Best Sewing Machines for Quilting in 2020
Most home sewists and quilters don’t have the money or the space for a professional-grade long-arm quilting machine. Sewing machine manufacturers are savvy to these limitations and many have designed certain sewing machine models with the home quilter in mind. These machines are actually great for any sewing project, as they typically include a long, expansive work area designed to accommodate large or bulky sewing projects. Some manufacturers advertise these machines as quilting machines, but they’re all basically advanced sewing machines.
As with any type of sewing machine, the price is usually a direct reflection of the number of bells and whistles on a machine plus the reputation of the manufacturer. Everyone has different requirements when choosing a sewing machine to perform double duty, but a good-sized work area should be on everyone’s list. It makes handling the project – through every step – so much easier.
Grandmother’s trustworthy old Singer aside, if you’re interested in investing in a new sewing machine that will also make your quilting life easier, here are a few reasonably priced ideas.
This computerized sewing machine includes a staggering 800 built-in stitches. It also includes a generous assortment of presser feet, including a walking foot that’s very useful when using decorative stitches to perform free-motion quilting. In addition to allowing you to choose each stitch option and make adjustments to lengths and widths, the LCD screen contains tips and guides on which foot to use with each stitch selection.
The roomy work area and throat space to the right of the needle allow you to maneuver fabric more easily and the automatic thread-cutter allows you to finish fast. This machine is loaded with everything an aspiring quilter or an experienced sewist needs in a sewing machine.
|Quantum Stylist 9980
This sturdy Juki sewing machine includes 100 stitch options and a one-step buttonholer. It has a top speed of 700 stitches per minute. The 7-point feed dog system and variable speed override give you complete control over all your sewing projects. The expansive work area is designed to handle the demands of large sewing and quilting projects. The LCD display screen allows you to make stitch selections and adjustments, and the automatic needle threader erases any frustrations associated with that task.
This is one of the more expensive models on our list but the quality of the stitching, the multiple features and the superior construction speak for themselves.
If you’re looking for a computerized sewing machine that can also be used for quilting, this popular sewing machine from Brother just might fit the bill. In addition to an LCD screen and 110 built-in stitches, it also includes 8 one-step, auto-sizing buttonhole options.
The wide work area makes it easy to work on large sewing or quilting projects and the free arm option always comes in handy when doing fine intricate work on smaller areas. The automatic needle threader makes setup a breeze and this model has a top speed of 850 stitches per minute.
This Janome sewing machine includes speed, a user-friendly design and a generous 7-inch work area. The uncomplicated features and limited number of stitch options (12) make this model a good option for beginners. There’s also a four-step buttonhole option. The quality of the design and construction ensure years of service. Truthfully, you’ll probably only use a handful of stitches for most of your projects.
Both the stitch width and length are adjustable and the drop feed ensures you have the option of trying out your creativity with free-motion stitching. You can lock any line of stitching by moving the built-in reverse lever and you can also use the free arm option for smaller projects or more intricate stitches. The extra high presser foot lift leaves plenty of room for multiple layers and the top speed of 860 stitches per minute will get any job done fast.
The Eversewn Sparrow 20 is a computerized model that’s ideal for meeting and exceeding the demands of quilting. It contains 80 stitch options, including 10 quilting stitches and 49 decorative and utility stitches. The width and length of all stitch options are adjustable up to 7mm for width and 4.5mm for length. There are also 6 one-step buttonhole options.
The LCD screen displays all stitch options and the control panel allows you to select each stitch and make adjustments. The up/down control for the needle position allows you to set the needle position at the end of a row of stitching – a great advantage when sewing corners. This is a great machine for beginners and experts alike.
With 600 built-in stitch options, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your sewing and quilting creativity. Purchase of this reasonably-priced Singer includes an extension table attachment which provides you with a very spacious work area. This is an exceptional piece of equipment for working on large projects and quilts. This machine also features a dual needle option. Stitches other than a straight stitch are automatically narrowed in order to clear the presser foot.
The powerful motor drives this machine at a top speed of 850 stitches per minute. The stitch speed is easily controlled by simply moving a slider bar on the machine. The extra high lift on the presser foot provides plenty of space when working with high loft batting.
|Quantum Stylist 9960
This sturdy, user-friendly sewing machine is a natural for quilting. In addition to featuring a fee arm option, it handles heavier fabrics and multiple layers with ease. The work area is large enough to accommodate larger projects. The all metal frame and powerful motor drive the needles at up to 840 stitches per minute and the presser foot can be raised extra high – you won’t have to force multiple quilt layers beneath it.
The HD1000 includes a drop feed featuring a 3-piece feed dog system that enables free motion sewing and makes creative quilting much easier. The machine includes only 14 built-in stitches but the selection is varied and includes decorative options. At about 17 lbs., this machine is a true portable. Purchase also includes a 25-year warranty.
|HD1000 Sewing Machine
In addition to 23 built-in stitch options and a one-step buttonholer, this Singer model features an automatic needle threader and a heavy-duty metal frame. A motor redesign drives the needle at a blinking 1,100 stitches per minute at top speed. The increased power also ensures clean, sturdy stitching on even the thickest fabrics or multiple quilt layers. The drop-in bobbin and presser foot pressure control make setup fast and easy.
A bright LED light illuminates the sewing area and lowering or raising the feed dogs using the slider on the back of the machine will allow you to create your best free-motion sewing designs on any sewing project.
|Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
In addition to providing you with 100 built-in stitches, this Singer model sits on a heavy-duty metal frame which provides stability and durability. The large LCD screen provides clear, easy viewing of all available stitch options, including stitch length and width adjustment options. The 6-segment feeding system, reverse function, horizontal threading feature, speed control lever and extra-high presser foot lifter all work together to make all your quilting projects easier to complete.
Two bright LED lights illuminate the oversized work area and the automatic presser foot pressure control ensures precise fabric control while you sew.
This just might be the perfect machine for beginners to sewing and quilting. Despite being a compact model, the Brother XM2701 is loaded with stitch options and features usually found on more expensive models. In addition to 27 different stitch options, this machine includes a 1-step buttonholer with an automatic sizing function. The automatic needle threader and drop in bobbin make setup a breeze.
The work area is smaller than some of the other models listed here, but the machine is sturdy enough to handle multiple quilt layers. A bright LED light keeps the work area well illuminated and the generous accessory package includes 6 different presser feet. The price on this impressive little machine is not to be believed.
The Singer 7470 Confidence 225-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine is the best sewing machine for quilting. It features an electronic system that enables the user to complete multiple designs and speed up the creative process.
It comes shipped with accessories including general-purpose foot, zipper foot, satin stitch foot, buttonhole foot, blind hem foot, screwdriver, a pack of needles, a dust cover, seam ripper/brush, bobbins, spool caps, spool felts, and auxiliary spool pin.
It comes with a beautiful LCD screen that allows the user to program the different needle positions and the memory override pattern remembers the user and the measurements to enable efficient sewing. Singer provides a 25-year warranty, a 5-year electronic warranty and a 1-year labor warranty.
The one-touch stitch selection and automatic needle threader make this one of the best sewing machines for quilting. Singer makes the sewing process easy and understandable; they implement new technologies and simplicity to create a premiere sewing machine.
The sewing machine arrives assembled and is very easy to use. I recommend this Singer to anyone who likes to work on quilts and who wants a great machine for the price.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at machine quilting, there’s no reason to mortgage the family home to purchase an expensive quilting machine. Many sewing machine models are more than ready to take on the demands of straight line and free-motion quilting.