Cheap Sewing Machines for Beginners

Cheap Sewing Machines for Beginners

Buying an inexpensive sewing machine doesn't mean you have to settle for a low-end machine. Inexpensive sewing machines are a great choice for beginners or more broadly for those who want to learn sewing without spending several hundred dollars. Whatever your level, you can easily find good sewing machines for less than 150 €. Even though you will have to give up a few features, you can easily buy a quality machine for an affordable price.

Mechanical or Electronic Machine?


Electronic sewing machines generally offer more functionality than their mechanical counterpart. However, their purchase cost remains significantly higher except the Brother CS10 which offers excellent value for money. Mechanical machines are more likely to fall within your budget.

Eliminate Unnecessary Features


To find the machine of your dreams at a low price, you will have to forgo the most advanced features found on higher-end machines. With a limited budget, forget about decorative stitches which add to the price of machines but which you will certainly not have the opportunity to use. As long as your machine offers a choice of straight and zig-zag stitches, reverse, and at least one buttonhole, you're ready to tackle any type of project. By favoring a machine with essential functions, beginners will have the opportunity to concentrate more on the basics of sewing.


Choose a Recognized Brands

Except for LIDL's SilverCrest sewing machine, which enjoys an excellent reputation, avoid the low-cost machines found in supermarkets as much as possible. Instead, focus on long-established brands that are well known to all like Singer or Brother. They offer real know-how in the development of robust and efficient sewing machines.


Comparison of Cheap Sewing Machines


Check out some of the best inexpensive sewing machines that will be sure to satisfy novice seamstresses.

Brother X14
Brother X14
Singer Prelude
Singer Prelude
Singer 8280
Singer 8280
Singer Initiale
Singer Initiale
Brother CS10
Brother CS10
Machine type Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Electronic
Number of points 14 13 16 18 40
Number of buttonholes 1 (4 steps) 1 (4 steps) 1 (4 steps) 1 (4 steps) 1 (5 steps)
Stitch length adjustment yes yes yes
Stitch width adjustment Image yes
Free arm yes yes yes yes yes
Lighting yes yes yes yes
Thread tension adjustment yes yes yes yes yes
Reverse yes yes yes yes yes
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Cheap Brother Sewing Machines


Brother began making sewing machines in Japan in 1908. Over 100 years later, Brother is now known around the world as an innovative, high-tech brand that continues to develop the sewing machines that made it famous. The Brother range now includes a remarkable number of sewing machines for beginners, intermediates, and advanced.


Brother CS10


Beginner and more experienced seamstresses alike say that the Brother CS10 is an electronic sewing machine that can satisfy virtually anyone. For its price, it offers many more features than other machines dedicated to beginners namely an LCD screen, 40 stitches including 5 automatic buttonholes in one step, and adjustment of the stitch length and width. Features are most commonly found on more expensive machines. This is our crush at Brother.


Brother X14


Owners say the Brother X14 sewing machine is perfect for beginners, and most agree that it is perfect in terms of price, features, and ease of use. This compact mechanical machine includes 14 stitches including decorative stitches and embroidery, a four-step auto buttonhole, and three presser feet that offer beginners, or even children who are learning to sew, some additional options.


Cheap Singer Sewing Machines


Founded in 1851 at the height of the Industrial Revolution, Singer continues to develop the most advanced sewing and embroidery machines in the world. With the philosophy of offering products for every level of tailoring, Singer is committed to helping you express yourself through the art of tailoring.


Singer Prelude


The Singer Prelude is a small, powerful, and economical machine, arguably the perfect solution to introduce children or adults to sewing. This mechanical sewing machine has only 13 stitches (utility and decorative) including a four-step auto buttonhole. This Singer pattern has a preset stitch length and width which will be too limited for advanced seamstresses but will be perfect for a beginner who doesn't want to get confused with complicated settings.


Singer 8280


Singer's know-how is well established with this Singer 8280, an easy-to-use and robust machine. This Singer machine has 16 adjustable stitches, 1 automatic four-step buttonhole, length, and tension adjustment, or even reverse. This mechanical running machine is particularly intuitive, everything you need is there to teach you how to sew in the best conditions at a low price.


Singer Initial / Tradition 2250


The Singer Initiale is a sewing machine that offers the basic functionalities essential to learn to sew and progress at your own pace. This model is equipped with 18 stitches including a 4-step auto buttonhole, the reverse function as well as the adjustment of the stitch length and the thread tension. Despite its low cost, it is designed to make your sewing comfortable and efficient. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, the Singer Initiale is ready to support you in all your projects. It is certainly one of the best mechanical sewing machines for a very low price.

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