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

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 DC2019
Janome TS200Q
Janome 7330
Janome DC1050
Juki HZL-LB5100
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
Singer 4423
Janome 2212

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 1000CPX Coverstitch
Juki Pearl Line MO-655 Serger
Juki MO-654DE Serger
Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger
Brother 1034D Serger

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