Beginner-friendly sewing machines for any home project

Get started right away by teaching yourself on these models.

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For projects of all sizes.Volha Flaxeco via Unsplash

Sewing machines can look intimidating with tons of stitch types and features, not to mention the buttons and pedals. But just because you’ve never operated a sewing machine before—or perhaps never hand sewn, either—doesn’t mean it has to be a major challenge. Here are our favorite beginner-friendly models, perfect for someone who has never heard of a bobbin or tried to glue a patch into the knee of their jeans.

Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine
The amateur-hour choice you’ll want to keep using.Amazon

The Brother XM2701 is a truly excellent sewing machine that offers the rare combination of expert-level quality and a beginner-friendly interface. An automatic needle threader is just one of the features that make this machine perfect for the uninitiated. What’s more, its 27 different stitch patterns and six sewing feet (the metal piece that holds the fabric down as you sew) make it a perfect machine to continue using as your skills improve.

Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine
Fix buttons and tackle simple projects.Amazon

This sewing machine is excellent for simpler projects, and with “start” in the name, you know it’s beginner friendly. With six different stitch options to choose from—including a special four-step buttonhole feature—this machine is versatile enough for any and all of your stitching needs. It weighs less than 13 pounds, making it easy to store when not in use.

SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized
The sky’s the limit.Amazon

This computerized model is one of the most versatile and beginner-friendly sewing machines on the market—it even lets you customize stitches by programming your desired stitch length and width into the gadget. It can handle everything from quilting to appliques to hems, and comes with an attachment that makes it easy to do the full loop of a pant leg or sleeve. An LED light keeps your workspace illuminated.

Mini Handheld Sewing Machine
Small but powerful.Amazon

For truly simple projects and repairs, this mini sewing machine can’t be beat. It does a standard stitch at two speeds, and can be controlled with a foot pedal. The streamlined functions are great for a beginner learning the rhythm of using a sewing machine, and the thread is easy to change, thanks to a design where the bobbin drops in from the top.