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As a sewing instructor and sewing machine technician I am frequently asked for recommendations on sewing machines for both beginner and advanced users. The machines listed below are a few of my favorites, in a range of prices, based on my experience with how well they perform, reliability, and features.

Beginner & Intermediate

Sewing 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 CS7000X
Mechanical Sewing Machines

This second set of beginner and 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
Bernette 35
Singer 4423
Janome 2212

Intermediate & Advanced

Take your sewing to the next level with robust sewing 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


Juki DDL-8700 Lockstitch