Affordable Options

If you are brand new to sewing and don’t want to make a huge investment into a new hobby, or if you are on a tight budget, there are many good machines out there for you.

If you still want to shop brand new here are some options. Also, purchasing used from a reliable seller can also help you find a quality machine at a good price.

Brother 1100PRW

Brother Computerized RCE1100PRW Refurbished Sewing Machine 100 Stitches

The Brother 1100PRW gives you the smooth easy to use computerized experience without the hefty price tag. With plenty of decorative stitches, extra presser feet, and a horizontal spool pin it is a solid choice. This model is only sold at Wal-Mart and is not always available, but when it is, is usually offered for less than $100. They recently released a newer model, the 1125PRW, but I haven’t used that model yet, and I would not pay more than $115 for it.

Basic Mechanical Models

If $100 is out of your price range there are a lot of Mechanical Sewing Machines that are available for less. They will get the job done and are a great way to start if you are on a budget. When I first started teaching sewing our budget was practically non-existent. I had to find machines for $75. We used the Brother XL2600i, which is no longer available. I definitely prefer the computerized models, but these sewing machines made it through 2 years of sewing classes with 7th and 8th grade students. They are dependable, durable, and allow you to enjoy the experience of sewing without breaking the bank.

The XR3774 is a similar model that is now available.