I’m often asked what sewing machine I’d recommend, there are so many out there, which ones for you?

Firstly ask yourself a couple of questions

  1. Am I looking to get into quilting or dressmaking?
  2. How often will I be using the machine?

If you answered yes to question 1 then you are going to want to get yourself something that will offer you some slightly more advanced options.  Sure you could start off on a basic domestic machine, but trust me you will soon get bored and want to step up and it can often cost you more in the long run to upgrade.

In class we use the Janome CXL301 Sewing Machine (pictured above) which is available for £299 (occasionally you can pick these up in the Sales for closer to £250 but it’s rare) These machines are perfect for those of you who want to do lots of sewing and who appreciate a gadget or two that makes your work faster!  It has a fantastic tortoise and hare function that allows you to slow the machine right down.  Perfect for a nervous sewer, a tricky corner or using with children.  It also has an in built needle threader and has a top loading bobbin which is much easier to thread.

sewing machine mat with tools

If you said you will be sewing occasionally and not that regularly then you can probably get away with a Simple domestic sewing machine like the one shown in the picture above (these are also the machines we run our Sewing Machine Drivers Licence session on)  You won’t have a fast and slow option or a needle threader (like the CXL301) but it will sew your basic stitches and can make almost everything you want but may take a little longer as you don’t have the shortcuts offered on the computerised machines.

If you really want to treat yourself then go for a Janome DSK100 this is the machine Claire uses at home.  It is a beauty, offers all the functions of the CXL301 but also has embroidery stitches and a cut button.  This little button alone is worth the £150 extra you will pay as it simply cuts your threads for you at the end of each row.  You can literally half the time it takes you to make something simply by using this button!

We would advise against a ‘mini’ machine though.  They really are incredibly basic and often do not have lights or interchangeable presser feet.  Even for a child we would recommend a ‘grown up’ machine.  Expect to pay between £80 – £100 for a good domestic model.

If you need any further advise and guidance drop us a line, we would be happy to make recommendations for you.

(please note the links offered in this blog post are affiliate links but are our own personal recommendations)