This is Part 3 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.
Brother CS6000i – $169 on Amazon
Amazon rating: 4.5 stars, 258 reviews
PatternReview rating: 2 would recommend, 1 might recommend, 1 would not recommend
Ebay rating: 5 stars, 27 reviews
Overstock rating: 4.6 stars, 264 reviews
Specs: 100 stitch functions, operates with or without foot control, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability, drop in bobbin, speed control
PatternReview rating: 12 would recommend, 0 might recommend, 0 would not recommend
Overstock rating: 4.8 stars, 10 reviews
Sears rating: 4.5 stars, 51 reviews
Specs: 110 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability
Amazon rating: 4.5 stars, 20 reviews
PatternReview rating: 2 would recommend, 1 might recommend, 0 would not recommend
Ebay rating: 5 stars, 3 reviews
Specs: 42 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability
When in doubt, check out the reviews on Amazon or sewing.patternreview.com.