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Five Sewing Machines for Beginners

With so many makes and models on offer, the beginner may feel quite overwhelmed when choosing their first sewing machine. It’s best to make an informed choice by deciding what your main requirements are. Then take the machine features and affordability into consideration. Stitch length, stitches per minute, accessories, and size are all important factors.  You will also have to decide whether you prefer a manual or computerized sewing machine.

We looked at the specifications and features of the best sewing machine brands to come up with our selection. User feedback was also taken into consideration.

Here are a few options to look at to assist you in your search for the perfect machine.

Brother CS6000i

This computerized machine is user-friendly and portable. It offers a wide range of features for your sewing pleasure. The main benefit of this machine is the simplicity and ease of use. Despite this it has a wide range of advanced features.


  • 60 built-in stitches
  • 7 styles of 1-step buttonholes
  • LCD Display screen
  • Auto needle threader
  • Hard cover for safe storage
  • Easy bobbin winding system
  • LED lighting
  • 850 stitches per minute
  • Speed control
  • Built-in free arm


  • Durable
  • Lightweight for easy transport
  • Value for money
  • Comes with numerous extras included in the price
  • 1-year warranty on parts, 2-year on electronics, 25 years on chassis casing
  • Wide table to accommodate large projects


  • The storage area is small
  • LCD screen is not lit up enough
  • No automatic embroidery functions
  • Straight stitch not very accurate

Complete any project quick and easy with this affordable, easy to use machine.

Janome 8002 D Serger

This sturdy yet compact model will help you tackle sewing projects with ease. It is great value for money but offers professional results. Jenome is trusted name in sewing machines.


  • 1300 stitches per minute
  • Built-in rolled hem feature
  • Cutting width is adjustable from 3.1 – 7.3 mm
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Adjustable foot pressure
  • Colour coded threading guide


  • Compact
  • Computerized
  • Easy to understand
  • Can operate on various fabric types
  • Powerful yet easy to operate
  • 25 year limited warranty


  • No on-board storage
  • Difficult to thread
  • Very basic accessories
  • No automatic tension adjustment

This machine is easy to set up for sewing. It is powerful but still easy to understand and operate.  It is suitable for beginners.

Singer 1507WC

This machine is for the beginner who wants to start with simple yet decorative projects. The Singer 1507WC is a top seller and is popular with those that use it. It comes with detailed instructions and all the accessories you will need to get started.


  • 8 built-in stitches
  • 4-step automatic buttonhole
  • Adjustable tension
  • Stitch length and width up to 5mm
  • Hands-free arm


  • Built-in storage
  • Light and can easily be moved around
  • Durable metal frame
  • Quick and easy threading
  • Canvas cover supplied
  • Plenty of accessories
  • 25-year limited warranty


  • Some issues with controlling speeds
  • Limited stitch options

An entry level machine to make a beginners first sewing experience a no hassle affair.

Brother XL2600I

The Brother is an all in one inexpensive machine that helps the beginner make basic outfits and improve sewing skills.


  • 25 built-in stitch patterns
  • Electronic speed control
  • Built-in light
  • Jam resistant bobbin
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • 4-step automatic buttonhole
  • Variable speed control
  • 800 stitches per minute


  • Affordable
  • Perfect collection of accessories for beginners
  • Light in weight
  • 25-year limited warranty
  • Computerized


  • Must run at low speeds
  • Can’t handle heavy fabrics
  • No casing supplied
  • Made mostly from plastic
  • No display screen

This machine is perfect for every day use and not at all intimidating to use for a beginner.

Singer 4411

This efficient machine is a good long-term investment for anyone keen to learn the art of sewing and continue with it through the years. Singers having been making quality affordable sewing machines for many years and it is a well-trusted brand.


  • 11 built-in stitches
  • 1100 stitches per minute
  • Stitch width up to 6mm
  • Adjustable foot pressure control
  • Automatic 4 -step buttonhole
  • Free arm
  • Stainless steel bed plate
  • Built-in reverse
  • Adjustable pressure foot pressure


  • Strong motor. Won’t overheat when stitching for long periods
  • Reasonably priced
  • Automatic reverse system
  • User-friendly
  • Comes with a very detailed guidebook
  • Easy to load bobbin into metal frame
  • Canvas cover supplied
  • Useful accessories
  • Quiet motor
  • Ample on-board storage
  • 25-year limited warranty


  • No Automatic needle threader
  • Some of the accessories are flimsy
  • Noisy
  • Tangles the thread on occasion

A perfect machine for the beginner who would like to advance in time. It has the look of an industrial machine but is perfect for home use.

Sewing is great for those who want to be creative with fabrics and it is a useful and rewarding skill. Choose the machine that best suits your needs and skills level and you will have a great sense of accomplishment after every single piece of work you complete.