Recommended Sewing Machines

While teaching and servicing machines, I get to try out a LOT of different machines, and am frequently asked for recommendations. This is my assessment based on personal experience, in order to help others avoid common struggles and get as much enjoyment out of sewing as I do.

The recommendations below are a few of my favorite machines based on my experience with how well they function, reliability, features or ease of maintaining. Please remember to test drive any machine, research, and compare prices before you buy to make sure it's the right machine for what you need.

If you're looking for a new machine because yours is broken or not performing as well as it used to, Ronkita offers diagnostic and full-service repairs for most makes and models of sewing machines and sergers. I also refurbish and sell machines when a good one comes along. Contact me to learn more about machine cleaning/repair or if I have any for sale.

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Beginner & Intermediate

Machines for beginners to learn on and build their skills, and intermediate users who want more features

This first set is digital sewing machines that come with a wide range of stitches, functions and also have speed control. Speed control can be beneficial for beginners who haven't yet mastered controlling the speed with the foot pedal, or when you're working on projects that require a consistent, slower speed.

Janome DC2013

Janome Magnolia 7330

Janome 8077

Janome MOD-100

Brother CS6000i

This second set of beginner & intermedite sewing machines is all mechanical for when you don't need the features of digital machines and can sometimes be found at a lower price.

Janome HD1000

Janome Magnolia 7318

Janome 2212

Janome MOD-19

Intermediate & Advanced

Take your sewing to the next level with robust machines that are packed with features

Janome MC-6500P

Juki Exceed F600

Janome MC-6300P

Janome 3160QDC

Janome HD3000


Select machines with specialized functions, like straight stitch only or embroidery

Janome 1600P-QC Straight Stitch

Juki TL-2010Q Straight Stitch

Juki TL-2000Qi Straight Stitch

Janome MC-230E Embroidery

Serger & Coverstitch
Janome Cover Pro 1000CPX Coverstitch

Juki Pearl Line MO-655 Serger

Juki MO-654DE Serger

Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger

Brother 1034D Serger


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