12 Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

Compare these machines to find the best sewing machine for beginners. These are all great sewing machines to start with!

When making clothes or costumes, the most important stitches you need are a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. All the other fancier points are great, but they're not essential. If you're learning to sew, you can start with Sewing 101 for Beginners!

I haven't sewn all of the machines I talk about in this article, but I have sewn some. Do your research instead of relying solely on my advice to find the best sewing machine for beginners!

Where to buy a beginner sewing machine

There are many places to find a good sewing machine for beginners. If you're OK with buying second hand, I would check thrift stores, garage sales, and Facebook marketplace. The machine may need a tune-up, but vintage machines generally work great.

Buy the best machine you can afford at the time, even if it's used, so that when you want to upgrade it you can use it for a trade-in.

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Next, check with your local dealer to see what used machines they might sell. They buy used machines that they fine-tune, then resell them at a good price. This is a great way to get a more expensive brand for less.

Janome new domestic sewing machine

If you are really determined to buy a new machine, I would check with your local dealer and Amazon. Prices at your local dealer are more expensive than Amazon, but when you buy from a dealer, the parts inside are metal instead of plastic, which is higher quality.

Even if you don't buy a machine from a dealer, you need to know where a local dealer is so you know where to get your machine cleaned or repaired.

It really depends on your budget and what you will be using the sewing machine for. If you need a place to ask for advice, I would ask one of these sewing Facebook groups. I bought my machine from a dealer, but it was an older used model.

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Mechanical vs. Computerized

There is some debate about whether a mechanical sewing machine is better than a computerized sewing machine.

A mechanical sewing machine uses electricity but only uses buttons and buttons. A computerized sewing machine uses electricity, but it has a screen with options.

Very expensive computerized sewing machines essentially have a small touchscreen tablet on the front.

From all the research I have done, it appears that the computerized part of a sewing machine can fail and your sewing machine will stop working even if all the parts are in good condition.

All the expensive machines are computerized, so you can't really escape it.

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You can start sewing knitwear without an overlocker. You can sew lightweight fabric on a beginner sewing machine. You can even use a twin needle on a beginner sewing machine.

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If you have a question about any of these machines, share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!

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