This is Part 2 of the Official WhatTheCraft Sewing Machine Recommendation List!
How did I choose the machines on this list? Online consumer ratings, my favorite shopping buddy.
These machines were selected because they not only had good ratings… they also had a lot of ratings and were at least decently rated at more than one of the review sites. A 5 star machine with 1 reviewer could be a fluke. Likewise, a 5 star machine on Amazon that has 2 stars on Ebay reviews is not a machine I’d gamble on.
*I should mention that unless otherwise noted, I have not personally tested these machines.*
The recommendations have been broken up into several groups by price.
PatternReview rating: 24 would recommend, 1 might recommend, 2 would not recommend
Overstock rating: 4.7 stars, 15 reviews
Specs: 90 stitch functions, presser foot adjustment, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability, drop-in bobbin
Amazon rating: 4.5 stars, 3 reviews
Overstock rating: 4.7 stars, 28 reviews
Specs: 120 stitch functions, operates with or without foot control, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability and larger quilting table attachment
Amazon rating: 5 stars, 1 review
Overstock rating: 4.6 stars, 17 reviews
Specs: 110 stitch functions, operates with or without foot control, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability
(The Janome model is a Hello Kitty sewing machine… I know, how cute.)
Sears rating: 5 stars, 30 reviews
PatternReview rating: 5 would recommend, 0 might recommend, 0 would not recommend
Overstock rating: 4.8 stars, 36 reviews
Specs: 2 stitch functions, 3/4 size
Notes: Yes, it’s very small and very cute. My instincts tell me that a lot of people buy this machine because it’s so damned adorable. And then when it turns out to be not a complete piece of crap, they give it a good review. I would estimate that you’re paying at least $50 for the Hello Kitty name and cuteness. For a similar price, you can get a lot more machine in terms of stitches, durability and attachments/accessories. It would be very nice to give to a kid or for someone that only does very small sewing jobs here and there.