Top 5 Best Beginner Sewing Machine

Top 5 Best Beginner Sewing Machine For Under $300

While one can spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on advanced sewing machines, they may not be the best. In reality, the best beginner sewing machines may be something much cheaper that you can use to make just about anything.

I used the first $79 sewing machine that I received as a gift for the first six years ago that I was designing patterns. I finally decided to upgrade to something …much more advanced. In truth, my much more advanced sewing machine is still a beginner sewing machine and cost under $200.

Beginner sewing machines can get you a long way. I’m still running strong and I’ve designed and made every Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop pattern (many multiple times) using one (and sometimes my serger and coverstitch). Especially for those of you on a budget, I recommend looking into the following top 5 beginner sewing machines for under $300:

1. Brother CS7000x

Brother CS7000x: Beginner Sewing Machine

The Brother CS7000x is a top beginner sewing machine. This machine has 70 built-in stitches you can choose through a computerized system. It also has a number of high end features including: (1) automatic needle threading, (2) easy machine threading; (3) an over-sized table for larger projects; and, (4) a built in free arm for sewing your cuffs and sleeves.

The machine is light weight, low noise, and comes with a stack of accessories to make life easy. For around $200, at the time I’m writing this post, this beginner sewing machine is a steal.

 2. Singer 4423

Many love the Singer 4423 beginner sewing machine because it’s a little bit heavier than many other beginner sewing machines. Singer calls it a “workhorse.” It has a 60% stronger motor that keeps the sewing machine working through tougher projects.

The 4423 also includes a 25 year limited warranty and access to Singer’s Free Beginner’s Machine Class.

3. Janome 2212

Janome 2212

The Janome 2212 doesn’t have a million features like some of the other beginner sewing machines here – and that’s why people love it. It’s a simple sewing machine for beginners and has 12 basic stitches (instead of 100 or more like some others). This allows you to focus on what matters and enjoy a simplified sewing experience with a high quality beginner sewing machine.

Many like that it isn’t computerized, as the computer is just one more thing that can potentially break and cost you money to fix down the line. That being said, it has all the basic features that one needs to get the job done. If you’re a beginner and looking for a workhorse machine without all the frills then this may be the one for you. Also, if your old fashioned and don’t want to bother with all the “computerized” stuff then this machine is probably right up your alley. At under $200 as I write this post, this machine is hard to beat.

4. Singer SM024

The Singer SM024 is under $155 at the time of this writing. It includes 24 stitches and a durable metal frame. Its another perfect sewing machine for beginners and even includes a FREE Beginner’s Machine Class from Singer.

5. Brother GX37

The Brother GX37 is a true beginner sewing machine. It has 37 stitches accessible through an easy to use turn dial. It’s popularity speaks for itself as it has over 17,000 reviews on Amazon. Sewists love that it is small, lightweight, and easily portable, yet it still has features like an automatic threading, easy to load bobbin and free arm sewing. At just over 15 lbs this may be the perfect machine if you have to store it apart from where you use it. At under $200, its another excellent beginner sewing machine.

I hope you enjoyed this Beginner Sewing Machine Round-up. If you’re looking for something a little more advanced we also have a post on Top 5 Advanced Sewing Machines.

Beginner Sewing Machines

12 Responses

  1. Hi Amy- I am a just retired Children’s Sewing Instructor. I believe you have picked all the best sewing machines for beginners. Beginners meaning children as young as 7 yrs old too. I like a lot of these machines because they are light weight and children can carry them on their own. It makes kids more responsible for their things.

  2. Beginners always need some kind of basic sewing machines and that cost less than others. they seeks to learn and should have a easy and comfortable machine to them. your suggestions are great at it. thanks for making the post

  3. I am planning to buy a sewing machine. I am new at sewing and this is to be my first machine. Can you suggest a good option? I am interested in making quilts and small sewing projects.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    1. Any of the machines in this post would be great options. If you are looking for something simple to use and inexpensive to get you started, the BROTHER XL2600I would be a good choice.

  4. This is a great idea. I was looking for this information. It enabled me to sew faster. Thank you for sharing useful information…

  5. Hi Amy,

    Thanks for sharing this review post. I have a question about “Singer 7258”:- Will this sewing machine sew through heavy fabrics like triple denim or the making of dog collars with thick nylon?

    Barbara Harris

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