Best-Rated Sewing Machines

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Most Satisfied Customers | Singer

Aussies have rated Singer as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest sewing machine ratings, with five-star reviews in overall satisfaction, ease of use, design, performance, value for money and features & functionality.

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How we rate sewing machines

Our review compares sewing machines on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which sewing machine they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 233 Australians for their feedback on the sewing machine(s) they have purchased and used in the last five years.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their sewing machine brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a sewing machine brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Ease of use: the sewing machine was simple to set up and use, with instructions provided and easy to follow.
  • Design: the sewing machine has a functional design, making it easy to use and store.
  • Performance: the sewing machine performs as expected (i.e. is able to stitch clothing as desired, etc.).
  • Value for money: the cost was reasonable for the quality and performance of the sewing machine.
  • Quietness: the sewing machine is relatively quiet while being operated.
  • Features & functionality: the sewing machine features useful settings and functions (i.e. multiple stitch types, lights, etc.).

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
  • Singer
  • Janome
  • Brother

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Best sewing machine brands in Australia

    1. Singer
    2. Janome
    3. Brother

Not sure which sewing machine to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Singer

Singer Sewing Machine

Ratings result

For the third year in a row, Singer has topped the sewing machine competition with five star ratings for overall satisfaction, ease of use, design, performance, value for money and features & functionality. It also achieved a four star rating for quietness.

Editor’s notes

Leading brand Singer spins a wide range of sewing machines, helping you tackle everything from simple hemming jobs to highly detailed embroidery and cosplay projects. Prices start from $159 for beginner models and reach up to $2,199 for heavier duty options. You can also find exclusive Singer sewing machines from Spotlight.

If you’re starting as a budding quilter or aspiring fashion designer, you may be interested in sewing machines for beginners like the Singer Fashion Mate (3337) and Singer Embroidery Machine (EM9305). These ‘entry-level’ machines are specifically designed for people new to the sewing world and contain features such as an automatic needle threader, one-step buttonhole functionality, and a variety of built-in functions for basic stitching and decorative sewing.

2. Janome

Janome sewing machine review

Ratings result

Janome received a five star rating for quietness, four stars for overall satisfaction, ease of use, design, performance and features & functionality, with three stars for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Having produced sewing machines for more than 100 years, powerhouse Janome certainly knows a thing or two about the needle and thread. The brand offers a variety of sewing machines, quilting machines, embroidery machines and overlockers. Janome additionally sells specialty models including the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX, a cover stitch machine for professionals.

The brand tailors its range to suit different skill levels and sewing demands. For the casual sewer, there are models like the Janome FD216 or the Janome Sewist 725S that offer a variety of built-in stitches to help make tasks, such as sewing buttons, fairly simple. The brand’s line-up alternatively features models like the Janome DM7200 and Janome Sewist 780DC for heavy-duty tasks. These two workhorses are said to provide a sewing speed of 820 SPM, with the Janome DM7200 even packed with 200 built-in stitches.

3. Brother

Brother Sewing Machine

Ratings result

Brother achieved four stars for performance and value for money and three stars for all other categories, including overall satisfaction, ease of use, design, quietness and features & functionality.

Editor’s notes

There’s no need to ask mum to tailor your pants, especially since Brother offers a large range of sewing machines and overlockers to choose from. Many of these are made for basic sewing, mending and dressmaking, as well as making different size quilts and working on denim or sheer fabrics. Brother’s sewing machines and overlockers will set you back at least $200 for the Brother Sewing Machine (TY200A), with the most expensive model being the Brother Comp Sew Machine (TY600C) retailing for about $800.

For regular clothing alterations, Brother sells a large number of mechanical sewing machines and computerised sewing machines to choose from. Computerised sewing machines can be particularly helpful when dealing with denim and other heavy fabrics, or when you’ve got some big jobs ahead of you. The Brother Computerised Sewing Machine (FS101) is one of the brand’s top-of-the-line units and boasts 100 built-in sewing patterns and multidirectional sewing.

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Sewing machine buying guide

Types of sewing machines

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all model when it comes to sewing machines. Each sewing machine is designed for a different purpose, like basic mending for beginners or large-scale quilting for professionals and hobbyists.

  • Mechanical sewing machine: Mechanical sewing machines use manual controls and are mostly used for basic sewing and simple alterations or small sewing projects. 
  • Computerised sewing machine: Computerised sewing machines are stated to be made with microprocessors that can control and automate various sewing functions.
  • Overlocker: An overlocker (or serger) is a type of sewing machine designed to connect the edges of one or two pieces of material by creating what’s called an ‘overcast’ or ‘overlock stitch’, while also simultaneously trimming the seam allowance.  

Factors to consider when buying a sewing machine

Before diving head first into the purchase of a sewing machine, it’s important to consider all factors to help guide your decision making process. 

  • Frequency of use: If you’re someone who is an avid sewer, upcycler or simply likes to alter your own clothing, purchasing a sewing machine may be an ideal choice. However if you’re someone who would only work on a project once every few months or so, it may not be worth the purchase. 
  • Added features: If you’re after a basic machine to alter some clothing, you can find cheap models with basic functions, however, if you’re in need of something with added features like automatic hemming for example, be prepared to fork out a little more money.
  • Size: You can find sewing machines in a range of sizes depending on their capabilities and added features, but this can also mean they are heavier and bulkier. Figuring out what size you need can help determine how easy the machine is to set up and store. 

How much do sewing machines cost?

Sewing machines range in price from $100 to upwards of $2,000 depending on the brand and the added features. Digital or computerised sewing machines tend to be more expensive because they have pre-programmed settings that require less skill to execute.

How much is it to service a sewing machine?

The cost of a sewing machine service will vary depending on what needs to be done. As a general guide, it can cost between $75 and $100 for general maintenance and small repairs. To get a better estimate of cost, it’s best to call a repair centre and get a quote for better accuracy.

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About our consumer experts


Kate King: Home & Lifestyle Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate King. Kate holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT majoring in Journalism and Media and Communications, and has written for a number of publications over the past five years.


Meet the Editorial Team


Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s sewing machine ratings:

  • 2022: Singer
  • 2021: Singer

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