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While teaching and servicing machines, I get to try out a LOT of different machines, and am frequently asked for recommendations. 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, we offer 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.

Beginner & Intermediate

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

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 740DC
Bernette B37
Juki HZL-70HW
Brother CS6000i
Mechanical Sewing Machines

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 7318
Bernette 35
Singer 4423
Janome 2212

Intermediate & Advanced

Take your sewing to the next level with robust machines that are packed with features.
Bernette B77
Juki Exceed F600
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

Serger & Coverstitch

Janome 1000CPX Coverstitch
Juki Pearl Line MO-655 Serger
Juki MO-654DE Serger