Sewing machines buying guide

We examined three machines at different price points to see what you get.
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03.Meet our experts

How we assessed

We enlisted three sewing experts with over 55 years of combined sewing experience to assess and comment on each machine. We made sure that none was affiliated with any particular brand and that they’d used a range of sewing machine brands.

We asked the experts to run the machines through their paces on a variety of fabrics including denim, lycra, homespun cotton and chiffon, trying out a number of stitches such as straight sew, buttonhole, zigzag and seam overlock.

After using each machine they commented on different aspects of it, such as stitch controls, number of stitches available, programs, how easy the machine is to thread and to sew with, and whether it represented the sewing machine market in that particular price range. We’ve collated all their comments together to bring you this price-specific guide to buying a sewing machine.

Our experts were:

Mandy millsMandy Mills

Mandy has over 10 years of fashion design experience with industrial and domestic machines. She has an advanced Diploma and Certificate in fashion design through Sydney Institute of TAFE.

Brand experience: Brother, Singer and Janome.


Rhona FeeneyRhona feeney

Rhona has over 30 years’ experience with domestic machines and works for the Australian Sewing Guild.

Brand experience: Elna, Husqvarna, Bernina and Singer.


Celyna ZiolkowskiCelyna ziolkowski

Celyna has over 15 years’ experience with industrial and domestic machines. She has a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles and teaches design at FBI Fashion College.

Brand experience: Brother, Janome and Singer.


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