Looking at sewing machines you can find some with some really jaw-dropping prices. If you’re a beginner at sewing and you aren’t for sure if sewing is something you’ll enjoy or plan to do a lot. You probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on a expensive sewing machine.
Or, if you just want a good sewing machine at a reasonable price point. And the good news is that there are sewing machines for many different budgets, no matter if you’re on a tight budget or a more flexible one.
There are a lot of beginner sewing machines out there that are a reasonable price. This post is a round-up of the best sewing machine that are under $200, all the sewing machines that are in this post are under $200 at the time I am writing this post.
But, what does a beginner need in a sewing machine? Well, the first thing is that it needs to be easy to use. And a mechanical sewing machine is said to be easier to use than a computerized sewing machine. But, it’s whatever you want in a sewing machine.
And you need to get a good brand of sewing machine, I would stay with the name brands like Singer, Brother, Janome and Juki. I will say that Brother is probably one of the most affordable and user-friendly to me.
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And whenever you go to buy a sewing machine I would make sure to read the user reviews. On these and any other sewing machine you’re thinking about buying.
1. Brother ST371HD Sewing Machine
This first sewing machine is the sewing machine that I actually have. A Brother ST371HD sewing machine, this sewing machine has 37 different stitches even though I just use the basic stitches, and sometimes the 1-step buttonholes stitch. I love my sewing machine and I have never had trouble with it, so this would be my top pick. It’s very easy to thread, because of the automatic needle threader and I love that it has a top loading bobbin and a free arm feature. And mine came with a few presser feet including a buttonhole foot and zipper foot. And I think that this one would be a great beginner sewing machine.
2. Brother XR3774 Sewing Machine
The second sewing machine that I’ll show you is a Brother sewing machine. This is a Brother XR3774 sewing machine. It has 37 built-in stitches including a buttonhole stitch. This machine also has a automatic needle threader and a drop-in top bobbin. This would also be a great machine for sewing and quilting both.
3. Janome Sewing Machine
This is a Janome pink sorbet sewing machine. And if you don’t like the pink color, it also comes in a blue and mint green. This sewing machine would be great for all kinds of sewing projects, from smaller to larger projects and different fabrics. This sewing machine is said to be easy to use and made for beginners, and is has a front-loading bobbin.
4. Brother CS 5055 Computerized Sewing Machine
For those of you that want a computerized sewing machine here is a Brother computerized sewing machine. This machine has 60 built in stitches, an LCD screen and is in your price range if you have a $200 budget. Remember that the computerized sewing machines can be a little harder to use, but if you’re wanting a computerized sewing machine than this one would be a great sewing machine. And the great thing about computerized sewing machines is that they have more stitches to choose from. And this one would be great for beginners or advanced sewers.
5. Janome MOD-15 Sewing Machine
Here is another great choice for a sewing machine, this is a Janome MOD-15 sewing machine. This is also another mechanical model and would be great for your first machine. And this sewing machine has 15 stitches (the only stitches I use on my sewing machine are the straight stitch and the zigzag stitch) and a drop-in bobbin. And every sewing machine will come with a foot pedal.
And there other sewing machines that are at a great price. You’ll notice that most of the sewing machines in this post are mechanical machines with one computerized machine. That’s because mechanical machines are cheaper than the computerized ones. And to me they’re a more straightforward machine for beginners to work with.
But, all that matters is that you are comfortable with your machine and if you would be comfortable with computerized models. Then I’d buy a computerized sewing machine. And a lot of the computerized sewing machines have a thread cutter and speed control buttons.
But, no matter which model of sewing machine you get the first thing you need to do is read the instruction manual. Even if you’ve had a sewing machine before every sewing machine is different, so reading the manual is a good idea. Most machine will some of the same features like adjustable stitch length, width, and thread tension.
Thank you for reading this post on the best sewing machine under $200 and I hope that is helps you find the perfect machine.
What is a quilting machine? A quilting machine is basically a sewing machine with a larger throat area, able to have an extension table and many decorative stitches. So, to me they’re just a sewing machine with a few extra additional features. And I’m not talking about the long arm quilting machines that are used just for quilting.
Do you need a seam ripper in sewing? Yes, a seam ripper can be a great thing to have. Because whenever you’ve sewn something wrong, a seam ripper can be very useful for removing the stitches.
Does the stitch selection matter on a sewing machine? To me it depends on the seamstress, because I only use a couple of stitches even though my sewing machine has 37 stitches. But, I will admit that having a lot of different stitches is nice.
Check out some of my other sewing posts
- A GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT SEWING NEEDLE SIZE
- WHAT’S BEST COMPUTERIZED OR MECHANICAL SEWING MACHINE
- SERGER VS SEWING MACHINE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- IDEAS ON HOW TO STORE ALL OF YOUR SEWING PATTERNS
- PERFECTING YOUR SEWING PATTERNS WITH TRACING PAPER