $500
Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
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14
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1
5
1
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2
- $210
Brother CS6000i
2
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1
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7
-
8
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3
+5 $200
Singer Stylist 7258
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-
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15
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4
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7
1
4
-1 $170
Brother XM2701
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8
-
-
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6
-
4
8
5
-1 $220
Singer Heavy Duty 4452
3
8
-
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2
-
-
-
-
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6
-1 $200
Singer 4423
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6
10
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2
-
-
-
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7
-1 $445
Janome HD3000
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11
-
-
-
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9
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9
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8
-1 $730
Brother PQ1500SL
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-
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7
-
-
10
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10
-
9
- $220
Brother CS7000i
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1
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6
-
-
-
-
-
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10
- $150
Singer MX231
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2
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8
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11
- $182
Singer Start 1304
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3
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-
-
-
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10
-
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12
- $260
Brother HC1850
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4
-
-
-
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-
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3
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13
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Baby Lock Jubilant
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6
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3
-
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14
New * $749
Janome 4120QDC
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2
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-
-
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-
7
15
+6 $194
Janome Arctic Crystal
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14
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2
16
-2 $579
Juki TL-2000Qi
4
5
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-
-
-
-
-
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17
-2 $465
Brother SE600
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7
-
-
-
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11
-
-
-
18
-1 Check price
Brother SE625
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7
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-
-
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8
-
-
19
-1 $391
Brother XR9550PRW
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-
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5
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5
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-
-
20
-1 $210
Singer Heavy Duty 4432
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-
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9
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8
-
-
-
21
-1 $369
Juki MO654DE
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-
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11
-
-
13
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-
-

We ranked Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 #1 in May 2022 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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Today

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Sewing Spot

Editors Top Choice

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We ranked Brother CS6000i #2 in May 2022 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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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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Capture Rankings

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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 May 2022 ranking

We ranked Singer Stylist 7258 #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Singer Stylist 7258 as #1.
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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The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
100 stitch options, including 6 buttonholes
Automatically adjusts stitch settings
Programmable needle
Easy stitch selection
Includes online owner’s course

Cons
No hard cover

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We ranked Brother XM2701 #4 in May 2022 because:

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

Best for Kids and Teens

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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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The Spruce

Best for Beginners

Pros
27 basic stitch options
Lightweight and portable
Jam-resistant bobbin
Free arm for smaller projects
25-year warranty

Cons
Accessories fall out of storage compartment
Not ideal for large projects

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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4452 #5 in May 2022 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

Pros
Size 16 needles sew through tough fabrics with ease
Multiple presser feet including a non-stick foot
Great for everyday sewing too

Cons
No speed control

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Business Insider

Best Mechanical Sewing Machine

Pros
Fast
powerful
simple to use
easy to care for because of less technology

Cons
Only has 32 stitches
does not have many decorative stitches
does not have an attractive buttonhole, loud

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We ranked Singer 4423 #6 in May 2022 because:

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

Best for Making Clothes

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The Strategist

Best Leather Sewing Machine

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Wirecutter

A Basic,Even Stitcher

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We ranked Janome HD3000 #7 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine For Leather

Pros
Mechanical machine for ease of use
Many reviewers said they've had this machine for years
Simple controls

Cons
Fewer stitch options than other machines of the same price

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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 Brother PQ1500SL #8 in May 2022 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 Brother CS7000i #9 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother CS7000i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Sewing Machine

Pros
19,000 rave Amazon reviews
70 built-in stitches
Easy to see LCD screen

Cons
Reviewers recommend paying attention to the tension for best results when sewing with different fabrics

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The Strategist

Best computerized sewing machine for quilting

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We ranked Singer MX231 #10 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Value Sewing Machine

Pros
Affordable pricetag with metal frame
Simple controls
Smaller size than other models

Cons
Some reviewers received machines without manuals

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The Strategist

Best portable sewing machine

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We ranked Singer Start 1304 #11 in May 2022 because:

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

Best first Sewing Machine

Pros
Easy threading
Multiple presser feet included
Simple, visual controls

Cons
Only six built-in stitches

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Today

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We ranked Brother HC1850 #12 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners

Pros
Easy to use drop in bobbin
Adjustable speed
Impressive 130 included stitches

Cons
Some reviewers had issues with stitch skipping

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Sewing Spot

Best for Personal Home Use

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We ranked Baby Lock Jubilant #13 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine For Making Clothes

Pros
80 built-in stitches included
Tons of included accessories
Clear LCD screen

Cons
Some reviewers found it difficult to sew with super delicate fabrics

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We ranked Janome 4120QDC #14 in May 2022 because:

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

Best for Advanced Sewers

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The Spruce

Best for Making Clothes

Pros
120 stitch options, plus seven buttonhole styles
Easy-to-read LCD screen
Free arm for small openings
Seven presser feet included
Able to remember stitch patterns

Cons
Manual thread tension control

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We ranked Janome Arctic Crystal #15 in May 2022 because:

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

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The Spruce

Best Budget

Pros
Several color options
15 basic stitches and one buttonhole
Accommodates all thread types
Detailed bobbin-loading guide right on machine

Cons
Manual needle threading
No thread cutter

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We ranked Juki TL-2000Qi #16 in May 2022 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

Pros
Quilting capabilities like automatic thread cutting and free motion sewing
Handles thick layers of fabric
Large table for bigger projects

Cons
Over $700

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We ranked Brother SE600 #17 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine For Embroidery

Pros
4"x4" embroidery area
80 built-in designs with a USB port to import more
Excellent sewing capabilities too
Affordable price for an embroidery machine

Cons
Smaller embroidery area compared to pricier models

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Embroidery

Pros
4x4-inch embroidery area with hoop and foot
103 built-in stitches, 80 built-in design
Lightweight and portable
USB support

Cons
4x4 size is too small for advanced users

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We ranked Brother SE625 #18 in May 2022 because:

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

Best for Embroidery

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We ranked Brother XR9550PRW #19 in May 2022 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 Singer Heavy Duty 4432 #20 in May 2022 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 #21 in May 2022 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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