Best sewing machine brands for 2020
We surveyed more than 900 sewing machine owners in September 2017 to get the inside track on which brands are rated best and worst by machinists, and to bring you customer score ratings for big-name sewing machine brands.
Our results show that not all sewing machines are created equal – there's a whopping 30% difference between the best and worst brands when it comes to their overall Which? customer satisfaction score.
For each brand you can find out:
- How reliable the brand is – we ask sewing machine owners to tell us about any problems they’ve had with their machines, and we use this data to assess how likely or otherwise each brand’s sewing machines are to let you down.
- How owners rate it – how satisfied owners are with their brand of sewing machine, and whether they would recommend it to a friend. Brands are given a customer score based on this.
- Our verdict – we tell you, in a nutshell, what we think of the brand.
Sewing machine brands rated
The table below reveals Which? customer scores for each of the sewing machine brands rated in our survey, and shows which sewing machine brands customers are most likely to have experienced problems with.
You can also see star ratings for factors such as ease of use and value for money, so you can see each brand's pros and cons and compare their strengths and weaknesses.
Best and worst sewing machine brands - overview
|Brand||Which? customer score||Build quality||Portability||Durability||Ease of use||Value for money||Average spend||Which? members say|
|93%||£713||Very easy to use and almost impossible to kill.|
|85%||£348||It's brilliant. I would be lost without it.|
|81%||£111.76||I wish I had bought it years ago.|
|80%||£329.55||A superbly useful bit of kit.|
|79%||£309.44||It has proved to be reliable and efficient, time after time.|
|78%||£553.13||Very good. Smooth running machine.|
|76%||£200||An excellent machine that has not let me down.|
|75%||£147.73||It was built to last a lifetime, and it has.|
|63%||£200||The only grief has been down to poor quality oil.|
Sample sizes: Bernina (81), Brother (133), Elna (38), Husqvarna (51), Janome (308), John Lewis (36), Pfaff (35), Singer (81), Toyota (44)
Choosing and using a sewing machine
Whether you're a beginner or a pro, it's important to find a sewing machine with the features you need - whether you're embarking on an embroidery or patchwork project or just want to make a simple cushion cover.
Our sewing machine buying guide explains the different types of sewing machine available. It will also help you find the best machine for your needs and projects.
Once you've picked a reliable sewing machine that's built to last, you'll want to make sure you get the most out of it. Have a look at our guide to the sewing machine essential kit.