Top Sewing Machine Brands every Sewists should Know About

by Leanna Levine | Last Updated: February 25, 2017

What Are the Top Sewing Machine Brands?

Choosing a sewing machine can be a daunting task. There are so many brands and models! Where do you begin?

Well, first you need to consider your needs and your budget. Are you going to be sewing a lot, as in starting a business? Are you just going to be doing a little sewing as a hobby? And how much money do you think you can invest in your new machine? Do you really need all the bells and whistles or can you accomplish what you want to with a more basic machine? Having answers to these questions will help a lot as you investigate which sewing machine to buy. The top brands have different models, ranging from beginner machines that cover the basics up to very advanced models that include many extra functions. But to begin, let’s take a look at the top sewing machine brands.

Singer comes to mind first. It’s the company that invented the sewing machine and continues to make good solid machines to this day. They are by far the best-selling brand, probably because they make very good entry-level machines with just the basic functions. That’s where most people want to start. But Singer sells more advanced machines as well. Singers are also very easy to find being sold at major department stores, large chain sewing stores, and popular websites like Amazon. Singers are just about everywhere and there are plenty of people very happy with them.

Brother also makes great beginner machines that are widely available in department stores and online. Brother makes a wide range of sewing machines from the most simple ones suitable for children up to very expensive advanced embroidery machines. Basic Brother machines can be found at major department stores and online. They also offer machines with different combinations of features which makes it easy for you to match the machine to your particular needs.

Janome makes long-lasting and reliable machines and offers a range of models from electronic ones with beginner and more advanced functions up to combination sewing-embroidery machines with built in computers. Janome sewing machines receive lots of good reviews among avid sewers. Basic Janome’s can be found at department stores and online, but you’ll need to visit a specialized sewing store for the more advanced ones.

BabyLock makes excellent sewing machines with a wide range of functions. BabyLock machines can only be purchased at independent shops. They offer electronic, computerized and combination sewing-embroidery machines.

When you really want to splurge and treat yourself to the best, you may want to look at some of the elite sewing machine brands. Some of their models have very advanced computerized features and the highest quality parts.

One brand known for its high-tech sewing machines is Husqvarna Viking. Many avid seamstresses are proud owners of Huskies as they affectionately call them. These machines will last you a long time and perform extraordinary tasks with computerized programs. You’ll need to seek out a sewing shop to find one of these.

Bernina, Pfaff and Elna are other top quality brands to look into. They all boast a wide range of models and high-tech features. Like the Vikings, these are sold only at specialized sewing shops.