Sewing Machine Reviews

on October 10 | in Polls + Surveys, Products | by | with 10 Comments

A couple of years ago we coordinated  Sewing Machine Month, a full 30 days of info about sewing machines on our blog and elsewhere.  As part of that series we asked our readers to review their sewing machines on their own blogs, then tell us where to find their review. We put them all together into one Sewing Machine Master List. The idea for the reviews was prompted by a reader who found herself overwhelmed with the process of online research for a new machine, when what she really wanted were some honest reviews. Since we published the list of the reviews the market has gained new models and we’ve gained new readers, so it’s time for new Sewing Machine Reviews, from you!

Tell us about your sewing machine! Answer any/all of these questions on your blog, then upload your link below. Scroll down to the appropriate section to add your link; we have sections for Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna Viking, Janome, Juki, Kenmore, Pfaff and Singer, with a place for “Other” machines at the bottom. When you upload the link be sure to use the sewing machine brand and model as your NAME (i.e. Janome Horizon MC8900). You don’t have to have a brand-new machine to answer the questions by any means! We want to learn about your machine, whether it’s been sewing strong longer than you’ve been alive or whether you just opened the box. Even if you participated last time and have the same machine, please participate again! Your opinions could really help someone make the agonizing decision of which machine to buy (or definitely not buy!).

(This photo via Instagram is of the incredible drawing Kristin’s 10 year old made and framed for her Mother’s Day gift.)

Sewing Machine Reviews

What brand and model do you have?

How long have you had it?

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Do you have a dream machine?

Bonus: Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
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10 Responses to Sewing Machine Reviews

  1. Betty Creel says:

    I don’t have a website. I have been sewing for years. I have an assortment of machine’s and I love all my machine’s. And I do use them all. I sadly inherited half of my machine’s from a friend who passed away. They all sew beautifully. No complaints in any of them..
    Brother LS-1217 Babylock Lauren Serger
    Brother Innovis 900D Singer Fashion Mate 360
    Brother CE 4000 Bernina 1130
    Brother 270D White Serger 734DW
    Brother 3034 Serger Babylock Emore Embroidery

  2. Sibylle says:


    I old you about my sewing machine in the last call you made a few years ago. My blog has moved since, do you still collect the old links? Than I can give you the new URL. Meanwhile I own a new machine, perhaps I can ad it too?

    Best S.

  3. It would be super duper helpful if everyone could list the features of their machine as well, i.e. up/down needle, adjustable presser foot pressure, automatic threader, one-step buttonholes, thread cutter, etc. It’s nearly impossible to find this info on old models ( isn’t always reliable on that front). Just a suggestion!

  4. DoloresAnn says:

    I have been sewing for 35 years now, have owned lots of different machines. Right now I have 4 sergers, 1 industrial serger, 6 regular machines, 2 computerized embroidery machines, and one industrial machine. My favorite one is my janome memory craft 5700, going on 13 years now and a second motor. Love how well it works on all fabrics, from silky to leather.

  5. Lynda says:

    I have a Viking Designer 1 which embroiders and I NEVER use it. I took the embroidery unit out once for a class and never used it again. I don’t know where you are, but I would consider selling it. I’m near Chicago.

  6. Kerri says:

    I have a Janome Horizon MC7700 QCP.
    I paid around $3500 AUD from my local Janome dealer.
    I love to quilt on this machine and use it every day I have made lots of quilts and craft projects since I bought this machine 18 months ago.
    The bonus about this machine is that you can make labels with the embroidery letters, and the extra long arm make it great for FMQ, it is also great for accurate piecing.
    A perfect machine wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  7. diane says:

    I have a Husqvarna lily 535 and I purchased it in 2000. I have added additional feet and have taken classes how to use it. I really like my machine it is easy to use and does not give me any trouble(knock wood) but I would have added a needle threader( I am getting old now) and variable speed stitching as it is one step below the embroidery class machines. the machine was a little more than 800 new and still has a good resale value. I can do most fashion sewing and now do quilts including learning modern free motion. I can’t ask for much more in a machine.

  8. Wrongturn says:

    No blog but wanted to chime in. I’ve had a Juki HZL-F600 for one year now. She was a floor model that cost $899 (that came with a LOT of accessories) from the SewingMachinesPlus webiste. It retails for $1500. I try to sew several times a week and it gets a lot of wear, making home decor, quilts, and attempts at garments. Her name is Khaleesi and she is my dream machine. The features that have been most helpful for me are the auto-trim, the knee lift to raise the presser foot, and how high the presser foot can lift, which was a big problem for me on other machines I had used. She can sew through really thick layers of fabric. So far no complaints, definitely nothing that drives me crazy. I would absolutely recommend this machine to others.

  9. Debbie says:

    No blog but I have a Janome Horizon 8900 – I am the luckiest person on the earth. What a dream of a machine. From quilting to bag making to doing repairs on things my old machine just laughed at, it is wonderful. I just love it – can’t say enough about it. And the 11 inch arm is incredible – so much work space. Now I am in the market for a good embroidery machine…..

  10. Harvelyn Christensen says:

    I don’t have a website but I have been sewing for over 50 years. I have 5 berninas regular and 2 bernina sergers.
    Also two Necci and a 1912 singer

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