Editor’s Choice Best Sewing Machines For The Money
This is not because we are biased. Since we are only talking about machines, other brands like Singer, Janome or Juki doesn’t have a lot of quality machines in this category.
1. Brother XL2610 Sewing Machine
This is the only sewing machine that costs is very reasonable and yet has some decent quality associated with it. It is the least expensive sewing machine in our list of 10 Best Sewing Machines For The Money.
For the price, it does an excellent job. Some of the highlights are 25 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader (which you usually don’t see on inexpensive sewing machines), top drop-in bobbin (again, another feature that you normally don’t get on such low-cost machines), free arm etc.
The sewing machine is very light.
Brother XL2610 doesn’t have a lot to offer for an experienced sewer. It is a machine that will suit novices. Buttonhole making on this machine can be difficult for beginners as it comes with a 4-step one instead of a 1-step buttonhole.
2. Brother CE7070PRW Sewing Machine
CE7070PRW is a machine that comes with Project Runway branding. To be honest, the PRW branding is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. This is a highly rated sewing machine with useful features.
It is a computerized sewing machine as well. It has all the features needed by a person with some sewing experience.
It comes with features like 70 built-in stitches, LCD stitch selection, seven one-step buttonholes, wide table, drop-in bobbin system, automatic needle threader, drop feed, etc. The machine provides consistent stitch quality as well.
The main issue with CE7070PRW is that it comes in the same price category of other Brother machines which are much more superior in features and usability. Hence most people choose other machines over this one. A lower price tag may do the trick for this machine.
3. Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine
XM2701 is a new machine in the market. It was released this year (2014) and still it is taking its baby steps. The reason why it features our list of 10 Best Sewing Machines For The Money is that of its low price.
It is the second least expensive sewing machine on this list. The low price may not last too long. There is every chance of Brother raising the price, once it gets established in the market. It still is a good deal if the price comes anywhere.
Key features are 27 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole, free arm, etc. This is lightweight machine, so it will be easy to carry around.
It won’t be a great buy if the price goes well above. The reason is that you can get Brother XL2610 for a much lower price. Both machines are almost the same.
4. Janome 2206 Sewing Machine
Janome only has three models that cost is very reasonable. 2206 is one among them. Using a machine is easy. Even though this is an inexpensive machine, it doesn’t affect the quality of stitches.
The stitch quality is as good as any beginner’s machine you can get. It has six built-in stitches, free arm capability, etc.
Janome 2206 is heavily limited in features. It is the main handicap of this machine. It doesn’t have a drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader or a 1-step buttonhole. These features do make a difference in ease of use. This machine will not appeal to most beginners.
5. Brother CS5055PRW Sewing Machine
CS5055PRW is a good beginner sewing machine. It comes with 50 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, LCD stitch selector, 5 one-step buttonholes, drop feed, free arm, etc. It’s very lightweight and easily portable. The stitch quality is quite good as well.
Like CE7070PRW, Brother CS5055PRW is another victim of bad pricing. The quality of this sewing machine was never questioned. Since you can get better models from Brother for more or less the same price, people doesn’t show a lot of interest in this machine.
6. Brother Laura Ashley CX155LA Sewing Machine
This is a highly underestimated model. People didn’t show much interest in this machine in the beginning. But slowly it started to make significant strides in the sewing world.
It is a limited edition model, and it is in high demand now. It is more of an upgraded version of CS6000i which on its own is an excellent machine. It is a machine that will suit an intermediate sewer.
It features 155 built-in stitches which include eight one-step buttonholes and 55 alphanumeric stitches. Other features include speed control slider, LED stitch selection, automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, drop feed, free arm and extra wide table.
It also features a programmable needle up/down button which is vital for pivoting. You will also get a full set of designer accessories.
The stitch quality on this machine is commendable. It does an excellent job with thick fabrics like denim. This machine adds a professional finish to your projects.
The only issue is with the dim work light.
7. Brother DZ2400 Sewing Machine
DZ2400 lies on the far end of the price spectrum. This is an excellent machine for intermediate sewers. It is a design series machine from Brother. Designed machines suit designers more.
It is a feature-packed sewing machine. There are 185 built-in stitches on this machine which include 130 sewing stitches and 55 alphanumeric stitches.
It comes with advanced features like LCD stitch selection, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, speed control slider, eight one-step buttonholes, presser foot pressure adjustment, drop feed, free arm and extension table.
Another excellent feature is the programmable needle up/down key which is a must for quilters. Even better the thing is that this machine is extremely light. The stitch quality is right up there with the industrial sewing machines. As a bonus, you will also get a complete set of designer accessories.
The set includes quite a lot of accessories, trust me. The whole package of features and accessories makes DZ2400 a good sewing machine for the money.
This machine is in direct competition with Laura Ashley machine as the price is the same. Since DZ2400 has more stitches and included accessories, it wins the race.
There is nothing much to talk about this machine. The fragile thread holder is the only issue with this machine.
8. Janome 2212 Sewing Machine
2212 receives unbelievable feedback from its users. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but its users are euphoric with it. It is a mechanical sewing machine, and it has 12 built-in stitches, 4-step buttonhole, drop feed, free arm, vertical bobbin, etc.
Regarding features, it may not be the best sewing machine for the money, but for quality, it is. It does an equally good job with all kinds of fabrics. An excellent machine for mechanical sewing machine lovers.
It doesn’t have a lot of features to excite a beginner. It does an excellent job with whatever limited features it has. It doesn’t have an automatic needle threader or 1-step buttonhole.
9. Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine
CS6000i is the most sold sewing machine. It is an excellent mid-range sewing machine. It is also the most searched sewing machine model in U.S. It packs a lot of features for a reasonable price.
This machine is the reason why CE7070PRW and CS5055PRW lost their edge. It has 60 built-in stitches, seven one-step buttonholes, automatic needle threader, speed control slider, LED stitch selection, top drop-in bobbin, drop feed, free arm, extension table, etc.
CS6000i is an excellent beginner sewing machine with high performance and quality. That is the reason why it is listed in our ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’ list.
The machine is very user-friendly as well. Brother CS6000i would have been the best value for money sewing machine, if not for the features offered by the next sewing machine on this list.
Making free motion is slightly difficult because of the narrow
10. Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine
This is the best value for money sewing machine you can get in U.S. It doesn’t cost much, and at the same time, it has all the features required by an intermediate sewer.
Performance wise, it is a wonderful machine. It has an excellent combination of versatility, advanced features, and fantastic price.
The stitch quality is good, and it works very well with multiple layers of denim. It comes with 100 built-in stitches, eight one-step buttonholes, LED stitch selection, speed control slider, upper thread and bobbin sensors, automatic thread cutter, top drop-in bobbin, programmable needle up/down, drop feed, free arm, extension table, etc.
The machine is also one of the lightest machines on this list. If you are looking for a machine with advanced features for the price of a beginners machine, there is none better than Brother XR9500PRW.
You may need a couple of attempts to get used to the needle threader. Other than that, it is a frustration-free sewing machine.
This concludes our list of 10 Best Sewing Machines For The Money. Thanks for being patient all the way. I apologize for not including many machines from other brands.