Sewing Machines for $200-300

This is Part 4 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.


$200 – 300

Janome 115215 / Kenmore 19233

Janome 115215 / Kenmore 19233 – $290 refurbished on Overstock

PatternReview rating: 26 would recommend, 2 might recommend, 2 would not recommend

Overstock rating: 4.8 stars, 13 reviews

Sears rating: 5 stars, 62 reviews


Specs: 215 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability, drop in bobbin


Runner Up

Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118

Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118 – $299 at a Husqvarna dealer

PatternReview rating: 11 would recommend, 0 might recommend, 0 would not recommend

Specs: 70 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, speed control, permanently oiled, drop in bobbin, free arm capability


When in doubt, check out the reviews on Amazon or




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