Whether you’re seasoned in the art of sewing or you’re just starting out, the sheer number of brands that sell sewing machines can be completely overwhelming. The chances are you’ll know what you’re looking for in a machine, but maybe wonder which brand to buy it from? Well, if you’re looking to find out what the best sewing machine brands are, and why, you’re in the right place. We’ll go through three of the most well-known brands of sewing machine, and decide which brand is the best. This will take into consideration a number of factors, including price, range, and other things you’d consider when purchasing a new machine.
Brother are a brilliantly well-known brand of sewing machines, catering to beginners right the way to professionals. They offer a huge range of sewing machines, as well as sewing and embroidery machines and even quilting machines. But how do they stack up against Singer and Janome?
On their website, the Brother sewing machines range from below $100 to almost $2000, so there really is a machine for everyone’s budget! Of course, the cheaper ones won’t be as all-singing-all-dancing as the more expensive, but they’ll get the job done. Brother also offer finance options on selected machines, so if you’re a professional looking for a high-end machine that you want to pay off monthly, that could be an option for you.
Brother has a huge range of machines, with eighteen different models currently listed on their website. This is arguably a large range, so you’re bound to be able to find something you like there! There are a number of other review sites that are worth looking at. We particularly recommend www.sewingmachinespecialist.com which seems to give comprehensive reviews on all the bestselling sewing machines in the Brother range.
It would be impossible to go through the features of every machine here, but to give you an overview we’ll do the cheapest, the most expensive and one in the middle.
- Cheapest: Brother L14: 14 stitches, seven accessories.
- Middle range price: Brother FS130QC: 130 stitches, huge range of accessories. Lots of additional features.
- Most expensive: Brother Innov-Is VQ2: 473 stitches, wide range of accessories, and a plethora of additional features to make your sewing projects simple.
Brother sewing machines come with a three year warranty.
Singer are an American sewing machine brand, so unfortunately in the UK you won’t be able to purchase directly from them. There are a range of stockists in the UK that carry Singer machines, however, so they’re still a viable option. The website that seems to be the best carrier is www.singermachines.co.uk – this is where we’ll be getting our information from for this segment.
Singer machines start at just £85 and the highest priced machine we could find when researching costs £699. This is significantly lower than the highest priced Brother machine. It does indicate that, regardless of your budget, a Singer machine is a possibility for you.
Currently, on the website listed above, there are twenty machines available for sale in the UK from Singer. This is slightly more than Brother are currently offering, but again indicates that whatever your skill level and desired outcome, Singer will be able to provide a machine to help you achieve it.
For this, we’ll address the features and accessories that come with three machines from different price points, to give you an overview of what you can expect from Singer machines.
- Lowest priced machine: Singer Promise 1409 – Comes with sixteen accessories. The product description does not mention how many stitches are available on it, but does make a point of mentioning that the machine is very basic.
- Middle range price: Singer Confidence 7463 – Comes with fifteen different accessories, is computerised, has a “good selection” of stitches.
- Most expensive machine: Singer Futura XL400 – 30 built in stitch patterns and 125 built in embroidery patterns, with five choices of font, the machine comes with ten accessories.
Listed on the website is an extended 10 year warranty on selected items. The website also states that all machines come with the manufacturer’s warranty.
Finally, Janome. Janome are a Japanese company that produces many accessories for sewing, including sewing machines. Unlike Singer, they do have a website for the UK, however the sewing machines don’t appear to be for sale on the website itself, but the website will direct you to the nearest retailer.
Prices aren’t available from the website, but Janome machines seem to range from £139 for the most basic model, up into the hundreds for those with more features. On the whole, though, they seem to be quite affordable considering the wide range offered!
Janome have a huge 32 machine range on their website, which is the highest of the three manufacturers we’ve looked at here. They have standard and computerised machines, as well as those with all the bells and whistles on! More so than either Brother or Singer, there is something for absolutely everyone.
Prices taken from www.sewingmachines.co.uk
- Lowest price model: Janome J3-18. Includes 18 built in stitch choices and comes with nine different accessories.
- Middle range model: Janome DXL603. Includes 60 built in stitch choices, and comes with twenty accessories. Computerised.
- Highest Price model: Janome MC8900QC. Full computerised. Includes over 200 built in stitch choices, and comes with thirty six accessories.
The Janome website requires you to register your product to receive your warranty, and offers the chance to extend your warranty “for as little as £10 a year”.
Overall, taking in to consideration all the factors of each machine mentioned here, we would say Janome is the best sewing machine brand. It has a huge range of machines on offer for every budget, and each machine has a wide range of capabilities. We’d opt for Brother after Janome, and then Singer, purely due to availability issues. Hopefully you’re now in a better position to decide which brand to buy your sewing machine from! It’s understandable to be a little overwhelmed, given the amount of choice there is out there, but by comparing a few key features, it’s easy to decide which brand is the best for you.