When you have graduated from novice to advanced in your sewing endeavors, you probably are tempted to purchase a new advanced sewing machine.
That hand-me-down sewing machine your mom or friend gave you was great for learning how to sew and quilt, but now it’s your turn to choose the perfect one for you.
This post will show you nine fantastic high-end sewing machines that you can check out and decide if they would be a good fit for you and your needs.
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Best Sewing Machine for Advanced Sewers: 9 You Should Consider
There isn’t just one best sewing machine for experienced sewers. That’s why we’ve gathered nine great options for you to choose from and compare. We’ll go over the pros and cons and the best features of each machine.
This machine is in Janome’s Memory Craft series and can be used for various sewing projects, from garment making to quilting and everything in between.
The MC6650 allows home sewists to have a professional-grade machine to tackle their many projects, big and small. Here are some of the great features this machine possesses.
- Favorite stitch setting- you can choose your favorite stitch, stitch length, and position, and the machine will remember it for you.
- Maximum stitch speed- 1000spm
- 170 stitches plus two alphabets
- 3.6” LCD screen that gives details about stitch, the position of the feed dogs, and gives recommendations for which presser foot to use.
- Independent bobbin winder-while you are sewing, you can also wind a bobbin.
- 12 presser feet included
- 25-year mechanical warranty
- Janome is a top-notch brand
- All the “bells and whistles” for a myriad of projects
- Large 10” throat space
- It is a bit pricey at around $1,500
- It weighs about 25 lbs
Juki is a well-respected brand in the industrial sewing field, and now they have created several home sewing machines that utilize those industrial-strength features for us at home.
The HZL-F300 is one of their mid-range machines that sewists and quilters alike can use. This might be your choice if you like to dabble in several different crafting areas. Let’s look at some key features.
- 106 different stitches plus three fonts
- An 8” throat space for working on larger projects such as quilts.
- Powerful box feed that can feed through several layers of thick fabric
- 16 automatic electronic sensor buttonhole options
- Automatic thread cutter
- You get Juki’s industrial-strength machinery at a fraction of the cost
- This machine has excellent features for sewists AND quilters
- The automatic needle threader works perfectly every time
- Has a free arm for sewing cuffs and other circular items
- It weighs 25 lbs which may be difficult to move for some.
3. Singer 9960
If you are searching for an “all-in-one” machine, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 is a fantastic choice for you. This machine can do all kinds of projects such as quilting, seamstress work, home decor, and many other crafts.
This machine weighs less than other machines on this list at only 20 lbs, making it a bit easier to move around. Here are some more features this machine offers.
- 600 stitches, including straight stitching, stitches for stretch fabrics, and a huge inventory of decorative stitches
- Five different fonts to personalize your crafts plus 13 buttonhole options
- 850 stitches per minute
- Thirteen presser feet are included with this machine to fit all your sewing needs.
- Large extension table included for when you are working on large projects like quilts or heavy fabrics
- Fully computerized to control stitch speed, switch between stitch types easily, and make adjustments such as stitch length and needle position
- A huge inventory of stitches, fonts, and buttonhole options
- It can be used for many different types of sewing projects
- An excellent price for all that this machine offers
- Throat space is only 6 ½”, which may be a problem if you are a quilter and want to quilt your own quilts
- You cannot use the quilting bar with the walking foot
I own this exact machine, and I love it. Let’s go over a brief description of the machine and its features. This sewing machine is a workhorse. It is an industrial-strength straight-stitch-only machine. That’s right; it can do one stitch.
It is perfect for quilters who want to piece quilt tops quickly and quilt them either by straight lines or free motion quilting (FMQ.) This machine is popular in the quilting community because it’s a powerful, fast, reliable machine.
- High speed 1,500 spm
- Large extension table for quilting or working with heavy fabrics
- It can be used with a quilting frame for FMQ
- Automatic thread cutter
- Adjustable stitch length and drop-down feed dogs for FMQ
- Throat space is 8 ½”
- Sews evenly and smoothly
- Great for quilters
- High-speed workhorse
- It weighs just under 40lbs. Not the most portable option
- Straight stitch only
If the machines with hundreds of stitches and all the “bells and whistles” aren’t what you are looking for, but you want a powerful machine from a well-known brand, then the Janome 3160QOV is a solid option.
This machine is a special edition of Janome’s 3160 QDC. This edition is dedicated to Quilts of Valor, an organization that makes and distributes quilts to veterans. Here are some of the key features of this machine.
- 60 built-in stitches and six buttonhole choices
- Automatic needle threader
- Top loading bobbin
- Automatic thread cutter button, lockstitch button, and reverse stitch button
- Stitch speed- 820 spm
- It comes with an extension table and several bonus presser feet for different tasks
- Lightweight- only 12 ½ lbs
- All the great modern features at a great price
- Great assortment of stitches and accessories
- Special edition for a noble organization
- Not the most heavy-duty machine on this list
- The number of stitches may be a downside for some
This computerized machine is sure to “wow” you with its many features and attributes. The Janome 4120QDC is the “juiced up” version of #5 from our list. With this machine, you can easily go from piecing together a quilt to tailoring a pair of pants to creating your own curtains for your living room. This machine can do it all. Here are some of the features that set it apart from the pack.
- 120 built-in stitches, including an entire alphabet to personalize your crafts
- LCD so you can set up your stitches and create something truly custom
- Stitch speed- 820 spm
- This machine boasts Janome’s 7- piece Superior Feed System Plus for even feed dog movement.
- It has a free arm for circular sewing for items such as cuffs and collars.
- 7” throat space
- An instructional video is included
- It weighs 22 lbs which makes it portable for home use
- Seven presser feet included, plus the extension table and hard case
- It comes with a quilting kit
- Reasonable price
- If you are a quilter, there are better options on this list.
7. Juki HZL-DX7
Another fabulous Juki machine for our list, the HZL-DX7 has hundreds of stitches to choose from and four different fonts. This is another at-home sewing machine that incorporates Juki’s industrial mechanics to create superior results for your projects.
This machine has a lot of unique features. Let’s check them out together.
- Presser foot pivot function for when you need to pivot your project. The needle stays in the down position, and the presser foot automatically lifts, allowing you to pivot quickly and smoothly
- It can handle heavy, thick fabrics
- Easy setup for free motion
- 287 built stitches plus four fonts
- 12 presser feet included
- Stitch speed max- 1,050 spm
- Easy to use function buttons for backstitching, automatic thread cutter, and needle up/down
- Lots of stitch options
- Faster than most domestic sewing machines
- Industrial grade sewing mechanics
- 8” throat space
8. Singer 9985
This Singer machine is in the same design series (Quantum Stylist) as #3 from this list. You will be shocked to see how many built-in stitches are on this beautiful machine.
Sewists, crafters, and quilters love this versatile machine. It has features for everyone, so if you’re like me and like to dabble with different sewing projects, this might be the one you’ve been looking for. Check out these great features.
- 960+ stitches plus 13 buttonhole
- Six fonts to customize your crafts
- Max stitch speed- 850 spm
- Color touch LCD screen to choose stitches and adjust for your specific needs
- Functions buttons to control reverse stitch, stitch speed, automatic thread cutter, and a start/stop button.
- 13 presser foot accessories kit included
- Metal frame for durability
- Almost unlimited stitch options for every need
- It is a gorgeous purple machine
- Fantastic price
- There may be a learning curve since this machine offers so much
- 6 ½” throat space- not great for quilting larger quilts
The EverSewn Sparrow 30s is undoubtedly the most beautiful machine on this list. If you want a machine as beautiful as the things you create, look no further. But this machine is not only beautiful; it is functional and versatile for anyone who loves to sew.
Let’s look at the key features so you can compare them to any other choices from this list.
- 310 stitches
- Two full alphabets for customization
- Fully computerized with an LCD screen for easy stitch selection
- It comes with nine presser feet and an extension table
- Stitch memory function- the machine will remember specifications you set for different stitches
- Free arm for circular sewing
- Drop-in bobbin
- Max stitch speed- 850 spm
- Only weighs 14 lbs
- 310 stitches plus the two fonts for endless customizing
- Great for all types of sewists
- Great price
- Not as heavy-duty as others on this list
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FAQ About Advanced Sewing Machines
What is the best sewing machine for a home sewer?
There’s really no right or wrong answer to this question. The machine you choose will rely on what type of sewing you will be doing, your skill level, and probably most importantly, your budget. You don’t have to have the fanciest machine on the market to make beautiful things.
Which sewing machine is best for industrial use?
The Juki TL-2010Q is the best industrial machine for quilters. The price isn’t astronomical, and it’s a workhorse. For industrial use, I recommend sticking with the Juki brand.
What sewing machine has the most decorative stitches?
From our list #8, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9985 has the most decorative stitches. If you need a wide variety of pretty stitches for your crafts, this would probably be the best machine for you.
How much is a high-end sewing machine?
The price range can vary quite a bit for high-end machines. Plus, just because it is expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you and your needs. Choose your budget first and look at the machines in that price range. There are going to be great machines for almost any budget.
What is the most reliable brand of sewing machine?
Again, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. I always recommend going with a well-known brand such as Singer, Janome, Juki, Brother, Bernina, etc. Do your research before spending hundreds (or even thousands) on a sewing machine. Remember, just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you.
For any sewist or quilter, it’s fun to check out all these amazing machines. A sewing machine is an investment, and you want to make sure you do your research and choose the best one for your needs and budget.