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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 2015 & 2016 below...

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.

Singer 5400 Sew Mate

72.4 The Singer 5400 Sew Mate is an electronic sewing machine that is popular with beginners and those who are rekindling their love for sewing.  It is capable of powering through several layers of thick fabric and many owners report that it runs smoothly and is fairly quiet.  The Sew Mate also has 60 built-in stitches and comes with a generous accessories package. However the machine occasionally has issues with the bobbin tangling and dropped stitches.

Janome 712T Treadle Powered Sewing Machine

91.0  The Janome 712T is a treadle sewing machine. It uses a treadle, which is a lever operated by the foot, to power the sewing machine. In other words it is a modern Janome machine that uses old fashioned principles. Consumer ratings are quite good and most owners find it easy to thread and like the fact that it does not require electricity. It’s a great machine for people that live off the grid or just want to get some exercise while sewing.

Brother JX2517 Sewing Machine

92.9 The Brother JX2517 is a lightweight, affordable sewing machine. It can be found at some online retailers for under $90.00 and it weighs about 12 lbs. It is getting excellent ratings and reviews from owners, and is especially popular with beginners and those who want a portable unit. This is a straightforward, easy-to-use machine with only 17 stitches. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive sewing machines on the market, but for the money most consumers give it high grades.

Janome DC2015

98.0  The Janome DC series continues this year with the DC2015, and like the other Janome DC annual machines we have reviewed (DC2011, DC2012, DC2013, DC2014) it is getting top notch consumer ratings.

The Janome DC2015 is a computerized sewing machine with 60 stitches and owners praise its quiet operation, ease of use and quality of stitches. It is a bit on the heavy side however and, like most DC units, it is not cheap.

Singer Curvy 8770

77.1  The Singer Curvy 8770 comes with 225 built-in stitches including many block alphabet and number stitches. It also includes a soft cover, an introduction DVD and a number of accessories.  

The 8770 is a fairly feature-rich sewing machine but consumer ratings are not stellar. Owners like that the unit is sturdy and fairly easy to use, however it is a bit on the noisy side and there are sometimes issues with the timing.

Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine

85.4  The Singer Special Edition sewing machine is also known as the Singer 90S or the 90S Special Edition.  It is an easy-to-use machine with over 200 built-in stitches, an LCD screen and a simple control panel.  You can also make basic monograms with the 90S.  However, some owners feel the manual is poor and doesn’t provide enough information about the many features.  The unit is also made with quite a bit of plastic (former Singer owners say their older Singer machines were more solid and made with much more metal).

Janome New Home 720

 

98.0 The New Home 720 is a lightweight, ¾ size sewing machine that is getting excellent consumer ratings.   Many owners like the compact design and find it a great choice for taking to classes.  There is little negative written about this machine aside from the fact that it is a bit expensive.  The name can also be confusing as it is often a combination of several words such as “New Home”, “720”, Jem Platinum”, JNH720” and “JP720”. These generally all refer to the same machine but check the specifications first to be sure.

Janome DC2014 Sewing Machine

97.7 Janome’s latest Decor Computer sewing machine, the DC2014, is getting excellent ratings from owners. Owners like the range of stitch options, the host of useful features, the fact that the unit is sturdy and reliable, and the ease of use. It also comes with many accessories as well as a hard-shell carrying case. All this comes at a price however, and the DC2014 is not cheap. But even so, most owners still sing this sewing machine’s praises.

Janome Purple Thunder

76.2  The Janome Purple Thunder is a compact, lightweight, no-frills, mechanical sewing machine designed for quick projects.  It is fairly popular with beginners and is also commonly purchased by parents or grandparents for children aged 5 to 10.  In addition, a number of owners report buying the Purple Thunder to use as a second (or backup) machine.

Singer 2259 Tradition

 

82.5  The Singer 2259 is a lightweight, compact sewing machine that is designed for beginners or for small around-the-home projects.  It is also very basic and easy-to-use.  However, some owners experience problems.  Issues with thread tension and getting used to the side loading bobbin have been reported. In addition, customer support from Singer can be a bit spotty.

Janome 2206 Sewing Machine

 

90.9  The Janome 2206 is definitely worth looking at if you are in the market for an inexpensive and easy-to-use sewing machine.  It is a no-frills, solid, mechanical sewing machine and it is getting good consumer ratings.  The 2206 is designed for beginners or those who have been away from sewing for awhile.  However it is also fairly popular with experienced seamstresses and, on more than one occasion, we have seen this unit recommended by sewing teachers.

 

 

Singer One Plus Sewing Machine

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93.0  The Singer One Plus sewing machine is getting very good grades from consumers.  This machine is a slightly more feature-rich version of the Singer One – a popular machine in its own right.  The One Plus has 231 built-in stitches and owners report that it is smooth, quiet, and very easy to use.  On the downside there is some criticism due to the lack of good instructional materials.

 


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