Sewing Machines for Under $100

After much searching, noting, and head scratching, I have assembled 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.

 

Under $100

Janome 11574 / Kenmore 16221

Janome 11574 / Kenmore 16221 – $99 refurbished on Overstock

(Kenmore and Janome are made by the same manufacturer & sold under different brand names)

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: 74 stitch functions, presser foot adjustment, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability, drop-in bobbin

 

Brother XL2600I

Brother XL2600I – $90 on Amazon

Amazon rating: 4 stars, 68 reviews

 

PatternReview rating: 1 would recommend, 1 might recommend, 0 would not recommend

 

Ebay rating: 4 stars, 9 reviews

 

Overstock rating: 4.6 stars, 147 reviews

 

Specs: 59 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability, drop-in bobbin, electronic speed control, 25 year limited warranty

Runners Up

Brother LS2125

Brother LS2125 – $60 refurbished on Overstock

Amazon rating: 4.5 stars, 41 reviews

 

PatternReview rating: 3 would recommend, 2 might recommend, 1 would not recommend

 

Ebay rating: 4.5 stars, 11 reviews

 

Overstock rating: 4.5 stars, 67 reviews

 

Specs: 25 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability

 

Brother CE5000

Brother CE5000 – $99 refurbished on Overstock

Amazon rating: 4 stars, 8 reviews

 

PatternReview rating: 7 would recommend, 0 might recommend, 1 would not recommend

 

Overstock rating: 4.5 stars, 53 reviews

 

 

Specs: 87 stitch functions, buttonholer, zipper foot, free arm capability

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One comment on “Sewing Machines for Under $100
  1. Nicole says:

    I have the Brother CE5000, it was my first sewing machine, and I do have to say that it makes a wonderful beginner machine. I bought it refurbished on Overstock.com. The drop in bobbin is good for anyone who doesn’t know a lot about tension, because it doesn’t require you messing with the lower thread. Lot’s of built-in stitch functions to mess around with. It’s lightweight and easy to move around.

    Some cons to it would be that occasionally the stitch quality isn’t consistent, and I have had problems in the past with the lower bobbin losing all of it’s tension. I had to take it in to get it fix, but I finally learned how to adjust the tension on the lower bobbin case if it ever happened again. Overall though the machine is still running great after several years.

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