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John Lewis sewing machines

By Jade Harding

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Discover how Which? members rate John Lewis sewing machines. Plus, get details on average prices and the John Lewis range. 

We surveyed more than 900 sewing machine owners in September 2017 to discover the best and worst brands. Find out how John Lewis machine owners rated the brand, and how they stack up against competitors such as Bernina and Brother.

Thinking of buying a John Lewis sewing machine? Our survey results reveal how its machines score for everything from value for money to ease of use and durability, as well as its overall customer score.

We then compare these marks with rival brands such as Singer and Janome and offer details on the brand range available.

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Our top sewing machine brands page shows how John Lewis compares with the other big-name sewing machine brands in our survey.

About John Lewis

John Lewis began trading in 1864 in London’s Oxford Street and is now one of the biggest retailers in the UK, offering customers everything from homewares and fashion to flowers and sewing machines.

As with all other areas of the store, John Lewis offers a variety of sewing machines from a variety of brands, plus the John Lewis collection. Its own-brand range consists of two basic machines suitable for beginners but in a selection of different designs.

John Lewis sewing machine and prices

There are two models in the John Lewis range; the JL110 and the JL111, both available in different colours and designs. Both machines are suitable for beginners and machinists that intend to use them for light repairs or alterations.

Click through our photo gallery below to see a selection of John Lewis sewing machines, from basic white designs to a machine covered in daisies.

John Lewis sewing machines ranges

All five machines in the John Lewis range have the same technical abilities but with different colours or patterns.

The original JL110 costa £109 and comes in white, peppermint, steel blue and rose. While the JL11 costs £119 and comes in blue ditsy and daisy chain prints.

Both machines are suitable for beginners and can tackle alterations, hobby sewing and repairs on light and medium fabrics.

They both have 14 stitch options with a drop-in bobbin and a free arm. They also come with an LED light function and an automatic 4-step buttonhole function.

The models are sold with a variety of accessories such as a dust jacket and spare needles.