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Best Sewing and Embroidery Machines in 2021 Reviewed

Anyone who likes to personalize designs or has a variety of projects in mind will need a machine that gives them everything they need. With so many quality products on the market, it shouldn’t be hard to find a sewing and embroidery machine that is right for your needs but the variety is part of the problem.

Just about every brand going will be more than happy to advertise the benefits of their products but how do you know which ones can back their promises up with the right features? The best sewing and embroidery machines can do it all and your budget shouldn’t mean you have to compromise. With something for everyone, our list of the best sewing and embroidery machines encompasses the best the market has to offer so you end up with a product that can stitch, quilt, embroider, and more.

Summary of the Best Sewing and Embroidery Machines
Reviews

Editor’s Choice: Brother SE1900 Sewing Embroidery Machine

You get the best of both sewing and embroidery in this heavy-duty product as you get a load of choice and features. The 240 built-in stitches mean there is plenty you can do on the sewing side and the 138 built-in embroidery designs are more than most products offer. This is made more impressive by the fact that you can upload your own easily via USB and preview them on the 3.2″ LCD touchscreen screen that is bright and clear. Not only that, but you can edit the options to make sure you end up with the perfect design for your project before committing.

The 5 x 7-inch embroidery field is about as big as you’re going to get so it opens up loads of opportunities for larger patterns and there are also 8 sewing feet that you can switch between functions. Brother keep things simple with the automatic needle threader and bright LED light as well as giving advanced users the ability to use free motion sewing. Back to the embroidery, you can use the My Custom Stitch tool that allows you to customize your stitches and save them for future use.

PROS:

  • 138 built-in embroidery designs
  • 240 built-in stitches
  • 3.2″ LCD touscreen allows you to edit the designs
  • 5 x 7″ embroidery field
  • Great value
  • Automatic needle threader
CONS:

(none)

Best Professional : Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Embroidery and Sewing Machine

This isn’t a sewing and embroidery machine for those who just want something to play about with, although it gives you tonnes of options. The Craft 12000 is about as close as you can get to a professional embroidery and sewing machine for at-home use. Because of the 4 MB of memory, there is plenty of space for your new designs when uploading them via the USB but you might not need to for a while thanks to the 338 built-in designs. With all the conveniences of regular machines such as an automatic needle threader and a thread cutter it goes many steps further by offering complete speed control with the embroidery and sewing functions.

The touchscreen has plenty of room and is easy to navigate but you might want to make life even easier. This is possible because it can be connected to your laptop or PC and you can use the screen to choose between the options. With 425 built-in stitches and a free arm, so you can sew cylinders, it has lots for the sewer to enjoy, not to mention it comes with a huge 43 presser feet. With 4 embroidery hoops and a reputation for being one of the most advanced sewing and embroidery machines available, it is an option that everyone should consider if their budget stretches.

PROS:

  • 338 built-in embroidery designs and 425 built-in stitches
  • Can connect to a laptop or PC so you can use a larger screen
  • Comes with 43 presser feet
  • Includes 4 embroidery hoops
CONS:

  • Might be a bit pricey for some budgets

Best Value: Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine

With 67 built-in stitches, this is an impressive machine that also offers loads of embroidery options. You get 70 built-in embroidery designs but is this doesn’t sound like enough then don’t fret. Because this sewing and embroidery machine allows you to upload new designs via USB, the possibilities are limitless. It also means you can always keep the machine updated with the latest technology so it stays current for as long as you own it.

The backlit LCD screen is easy to navigate and once your design is complete, you can use the one-touch thread cutter to keep things simple. Being easy to use is one of the main benefits with the SE400 and there is also an automatic needle threader so you aren’t wasting time, straining to try and get a new project started. In terms of embroidery space, it has a 4 x 4 are which is enough for some loads of designs as well as 120 frame patterns to complete the look. To personalize your projects there are 5 fonts to choose from so you can leave your mark with flair.

PROS:

  • 67 built-in stitches and 70 embroidery designs
  • USB slot for uploading patterns
  • 4 x 4 embroidery space
  • LED light
CONS:

  • LCD screen is not full color

Best Bargain: Brother, SE600, Computerized Machine

Somewhat of a bestseller, the SE600 is an affordable sewing and embroidery machine that still gives you lots of options and uses for both. The 3.2-inch touchscreen display is bigger than most you will find and also full color. With a 4 x 4″ embroidery field, you get plenty of room for most projects, although some people like to have the 5 x 7 ” option as well. The built-in USB port allows you to upload your own designs and files so the possibilities when using this product are endless. Still, with 80 built-in embroidery designs, there is plenty you can do with it before you need to think about adding more.

We like that you still get 103 built-in stitches for the price so Brother hasn’t forgotten the sewer when designing this machine. With a jam-resistant drop-in bobbin feature and free arm capability for sewing sleeves, you get a lot of value if you don’t want to stretch your budget as far as a lot of the other quality machines require you to.

PROS:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen display
  • USB port for uploading new designs
  • 103 built-in stitches
  • Great value
CONS:

  • Some people want a larger embroidery field

Easiest To Use: Brother PE800, 5×7 Embroidery Machine, One Size

You’re going to find a lot of love when looking at the reviews of this machine and when it comes to value and functionality it is easy to see why. You may have also noticed that there are a lot of Brothers on our list. This is because we have found theirs to be the most reliable when it comes to sewing and embroidery machines. This is one of the best because you get 138 built-in embroidery designs and a big 5 x 7 embroidery field to play with.

You’ll be able to choose from plenty of options when uploading via USB and on the color screen display you can even preview your design to make sure it is how you want it before you commit. This is particularly important on certain materials like leather where mistakes are near impossible to correct. There are also 11 built-in fonts so you can personalize your designs and with the 14 stitch patterns and a bright LED light to make working on dark materials easier, this is a sewing and embroidery machine that thinks like a person, but stitches to perfection.

PROS:

  • 138 built-in embroidery designs
  • 5 x 7 embroidery field
  • Easy to use because of the instructional DVD
  • 11 font designs
CONS:

  • Can be a little pricey for some budgets

Best For Large Hoop: SINGER | Legacy SE300 Portable Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Singers’ impressive sewing and embroidery machine offers a big 250 built-in stitches for the sewer which in this niche, is a generous amount. The adjustable tension is good for the advanced sewer who knows their way around a machine but it shouldn’t take long for those who are learning as they go to get to grips with the SE300. You also get 200 embroidery designs and the ability to upload more although a minor concern for us is that the screen is not color.

Still, the power is there with 700 stitches per minute for embroidery and 800 stitches per minute for the sewing functions. With 10 snap-on presser feet and a massive 10.25 x 6-inch hoop to accompany the 4 x 4 option, you get the ability to embroider a larger area than most products allow.

PROS:

  • 250 built-in stitches
  • 200 embroidery designs
  • Larger hoop option than most
CONS:

  • LCD screen is not color

Best Novelty: Brother LB5000M Marvel Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, White

This might seem like a bit of a gimmick but take the Marvel design out of the question and you’re still left with a serious sewing and embroidery machine. It has all the quality of the other Brothers on our list so you know the build is going to last. Still, the 3 interchangeable Marvel character faceplates add a bit of fun to the machine. You get 80 built-in embroidery designs to play with as well as 103 built-in stitches so you have lots of options for both sides of using this machine.

There are downloadable download Marvel designs and you can upload them via USB. At the time of writing there are 10 included to download from iBroidery. You get 7 presser feet and there is a 4 x 4-inch embroidery field when it comes to creating those unique designs. There are also quilting stitches so it can be used for a variety of purposes and all the selections can be navigated via the LCD color touchscreen display.

PROS:

  • 3 interchangeable Marvel faceplates
  • Comes with 103 built-in stitches and 80 built-in embroidery designs
  • 7 presser feet included
  • 3.2″ color touchscreen display
CONS:

  • Not everyone wants a Marvel themed machine

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