Sewing Machine Gift Ideas

Buying a sewing machine for a quilter/sewist can be difficult. I recommend bringing them into the conversation to see if they have ideas about what they want. I’m recommending the 3 sewing machines I have used so far and will give the pros/cons of each.


Brother Jx2517

The Brother Jx2517 is a good starter sewing machine at a cost ranging from $50-$80. What makes this sewing machine good is it’s simple design. It doesn’t take much time to set up and get to sewing your first quilt. This also makes a great backup sewing machine if the one you are using breaks down.

Pros

  • Price ($50-$80)
  • Simple Design
  • Lightweight (12 lbs)
  • Uses Universal Pressure Feet and Needles (Low Shank)
  • Contains all the basic stitches you need for quilting

Cons

  • Only 17 stitches
  • Manual Tension Control
  • Can’t adjust stitch length or width
  • Feed Dogs don’t drop (Not good for Free Motion Quilting)
  • Only comes with 4 Pressure Feet
  • Doesn’t give error codes

Brother CS6000i

The Brother CS6000i is a great sewing machine for all skill levels. This is my first love, the sewing machine that started it all. The feature that makes this worth $150, nearly double the Jx2517, is the on board computer. A quick google search will find you the meaning of error codes and get you back to quilting in no time.

Pros

  • Error Codes help you diagnose problems
  • 60 Stitches that can be adjusted for length and width
  • Very Durable Motor (Can last for 10+ years)
  • Feed Dogs Drop (makes Free Motion Quilting possible)
  • Uses Universal Pressure Feet and Needles (Low Shank)
  • Comes with a wide table extension
  • Can end stitches with the needle down or up
  • Lightweight (13 lbs)
  • Includes 9 Pressure Feet

Cons

  • Costs $150 (Almost double the Brother Jx2517)
  • Free Motion Quilting is possible, but requires fine tuning trial and error
  • Small Throat Space (Difficult for larger projects)
  • Manual Tension Control

 Singer 8500Q Modern Quilter Quilting And Sewing Machine

The Singer 8500Q costs around $650-700. This is why I recommend you talk to the quilter/sewist about their preferences. Yes it is much more expensive than the other 2 sewing machines on this list, but for the added price you get all the bells and whistles you will most likely ever need.

Pros

  • Auto Tensioner (Makes Free Motion Quilting easier)
  • Large Throat Space (Great for quilts)
  • SwiftSmart Threading System with Automatic Needle Threader
  • Automatic Thread Trimmer cuts threads for you
  • Drop and Sew automatic bobbin thread pick-up
  • Automatic Presser Foot Pressure Control
  • Knee Lift raises the pressure foot to quickly pivot
  • Can end stitches with the needle down or up
  • Error Codes help you diagnose problems
  • 215 Stitches that can be adjusted for length and width
  • Great for Twin Needle stitching
  • Sturdy Frame keeps down vibration
  • 6 bright LED lights fully illuminate your workspace
  • Extra Large Extension Table
  • Can make circular stitches
  • Locking Stitch Button
  • Comes with 11 Pressure Feet including a 1/4 inch Quilting foot and Even Feed foot

Cons

  • Costs $650-$700
  • Very Heavy (27.4 lbs)
  • 22 inches  wide compared to 16 inches of Brother CS6000i
  • Screen displays 1 stitch design at a time so you have to use the separate stitch card to see them all

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