Brother LS2125I Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine


Product Features

Brother LS2125I Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine

  • We do not recommend using this machine in countries that do not support 120V AC even if a voltage adapter is in use
  • Lightweight, portable sewing machine for basic sewing; converts from flatbed to free-arm sew surface
  • Accessory storage built into free arm; light bulb illuminates stitching
  • Offers 10 built-in stitches with multiple stitch functions and automatic 4-step buttonholer; lever provided for reverse operation
  • 110-volt machine operates with foot pedal; user-friendly with quick bobbin wind, tension dial, and snap-on presser feet

Product Details:

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000EOX28E
  • Item model number: LS2125I
  • Average Customer Review:4 out of 5 stars.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Product Description
Brother LS2125I Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine. Each stitch has multiple stitch functions. This machine is compact and lightweight with a built-in handle for portability. The LS2125i features an easy to use automatic 4-step buttonholer. The built-in stitches include straight, zig-zag, elastic and blind hem stitches. The stitch length and width adjustments are auto-set for you. The presser feet feature Brother’s easy change snap on design. The LS2125i has a convertible sewing surface which allows you to use the flatbed for garment construction or flat sewing and the free arm for pants hems or sleeves. This machine is easy to thread and also features a quick bobbin winding system. Instructions are bilingual in English and Spanish.

1. So easy to use!!!!
2. This machine is the perfect machine for beginners and people who just want to do small sewing jobs, which is what I wanted.
3. No matter what setting the machine is set at the tension between thread and bobbin do not match up causing CONSTANT thread breaking and bobbin bunching!


I bought a Brother digital sewing/embroidery machine in February that was a total DUD…I mean it didn’t survive making one garment before it went Kaput and I’m still trying to get it fixed!

I bought this “little” machine as a “back up” and it is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had to buy a bottle of sewing machine oil to oil it weekly (as the manual advised) otherwise it came fully equipped and it just purrs right along and does a great job of sewing on a variety of fabrics. I’m VERY HAPPY and it was 1/6 the price of Brother digital dud.

This sewing machine is easy to use for a beginner, but there are two main issues I have had so far. Firstly, the directions are a little bit confusing due to how they are worded and the four languages that are present throughout. Secondly, the thread gets caught on the wheel which unthreads the needle frequently. However, the sewing machine sews great and is easy to use once the directions are read thoroughly. I have never sewn before in my life, but with this sewing machine in the last two weeks I have made my first Halloween costume for my daughter. So, all in all, I am very happy with the machine.

I just bought this sewing machine for my 8 yr old daughter. Instead of waiting until Christmas and risking the possibility of a disappointed little girl I tried this machine out. I have been sewing for about 30 years and learned as a young girl myself. There is nothing more discouraging for a new sewer than a poor piece of machinery. This is an amazing machine for the money. So easy to use!!!! The auto button-hole attachement works great. I am very hard to please and I will say that I am impressed so far!!!!

Overall rating:  4 out of  5

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Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine

Product Features

Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine

  • We do not recommend using this machine in countries that do not support 120V AC even if a voltage adapter is in use.
  • 4-inch by 4-inch embroidery area- use the spacious area to allow your creativity to run free
  • The pe-500 comes with a full line of accessories and is practically ready to embroider right out of the box
  • Computer connectivity, use the included cable to import designs from your computer, or the brother embroidery design download site,
  • Wide range of accessories, including embroidery starter kit

Product Details:

  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 15 x 15.1 inches ; 22.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 22.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00843LLIU
  • Item model number: PE500
  • Average Customer Review:5 out of 5 stars.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Product Description

Welcome to the world of truly affordable embroidery, with the exciting new PE-500 embroidery machine from Brother. For the first time ever, Brother has introduced a feature-rich, easy-to-use embroidery-only machine that retails for under $300. But don’t let the price tag concern you – the PE-500 comes with top-of-the-line features, typically found in more expensive machines, which help make embroidery fun and easy. Whether you are a sewer interested in trying your hand at embroidery for the first time, a crafter looking for a new challenge, or an advanced embroiderer looking for a unit to carry to a make and take, the PE-500 is probably perfect for you. Use it to recycle clothing by adding new, fashionable embellishments. Turn everyday pillows and blankets into customized gifts for friends and family. With the PE-500, the options are virtually limitless. Though lightweight, the PE-500 is a work horse capable of embroidering everything from delicate materials, like silk, to sturdier fabrics, like denim. Never embroidered and not sure where to start? No worries. You can use the PE-500 to upcycle clothing, personalize accessories with monograms, embellish home décor, and more. Never before has it been so affordable to turn everyday clothing and home décor items into inspired works of art with the easy-to-use, easy-to-afford PE-500.


If you want to try your hand at a little bit of machine embroidery without investing tons of money in a machine, the PE500 is the one for you. (Amazon was offering it at 50% off, at $299 a tremendous incentive to buy.) This embroidery machine comes with a medium-sized embroidery hoop, 2 pre-wound bobbins, 3 spools of embroidery thread, 3 stabilizer sheets, a small scissors, plus the usual Brothers grab bag of essential sewing machine tools. There are only 70 designs pre-loaded on the machine, but you can do monogramming in your choice of 3 different alphabet styles and acquire more designs via embroidery cards or transfer them from your pc via the cable that is included in this package. Many more designs can be obtained from Brother’s ibroidery website. Unlike a couple of other Brother sewing machines that I’ve used in the past, bobbins wind smoothly and evenly with a minimum of fuss.

Having problems? With a push of a button, help screens are easily accessible – right on the machine itself!

This machine is a delight to use, but if it doesn’t stitch first check the upper threading. The tension at point #2 (diagrams for all threading are painted on the exterior of the machine) can be tricky. If you have the presser foot down, there is a good chance that your thread isn’t on the right of the little metal bar. There actually is a take-up bar at point #4 that is recessed into the machine (Shades of those old Singers in Home Ec classes from eons ago!) and the thread must pass from right to left when it catches in there. Well, at least we don’t have to actually push the thread through a little round hole anymore. If it still refuses to sew, gently remove the hoop from the embroidery unit and check the bobbin at the same time that you cut all the trailing threads underneath. The PE500 gets confused if there are too many tails under the material; it thinks that it’s done sewing. Gently reattach the hoop and use the Adjust feature to pick stitching exactly where you left off.

It’s possible to invest another boatload of funds into embroidery machine thread. I found a set of 40 large spools in Brother-compatible colors for less than $40. (Substitute a ‘close’ color if an exact match was not in the set.) [[ASIN:B0049O3PW8 40 Large Spools Embroidery Machine Thread for Brother With Thread Locking Spool]

The largest possible size of your design is 4″ X 4″ – quite small compared to professional embroidery machines, but the PE500 is a good machine for learning the basics of machine embroidery.

I M having the best time with this machine It is so easy to operate I am not a sewer but sence I have gotten this machine I cant STOP be sure to search for PES FILES and make sure you only get the 4 X 4 designs any bigger will not show up on your machine.

I have had this machine for about 3 months now and I actually like it better then my Brother PE770. I like my PE770 cause it can embroider up to 5×7″ designs. The Brother PE500 has a maximum embroidery size of 4×4″. I had it working within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box. I had my PE770 for 2 years and it was never opened when I got this machine…I was scared to take it out of the box. After using the PE500, I couldn’t believe that I was intimidated my machine embroidery. The PE500 has a self threader that has worked for me every time…my PE770′s threader has never worked for me yet. The only thing I don’t like about the PE500 is that you have to connect it to a computer to load designs…it has some nice designs preloaded on it already and a few fonts too! The memory in it is capable of holding 12 more designs that you load onto it…if you want more, you have to delete some. All The Brother machines use the .PES format, and once you get this machine, you will go crazy searching for designs.The PE500 is so easy to use…it might take you a few ruined projects to get used to your machine, but practice on old scraps of fabric and get used to stabilizers and what kind to use with each fabric and you won’t regret owning this machine! This machine will make you become an embroidery junkie!!!! Before you know it, you will be wanting a bigger machine! After playing with this machine for a week, I finally opened my PE770. The PE500 was much easier to get used to. This machine takes regular sewing home machine needles. If you have any troubles with this machine, do not adjust your tension!!! Before adjusting the tension, make sure that your bobbin is in correctly and that you are using the correct stabilizer for the job. Also make sure you have a sharp needle or if using stretchy material a ball point needle. Also if having trouble, make sure your bobbin area is clean of lint and that there are no little pieces of thread caught in the tension discs. Most of the time, this will fix any issues that you think might be tension. Poly thread works better also, as it doesn’t make as much lint.
I love this machine and I have no regrets at all!!!! This machine is Brothers solution to entry level embroidery only and is billed as the first embroidery machine for under $300.

Overall rating:  5 out of 5

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Singer 7525 Stylist Sewing Machine

Product Features

SINGER 7258 Stylist Sewing Machine

  • 100 stitch styles
  • Adjustable sewing rate of speed
  • Push button stitch selection
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Weighs 14-3/4 pounds; measures 15 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches; limited 25-year warranty. 110 volt machine designed for United States and Canadian use only

Product Details:

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 7.5 x 12 inches ; 19.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 19 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B003KK807M
  • Item model number: 7258

Product Description

Offering 100 built-in stitches, the Singer 7258 Stylist includes a large variety of stitches for all types of sewing, such as fashion sewing, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative sewing.

With the push-button stitch selection, select the desired stitch with just a simple push of a button. Optimum settings for length, width and tension are set automatically. Buttonhole sewing is a one-step simple process, with fully automatic, precisely balanced built-in buttonholes. Choose from 6 different one-step styles and each side of the buttonhole is sewn in the same direction, creating beautifully balanced buttonholes. After effortlessly threading the machine, the automatic needle threader automatically threads the eye of the needle. Select whether the needle is up or down when the machine stops with the programmable needle up/down.


The only negative thing I can say about this machine is this: It’s so much better than my Singer Esteem II that I’m wondering just how much better an even more expensive Singer would have been. Now that I’ve realized how much fun a better-than-basic machine can be, I’m starting to covet the machines that will do even fancier stitches and do letters.

With that said, I didn’t really need to spend more than I did on this machine. So, I’m perfectly happy!

1. The instruction manual is incredibly detailed. My basic Singer Esteem covered many features so briefly that I really didn’t know what I was doing. The Stylist manual even goes so far as to explain many of the included 100 stitches. The machine is pretty self-explanatory to get setup if you’ve sewed before. But it’s nice that any questions you have are probably in the manual and won’t require a long Google search.

2. It sews VERY smoothly. And it’s so much quieter than my old machine.

3. The option to have the needle stop up or down might not seem like a big deal – but it’s SO convenient once you get used to it. I love it!

4. The slider to control the speed of the machine without the foot pedal also gives some speed control when the foot pedal is attached. Although my daughter is too young to sew now, I imagine that being able to limit the foot pedal’s speed for a beginner will be a great plus. And when piecing together long strips of fabric, in particular, the ability to sew without the foot pedal attached is a nice luxury. I was afraid it would be scary and hard to stop. But the Start/Stop button is located in a very convenient place, making it easy to stop the machine with your finger that’s feeding the fabric through.

5. The stitches are really pretty. To bring back up my old Singer Esteem II – it had some extra stitches that looked quite awful and I wondered why anyone would ever use them. I kind of expected that with this model too, but since I sew mostly children’s clothing, it didn’t matter a lot to me if anything but standard stitches worked. But I have been very pleasantly surprised. I’ve already found myself embellishing some items with the pretty choices.

6. Can you believe how many presser feet are included with this machine? Really, that alone is what sold me on it. I compared with other machines that offered all the other features except for the feet, and some were even more money. I’d never gotten to use a ruffler foot before this. No more sewing a long stitch and pulling to create my ruffle – the machine does it for me! I’ve been experimenting with the embroidery foot. They’re all awesome.

7. The ONLY problem I’ve had with the machine is this: When I have the needle in the setting to end “down”, and I stop and need to remove my fabric, and I turn the wheel to move the needle, the thread gets too tight (upper thread) and breaks as I pull my fabric out. I’ve found that the simple solution is to turn the need to the “up” position, do a quick backstitch, and the thread pulls with no problem.

8. I’ve had zero problems with the bobbin so far. It is super easy to load. It hasn’t jammed (which my old machine did all the stinking time!). And, while the plastic cover over the bobbin compartment originally concerned me because of durability questions, I’m really liking being able to see how much bobbin thread I have left. In my old, front loading bobbin machine, I was always surprised to run out of bobbin thread….often after having sewn a very long time without it (a big pain). Now I can keep an easy eye on it without having to unthread it.

So that’s it. I love this machine. If you can afford a much more expensive machine, like $500+, then get it. But if you’re looking in the $190-$300 range, this one seems to be one of the best. And if you’re just starting sewing, skip the $100 machines and just go straight for this model. It’s affordable, and makes sewing seem easier because the machine just does what it should.


I did a lot of research before I bought this machine. This would be my third machine so I do have experience with sewing machines. First I would say that it does have a lot of convenient features and does come with a decent number of pressure feet and supplies. The DVD it comes with is also very helpful- it helps you understand the machine and a lot of its functions.
What I have a problem with is the sewing ability of this machine. I sew mainly home dec projects and needed a machine to sew through upholstery material and denim and it didnt do a nice job. Sure it sewed it but it skipped a stich here and there and the feed dogs did not move the fabric through well (and yes I had the right needle, the right thread and the right tension). I guess you get what you pay for. So this is going back and now Im searching for a more simple machine with a more powerful motor, better feed dogs, better piercing ability that can sew through fabrics that I use.

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Overall rating 4.4 out of 5.

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Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine

Product Features

Free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches, each with multiple stitch functions; good for novices and everyday sewing projects

Features needle threader, thread cutter, drop-in bobbin loading, and auto bobbin winding; 1-step auto-size buttonholer

110-volt machine operates with foot pedal; light bulb for workspace illumination

Accessory storage built into free arm; includes 5 accessory presser feet and bilingual user’s manual

Measures 12-1/4 inches long by 7-3/4 inches wide by 9-3/5 inches high; limited 25-year warranty

Product Details

Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 7.7 x 9.6 inches ; 13 pounds

Shipping Weight: 15.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


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Item model number: XL2600I

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)

#2 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Sewing > Sewing Machines

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Product Description
Learning to sew is challenging enough without struggling with an overly-complicated and clunky sewing machine. The XL-2600i sewing machine from Brother endears itself to novice and seasoned sewers alike with a host of user-friendly features, including a simple needle threader, built-in thread cutter, drop-in bobbin loading, and automatic bobbin winding.

The 110-volt sewing machine plugs into grounded outlets with a provided power cord and employs a foot pedal to control operation and stitching speed. To adjust thread tension, the machine offers a tension control dial. Stitches are illustrated on the side of the machine for quick identification, and stitch length, stitch width, presser foot pressure, and presser foot height are preset so the user can start sewing faster. Equipped with five accessory presser feet, the machine’s presser feet snap on for speedy replacement. A light bulb illuminates the work area. Stashed inside the free arm, sewing machine accessories include a screwdriver, three-piece needle pack, extra spool pin, twin needle, darning plate. A user’s manual with instructions offered in both English and Spanish also accompany the machine. This item is covered by a limited 25-year warranty. The sewing machine measures 12-1/4 inches long by 7-3/4 inches wide by 9-3/5 inches high and weighs 16 pounds upon shipping.

To cover all the basics and then some, the sewing machine supplies twenty-five built-in utility, decorative, and heirloom stitches, each outfitted with multiple stitch functions for versatility. A one-step, auto-size buttonholer enables the hassle-free insertion of one style of buttonholes, while the machine’s free arm design allows the user to hem pants or attach sleeves easily.

Brother’s new XL2600i is a 25 stitch free arm sewing machine with multiple stitch functions. Easy to use, the XL2600i features an automatic needle threader, built in thread cutter and drop-in bobbin system. This sewing machine also has a built in one-step automatic buttonholer with a stitch balance control for perfect buttonholes every time. The stitches include built-in stretch, blind hem and decorative stitches as well as basic stitches for garment construction, quilting and embellishment. The XL2600i also has adjustable width and length as well as a dial thread tension control to give you more sewing flexibility. Brother’s XL2600i has a convertible sewing surface from flatbed to free arm so that you can easily sew on hems or cuffs as well as larger items. Accessories are included for quilting, zipper insertion, darning, buttonholes and button sewing and this machine features quick change presser feet so you can easily change the feet to meet your sewing needs. The XL2600i is lightweight with a built-in handle for portability. Instructions are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Manufacturer’s note:

Accessories are housed in free arm of machine.


“This is a great machine for the price. I am teaching my teenage daughter to sew and she is turned off by my clunky old Singer. So I keep that around for the tough jobs and use this new Brother for the light weight stuff. ”

“The owner’s manual IS hard to read. The Spanish is right after the English, and sometimes they repeat the same instructions twice, and it’s not laid out well. It is manageable, though.

They make you think you have to buy special bobbins, but on the box it says you can replace them with class 15, although I have not tried that yet. The accessories seem quite acceptable, except I wish they had given you some ball point needles for knits and stretch rather than just more sharp points. ”

“I am happy with the machine. I especially like the needle threader and think that the top thread is very easy to thread. Now that I figured out the lower thread issue, I want to experiment with all the stitches! I wish the presser foot lever was on the back instead of the inside, but oh well. Be careful taking off the tape because I ripped some off and it pulled up a little plastic on the green part of the machine. ”

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Overall Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

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Janome 7330 Magnolia

Product Features

Automatic Needle Threader – No More Straining Your Eyes, Easily Adjust Stitch Length and Width with the Touch of a Button, Free Arm Capability Bright Two-Digit LED Screen For Simple Stitch Selection, Superior Feeding System and Drop Feed Capable Easily Select One of 30 Built-In Sewing Stitches with the Front Stitch Panel and LED Screen Start-Stop Button Allows you to Sew Without a Foot Control, Auto-Declutch Bobbin Winder, Easy Reverse Stitch Button and Precise Thread Tension

Product Description

The Janome Magnolia 7330 Computerized sewing machine combines lots of sewer friendly features in a wonderful machine. The 7330 has 30 well thought out stitches. Included in the stitches are 6 one step buttonholes that sew a buttonhole exactly for your size button. The Janome 7330 has a bright LED screen for easy view of stitch width and length. The LED screen also displays the number of your stitch. Easily adjust the stitch width or length by just pressing the plus or minus button. How nice to be able to adjust the stitch width or length with precision with just a press of the button. Janome’s 7 Feed Teeth Box Feeding System assures Superior Feeding! From the lightest weight fabric to heavy fabric! The Automatic Needle Threader is simple, just pull down the needle threader, put your thread in the hook and in front of the needle, pull back and your needle is threaded! The bobbin cover is see through to let you see if you are running out of thread! In addition, if you sew off the edge of the fabric it is jam proof. Free motion quilting to old fashion darning is easy with the drop-feed system. Do pants legs and shirt sleeves with the Free Arm Feature! The precision tension dial lets you set your tension and your tension stays there. Precision tension makes sewing enjoyable. Handy Central Control Buttons: From bottom to top: Start/Stop for Sewing Without a Foot Control, Reverse, Pattern Stop, Needle Up/Down all conveniently located for your sewing pleasure. Just push the bobbinwinder to the right and the auto-declutch will automatically stop the needle from moving and wind your bobbin! The Start/Stop button allows you to sew without using the foot control. One Step Automatic Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Satin Stitch foot, Screwdriver, Bobbins, Needles, Seam Ripper, Additional Spool Pin, Spool Caps, and Felt are all included with the Janome 7330.


“The 7330 is computerized. It has a good number of stitches, including 5 different overcast stitches, three different one-step button holes, a darning stitch, and good number of decorative stitches. It has a free arm that has been great for doing the small arm and leg holes on the children’s clothing I’ve been making. It has a foot pedal, although you can also use it sans the pedal. It has an up/down button that “remembers” if you last made the needle stay down when you stopped stitching. It also has a reverse button and an automatic needle threader. It’s very easy to wind the bobbin and you just pop open the little lid and drop it in the hole. Super easy!  ” “This has been a good machine. But in the very beginning I was having issues with the bobbin jamming up. I called the company within the first week & requested a replacement, because of the money I didn’t want to hassel trying to fix something that wasn’t going to co-operate. ” “I find the machine to be very easy to use, very nice, quiet, and quick change of stitch length, width/needle position, and stitch type. The machine is very easy to thread, and the bobbin is so so easy to use and refill. So far, I have been super pleased with this machine. It is not heavy, so I can lift it and move it. It sews very nicely. ”

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Overall Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

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Why the Janome 760 is great sewing machine for beginners

Here’s why I love the Janome 760 for beginning sewers and quilters. First, this is a very solid, sturdy machine. The weight and durability means it will likely be with you for years into the future. When I was a kid, my mother had an old metal sewing machine. It never jammed, it never stopped working. You just couldn’t break it. The Janome has the same feel when I sew on it.

There are several stitches, but not so many that you feel overwhelmed. You will only need two stitches to start; straight stitch and zig zag. After years of sewing and quilting, I use these two stitches 95% of the time whether I am quilting or constructing clothing.

The machine is easy to thread. There are not a thousand different points in the threading process to remember. It’s very simple. The bobbin is easy to refill and easy to thread. Keep the instruction manual nearby for the first few times you use the machine so you can refer to the threading diagram. Before long, you won’t even need to look at the diagram anymore.

The snap-on foot conversion is awesome. You can’t get easier than this. You don’t have to unscrew any screws with a special tool that you can never find. Instead, you easily snap the foot off and snap another foot on. Goof-proof!

Speed control is the beginning sewer’s friend. When learning to sew or quilt, you can keep the speed lower so you have time to think as you sew, time to react if you need to adjust fabric as you go. As you become more comfortable with sewing, you can increase the speed, especially when sewing straight seams. This flexibility is great for beginners!

For those reasons and a lot more, I think the Janome 760 is a SUPER machine to buy for your first sewing machine. Once you become accomplished at sewing, you will still use this sewing machine for all of your sewing needs. A great investment!

Sewing Machines For Beginners

When you learn to sew, one of the first things ou realize is you will need a good sewing machine. What where do you you find sewing machines for beginners?

But what kind should you buy? Should you get a simple one? Should you get a complicated one that has lots of stitches? Should it be super expensive? Should you spend as little as possible?

On of the first things you want to consider is what are you going to be sewing?  Likely you will be learning to make a quilt or simple clothing construction. For either of these types of projects, you will only need two stitch types; straight line and zigzig.  All machines will have these two stitches. So when choosing a new machine, you don’t need to buy one that has hundreds of stitches. For quite a while you will only be using only these two simple stitches.  If you choose a machine that has only a handful of stitches, you will not be overwhelmed when your new machine arrives.

Another feature to consider is the reputation of the manufacturer. There are lots of machine companies out there. You can use the internet to help you find which companies are reputable.  I, personally, love Janome machines. I’ve used them for years and found they are solid and easy to use. Websites like will have reviews from buyers of machines. Buyers will tell you what they really think in these reviews.  Read through several. You are looking for the companies that have repeatedly have favorable reviews.

Another resource to turn to is comparison charts. Many websites and even manufacturers will have comparison charts of features of sewing machines. This will give you a side-by-side comparison of features and benefits of particularly sewing machines.  Once you have narrowed down what basic features you need, these charts will help you sift through dozens of models to find the models that have what you need. It is important that you not buy a machine with dozens of features that you won’t use for several years. These may simply be overwhelming to you. If you feel overwhelmed, you will be hesitant to use your new machine. Choose a simple machine so that you feel eager to sit down to the machine and easily use it.

When looking for a simple machine, also look for simple accessories. Many models will offer dozens of presser feet and other accessories. Whenyou are first learning to sew, you only need one all-purpose presser foot to start. Later you may want to add other feet that are made for special purposes such as inserting a zipper, or sewing a perfect quarter-inch seam as required in quilt construction. But for now, a simple all-purpose foot is all that is required as you learn to sew.

Youtube can be a great resource for how-to instructions. Many sewers and manufacturers have created videos instructing how to thread your machine, or how to use various stitch lengths.  These videos can be an enormous help when you come across a problem that is holding you up as you work on your sewing project.

When looking at sewing machines for beginners, take these different tips in mind. Uou will be able to find several models of machines that will make an excellent tool for you when you are learning to sew.