Whether you started sewing as a hobby or as a career, investing in a sewing machine will make sewing faster and easier. But how much might you pay for a good sewing machine? We've researched to help answer that question and more you might have about purchasing a sewing machine.
Sewing machines can cost anywhere from $100 to $15,000 depending on their purpose and your level of expertise. Basic machines for repairs and dressmaking are cheaper, while more expensive ones are computerized and offer a range of stitches and embroidery features. Some popular sewing machine brands are:
Choosing the right sewing machine can be challenging because of all the different brands and features. Here, we break down models from five of the most popular brands and explore their cost and features so that you can make the most informed decision. Keep reading to learn more.
Brother is one of the most popular sewing machine brands for both beginners and experts, with sewing machines that are easy to use and versatile. There are so many options with Brother sewing machines, with basic and advanced features to suit your needs. Here are a few options for beginners and experts.
Costing anywhere between $190 and $250 depending on where you purchase, this mechanical sewing machine is computerized and is an excellent choice for beginners. Some of its main features are:
- An automatic needle threader
- 70 built-in stitches
- Adjustable stitch speed
- A wide table
- A protective hard case
Built-in stitches and an adjustable sewing speed make it easier for beginners to find a good rhythm and become comfortable using a sewing machine.
Luminaire Innov-ís XP2
According to the Brother website, this sewing machine is new for 2021, so the price has not been released yet. Because it is a combination of sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine, it may be too advanced for beginners, but is a shiny, new choice for experts. Its features include:
- Mobile apps, so you can transfer images to your sewing machine and monitor the progress of your projects
- A 65-square-inch workspace
- LCD Touch Screen Display
- 1,000+ built-in embroidery designs and 670 built-in decorative stitches
If you can do without the latest features and settle for the older model, the Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 is also available. While not available for purchase on the Brother website, both the XP1 and XP2 models can be purchased through sewing machine dealers, so check with your local sewing machine shop for specific pricing.
Located in Sweden, Husqvarna is a company that is well known for its smart sewing machines called Vikings. According to Husqvarna Viking, convenience and time-saving, cutting-edge features are the main goal of their sewing machines. Below are a few of their models.
This sewing machine retails for around $500 and is a great option for beginners. It has a sleek and modern design, with many other features to make this sewing machine affordable for people who are new to sewing. Some of those features include:
- A storage compartment for included accessories
- A sewing guide to help you find the perfect stitch
- Almost 8-inches of sewing space
- 80+ built-in stitches
- A Start/Stop button with speed control
Designer Sapphire 85
If you are a beginner or an expert and want a computerized sewing machine, try this model that does both sewing and embroidery. At around $12,000, it costs a pretty penny, but it is definitely a time-saver and can connect to WiFi. It also comes with computer software and downloadable apps to customize your experience, as well as an 8-inch touch screen.
Janome is an award-winning Japanese sewing machine company that offers sewing machines for both crafting and professional use. Resources and techniques for using sewing machines can also be found on the Janome website. Try this popular model.
Horizon Memory Craft 9450
Retailing for $5,500, this machine is great for hobbyists. It has an LCD color touch screen, a USB port, and PC connectivity. With similar features to other sewing machines, what makes this one unique is that it comes with stitch creation software. Tutorials for how to use the software can be on the website. Additional unique features are:
- 350 built-in stitches and four alphabets
- An ergonomic shape
- An LED lighting system with lights in four locations
Juki advertises sewing machines for home-use and tailor-use. Household sewing machines are designed for hobbyists, while tailor-use sewing machines are designed for professionals such as tailors, dressmakers, and seamstresses.
This household sewing machine has an interchangeable needle system, an illuminated workspace, and a color touch screen panel. This computerized sewing machine costs around $3,000. For more information, check out the infographic for this model.
This mechanical tailor-use sewing machine is a newer model from Juki. Some of the main features are an automatic needle-threader that reduces eye strain for the user, a foot controller that can also trim the thread by pressing it, and speed control. It can also handle heavier materials with ease. It costs around $1,100.
Singer is an extremely well-known sewing machine brand that is popular with both beginners and professionals. Singer is known for its quality mechanical and computerized sewing machines at affordable prices. Some of the company’s best-selling machines are:
Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
Listed at $280 on the Singer website, this sewing machine has a heavy-duty frame and a powerful motor that will make this machine withstand wear and tear and last a very long time. It includes accessories and comes pre-threaded. Singer also has an app with videos and lessons for beginners.
Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine
If you want a high-quality computerized sewing machine at an extremely affordable price, you can’t beat this one. While not as techy as some of the more expensive brands and models, it only costs $400 and includes $350 worth of added accessories if purchased on the Singer website. A dust cover is included as well. Other amazing features are:
- Over 600 stitches and letters
- A storage area for accessories
- Stitch speed control
Which Sewing Machine Is Better: Electric Or Manual?
Manual sewing machines are the same thing as mechanical sewing machines. They are cheaper, but all sewing is done by hand. Electric sewing machines are the computerized ones. These are often controlled by software or apps, making them more expensive because of the technology involved. Neither one is necessarily better. It all depends on how much work you want to contribute to using it and your purpose for having a sewing machine.
How Do You Choose A Sewing Machine?
When choosing a sewing machine, you should consider how you will use it. If you intend to use the sewing machine around your household for repairing clothes or as a hobby, a cheaper mechanical sewing machine will work. If you intend to use it for business purposes, shelling out the big bucks for a computerized model that is automatic and faster would be a better choice.
Decide your intended purpose for purchasing a sewing machine, then choose one that fits that purpose. Check out some of the models above or even some that aren’t mentioned and compare prices and features so that you can make a more informed decision and choose the best sewing machine that will work for you.
Should You Buy A New Or Used Sewing Machine?
If you are a beginner to sewing or a hobbyist, purchasing a used sewing machine is not a bad idea because new ones can be expensive, especially for computerized models. If you’re considering buying a used sewing machine, there are some things to take into account.
- Know what you want (features, purpose, etc.).
- Choose a brand that is well-known (like the brands mentioned above).
- Inspect it before you buy it.
- Choose a model that is still produced (in case a part messes up).
- Try it before you buy it.
Doing those things will ensure that you get a sewing machine that works well and is in condition. You should always try to buy a used sewing machine from a sewing machine dealer because they have the knowledge to help you if you are unsure.
Are Expensive Sewing Machines Worth It?
Expensive sewing machines might be worth it if you know what you are going to use it for and that it will get frequent use. When buying an expensive sewing machine, research its features and make sure it works for what you need it to do. Don’t buy an expensive machine just because it is high-tech and has lots of features if you’re never going to use those features or only use it for mending or small crafting projects.
Now you’re ready to buy a sewing machine!
We hope this was helpful for you to determine the cost of different types of sewing machines and the features you are paying for. We want you to have a basic idea of popular sewing machine models and brands so that you can choose one that will work for you and make sewing easier and more fun.
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