May 2024

Sewing Machines: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of sewing machines rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 96 sewing machine endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

61 sewing machines were endorsed in total, only 20 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, Singer Quantum 9960 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed sewing machine with 6 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 sewing machine' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking sewing machines start at $38.99 (Magicfly Mini Dual Speed) and go up to $1999 (Janome 8200QCP). Median sewing machine costs $449 (Brother SE625).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Sewing Machine
The Spruce
Wirecutter
money.com
Today
Good Housekeeping
Sewing Spot
Crafts Selection
Business Insider
Real Simple
The Strategist
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Singer Quantum 9960
The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine is a versatile and durable machine with an extensive range of stitch options and accessories, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers.
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Brother CS7000X
The Brother CS7000X sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine that offers a wide range of stitch options, making it suitable for various sewing projects, and is highly praised for its ease of use and intuitive user interface, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
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Brother XR9550PRW
The Brother XR9550PRW Sewing Machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine with 165 built-in stitches, including stretch stitches, and comes with useful accessories and a 25-year limited warranty, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced sewers who require a durable machine for frequent use or on-the-go projects.
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Juki TL-2000Qi
The Juki TL-2000Qi sewing machine is a reliable and durable option for those who prioritize straight stitching and simplicity in their sewing projects, with a sturdy build quality, useful presser feet, and a removable extension table, but lacks decorative stitch or buttonhole options.
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Brother SE600
The Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine is a versatile and reliable option for both beginners and experienced sewers, with a large color touchscreen display, 103 built-in stitches, and a 25-year limited warranty.
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Bernette 05 Academy
The Bernette 05 Academy Sewing Machine is a versatile and reliable machine suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, offering a wide range of stitch options, easy-to-use interface, comprehensive set of presser feet, and durable construction.
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Singer Heavy Duty 4452
The Singer Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine is a durable and versatile machine with 32 built-in stitches, suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, and is ideal for heavy-duty sewing tasks.
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Brother HC1850
The Brother HC1850 sewing machine is praised for its extensive stitch options, user-friendly design, durability, and range of accessories, making it a reliable choice for various sewing projects.
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Baby Lock Zest
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Janome Blue Couture
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Baby Lock Jubilant
The Baby Lock Jubilant Sewing Machine is a versatile and reliable machine with 80 built-in stitches, user-friendly interface, and a 25-year limited warranty, making it a great option for beginners or those who want a straightforward sewing experience.
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Brother XM2701
The Brother XM2701 sewing machine is a durable and user-friendly option for beginner to intermediate sewers, offering 27 built-in stitches and a one-step buttonholer, with well-labeled dials and controls and a 25-year limited warranty.
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Singer Stylist 7258
The Singer Stylist 7258 sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine with 100 built-in stitches, an LCD screen, and an automatic needle threader, making it ideal for sewing garments, quilts, and home decor items.
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Janome Arctic Crystal
The Janome Arctic Crystal Sewing Machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, offering ease of use, durability, and a range of stitch options.
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Brother Serger 1034D
The Brother Serger 1034D is a highly recommended serger that offers a wide range of stitch options, is easy to use, and has a durable build.
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Singer Start 1304
The Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine is a reliable and affordable option for beginners or hobbyists who only need to complete simple sewing projects, with six built-in stitches, basic controls, and a durable metal frame, but may have issues with thread jamming and unthreading.
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Brother CS6000i
The Brother CS6000i sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly option suitable for a wide range of sewing projects, with 60 built-in stitches, simple controls, and a range of accessories.
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Janome HD3000
The Janome HD3000 Sewing Machine is a durable and versatile machine suitable for most home sewing projects, with 18 built-in stitches and the ability to handle thicker fabrics, making it a great option for beginners or serious users.
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Juki MO654DE
The Juki MO654DE is a highly recommended serger machine that offers a variety of stitch options, is user-friendly, durable, and comes with additional feet and an extension table, but does not include a carrying case.
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Brother PQ1500SL
The Brother PQ1500SL sewing machine is a straight stitch-only machine that offers precise and accurate stitching at a speed of up to 1500 stitches per minute, making it ideal for heavy-duty sewing tasks such as quilting and piecing.
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#14 $149 Brother XM2701
#12 $184.40 Janome Blue Couture
#3 $229 Brother XR9550PRW
#7 $229.99 Singer Heavy Duty 4452
#2 $239 Brother CS7000X
#8 $259.99 Brother HC1850
#6 $349 Bernette 05 Academy
#21 $450 Juki MO654DE
#19 $469.99 Brother CS6000i
#20 $482.26 Janome HD3000
#1 $499.99 Singer Quantum 9960
#5 $569.98 Brother SE600
#4 $793.90 Juki TL-2000Qi
#22 $818.95 Brother PQ1500SL

We ranked Singer Quantum 9960 #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Singer Quantum 9960 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine is a versatile and durable machine with an extensive range of stitch options and accessories, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Quilting

Extension table included
Slow stitch button
Stitch selection buttons

Thread guides are difficult to see

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Wirecutter

For the ambitious beginner

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Today

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Sewing Spot

Editors Top Choice

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Crafts Selection

Best Computerized Sewing Machine

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

Cannot use walking foot with the quilting bar

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The Strategist

Best all-purpose sewing machine

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We ranked Brother CS7000X #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Brother CS7000X as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Brother CS7000X sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine that offers a wide range of stitch options, making it suitable for various sewing projects, and is highly praised for its ease of use and intuitive user interface, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Beginners

Automatic buttonhole presser foot
Comes with walking foot
Quick guide and detailed instructions

Dim light

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Wirecutter

The best sewing machine for most beginners

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

10 different presser feet included
Simple threading directions with QR codes for additional guidance

Showed some inaccuracies when sewing polyester satin fabrics

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Business Insider

Best Sewing Machine Overall

Quiet
reasonably priced
70 utility and decorative stitches
seven buttonholes
has a wide variety of useful features such as needle up/down and automatic backstitch

Computerized controls can be intimidating
inconvenient storage compartment

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Real Simple

Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

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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 May 2024 ranking

We ranked Brother XR9550PRW #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Brother XR9550PRW as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Brother XR9550PRW Sewing Machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine with 165 built-in stitches, including stretch stitches, and comes with useful accessories and a 25-year limited warranty, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced sewers who require a durable machine for frequent use or on-the-go projects.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall

Easy to operate
Comes with wide table extension
Lightweight
Intuitive threading guides

Walking foot not included

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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Sewing Machine

Wide table included
Speed control capabilities
Easy to thread and wind the bobbin

The alphabet stitching is very small as this is not an embroidery machine

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Crafts Selection

Best Affordable Sewing Machine For Intermediates

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

Body and frame are of low quality

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Real Simple

Best Overall Sewing Machine

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We ranked Juki TL-2000Qi #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Juki TL-2000Qi sewing machine is a reliable and durable option for those who prioritize straight stitching and simplicity in their sewing projects, with a sturdy build quality, useful presser feet, and a removable extension table, but lacks decorative stitch or buttonhole options.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Heavy-Duty

Automatic thread cutter
Knee lever attachment
Walking foot creates perfect speed

Heavy
Quirky thread cutter shortcut on pedal

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money.com

Best for Quilters

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine for Expert Quilting

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

Bulky machine; not easily portable

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Real Simple

Best Sewing Machine for Quilting

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We ranked Brother SE600 #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine is a versatile and reliable option for both beginners and experienced sewers, with a large color touchscreen display, 103 built-in stitches, and a 25-year limited warranty.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Embroidery

Touch screen selection
Quick guide offers insightful starting tips
Large workspace

Steel plate is difficult to remove

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Embroidery

4" by 4" embroidery area
Excellent sewing capabilities too
Affordable price for an embroidery machine

Smaller embroidery area compared to pricier models

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Embroidery

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

4x4 size is too small for advanced users

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Real Simple

Best Sewing Machine for Embroidery

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We ranked Bernette 05 Academy #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bernette 05 Academy as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jun 2023)
The Bernette 05 Academy Sewing Machine is a versatile and reliable machine suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, offering a wide range of stitch options, easy-to-use interface, comprehensive set of presser feet, and durable construction.
Critic endorsements:
Today

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The Strategist

Best portable sewing machine

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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4452 #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Singer Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine is a durable and versatile machine with 32 built-in stitches, suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, and is ideal for heavy-duty sewing tasks.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Best Heavy Duty Machine

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Good Housekeeping

Best Heavy Duty Machine

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

No speed control

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Business Insider

Best Mechanical Sewing Machine

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

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

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We ranked Brother HC1850 #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 7 Oct 2023)
The Brother HC1850 sewing machine is praised for its extensive stitch options, user-friendly design, durability, and range of accessories, making it a reliable choice for various sewing projects.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Clothes

Comes with extension table
Strong starter set of presser feet
Quiet operation

Doesn’t come with walking foot

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Sewing Spot

Best for Personal Home Use

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Real Simple

Best Portable Sewing Machine

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We ranked Baby Lock Zest #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best First Sewing Machine

Easy to operate
Detailed user manual
Vertical spool pin

May not be best for advanced quilting and clothes-making

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Real Simple

Best Budget Sewing Machine

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We ranked Janome Blue Couture #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Value

Simple interface
Fun color
Detailed and easy to read manual

Bobbin housing is not fully secured

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Real Simple

Best Colorful Sewing Machine

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We ranked Baby Lock Jubilant #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Baby Lock Jubilant Sewing Machine is a versatile and reliable machine with 80 built-in stitches, user-friendly interface, and a 25-year limited warranty, making it a great option for beginners or those who want a straightforward sewing experience.
Critic endorsements:
Today

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Making Clothes

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

Higher price tag without embroidery and certain quilting capabilities

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We ranked Brother XM2701 #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Brother XM2701 sewing machine is a durable and user-friendly option for beginner to intermediate sewers, offering 27 built-in stitches and a one-step buttonholer, with well-labeled dials and controls and a 25-year limited warranty.
Critic endorsements:
Sewing Spot

Sewing Machine On The Budget

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners

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

Can’t handle heavy duty projects

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We ranked Singer Stylist 7258 #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Singer Stylist 7258 sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine with 100 built-in stitches, an LCD screen, and an automatic needle threader, making it ideal for sewing garments, quilts, and home decor items.
Critic endorsements:
Sewing Spot

Good Choice for Intermediate to Beginners

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Crafts Selection

The Most Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine

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

Does not perform well on thick fabrics

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We ranked Janome Arctic Crystal #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2023)
The Janome Arctic Crystal Sewing Machine is a versatile and user-friendly machine suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers, offering ease of use, durability, and a range of stitch options.
Critic endorsements:
Today

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The Strategist

Best beginner sewing machine

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We ranked Brother Serger 1034D #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 6 Jan 2024)
The Brother Serger 1034D is a highly recommended serger that offers a wide range of stitch options, is easy to use, and has a durable build.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Serger

Differential fabric feed
Easy-to-follow threading instructions
Suitable for novice sewists

Must rethread machine to reset overlock

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Real Simple

Best Serger Machine

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We ranked Singer Start 1304 #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine is a reliable and affordable option for beginners or hobbyists who only need to complete simple sewing projects, with six built-in stitches, basic controls, and a durable metal frame, but may have issues with thread jamming and unthreading.
Critic endorsements:
Today

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Good Housekeeping

Best First Sewing Machine

Easy threading
Multiple presser feet included
Simple, visual controls

Only six built-in stitches

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We ranked Brother CS6000i #17 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Brother CS6000i sewing machine is a versatile and user-friendly option suitable for a wide range of sewing projects, with 60 built-in stitches, simple controls, and a range of accessories.
Critic endorsements:
Sewing Spot

Entry Level Sewing Machine

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Quilting Machine For Home

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

Issues with tension have been reported; it does not stabilize

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We ranked Janome HD3000 #18 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Janome HD3000 Sewing Machine is a durable and versatile machine suitable for most home sewing projects, with 18 built-in stitches and the ability to handle thicker fabrics, making it a great option for beginners or serious users.
Critic endorsements:
Sewing Spot

Perfect for Leathers

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Heavy Fabrics

Heavy built
18 built-in stitches
Reverse stitch lever

Can be a bit slow for garment sewing

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We ranked Juki MO654DE #19 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 Jun 2023)
The Juki MO654DE is a highly recommended serger machine that offers a variety of stitch options, is user-friendly, durable, and comes with additional feet and an extension table, but does not include a carrying case.
Critic endorsements:
Crafts Selection

Best Serger Sewing Machine

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

Work area light is dim (not LED)

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The Strategist

Best serger

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We ranked Brother PQ1500SL #20 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best sewing machines” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 15 Jun 2023)
The Brother PQ1500SL sewing machine is a straight stitch-only machine that offers precise and accurate stitching at a speed of up to 1500 stitches per minute, making it ideal for heavy-duty sewing tasks such as quilting and piecing.
Critic endorsements:
Sewing Spot

Best for Quilting

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Crafts Selection

Best Sewing Machine For Quilting

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

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

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