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Sewing Machine Ratings

Welcome to Sewing Machine Ratings.  We provide expert reviews of all brands and types of sewing machines. 

From Singer and Brother to Juki and Bernina, we cover all the major sewing machine brands and provide comprehensive reviews and consumer ratings to help you make an intelligent purchase.  Make an informed decision!

 


See the latest Sewing Machine Reviews for 2018 below...

Janome JW8100 Review

89.7 The Janome JW8100 is a computerized sewing machine with 100 built-in stitches. It lies at the more affordable end of the scale for a Janome sewing machine and is a good fit for beginners, but the host of features also makes it suitable for even more experienced sewists. Owners report that the JW8100 sews smoothly and quietly, and they like that it is lightweight and easy to use. It also has a good fit and finish, and comes with a hard cover and an extension table. However it does not have an automatic thread cutter, it does not include a quilting foot or a free motion foot, and the sewing area is dimly lit.

Juki HZL-DX7 Review

95.0 The Juki HZL-DX7 is a high-end quilting and sewing machine.  It sports 287 stitch patterns and 4 different fonts. Consumer ratings are absolutely top notch and owners praise the power of the machine, the fast sewing speed, the intuitive controls, and the large number of accessories.  This is a feature-rich sewing machine and it is a unit that would be hard to outgrow.  The DX7 is not complex but its large number of features can result in something of a learning curve. In addition, this machine does not come cheap and we typically see it somewhere between $1400 and $1800.

Janome Skyline S3 Review

96.9 The Janome Skyline S3 is the most affordable sewing machine in the Janome Skyline Series.  The Skyline series is mid-range and designed for every day projects, garments/fashion/alterations, home décor, quilting, bags, patchwork, crafting and more.  The S3 is capable of precision sewing and is also powerful enough to handle denim, leather and multi-layered fabrics.  Owners report that it sews very quietly and smoothly, and that it is intuitive and easy to use – despite having a large number of features and capabilities.  Consumer feedback and ratings are absolutely top-notch.  However, while the S3 is the most affordable machine in the Skyline series, it is still not cheap.

Singer C240 Featherweight Sewing Machine

77.6 The Original Featherweight (model 221) was manufactured in 1933.  For those wondering the old Featherweight is one of those beautiful, old, black/gold/silver Singer machines.  Singer continued to make these until 1968.  The new Singer C240 Featherweight is a modern reinterpretation of this classic machine.  The C240 has 70 built-in stitches, an integrated even feed system, a built-in needle threader, and many more features.  It is also easy to use and light enough to carry to classes (comes with a handle and a carry case).  However overall owner ratings are not stellar and there are some complaints that parts feel flimsy and that the timing can sometimes get out of synch.

Janome 4120QDC Review

97.5 The Janome 4120QDC sewing machine is good for quilting, garments & alterations, home décor, and all sorts of projects both small and large. It has 120 stitches, a built-in alphabet, and a very popular thread cutting button.  It is also remarkably easy to use.  In addition, the 4120QDC comes with a host of accessories as well as an extension table, a foot control and a hard cover.  Owner ratings are excellent and almost all people are very pleased with their purchase, describing the machine as a quality product that is worth the price.  Some feel it is a bit on the heavy side however.

Janome New Home 49360 Review

92.2 The Janome New Home 49360 computerized sewing machine gets good reviews and ratings from owners. The machine is praised for its light weight, quiet operation and ease of use. Quite a few folks also report that this is a great sewing machine for quilting and for taking to classes. It comes with 60 stitch patterns, 6 buttonholes, a control panel with LCD display, and a host of useful features. The stitch patterns are printed directly onto the machine's front panel which is also very handy. However, it doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at about $450 and work their way up.

Singer Tradition 2277

81.9 The Singer Tradition 2277 is a very straightforward, mechanical sewing machine that sports 23 stitches.  Its lack of bells and whistles is seen by most owners not as a drawback but rather as an asset, as they highlight the sewing machine`s simple setup and ease of use.  This is a great fit for the beginner or for those doing occasional garment repair and simple projects.  It also comes with a number of accessories.  Most owners are pleased with their purchase and the price point is good, however there are reports that the bobbin system can be frustrating and can cause thread jamming.

Singer Fashion Mate 3333

85.3 This is a fairly inexpensive sewing machine from Singer ($110-$130).  It is very easy to setup and operate and is a good fit for the beginner or perhaps someone who does occasional sewing.  It is probably not the right machine for an experienced seamstress or someone looking to tackle larger sewing projects.  It has a steel frame and is quite sturdy, and it also sews smoothly.  However the needle threader is tricky to sort out and the machine will struggle with thicker materials.  There are also reports of folks not getting a sewing machine manual and having difficulty with Singer customer service.

Janome NQM2016 National Quilt Museum

91.0 The Janome NQM2016 is a computerized sewing machine that's great for quilting and is getting solid reviews and ratings from owners.  It is quiet, powerful and also fairly easy to use.  In addition, it comes with some 60 stitches (essential, hemming, decorative, heirloom) , 6 one step button holes, and features like an automatic thread cutter, a built-in needle threader and an automatic bobbin winder.  It also weighs just over 18 lbs (not as heavy as one might expect).  On the downside it could have more decorative stitches and it is not an inexpensive sewing machine.

Singer Professional 9100

79.4 The Singer Professional 9100 is a computerized sewing machine with a ton of features and accessories.  It also sports over 400 stitches including stretch, decorative, alphabet/numeric, and buttonholes.  Owners report that it is very easy to use and quite a few folks really like the machine.  However there are also many reported issues with this sewing machine, from skipped stitches to difficulties with the tensioner to breaking needles.  Consumers either really like their Professional 9100 or they hate it.

Juki TL-2010Q Review

94.6 Owners heap praise on the Juki TL-2010Q for its stitch quality and its ability to effortlessly sew through thick materials – even at high speed.  The machine is also getting great reviews and ratings from quilters.   This is a powerful, workhorse of a sewing machine that is well built.  However it only has a straight stitch which some may find limiting.  Also, it is described by some as a portable machine and while it has a carry handle it is still quite hefty.

Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW

92.0 The Brother Project Runway CE7070PRW Computerized Sewing Machine is a great starter machine but it also comes with enough features and accessories to make it a good fit for those with a little more experience.  It has 70 built-in stitches, 7 one-step buttonholes and 7 specialty presser feet, as well as an extension table for larger projects.  It’s a fairly lightweight machine that sews smoothly and also isn’t too noisy.  However, it does not have a needle up/down feature or a speed control slider, and, like many machines today, it has quite a few plastic parts.

Janome JW7630 Sewing Machine

95.0 The Janome JW7630 is a computerized sewing machine with 30 built-in stitches.  This is one of the more moderately priced Janome units but like many of this company’s machines it is getting very good ratings and reviews from owners.  The JW7630 is a good fit for those doing crafting and home decor projects.  It is also popular for quilting as well as clothing construction & alterations.  It handles thick fabrics easily and is sturdy and quiet.  In addition, it comes with an instructional DVD that most owners report is very easy to use and helpful.

Juki HZL-F600

96.5 The Juki HZL-F600 (sometimes referred to as the Exceed Quilt & Pro Special) is a fairly expensive computerized sewing machine. Juki has been around for over 60 years and has a history manufacturing both industrial and household sewing machines. The F600 is part of the household line but the industrial heritage is still apparent. This is a powerful, heavy, solid machine with over 200 built-in stitch patterns. It is good for quilting, crafting, home decor, garments and many other projects.  Owner ratings are excellent and most of what consumers have to say is positive, but there are a few grumblings.

Janome 5812 Mechanical Sewing Machine

87.2 The Janome 5812 is a “no bells & whistles” mechanical sewing machine.  It has 12 stitches and is lightweight, reliable and sturdy.  It is easy to use and is a good fit for purists, but folks who want more features – like an automatic needle threader or needle up/down – may be disappointed. Consumer ratings are good and owners highlight the unit’s ability to successfully sew through very thick fabric as well as its quiet operation.  It is also reasonably priced for a Janome.

Janome Memory Craft 6300P

93.0 The Janome Memory Craft 6300P is a computerized sewing machine that is getting top notch reviews and ratings from owners.  It is well suited for quilting, garments or home decoration and is fairly easy to use.  It’s a good fit for the professional crafter and it can handle both heavy duty and large projects.  This is a sturdy workhorse of a machine that is capable of sewing through multiple layers of heavy material while still producing a high quality stitch.  It does not have a free arm however and this can be a deal breaker for some seamstresses.

Singer 1304 Start Sewing Machine

86.4 The Singer 1304 Start is a basic, simple, and easy-to-use mechanical sewing machine.  It is a good choice for beginners and also for those looking for a lightweight, portable machine.  Consumer ratings are fairly good and most owner like that the unit is affordable, easy to setup and operate, and also that it has a free arm.  However, it does have some issues with the thread jamming and owners sometimes struggle with threading the machine.

Singer S18

86.7 The Singer S18 is a high-end computerized quilting and sewing machine  It is generally well-liked by owners and it comes with an incredible number of features including over 400 built-in stitches and a sewing speed of 1000 stitches per minute.  In addition, a large number of accessories are provided with this sewing machine, including 14 presser feet.  This is a solid, well built sewing machine with intuitive controls, and it has one more particularly interesting characteristic - it is manufactured by Janome!  

Janome Hello Kitty 11706

90.8 Compact, durable and cute.  These three words describe the Janome 11706 ¾ Size Hello Kitty Sewing Machine well.  It is a popular choice with parents or grandparents looking for a beginner machine for their children/grandchildren.  It is also well-liked by adults, and some feel it is good for quick fixes and repairs, and also for travel and classes.  It is lightweight, easy to use and it sews smoothly.  It is not particularly feature rich however and it comes with a limited number of stitches.

Brother XR3774 Sewing Machine

95.5 It’s hard to find anything particularly negative about this sewing machine. It is a mechanical machine that is easy to setup and operate, and ratings are very good. It is also very reasonably priced. It is suitable for beginners and even those with some experience. However folks looking to do more advanced sewing projects may find it a little limiting as it doesn’t have a large number of stitches or features.


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