Excellent sewing machines for beginners

When shopping for a first sewing machine, consider beginner-friendly features such as top-loading bobbins, built-in stitches, and an automatic needle threader.

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Learning to sew isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve never even learned to thread a needle by hand. However, the right sewing machine can help make the learning experience less stressful and much easier. While you may be tempted by the bells and whistles of high-end, technologically advanced sewing machine models, beginners are actually better off with a simple, high-quality, easy-to-use machine.

If you’ve never bought one before, here’s what to look for first sewing machine. A built-in needle threader and top-loading bobbin will make threading your needle easy. And, while sewing machines aimed at experts offer tons of pre-programmed stitches, as a beginner, opt for a machine with fewer stitch options. (You probably won’t need these fancy stitches as a beginner, anyway.)

A lightweight machine is also worth considering, especially if you take sewing class and plan to bring the sewing machine with you.

CBS Essentials has collected five sewing machine ideal for anyone who is just starting to get their yarn.

Singer 7258 Stylist Sewing Machine



Singer Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine is a sewing machine with a metal frame and equipped with an LCD screen. It comes with an automatic needle threader and a top bobbin for easy threading. As your sewing skills progress, the machine has 100 built-in stitch options, as well as six built-in buttonhole options. At 14.6 pounds, this model isn’t the heaviest, but it isn’t the lightest either. Weight is something to consider if you’re looking for something to carry for sewing class.

Singer 7258 Stylist Sewing Machine, $230

Brother XR9550PRW Project Runway Sewing Machine



A lighter alternative to the Singer Confidence, this Brother model weighs under 9 pounds and is a great option for a beginner looking for a somewhat portable machine. Like the Singer, it features a jam-resistant upper bobbin and an automatic needle threader. And, if you plan to continue beyond the beginner stage, it offers 165 built-in points, which will come in handy along the way. Another bonus? Its intuitive LCD screen makes it easy to select settings.

Brother XR9550PRW Project Runway Sewing Machine, $300

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, Gray



For beginners who plan to work with heavier fabrics, such as denim and leather, Singer Heavy Duty 4423 definitely worth considering. Built to last with a heavy metal frame and powerful motor, it offers 32 built-in stitches and multiple buttonhole options. On the heavier side at 14.5 pounds, it’s a bit bulky to move around on a regular basis.

Singer 4423 sewing machine, $184

Brother CS5055 Computerized Sewing Machine



This computerized model of Brother sewing machine offers 60 built-in stitches, an easy-to-load, jam-resistant top bobbin, and seven buttonhole sizes. However, at 14 pounds, he’s better suited for home rather than on the go.

Brother CS5055 computerized sewing machine, $150

Janome 15 Stitch Color Me Sewing Machine Standard

Janome 15 Stitch Color Me Sewing Machine Standard


This full-size machine has 15 stitches and comes in teal and cheerful pink. It comes with three spools and three needles, plus a seam ripper. It has a front loading spool, light, removable free arm with storage and more.

Janome 15-Stitch Color Me Standard Sewing Machine, $113

Haitral Portable Adjustable Sewing Machine



This minimalist sewing machine is small, light and inexpensive. Retailing for around $25, it’s an economical option. It threads a needle twice and offers two speeds, making it perfect for small jobs such as mending and hemming. It can also be plugged into an outlet or battery powered, making it a great option for on-the-go sewing needs.

Haitral Adjustable Portable Sewing Machine, $25

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