Amazon has so many sewing machines it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let me break it down for you to show you what the best bang for your buck will be!
The hunt has begun. I’ve been using this sewing machine (well one a lot like it but from 6 years ago) for all of my projects. It’s time for an upgrade.
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What I’m comparing
There are some features I’m very interested in so I decided to break them each down and compare some of the Amazon best sellers.
The features are:
- Reverse Button
- It sounds silly, but I’d like to have a button to push rather than a level to pull down on. My current lever makes me feel like if I’m not putting enough pressure, it starts going forward again and a button seems much simpler.
- Needle Up Button
- My mom’s machine has this and it makes things SO SIMPLE when doing quick small little projects. I sew on short tags and the ability to just push a button to raise or lower the needle is a lot more simple than turning the dial on the side.
- Self Threading
- I’m not awful at threading my needle but my current needle has been coming unthreaded so much, this sounds nice.
- Thread Cutter
- Pretty much every sewing machine has this feature but it’s something I really need so I wanted to make sure they all had it!
- I think it is so fun to customize things with baby names or dates on custom gifts so embroidery would be fun.
- Digital Display
- This just makes things more simple in terms of tension and stitch settings.
- Drop in Bobbin
- A drop in bobbin helps prevent bobbin jamming which has been something that is constantly driving me nuts on my current machine!
- Aluminum Body
- Sewing machines with aluminum body’s seem to sew smoother and last longer. My current plastic body seems to bounce a lot of I get sewing too quickly and it is extremely loud.
The Machines being compared are
- Brother SE400
- Brother CS6000i
- Singer | Heavy Duty 4423
- Janome HD1000
- Janome MOD-19
- Brother CS5055PRW
Brother SE400 Combination ComputerizedBrother CS6000i Feature-Rich SewingSINGER | Heavy DutyJanome Industrial-Grade Aluminum-Body HD1000Janome MOD-19 Easy-to-Use SewingBrother Project Runway CS5055PRW
So what’s the consensus? It depends! What do you find most important?
If an aluminum body and longevity are #1 on your list, I suggest The Janome HD1000, but you’re going to pay for it. This machine will likely last you your life, possibly even your children’s lives.
If features are important and you’re on a budget, then definitely go for the Brother CS6000i. This is the most bang for your buck, but it might be outdated or broken in 10-15 years.
I only had one embroidery machine on the list because everything else can’t even compare. They are so much more expensive. The Brother SE400 has great sewing machine features and embroidery machine functionality which is a win win. But again, you may need to replace it in the future.
What am I going to do? I don’t know! Help me decide! I am leaning toward the embroidery machine only because I’d love to add baby names to the swaddles I make! Is that worth double the price of the CS6000i though? I’m not sure. Especially when I could get a machine that would last me the rest of my life for the same price!
Do you have a machine you’ve been eyeing? What’s on your list?
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