Best selling entry level sewing machines on Amazon

August 2019

Looking to buy a sewing machine? It is always useful to get as much information as you can before  purchase, and sewing machines are no exception. I have compiled the list of best sellers in this class from Amazon. All of them have relatively good reviews and ratings and the prices are not outrageous either.

I have skipped the machines that have too many negative reviews or which in my opinion show signs of having a substantial flaw ( for example, if 90% of the negative reviews complain that it breaks needles, then chances are this is a design issue ). Please bear in mind that these machines are selected from a “best seller” list, they will likely be entry-level or perhaps older models, but exactly because they sell well they have lots of reviews and we can use this collective knowledge base.

I was extremely surprised to find out that Singer, a brand that I used to like and trust, seems to have a systematic quality issue. There were a number of Singer machines in the list but I had to pass on most them because of the extremely high number of complaints about quality. Such a pity, I still own and use a Singer serger made in the 1980s that still works wonderfully but later models seem to have issues. For your reference, here is the list of Singer machines that are in the best seller list but have a number of very high quality complaints:
Because of the almost total absence of the Singer machines in this list I had a real problem finding beginner entry sewing machines which are 1) cheap enough to justify the name “beginner” and 2) reliable enough to justify the buying. Of course any machine can ( and will ) break at some point and the fact that one particular machine has stellar reviews does not mean YOU will not get a lemon – that is why I like Amazon, I can send it back if it breaks within 30 days, if it does not work to my liking, if I have a bad feeling or simply just because.

Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means I will receive a commission if you order a product through one of my links. I only recommend products I believe in and use myself.

I have published this list before; in November 2017 the list looked like this:

1. Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
2. SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine
3. Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine
4. SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with DVD, 10 Presser Feet and Metal Frame
5. SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Portable Sewing Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover
6. SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate
7. SINGER Sewing 4432 Heavy Duty Extra-High Speed Portable Sewing Machine
8. Brother XR3774 Full-Featured Sewing and Quilting Machine
9. Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine

How does the list look like in August 2019 ? Let’s see:

Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Wide Table, Hard Cover, LCD Display and Auto Needle Threader

$449.00
$149.00  in stock
18 new from $149.00
8 used from $100.46
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Features

  • SIMPLE-TO-USE SEWING AND QUILTING MACHINE: The CS6000i sewing and quilting machine is user-friendly. The stitch selector switch allows you to easily see and choose your stitch
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER: This quilting machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle. LCD Display Size (W x H)- 2.0 x 0.7 Inches
  • ADJUSTABLE SEWING SPEED: The Brother CS6000i sewing and quilting machine features an adjustable stitch speed that gives you easy control; Stitch Length (mm): 5
  • WIDE TABLE: Designed for quilts and other larger projects, the CS6000i includes a wide table that gives you extra space. Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute) : 850
  • BUILT-IN FREE ARM: Doing intricate sewing projects is simple thanks to the free arm that helps sew sleeves, pant legs, and other cylindrical items. Refer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for User Manual

Brother Sewing Machine, XM2701, Lightweight Sewing Machine with 27 Stitches

$99.99
$84.99  in stock
11 new from $84.00
10 used from $63.74
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Features

  • VERSATILE FREE ARM SEWING MACHINE: The Brother XM2701 27-stitch free arm sewing machine is perfect for a wide range of everyday sewing projects, and users from beginners to advanced
  • 27 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: This machine includes decorative, blind hem, zigzag, and stretch stitches as well as other built-in stitches. Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute)- 800
  • 6 QUICK-CHANGE SEWING FEET: The XM2701 includes 6 quick-change sewing feet, with buttonhole, zipper, narrow hemmer, blind stitch, zigzag and button sewing
  • JAM-RESISTANT: The Brother XM2701 features a jam-resistant drop-in top bobbin, a brightly lit LED work area, 27 stitches, and 63 stitch functions
  • 25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: This machine includes an instructional DVD, a bilingual user manual, and FREE technical support for the life of the product

Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW Electric Sewing Machine - 50 Built-In Stitches - Automatic Threading

$127.69
$125.00  in stock
17 new from $125.00
12 used from $93.75
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Features

  • Brother Project Runway model delivers couture-level, consistent stitch quality
  • 50 stitches - customize in style with built-in clothing, decorative, heirloom and quilting stitches. Free Arm for Sewing Cuffs and Sleeves.Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 850
  • Includes complete designer sewing and finishing solutions, with 6 specialty feet, accompanying stitches, and specialty needles. Enjoy designer features for blind hems, zippers, overcasting edges, sewing on buttons, knits and stretch fabrics, twin needle top stitching, and more
  • Professional, elegant buttonholes - 5 one-step buttonholes automatically sized to fit your specific buttons, for truly custom results
  • Reliable, easy threading of both top thread and bobbin - for consistent, high quality stitching. Please note: this machine is recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use.Stitch Length:5mm

Brother Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine, HC1850, 130 Built-in Stitches, 8 Presser Feet, Sewing Font, Wide Table, 850 Stitches Per Minute, Instructional DVD, 25-Year Limited Warranty

$190.00
$178.77  in stock
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Features

  • COMBINATION SEWING & QUILTING: The HC1850 is a fantastic multipurpose sewing and quilting machine that is easy to use and packed with features
  • 130 BUILT-IN STITCHES: This quilting and sewing machine includes 8 styles of one-step auto-size buttonholes and multiple decorative stitches
  • QUILTING FEATURES: The HC1850 comes with a detachable wide table, spring action quilting foot, and the ability to do free-motion quilting
  • MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES: This sewing machine comes with 8 specialty feet including zigzag foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot and quilting foot
  • 25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: The Brother HC1850 comes with an instructional DVD, a bilingual user manual, and free customer phone and online technical support for the life of the product.Stitch Selector Type:Mode & Shift Key

SINGER | 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with 76 Decorative Stitches, Automatic Needle Threader and Bonus Accessories, Packed with Features and Easy to Use

$299.99
$172.76  in stock
8 new from $172.76
2 used from $129.99
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Features

  • PUSH BUTTON STITCH SELECTION: The SINGER Stylist 7258 sewing machine allows you to select the desired stitch with just a simple push of a button. Optimum settings for length, width and tension are set automatically and are customizable with adjustable stitch length and stitch width. Volts : 120V. Amps : 0.62. Watts-74
  • WARRANTY: SINGER Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine has 25 Year Limited Warranty , 60 Hertz
  • This sewing machine is warranted for use in the US and Canada at 110 volts only

Brother XR3774 Full-Featured Quilting Machine with 37 Stitches, 8 Sewing Feet, Wide Table, and Instructional DVD, Red

$249.00
$100.99  in stock
2 new from $100.99
3 used from $85.79
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Features

  • Easy-to-use, value-packed and versatile, perfect for a wide range of everyday sewing projects
  • Least expensive Brother sewing machine that Includes a wide table for large scale projects such as quilts
  • 37 unique built-in stitches, including a great selection of decorative stitches (74 total stitch functions), and a one-step auto-size buttonholer for virtually perfect buttonholes
  • Includes 8 sewing feet, with buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, blind stitch, button sewing, narrow hemmer, walking and quilting feet.Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute):800
  • Ease of use features include built-in needle threader, jam-resistant top drop-in bobbin and brightly lit LED work area

Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, XR9550PRW, Project Runway Limited Edition, 110 Built-in Utility, LCD Screen, Hard Case, White

$175.00  in stock
14 new from $175.00
3 used from $130.22
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Features

  • LARGE LCD SCREEN: The Brother XR9550PRW computerized sewing machine is easy to navigate thanks to its large backlit LCD screen
  • 110 BUILT-IN STITCHES: The Project Runway Limited Edition computerized sewing machine includes 110 utility, decorative and heirloom stitches
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER: With a simple touch of a lever, the advanced easy needle threader pushes your thread right through the eye
  • 8 ONE-STEP AUTO-SIZE BUTTONHOLE STYLES: Choose from 8 styles of one-step, auto-size buttonholes for virtually perfect buttonholes
  • HARD CASE WITH WIDE TABLE: The Brother XR9550PRW Project Runway Limited Edition sewing machine comes with a hard case and a wide table.Jam resistant Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin

Brother Quilting and Sewing Machine, PQ1500SL, High-Speed Quilting and Sewing, 1500 Stitches Per Minute, Automatic Needle Threader, Retractable Drop Feed Dog Control

$607.98  in stock
2 new from $607.98
15 used from $438.14
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Features

  • AUTO THREAD TRIMMER: The Brother PQ1500SL Quilting and Sewing machine comes with a push-button automatic thread trimmer
  • BUILT-IN NEEDLE THREADER: This quilting and sewing machine includes a built-in needle threader that makes loading thread a snap
  • SEWS UP TO 1,500 STITCHES PER MINUTE: Finish sewing projects quicker with lightning-fast speeds of up to 1,500 stitches per minute
  • MULTIPLE SETTINGS: The Brother PQ1500SL comes with 4 feed dog settings for maximum fabric control, a knee lifter, and a bed extension for quilting
  • 25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: The Brother PQ1500SL is backed by a 25-year limited warranty with free technical phone support for the life of the product

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