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Best Sewing Machine for beginner

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#1 Newbutoldish

Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:27 PM

Is love some recommendations of the best/easiest to use sewing machine for a beginner to gain some confidence on?

#2 just roses

Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:06 PM

We have a pfaff and it’s great. Has a thing called IDT which makes it so easy to sew.

#3 Sassy Dingo

Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:40 PM

Aldi will probably have a sewing machine for sale around mother's day - they are rebadged Janome

#4 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 31 March 2018 - 03:13 PM

I have 2 sewing machines both singer that I’m learning on. First was $100 from lincraft just a base model and the second is the heritage. Mum gave it to me because she didn’t like it but I love it. My nephew has a cheap from target and loves it.

#5 emmiemimi

Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:16 PM

In 2016, I asked for a fancy sewing machineand my husband took me shopping (awww, isn’t he sweet?). I figured that because I used my sewing machine so much, I should invest in an expensive machine. I purchased a fancy Husqvarna Opal 690Q. I took the classes that came with it. It had lots of fancy stitches and all the bells and whistles.

I hated it.

If only someone had explained to me how to choose a sewing machine that met my needs– not theirs.
Buying the most expensive sewing machine with new-fangled features is not necessarily the best move you can make. Before buying a machine, always ask yourself what you’re going to use it for, whether or not you need all the extra features or if they are something you can live without, given the kind of tasks you intend to do with your machine. Also consider what future use you may have for the sewing machine. For instance, if you aren’t doing embroidery stitches now but you are planning to do so in the near future, then getting in a machine that can handle embroidery might be a good idea.
The best advice I can give is to look on Amazon (I know I know...local dealers are great too but the choice between machines is not the same). On Amazon you can kind read the reviews, and even test the machine during an entire month. Look at the ones I've selected for you on Amazon : https://goo.gl/rTs7j2

#6 chickendrumstick

Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:33 PM

I have a Janome, just the entry level model that is around $300 and it is a dream to sew with. My mother's Janome is 34 years old and still going strong, which is why she chose Janome for me nearly 10 years ago.

A friend has a Singer that she bought from Spotlight for about the same price and she has had a number of problems with various parts breaking and not working.

#7 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:40 PM

Emmiemimi - your mistake was buying a sewing machine from a company that makes chainsaws!

I have an Elna because that's what my mum had.

#8 foom

Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:40 PM

I love Janomes and find them very reliable.

But if the beginner doesn't have someone close by to ask questions, get help etc then I think one of the most important things is finding a shop that will support a new sewer, and will happily talk you through what is good for a new sewer, give some intro lessons, maybe run the occasional simple class or some way to get help if they are getting overwhelmed. To me that is worth at least $50 if you can afford it.

But if they try to upsell you one with all the bells and whistles and they don't listen to you then run a mile.

#9 Schmig

Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:04 PM

I have had several different machines and personally think Janomes are the simplest and most reliable for beginners. You can get good deals around Christmas and Mother's day for them.

#10 CallMeFeral

Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:55 PM

I was recommended Janome when I asked a similar question of a friend who used to do some tailoring work.

#11 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 24 July 2018 - 02:43 PM

I have a very basic janome. It’s perfect. Easy to use and does a good job. It’s one step above their cheapest I think. Which just gives you a few more stitch options.

An old second hand janome in good condition can also be great for beginners. Like we had in sewing class back in the 90s, lol.

The Aldi one is good too, but my mums is a bit noisy.

#12 Lunafreya

Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:07 PM

I have a basic Singer. It is mechanical and does basic stitches including buttonholes. I use it to make my nice costumes and it does the job.

#13 red_squirrel

Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:13 PM

Not meaning to crash, but Are Brother machines any good?

I am also in the market for a new machine and have never used Brother before.

The one I have my eye on does all the basics, plus some fancy buttonholes etc. it’s about $500. I want it for just making clothes for me. No embroidery.

#14 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:14 PM

I have a Bernina and absolutely LOVE it!

Don't go super cheap! I bought a $200 machine from Spotlight (thinking that was all I needed, didn't want to spend heaps) and took it back 3 days later as it was sh*t and unreliable. I ended buying one that had good tension, was reliable, had a reasonable range of basic stitches, did automatic buttonholes and didn't feel like it would walk off the table by itself!

#15 molinero

Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:34 PM

View PostYodaTheWrinkledOne, on 24 July 2018 - 03:14 PM, said:

I have a Bernina and absolutely LOVE it!

Don't go super cheap! I bought a $200 machine from Spotlight (thinking that was all I needed, didn't want to spend heaps) and took it back 3 days later as it was sh*t and unreliable. I ended buying one that had good tension, was reliable, had a reasonable range of basic stitches, did automatic buttonholes and didn't feel like it would walk off the table by itself!

Yes I would definitely go one step up from the cheapest cheapest machine that is in the store.

I've had three so far. A mid-range Brother that lasted about 16 yrs. A cheap as chips Singer that was utter rubbish, and now a mid-range Elna which is a dream. No, you don't need a $1k sewing machine to learn on, but a $100 machine that performs like crap is false economy. Spotlight and the others do have very good sales a couple of times a yr

#16 Jbeep

Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:26 PM

I got a pfaff select 3.0 for Mother's Day a few years ago.

I had only ever used my mothers singer, but it was  easy to pick up.

It's pretty easy to use and very tough, can sew through anything!

#17 MwahMum

Posted 31 December 2018 - 04:23 PM

Bumping this one. Any new recommendations?

It seems as though folk generally go with a brand their mum had 🤣

Any more things to consider before I go down the rabbit of online reviews?

So far (based on the above) it looks like Janome is the fore-runner. Followed by Bernina, Pfaff, and Elna...

#18 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 31 December 2018 - 04:41 PM

I sew a lot, eg make most of my own clothes for work, volunteer as a sewist at a departure cafe etc.  I currently have a Singer Stylist I bought on sale in Spotlight and it is perfectly adequate, if a little light (ie moves around on the table of you sew too fast). I got it in one of the big sales so it was $900 marked down to $300.
The features I wanted apart from the standard stitches were:
Wider zig-zag
Automatic buttonhole and a variety of buttonhole shapes.
Alphabet (although I haven't ever used it).
Needle up/down button. I do use this and love it.
Needle threader (also don't use it but keep telling myself I should).
I would love a machine with a knee lift!

#19 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 31 December 2018 - 04:46 PM

By the way OP if you're looking for the online sewing community it's mostly on Instagram these days. Check out the tags #sewist #sewistsofinstagram #sewcialists #memade. Plenty of inspiration, free advice, challenges to join in, patterns to check out how they look on real people, and depending where you live face to fave get togethers. I've met some lovely sewing people (online and IRL) via instagram.

#20 cvbn

Posted 31 December 2018 - 05:03 PM

Agree with PP.

Instagram is great. If you are getting into children's clothes Oliver and S make nice patterns and have some free ones to get you started.


I used to blog a lot of them and have a few step by step sewing tutorials on my neglected blog. PM if you would like a link.

#21 Lornasa

Posted 12 November 2019 - 06:48 PM

For the beginner, I would recommend a Janome sewing machine. It was my first one and now my DD is training on it. Very comfortable, easy to use. For more advanced the good decision will be to buy Singer (you may read more about them here but maybe not to buy a new one will be the best option). We also have it and I hope my DD will switch on it soon.

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