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 beforeĀ  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
$408.99  in stock
11 new from $408.99
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as of July 11, 2020 5:08 am

Features

  • 60 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The Brother CS6000i includes 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of auto-size buttonholes
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: This sewing and quilting machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The CS6000i includes a hard protective case, wide table, 10 sewing feet, needle set including twin needle, 3 bobbins and more
  • LCD SCREEN: Easily select your stitches with the touch of a button and view your selections on the LCD display
  • 25 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: The CS6000i is backed by a 25 year limited warranty with free technical support for the life of the product

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

$99.99
$93.79  in stock
18 new from $93.79
1 used from $225.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • 27 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The XM2701 includes 27 built-in stitches including decorative, blind hem, zigzag, and stretch stitches and an auto-size buttonhole
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: This sewing machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The XM2701 comes with 6 sewing feet, 3-piece needle set, twin needle, 4 bobbins, instructional DVD, manual and more
  • VERSATILE FREE ARM: This free arm sewing machine is perfect for a wide range of everyday sewing projects, and users from beginners to advanced
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The XM2701 sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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

$298.00  in stock
6 new from $296.92
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Features

  • 50 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW features 50 built-in stitches including 5 auto-size buttonholes
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: This sewing machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The CS5055PRW comes with 7 sewing feet, 3-piece needle set, twin needle, instruction manual and more
  • LCD SCREEN: Simply select your stitches with the push of a button and view your selection on the LCD display
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The CS5055PRW sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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

$455.93  in stock
5 new from $455.93
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Features

  • 185 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The HC1850 includes 130 sewing stitches including 8 styles of auto-size buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches
  • ADVANCED NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: This sewing and quilting machine includes an advanced needle threading function that easily pushes thread through the needle with the press of a lever and a jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The HC1850 quilting and sewing machine includes a wide table, 8 feet, instructional DVD, manual and more
  • LCD SCREEN: Easily select your stitches with the touch of a button and view your selections on the LCD display
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The HC1850 quilting and sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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

$449.99
$380.99  in stock
7 new from $380.99
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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

$268.00  in stock
3 new from $296.89
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as of July 11, 2020 5:08 am

Features

  • 37 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The Brother XR3774 includes 37 built-in stitches including blind hem, decorative and quilting stitches and a one-step buttonhole
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: This sewing and quilting machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The XR3774 quilting and sewing machine comes with a machine cover, wide table, 8 sewing feet, instructional DVD, and more
  • VERSATILE FREE ARM: The Brother XR3774 is perfect for a wide range of everyday sewing and quilting projects, and users from beginners to advanced
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The XR3774 quilting and sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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

$453.70  in stock
5 new from $449.98
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Features

  • 165 UNIQUE BUILT-IN STITCHES: The Brother XR9550PRW Project Runway machine includes 110 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches including 8 styles of auto-size buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER AND DROP-IN TOP BOBBIN: The Brother F.A.S.T. needle threading system takes care of threading the needle for you and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: Included with the XR9550PRW quilting and sewing machine is a protective hard cover, wide table, 8 sewing feet, instructional DVD and more
  • LCD SCREEN: The intuitive LCD display allows you to easily choose your stitches and settings with the push of a button
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The XR9550PRW quilting and sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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

$628.88
$577.58  in stock
4 new from $607.98
1 used from $577.58
Free shipping
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Features

  • 1,500 STITCHES PER MINUTE MAX SEWING SPEED: Maximum stitching of up to 1,500 stitches per minute allows you to sew and quilt more in less time
  • ADVANCED NEEDLE THREADING SYSTEM: This sewing and quilting machine includes an automatic needle threader that perfectly pushes thread through the needle and a convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The PQ1500SL longarm sewing and quilting machine comes with a wide table, 7 sewing feet, knee-lifter, instruction manual and more. The removable knee-lifter enables you to lift your presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free for fabric handling
  • PRECISION PIN FEEDING SYSTEM: It's so easy to sew a wide variety of fabric thicknesses thanks to Brother's Pin Feed system for precision fabric feeding
  • AT YOUR SIDE SUPPORT: The PQ1500SL quilting and sewing machine comes with Brother At Your Side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

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