For beginning sewers there are many models of sewing machines that can be cheap or budget friendly. But you want to ensure that you are getting the best quality and features for your buck. So cheapest is not always best, as most things in life, you get what you pay for. Many brands that have been around for a very long time have suffered quality for price in the last 10-15 years. Your best option in choosing a high quality sewing machine on a budget is to read many reviews and articles like this that are non-bias, rather than choosing by brand only.
Janome is one brand that seems to have kept its high quality, offers great features even in lower end models and seems to hold their resale value in case you would upgrade and choose to sell it used. Brother brand is very cost friendly and some models have great reviews and decent resale values. It just pays to be diligent in your research and a good idea to test out floor models at a local sewing or fabric store if possible. These two brands are the models to be discussed in this article for best sewing machines on a budget.
Janome Models to Fit a Budget
Janome has very high quality machines that are reasonably priced, for beginners and for those looking to purchase a new machine on a budget. The Magnolia 7318 is a strong reliable machine with decently advanced features that will allow the beginner to learn quickly. Sewing authority has a great reviews on these models.
The Janome 2212 model is for those beginners who want high quality but cannot afford a lot. It is a mechanical machine with 12 built in stitches and a four step buttonhole. It offers a free arm and drop feed design as well.
Brother Models for a Budget
The Brother XL2600i is a great portable machine that is light weight enough to move around if you do not have a permanent sewing table. It offers many features to learn new skills for the beginner. Offering 25 built in stitches, a free arm and a needle threader.
The Brother LS2125i is perfect for the beginner. It is very affordable but meets the basic needs of a beginning seamstress. Offering 10 stitch functions it is also portable. It even offers an overlock stitch option.