September 2021

Sewing Machines: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Sewing Machine
money.com
Good Housekeeping
marthastewart.com
The Strategist
Business Insider
Wirecutter
The Spruce
Crafts Selection
Sewing Spot
Today
1
- $430
Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
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13
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-
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1
1
5
2
- $209
Brother CS6000i
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
7
8
-
3
- $144
Brother XM2701
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8
-
-
-
1
6
4
-
4
- $199
Singer Heavy Duty 4452
5
7
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
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5
- $180
Singer 4423
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-
6
10
-
2
-
-
-
-
6
- $537
Brother SE625
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6
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
7
- $730
Brother PQ1500SL
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-
-
7
-
-
-
10
10
-
8
- $220
Singer Stylist 7258
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-
-
14
-
-
-
4
7
-
9
- $269
Singer Tradition 2277
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2
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $240
Brother HC1850
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3
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
11
- $1299
Bernette 77
2
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
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12
- Check price
Baby Lock Jubilant
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5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
13
- $140
Singer MX231
4
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
- $729
Juki TL-2000Qi
7
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
- $1049
Juki HZL-F600
8
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4
-
-
-
-
-
-
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16
- $189
Janome 2212
10
-
-
-
-
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5
-
-
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17
- $514
Brother XR9550PRW
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-
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5
-
-
-
5
-
-
18
- $190
Singer Heavy Duty 4432
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-
-
9
-
-
-
8
-
-
19
- $369
Juki MO654DE
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-
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11
-
-
-
13
-
-
20
- $449
Janome HD3000
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
9
-

We ranked Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 #1 in September 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 #2 in September 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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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked Brother XM2701 #3 in September 2021 because:

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

Best for Kids and Teens

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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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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4452 #4 in September 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

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 #5 in September 2021 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 Brother SE625 #6 in September 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 #7 in September 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 #8 in September 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 Singer Tradition 2277 #9 in September 2021 because:

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

Best Value Sewing Machine

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marthastewart.com

Best Budget

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We ranked Brother HC1850 #10 in September 2021 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners

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Sewing Spot

Best for Personal Home Use

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We ranked Bernette 77 #11 in September 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 Baby Lock Jubilant #12 in September 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 Singer MX231 #13 in September 2021 because:

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

Editor’s Pick for Beginners

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The Strategist

Best portable sewing machine

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We ranked Juki TL-2000Qi #14 in September 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 Juki HZL-F600 #15 in September 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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We ranked Janome 2212 #16 in September 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 Brother XR9550PRW #17 in September 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 Singer Heavy Duty 4432 #18 in September 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 #19 in September 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 HD3000 #20 in September 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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