Honest and detailed list of 9 top rated sewing machines that you can buy in the US. I hope this list will help you make a decision.
Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing
In terms of quality, Brother SE400 is the undisputed leader among sewing machines. The unique factor that makes this machine different from all others is that it has an excellent mixture of quality, features and affordability.
SE400 is also the only sewing and embroidery combo machine in this list, which means you can do embroidery along with regular sewing. It comes with 67 sewing stitches and 70 embroidery designs. It has an embroidery area of 4″x4″.
It also features sewing speed control slider, automatic needle threader and thread cutter, programmable needle up/down etc.
The ease of use made this machine very popular among sewers. It has USB connectivity for importing designs from the internet. So in addition to 70 designs that come built-in, you can download an unlimited number of designs from the internet. SE400 will be a great option for an ultra-creative person.
Not much to point out. Probably you can say that the machine won’t appeal to those who already own an embroidery machine.
Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine
XR9500PRW is the top rated sewing machine. There are certain machines that you fall in love on the first use itself, XR9500PRW is one of that kind ( I fell in love with the price as well). This machine has 100 built-in stitches, speed control slider, programmable needle up/down, etc.
By virtue of its aggressive pricing, XR9500PRW in 2015 has surpassed the ever popular Brother CS6000i in popularity. XR9500PRW also has better features on its side, when compared to CS6000i.
The built-in sewing font for monogramming is another highlight. The quietness of this machine is another thing that I really liked, this will work in favor of moms with little kids. The quality of stitches are excellent. All in all, XR9500PRW is a real value for money machine.
The automatic needle threaded requires a learning curve.
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
You might have heard the word ‘Feature Packed’ before, but if you want to know what it means, you need to have a look at Singer 9960. It is the best sewing machine from Singer to date, and that is the reason why it features in our list of Machines You Can Buy with Your Eyes Shut.
It is also the top rated Singer machine in this list. It comes with 600 built-in stitches, 5 fonts, advanced stitch editing and customization, automatic needle threader and thread cutter, programmable needle up/down etc.
If you go by features, this has to be the choice 9 out of 10 times (yes, I mean it). Another thing is the ability of the machine to sew heavy and lightweight fabrics equally well. The level of customization possible on this machine is endless.
It has functions like mirror imaging, stitch elongation, automatic locking stitch etc. which adds to the usability of the machine.
Old batch of machines had a bobbin jamming issue, which now is fixed. The machine will be too much for a beginner; it is designed for advanced sewers.
Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
CS6000i is the most sold sewing machine in the US. This machine has been among the top rated sewing machines ever since its inception in 2007. This has been a beginner’s favorite for years, and it still is.
To be on top for over 7 years, there has to be something special about this machine and the specialty is the quality it offers for such a low price. It has 60 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, speed control slider, programmable needle up/down, etc.
When you consider the price point, it is an awesome machine. The machine is pretty lightweight as well. The ease of use also made it very popular.
CS6000i recently lost a little bit of sheen due to the entry of XR9500PRW, which has better features and that too in a similar price range.
Janome HD3000 Sewing Machine
Are you searching for the best Heavy Duty sewing machine?
Look no further. There is simply no better choice than Janome HD3000. This is a machine specifically designed for heavy duty sewing. The machine comes with all heavy duty construction (Honestly, you can’t make a sewing machine without using plastic at all, there are some plastic exterior parts on this machine, but its use is minimal).
The machine has excellent build quality. HD3000 comes with 18 built-in stitches and automatic needle threader.
This machine is a beast. It sews through denim and hard leather like a knife going through a cheese bar. It sews through anything you throw at it. Multiple layers of denim is a walk in the park. All stitches come out perfect.
For such a heavy duty machine, you expect it to be loud as the motor has to churn out more power than normal, but it is incredibly quiet (really surprised me).
HD3000 is not the most appealing sewing machine in terms of features. Honestly you can’t expect a lot from a mechanical sewing machine. Another thing work light is very dim.
Brother Project Runway PC420PRW
This is another top rated sewing machine from Brother. Even though it is on the expensive side, the quality and features are top notch. The machine has 294 built-in sewing stitches, 3 lettering fonts for monogramming, automatic needle threader and thread cutter, programmable needle up/down, speed control slider etc.
The machine is lightweight. On PC420PRW, you can combine stitch patterns and save it in the built-in memory of the machine for later use. The machine operates quietly. The machine does a very good job with multiple layers of denim.
Even though the machine has good features, I still feel it is slightly on the expensive side. A better price tag would have made it more competitive in the market.
SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
7258 is a ‘value for money package’. It is one of the top rated sewing machines. It has some nice features bundled up at a very good price. 7258 holds the advantage of computerized sewing options when compared to the next machine.
Singer 7258 has 100 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, speed control slider, programmable needle position button etc.
Perfect stitches. The machine even won Women’s Choice Award for the best home sewing machine in USA. It is nicely priced as well.
No option to lower feed dogs. So those who wish to do free-motion quilting will have to find another machine.
SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
If you are looking for a really inexpensive heavy duty sewing machine, then Singer 4411 is the best bet. There are 3 other similar models as well, namely 4423 and 4432. The only difference is in the number of built-in stitches. 4411 has 11 stitches, 4423 has 23 and 4432 has 32 of them.
Singer 4411 does a commendable job with denim and leather. It can go through multiple layers of denim without any trouble. It has the most powerful motor. It can sew fast, trust me.
With less number of stitches, generally 4411 is the least expensive of the 3 models, but at times I have seen 4432 priced much cheaper than the other two. So if you are thinking of buying any one of these 3, you must check the price of all 3. The machine also struggles with 8 plus layers of denim. Go with Janome HD3000, if you are going to deal with projects of that magnitude.
Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine
This holds the second position among top rated sewing machines from Janome. 7318 is a mechanical sewing machine. All the features are not really ideal for beginners, but it has received excellent feedback from users regarding the quality. The machine comes with 18 built-in stitches.
Janome 7318 is a very stable sewing machine. The stitch quality is not bad across all kinds of fabric.
Janome 7318 is not a perfect machine for beginners in terms of features. It comes with a 4-step buttonhole in an era of easy to use 1-step buttonholes. The machine is noisy as well. For the features, I think it is priced high.