What's behind our sewing machine Ratings?
We tested 18 mechanical, electronic and embroidery sewing machines.
We look for:
Sewing performance
Bobbin loading
Needle positioning
Fabric handling
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A few hundred dollars buys a good, basic sewing machine that can handle most clothing and crafts projects. More money buys you more automated functions, and a top-of-the-line machine can help you to produce professional-quality designs. If you're looking for information about sewing machines, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Use our sewing machine buying guide to learn about the sewing machine features that are most important to consider. We also provide Ratings and recommendations on the best mechanical, electronic, and embroidery types of sewing machines.