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  • Brother FS100WT Free Motion Embroidery/Sewing and Quilting Machine, White

    Brother FS100WT Free Motion Embroidery/Sewing and Quilting Machine, White

    100 Stitch Electronic Sewing Machine with Needle Threader and 1 lettering style Quick Set
    Buy from: Amazon.co.uk £399.00

    Our choice£399.00    See deal    Amazon.co.uk
  • John Lewis JL110 Sewing Machine, White

    John Lewis JL110 Sewing Machine, White

    The JL110 is ideal if you use your sewing machine as part of a hobby or regularly mend clo
    Buy from: John Lewis £89.00

    Our choice£89.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Elna eXplore 240 Sewing Machine

    Elna eXplore 240 Sewing Machine

    The Elna eXplore 240 is a great all-round machine suited to beginners and those with some
    Buy from: John Lewis £159.00

    Our choice£159.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome Decor Excel 25 Sewing Machine

    Janome Decor Excel 25 Sewing Machine

    The Janome Decor Excel 25 sewing machine features 24 stitches and 1-step automatic buttonh
    Buy from: John Lewis £199.00

    Our choice£199.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Model 1507

    Singer Model 1507

    2/5
    Mechanical, Number of Stitches: 8
    Buy from: Currys £89.00

    Our choice£89.00    See deal    Currys
  • Brother JK2500NT Sewing Machine

    Brother JK2500NT Sewing Machine

    The Brother JK2500NT is a 25 stitch sewing machine complete with a handy needle threader.
    Buy from: John Lewis £149.00

    Our choice£149.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome 9200D Overlocker Sewing Machine

    Janome 9200D Overlocker Sewing Machine

    This compact and quiet overlocker sewing machine from Janome has 3 and 4 thread options; w
    Buy from: John Lewis £229.00

    Our choice£229.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Futura XL 550 Sewing Machine

    Singer Futura XL 550 Sewing Machine

    The Singer Futura XL 550 embroidery machine is specially designed for people who love to s
    Buy from: John Lewis £1499.00

    Our choice£1499.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome 7025 Sewing Machine

    Janome 7025 Sewing Machine

    The Janome 7025 is the recommended for newcomers to the sewing world but is suitable for e
    Buy from: John Lewis £219.00

    Our choice£219.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Heavy Duty 4432

    Singer Heavy Duty 4432

    4/5
    Mechanical, Number of Stitches: 32
    Buy from: John Lewis £279.00

    Our choice£279.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Talent 3323

    Singer Talent 3323

    Mechanical, Number of Stitches: 23
    Buy from: John Lewis £219.00

    Our choice£219.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Brother XQ 2700Save 9%*

    Brother XQ 2700

    Mechanical, Number of Stitches: 27
    Buy from: Currys £179.99, Amazon.co.uk £192.98, John Lewis £199.00

    Our choice£179.99    See deal    Currys
  • Elna eXplore 220 Sewing Machine

    Elna eXplore 220 Sewing Machine

    Good for both beginners and those with some experience, the Elna eXplore 220 sewing machin
    Buy from: John Lewis £149.00

    Our choice£149.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Brother JK4000 Sewing Machine

    Brother JK4000 Sewing Machine

    A full size metal chassis computerised sewing machine, featuring utility and decorative st
    Buy from: John Lewis £299.00

    Our choice£299.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome DC3050 Sewing Machine

    Janome DC3050 Sewing Machine

    Fully computerised and suitable for all fabrics, the Janome 3050 has a rotary drop-in bobb
    Buy from: John Lewis £319.00

    Our choice£319.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome Memory Craft 6600P Sewing Machine

    Janome Memory Craft 6600P Sewing Machine

    The Janome Memorycraft 6600P is a semi-industrial computerised flatbed sewing machine, for
    Buy from: John Lewis £1199.00

    Our choice£1199.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Brother DS140 Sewing Machine

    Brother DS140 Sewing Machine

    Surprisingly lightweight, the Brother DS-140 computerised sewing machine is equipped with
    Buy from: John Lewis £249.00

    Our choice£249.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Janome Excel Decor 5024 Sewing Machine

    Janome Excel Decor 5024 Sewing Machine

    The solidly built Janome 5024 is suitable for sewing all types of fabrics and gives you a
    Buy from: John Lewis £289.00

    Our choice£289.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Simple 3221

    Singer Simple 3221

    4/5
    Mechanical, Number of Stitches: 21
    Buy from: John Lewis £189.00

    Our choice£189.00    See deal    John Lewis
  • Singer Brilliance 6199

    Singer Brilliance 6199

    Electronic, Computerized, Number of Stitches: 100
    Buy from: John Lewis £329.00

    Our choice£329.00    See deal    John Lewis

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Buyers’ Guide: Sewing machine

Shopping online for a new sewing machine can be a daunting prospect, especially when faced with jargon such as ‘feed dog’, ‘knee lifter’ and ‘free arm’ (take a look at our jargon buster to find out what the heck they are!).

Here at Crowdstorm we love doing all the hard work for you, and that’s exactly what we’ve done; scouring the web we’ve brought you the best sewing machines that money can buy, from cheap sewing machines for beginners to top of the range designer models for the aficionados amongst you.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about sewing machines:

Types of sewing machine

Mechanical

A mechanical sewing machine is a basic model that requires more work by the user as it has no foot pedal but a wheel that you control by hand. Mechanical models are rarer than other, modern sewing machines and those still in use are usually by companies such as Singer, making them quite a collector’s item.

These models are less powerful, with fewer features, and cheap mechanical sewing machines can often only work with lighter/thinner fabrics. As you’d expect from an earlier machine, the mechanical sewing machine is very basic and only allows you to do very simple sewing.

Electronic

Electronic sewing machines are the most common model on the market and contain a motor that controls the needle. The motor is controlled with a foot pedal allowing you to control the fabric and feed it through with both hands, or change dials.

Speed is controlled by pressing down on the foot pedal; the harder you press down the faster the machine will work.

You can vary the speed and stitch length and style of electronic sewing machines with dials and controls.

Electronic models are the perfect sewing machines for beginners and can vary in price and features.

Computerised

Computerised sewing machines are a step up from electronic models and are best suited to experienced and expert sewers who are looking for a more versatile model.

Computerised models are advanced machines, using several separate motors to control different areas and functions. Computer chips control these machines and they have the correct tension, length and width programmed in for each stitch style. This clever machine can also memorise past projects and download programs when connected to the internet.

To operate this sewing machine you need a touchscreen and computer.

Overlocking

Overlocker sewing machines are usually used to finish seams and hems and give a professional finish. They also have decorative stitching settings for something a little fancier.

Overlocker sewing machines work faster than standard machines and have additional attachments and features to make it the best option for finishing and neatening. And not only can it finish off seams and hems, it can cut off the excess fabric in the same way, saving you time and effort.

The downside to overlocker machines is that they’re less versatile than standard models. If you’d like the neat, professional finish given by an overlocker and the versatility of a standard machine you can always use them both alongside each other to get the best of both worlds.

Beginner vs. expert

Knowing which sewing machine to shop for can seem like a daunting task but a good place to start is by thinking about your level of sewing ability.

An inexpensive, simple model with a few basic stitches may be the best sewing machine for beginners. For more advanced sewers a reliable machine with lots of features should be the best option. If you’re really after something top of the range, a computerised sewing machine is your best bet.

Sewing machine use

Have a think about what you’ll be using your new sewing machine to do. This will affect the type of model you should be shopping for.

For dressmaking, alterations and home furnishings even a basic model will do the trick. You shouldn’t need to spend more than around £200 to get a cheap sewing machine that’ll feature all the specs you need. Have a look for machines with some simple stitching – straight and zig zag of differing length, and an automatic buttonhole.

Look for models with several foot attachments for inserting a zip and buttonholes. If you’re likely to be working with delicate fabrics look for a plastic foot. A ‘free arm’ will help make working with sleeves and trouser legs easier.

If you think you may advance in future to create more elaborate pieces look for a brand of sewing machine that you can buy extra parts and attachments for to save you having to buy a whole new model in the future.

For more advanced use, including crafts and quilting you’ll need a sewing machine with wider range of stitches and will have to spend a little extra to get a sufficient model. Why not try a computerised sewing machine or specialist embroidery model? If you’re likely to be using your machine frequently it’s worth splashing out for a top of the range model.

Consider buying a machine with a memory card too to allow you to download further stitch programs.

Other things to consider

Weight: Will you be using the sewing machine in a designated area or does it need to be portable?

Brand: Some well-known brands include Janome, Singer, Brother, Elna and Bernina

Extra features: Carry case, accessories

Jargon Buster

  • Spool The plastic cylinder that holds the thread
  • Bobbin The bobbin thread comes up from the bottom of the machine and is the thread you see on the underside of anything you’re sewing. The bobbin is the small spool itself that holds the thread within the machine.
  • Feed dog The aptly named feed dog is situated under the needle and foot and looks like tiny little metal teeth that help feed the fabric through as you sew by gripping the underside of the material. Some feed dogs can be lowered so that they are not in use whilst you sew – useful for embroidery. 
  • Free arm A cylinder on the bed of the sewing machine that allows you to sew things like pockets and sleeves.
  • Knee lifter A knee lifter is a feature on some machines which allows you to life the foot without having to take your hands off your work. This is a great option for large or fiddly work. 

What now?

Mosey on over to our shopping and comparison pages where we’ve brought you the best sewing machines the UK has to offer.

Have a think about which features are important to you before filtering your search with the columns down the left hand side of the page – this’ll make shopping for your perfect sewing machine a doddle.

Once you’ve spotted a deal or price that tickles your fancy (and we guarantee you will!), click on the offer and you’ll be transferred to the site of your chosen independent retailer. From there you can either click and buy or continue on your quest to find your perfect model – just be sure to check our sewing machine reviews before you click ‘pay’!