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Best Electronic Sewing Machines: Reviews, Buyer’s Guide & FAQs

(Last Updated On: September 9, 2020)

In case you’re looking for best electronic sewing machines to buy from or you just wanna know what an electronic sewing machine is, this article will be more than helpful.

So, what is an electronic sewing machine?

You might be thinking …

Because all sewing machines that you see around yourself – whether they are portable or industrial ones – run on electricity.

And you’re right if the notion of a sewing machine without electricity amazes you. Because all sewing machines that you’ve been using, were electric.

However, this does not mean that knee treadle or foot-controlled or hand-controlled sewing machines did not exist.

Best Electronic Sewing Machines

This is a review of the best 4 electronic sewing machines that you can choose from. And other than the 4 detailed reviews, you’d find a very helpful buyer’s guide on how to buy electronic sewing machine and what are the most frequently asked questions (and their answers) about electronic sewing machines.

A Review of Top 4 Electronic Sewing Machines

Eager to read the reviews?

Well wait for a second and let me say a word or two about my process.

These reviews are based on the pros and cons, features and the answers to the frequently asked questions about these sewing machines.

The process is also simple; I use or test a unit before reviewing it, or I talk to the experts on such models and I use the reviews given by the verified customers of such machines, on Amazon.

Now here is the review …


Singer 4423

So, the first machine that we are going to review in this listicle is from Singer. Singer is one of the oldest sewing machine manufacturers in the world. This machine has literally some 5000+ positive reviews on Amazon and a wonderful overall rating.

Features:

Pros

  • 1,100 stitches/minute
  • High Presser Foot
  • Heavy-Duty Metal Frame
  • Top Drop-in Bobbin.

Cons

  • Insufficient Built-in Stitches
  • Hard to Regulate the Speed.

 

FAQs

Can this machine sew through heavy duty fabrics?

Yes. This is a heavy-duty sewing machine with the kind of sewing power (1,100 stitches/minute) that is considered ideal for heavy and thick fabrics or layers thereof. You can sew leather, denim and canvas etc. on this machine.

Can I use metal bobbins or do I have to use the plastic ones?

This is not an old Singer machine so your metal bobbin would be useless. All modern machines use plastic ones. In case you use a metal bobbin, the magnetic ring will hold the bobbin and won’t let it move.

Does it quilt?

If you buy the compatible presser foot (for quilting) from Singer, you can easily quilt on this machine.


Brother XR9550

Brother: one of the few sewing machine manufacturing brands that are more or less the same age Singer is. This sewing machine from Brother is a classic example of how one electronic sewing machine can be different from another. The previous one was an electronic, but mechanical sewing machine, and this one is an electronic, but computerized one.

Features:

Pros

  • 165 Built-in Stitches and Designs
  • Extension Table
  • Free Arm
  • Backlit Display

Cons

  • Maximum Stitching Speed Could be Better
  • Heavy

FAQs

Can this sew thicker fabrics?

This is a professional sewing machine from Brother. You can easily sew leather, denim, suede or canvas etc. on this machine. In case you want to sew layers, do know that whether it’s a particular material or many layers, anything up to 6mm thick can be sewn on this machine.

Does it come with extra bobbins?

Yes. This machine, like all other Brother sewing machines of this quality, comes with extra bobbins. Including or excluding the one that is already inside, these bobbins are 3 or 4.

Does it have needle up and needle down feature?

Yes. There is a needle position button on the machine. This option is available on all advanced Brother machines. Just press the button to raise or lower the needle.


Zhuo

I won’t be amazed if you told me that you never heard of a sewing machine named zhuo. The sewing machine manufacturing horizon is so occupied by big brands like Brother, Singer, Bernia, Janome and Viking that smaller companies find it hard to make a name for themselves. This is a portable electronic sewing machine; by nature, it is a mechanical sewing machine.

Features:

Pros

  • Auxiliary Winding Device
  • 2-Speed Control
  • LED Light
  • Compact and Portable

Cons

  • Not Very Powerful for Leather and Denim
  • Could be a Little Bigger

 

FAQs

Is this a handheld sewing machine too?

No. Although, this is one of the most lightweight and portable sewing machines (the most portable on this list anyways), it is still supposed to be used the way you’d use a heavy-duty singer machine: on a counter or table.

Can I sew thick fabrics on it?

Although the manufacturers claim that this sewing machine can sew denim and leather too, I find this hard to believe. Unless there is a variety of think leather and/or denim, this machine should only be used on thin fabrics.

How easy to use is this machine?

On ease of use you can give this machine a 9/10 because it is mechanical and simple.


Kytree 505

This is the last sewing machine on our list. This one is also a very compact and portable, but stylish and useful sewing machine. This one is also not even close as famous as a Singer or a Brother, but there is a reason why this machine made it to this list.

Features:

Pros

  • Portable
  • 12 Built-in Stitches and Designs
  • Self-Winding Bobbin
  • Double Thread

Cons

  • For Beginner-Level Projects
  • Not Very Durable

FAQs

How many built-in stitches are there?

In total, there are 12 built-in designs and stitches. There are some professional machines with as low as 16, so I won’t call it bad.

Can I sew denim and leather on it?

Although there is no specific advice about this, considering this machine’s power and capacity, I can say that other than small home-based, DIY projects, you can only sew thin leather or denim – not the thick and heavy ones.

Can I reverse sew on it?

Yes. In terms of features, this machine is mostly better than the zhuo. You can definitely reverse sew on it by using the lever for that.


What is an Electronic Sewing Machine?

Now that you’ve read the reviews of 4 best electronic sewing machines, let us take a look at a few basic questions (other than FAQs).

The first and foremost of them is what makes an electronic sewing machine? What is an electronic sewing machine?

First of all, let us get a misunderstanding out of our way, that electronic sewing machine is the exact opposite of computerized ones.

As a matter of fact, as you can see, the second sewing machine on this list (Brother one) is a computerized one.

An electronic sewing machine is one that depends on electricity for its functioning. Very basic and/or old models of this machine can be mechanical, while new and/or advanced electronic machines are often computerized ones.

“Electronic” simply means that these machines cannot work without electricity. From the motor that keeps the wheels churning to the LCD display to the buttons and beyond, this type of machines are dead without power – whether they get that power from socket or removable batteries.

So, if an electronic machine does not have a conflict with either: a mechanical machine or a computerized one, what is the exact opposite of this machine?

Well, the old-school/vintage industrial or domestic sewing machines that you mom or grandmother used in their youth are the exact opposite of electronic ones.

And it bears no discussion as to which of them is better, but let me show you why electronic machine is better.

What makes Electronic Sewing Machine Better?

In case you want to ask questions like “Why electronic?” … just read this detail.

It does not take more than two brain cells to understand why electronic ones are way better (like unmatchable) than the old ones.

In one simple sentences … you cannot compare electronic movement with one controlled with either hands or feet.

But let us try to understand how the old-fashioned/vintage sewing machine worked. They were big and massive. They used to come with tables and the seamstress used to either grab the wheel and move it round and round with her hand or there were bicycle like paddles.

Both types of machines demanded:

And the list is long.

So, not only an electronic sewing machine is better than an old-fashioned one, but there is actually nothing to choose between.

You cannot not buy an electronic sewing machine unless you don’t have an interest in the sewing at all.

Buyer’s Guide

So, what are the most important points that one must look for while buying electronic sewing machines?

Well, the points are more or less the same as you’d consider in case of any sewing machine. Let us wrap up those important points – with one or two additions specific to electronic machines.

Voltag

Most of these sewing machines on Amazon USA, are made for American households. This is why you cannot overlook the importance of voltage,

Remember, when it comes to electronic sewing machines, the most important factor is the voltage.

Because if you get this wrong, you get everything wrong.

So, make sure that you buy a 110v sewing machine for the USA households, while for other countries – it varies, but mostly it is 120v.

Power Supply

When we say electronic sewing machine, in terms of power supply it can be either a machine that depends on power adapter and current or one that depends on batteries.

In our collection on this list, there are both types of machines.

You need to be careful while picking a machine: power cord limits the portability while batteries may expire in the midst of sewing.

Powerful or Needful

Another point related to the power supply question is whether you want a better than handheld and smaller than professional sewing machine or you want a full-fledge professional sewing machine.

In case you are fine with an underpowered one because you need it only for small projects, go for a sewing machine with batteries, but in case you want good speed (stitching) and a lot of features, you’d have to get a machine with power adapter.

Stitching Speed

Now we’re talking more about the general points of consideration. In case your stitching is at a beginner level or you only do small projects, a speed below 850 stitches/minute is fine.

However, in case you want a machine for professional purposes or for big projects at home, you need a machine with 850+ stitches/minute speed – ideally 1,000+.

Built-in Stitches

This shows how consumer-centric a machine is. A professional sewing machine, mechanical or computerized, cannot have less than 30 built-in stitches. The best of them would have 100+ to 300 or 400 – even 600. Also, bigger number of stitches means you can have different types of designs including buttonholes, alphabets and others.

Other Advanced Features

Other than these basic features, some other basic and advanced features should also be expected while you buy a sewing machine:

FAQs About Electronic Sewing Machines

Here are the most frequently asked questions about electronic sewing machines and the answers to those questions.

What is an electronic sewing machine?

This one has been answered in detail above. Simple – a sewing machine that either relies on electric current or batteries is an electronic one.

Is electronic sewing machine better than the old/regular ones?

An electronic sewing machine can be mechanical as well as computerized – this means that an electronic sewing machine is what we call a regular one. It is definitely better than the old ones and the reasons have been explained above.

Is a computerized sewing machine better?

There are two or more types of electronic sewing machines – mechanical and computerized. The computerized machine is better because a) it has bigger number of built-in stitches, b) it has an LCD display and very helpful navigational buttons, and c) it has a host of modern features that mechanical ones mostly don’t/can’t.

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