December 2022

Sewing Machines: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 2 Dec 2022, Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed sewing machine with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 sewing machine' this month. It is followed by Singer Stylist 7258 and Brother XM2701 , with 3 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - December 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Sewing Machine
Crafts Selection
Today
Sewing Spot
Good Housekeeping
marthastewart.com
The Strategist
money.com
Wirecutter
The Spruce
Business Insider
1
- $450
Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
1
5
1
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
2
- $229
Singer Stylist 7258
4
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
3
- $162
Brother XM2701
6
-
4
-
8
-
-
-
8
-
4
+1 $220
Brother CS7000X
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
1
5
+1 Check price
Janome HD1000
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
3
-
-
6
-2 $200
Singer Heavy Duty 4452
-
-
-
5
-
-
5
-
-
2
7
- $161
Janome Arctic Crystal
-
14
-
-
-
2
-
-
2
-
8
- $292
Brother XR9550PRW
5
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
- Check price
Brother CS6000i
7
-
8
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
10
New * $1499
Bernette 77
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
3
-
11
-1 $200
Singer 4423
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
2
-
-
16
-1 $699
Janome 4120QDC
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
7
-
17
-1 Check price
Baby Lock Jubilant
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3
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
New * $998
Juki HZL-F600
-
-
-
-
4
-
8
-
-
-
19
-1 Check price
Singer Patchwork 7285Q
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-
-
6
-
-
-
-
6
-
20
-1 $178
Singer Start 1304
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10
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
21
-4 $799
Juki TL-2000Qi
-
-
-
7
-
-
7
-
-
-
22
-2 Check price
Brother SE625
-
8
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
23
-2 $365
Juki MO654DE
13
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
24
-2 $449
Janome HD3000
9
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
25
-2 $800
Brother PQ1500SL
10
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
26
-2 $400
Brother SE600
11
-
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 #1 in December 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:
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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The Strategist

Best all-purpose sewing machine

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We ranked Singer Stylist 7258 #2 in December 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Singer Stylist 7258 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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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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 December 2022 ranking

We ranked Brother XM2701 #3 in December 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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 Brother CS7000X #4 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother CS7000X as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

Pros
21,000 Amazon reviews
10 different presser feet included
Simple threading directions with QR codes for additional guidance

Cons
Showed some inaccuracies when sewing with polyester satin fabrics

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Business Insider

Best Sewing Machine Overall

Pros
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

Cons
Computerized controls can be intimidating
inconvenient storage compartment

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We ranked Janome HD1000 #5 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Janome HD1000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best overall

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Wirecutter

Better for Heavier Fabrics

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We ranked Singer Heavy Duty 4452 #6 in December 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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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 Janome Arctic Crystal #7 in December 2022 because:

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

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The Strategist

Best beginner sewing machine

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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 Brother XR9550PRW #8 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother XR9550PRW as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Sewing Machine

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

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

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We ranked Brother CS6000i #9 in December 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Bernette 77 #10 in December 2022 because:

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

Best overall (computerized)

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The Spruce

Best Splurge

Pros
Tons of stitches, including decorative and quilting options
Touchscreen controls
Dual fabric feed for layered projects
Deep throat for bulky projects

Cons
Very expensive
Only 2-year warranty on electrical components

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We ranked Singer 4423 #11 in December 2022 because:

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

Best for Making Clothes

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Wirecutter

A Basic,Even Stitcher

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We ranked Janome 4120QDC #12 in December 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 Baby Lock Jubilant #13 in December 2022 because:

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

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Good Housekeeping

Best Sewing Machine For Making Clothes

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

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We ranked Juki HZL-F600 #14 in December 2022 because:

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

Best Splurge

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money.com

Runner-up best for quilters

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We ranked Singer Patchwork 7285Q #15 in December 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine for Beginner Quilting

Pros
Manual speed control
Start/stop button, ideal for quilting
11 presser feet included

Cons
Return restocking fee

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The Spruce

Best for Quilting

Pros
Good value
100 stitches, plus six buttonholes
Includes multiple presser feet for quilting
Extension table included

Cons
Light isn’t bright enough
Throat could be wider

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We ranked Singer Start 1304 #16 in December 2022 because:

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

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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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We ranked Juki TL-2000Qi #17 in December 2022 because:

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

Best Sewing Machine for Expert 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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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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We ranked Brother SE625 #18 in December 2022 because:

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

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marthastewart.com

Best for Embroidery

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We ranked Juki MO654DE #19 in December 2022 because:

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

Best Serger Sewing Machine

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We ranked Janome HD3000 #20 in December 2022 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 Brother PQ1500SL #21 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Sewing Machines” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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 SE600 #22 in December 2022 because:

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