Holiday Sewing Machine Shopping Guide
Ready for an upgrade? A little Merry Christmas to me gift!? I’m here to help. So many people ask, what machine should I get?! No matter where you are in your sewing journay there’s an awesome machine for you and your budget.
Below, I have created my ”Holiday Sewing Machine Shopping Guide” just for you, so you can save time and not have to spend hours researching different sewing machines. Plus, all of the sewing machines listed in my guide will be on The Shopping Channel (TSC) on November 8th!
A few things to keep in mind. First, you get what you pay for. I completely understand that paying hundreds even thousands of dollars for a hobby can be a little bit of crazy talk. However, if you’re considering a sewing machine at all here are my top buying tips!
- Get the best (even if it’s used) computerized sewing machine that you can afford. Many shy away from computerized machines because they think they’re not a good enough sewer to warrant all those “bells” and “whistles” but the truth is, the more beginner you are, the more you’ll benefit from a higher end machine. The computerized machines do a lot of the heavy lifting and trouble shooting for you. A machine with knobs, while typically cheaper, you kinda need to know what you’re doing, because you need to choose the stitches and the settings yourself. The higher priced computerized machines do that for you. They typically tell you what foot to use with the stitch you’ve chosen, it will pick the correct stitch length and width for you. Which means if you’re a beginner…you don’t need to do this. It’s super helpful!
- Look for a drop in bobbin with a clear top. – this is a much more upgraded bobbin system and the clear lid helps you see how much thread you have left.
- Get a machine that sews better than you! This is because you’re only going to get better. You don’t want a machine you’re going to immediately out grow.
- Look for a bundle. In many cases machines will get sold with a few extra accessories, get as many in your machine bundle as you can, because at somepoint, you might want to make a quilt, or hem your pants, or install a zipper…then you’ll have the feet you need.
- Buy a name you trust. There’s a reason some machines are WAY less expensive than others.
This means you can get some high-quality sewing machines at a great holiday price, along with a few extra goodies!
Find these machines on The Shopping Channel/Today’s Shopping Choice in Canada & at your local Janome Dealer.
When I first got really serious about sewing, serious enough to buy multiple machines….I wanted a little fleet of 10 machines that I could potentially teach classes with. I wanted a model that every student, no matter how green would find easy and enjoyable …did I mention easy….to use. Also, I wanted to buy 10 of them, so they needed to be somewhat afforable. THIS was the machine! It had a lot of high end features in very regular sized sewing machine footprint. 200 stitches, even the Alphabet…plus tied for my favorite features, spped control and the scissor button (automatic thread cutter). I whole heartedly recommend this machine to the first time upgrader…someone who wants a great machine, doesn’t want to pay a fortune but still wants lots of cool features. You won’t go wrong here. Did I mention it also comes with the complete quilting kit! (yep all those extra feet, plus an extension table…Remember…my tip…buy a bundle…this is a good one!)
- 200 stitches, including alphabet 12 button holes
- Automatic one step direct pattern selection keys built in
- One-hand needle threader
- Superior plus feed system
- 7-piece feed dog
- Automatic thread trimming
- Drop in, easy set bobbin
- Start/stop button (with slow start)
- Needle up/down (down default setting)
- Stitch memory: programmable for up to 50 combined patterns
- Backlit LCD screen
- Maximum zig zag width: 7 mm
- Auto declutch bobbin winder
It’s no secret this is my favorite every day sewing machine. Actually it’s much more than an “everyday” machine. There’s nothing pedestrian about it. It’s actually the fact that it’s so heavy duty, that makes me use it every day. It can handle just about anything. It’s got an all metal exterior making it extra heavy, tons of stitches, it’s super fast. And because it’s got so much space I find myself reaching for this machine most often. It’s the one that sits out on my table ready for anything.
- 170 stitches plus two alphabets
- One-push needle plate conversion with two included plates
- Maximum sewing speed: 1,000 spm
- 10″ all-metal seamless flatbed
- Memorized needle up/down
- Superior needle threader
- Six LEDs in three locations
This is the Big Brother! They WAY bigger brother to the 6650 (above). All the things I said about the 6650, the applied to the M7 and more. It has out of the ball park features, like if you’re stumped you can use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on every screen and it will explain what’s happening. That’s so cool. There’s is so much throat space and a HUGE 24 in extension table. It’s hard to recommend this machine …not becuase it’s not amazing…but it’s like recommending a Ferrari or Lambourghini to someone looking to upgrade their Chev or Ford. Obviously the Ferrari is amazing, obvoiusly if you can get it, get it! It will be awesome. So if you’re a sewer who wants everything there is in a sewing machine, this is the model for you! It’s fast, it’s sleek, you’ll be the envy of all your Ford driving sewing friends!
- 1,300 stitches per minute
- Automatic presser foot lift
- Full intensity LED lighting system
- AcuSpark tutorial app
- Computerized one-touch needle plate conversion with three needle plates included
- 7″ HD colour touchscreen
- 400 built-in stitches
- Independent bobbin winding motor
- Telescoping dual thread stand
- Variable zig-zag for thread painting
- Twin needle safety setting
- Start/stop button
- One-push air threading system
- Eight-piece feed dog system
- Built-in one-step converter
- Built-in needle threader
- 250 built-in embroidery designs, including 40 exclusive designs by Anna Maria Horner
- 16 fonts for monogramming
- Maximum embroidery size: 6.7″ x 7.9″
- Free arm embroidery
- Design transfer via Wi-Fi, USB and direct PC connection
- Sewing speed up to 1,000 spm
- On-screen editing functions include enlarge/reduce, rotate, turnover, drag and drop, zoom, arc, combine
- Programmable jump thread trimming
- Adjustable speed while embroidering
- Flexible stitch traveling by 1, 10, 100 and 500 stitches
- 300 built-in stitches including seven alphabet fonts
- Automatic thread cutter
- Memory function
- Work space: 8.3″
- Auto declutch bobbin winder
- LCD touchscreen
Hopefully you found this sewing machine guide helpful! To see all of these machines in action tune in to TSC tune in on November 8th at 9am, 12 pm, and 5 pm Eastern Standard Time, for more info and demo’s!!
See you then!