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How do I Choose a Home Sewing Machine?

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Category: Sewing Machines
Forum Name: Home Sewing Machines
Forum Discription: Using home sewing machines
Printed Date: 06 December 2022 at 7:31am

Topic: How do I Choose a Home Sewing Machine?
Posted By: RonRock
Subject: How do I Choose a Home Sewing Machine?
Date Posted: 08 October 2013 at 12:59pm
My wife is jealous of my LSZ-1. Big smile So it is time to replace the old cheapie that I bought her 20-25 years ago. Neither of us know much about sewing machines other than the sky is the limit as far as cost. Would like to spend 3 - 400 on something if there is something in that price range. She just does repairs and some craft work. An occasional home project like a jacket or maybe a blanket or similar project. So don't need all of the bells and whistles, but would not mind some either.

Any suggestions?

Posted By: Tejas
Date Posted: 08 October 2013 at 4:35pm
I don't do very much what I'd call domestic sewing. Of some of those projects -- cuffing jeans and making book packs and tote bags -- I've used my industrial machine. The only other domestic projects have been letting out the waist of dress pants, and I've used my wife's home sewing machine, a Janome purchased from Costco. She not infrequently prefers to use the industrial machine for some of her projects, but prefers her machine for light fabrics and for making button-holes, etc.

We selected a somewhat more expensive Janome with the relatively fewer basic built-in features versus a cheaper machine with a huge number of feature she'd never use.

In any case, unless you really know what you're buying, I'd avoid most machines made in China -- there are exceptions of course -- and favor machines made in Japan or Bernina which apparently still makes some machines in Switzerland but mostly in Thailand.

As for suggestions, a less targeted forum than Sailrite might be more productive, and you might want to be a bit more specific about objectives. I follow two forums more oriented to domestic sewing:" rel="nofollow -" rel="nofollow -

Home sewing machines often list a huge number of stitches. I'd be more interested in usability -- space under the foot, space under the arm, flat-bed and pedestal capability ....

Posted By: RonRock
Date Posted: 08 October 2013 at 9:09pm
Thanks Tejas. I knew I was asking a question out of the norm for this group. But I don't know where else to start. I will check out the pointers you suggest.

I fully agree that a huge number of stitches is not that impressive. I'd rather find a good soild dependable machine that has the functions that she will actually use.

I'll have a place to start my research, Thank You.

Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 09 October 2013 at 8:30pm
Try Phaff 130, Sailrite Yachtsman, Reads Sailmaker, or look for used Ultrafeeds for my best recommendations. Or if you could find a used Sailrite Sailmaker at a bargain price that would be fantastic. Good luck hunting.

Best Regards,
Matt Grant

Posted By: Tejas
Date Posted: 10 October 2013 at 6:02am
If as Matt suggests you are interested in an older machine, a Vintage Machines forum might be a place to discuss machines. This is an active UK based forum:" rel="nofollow -

I essentially started with a Pfaff 130, and although if was smooth and stitched a nice stitch, all it offered was zig zag and straight stitch. I almost never used the machine and sold it. Unless you and your wife compete for time on a machine, and you already have an LSZ, there are other features such as easy button holes that might be of interest.

Try sewing buttonholes on a computerized machine in google. Some machines have a buttonhole foot. Essentially you put the button in a slot on the foot, and the sewing machine sews an appropriate sized buttonhole.

Posted By: Steven
Date Posted: 24 October 2013 at 1:40am
I know I am a little late to this party but I would like to recommend the Janome HD1000. This machine is around $300.00 and is a great basic sewing machine for home use. It has some 14 stitches that will cover 99% of your sewing needs. The other 1% is strictly decorative. I also strongly recommend that you try this machine or any machine out at your local sewing center. They should gladly allow you to do this so bring some material and thread and have at it.

Posted By: suziQ
Date Posted: 24 October 2013 at 12:53pm
I would suggest have a good read of that forum as well. Big smile
There are lots of good general purpose domestic machines & if she doesn't need the power of the SR machines there is a huge choice.

If it aint broke, don't fix it !

Posted By: Tejas
Date Posted: 25 October 2013 at 8:35am
Two resources for home sewing machine reviews are of course" rel="nofollow - and also:" rel="nofollow -

that has a price range selection.

Posted By: rasmuscm
Date Posted: 01 November 2013 at 10:49am
I don't understand why you just don't let her use your lsz-1!  

Posted By: tenclouds
Date Posted: 20 December 2014 at 7:01pm
Hey i am new here and i wanted to help you and for the other people. For the sewing machines there is not so much review out there you may go amazon and read the reviews. Either i can suggest you this page ; 
I hope it will be usefull. Have great day :)

Posted By: banjo48
Date Posted: 29 June 2015 at 7:48am
Maybe look for a vintage Singer ? I bought a 65 year old 201K for $40au, under the shabby wooden cover it was like new condition, wiring was a bit suspect but I'm an electrician so soon sorted that.
But the important thing is its all metal and built like a tank.

It sews like dream with a perfect stitch, and is great for lightweight fabrics up to medium (some actually use them for real heavy stuff from what I've read on forums) I am now buying a Seiko industrial machine for the real heavy fabrics and canvas etc.

Just a thought anyway. Better than a cheap Janome or similar with plastic bits and pieces inside IMO.

Posted By: adolf25
Date Posted: 10 July 2015 at 7:27am
There are a few main brands that you are going to see when you go browsing for a new machine: Singer, Brother, Janome, Kenmore, White, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, Bernina, Babylock, and Juki. When considering brand, you want to think about how the machine is constructed and where the machine is made. Many brands no longer use parts made from metal, instead relying upon plastic, causing the machines to not last quite as long.


Posted By: adolf25
Date Posted: 14 July 2015 at 11:21pm
Their are many brand of the swing machine. Choose the one which is best and of very good quality. Price also matter a lot. If you are getting good brand machine in reasonable amount go for it. The main point i prefer is buy machine locally because when you face any difficulty it would be easy for you to call them whenever you need and you can take face to face support.


Posted By: lilfairy
Date Posted: 24 April 2018 at 9:34pm
I don't think it is the same thing having your own sewing machine. Think about what if they both want to use it at the same time? It won't be that convenient. My husband and I always fighting for our flat screen tv in the living room. Yeah, we can watch the movie together, but I hate horror movies and he loves it. So we ending up needing another new tv. It is more convenient this way. 

As to answer to the opening question. I have came across the following site and I find the articles are pretty useful. Amazon is a pretty good place too. If you are looking for reviews make sure to filter out, it is verified the by the reviewer and don't forget to read the negative rating as well. 

Buying something new is not an easy task. We had to spend a couple of days doing research online for buying our flat screen tv. We ending up spending about $3000.00 for that tv. 


Posted By: Fillip
Date Posted: 24 August 2018 at 8:07am
I have the same problem

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