When it comes to quilting sewing machines, you’ll find a different style for each sewing need.
From simple mending to making dresses, from embroidery to quilting – there’s a quilting machine for it!
When it comes to sewing machines for quilting, how do you decide which one is right for you?
First, decide what your quilting plans and projects will be. Are you only going to be piecing quilts, or do you want to do the top quilting as well?
If you’ll be doing free motion stitching, you’ll want something with a larger table area (also called the throat).
Then, decide what you are willing to spend. If you feel you need a top-of-the-line, computerized machine that does everything but the dishes, you can expect to spend thousands of dollars. (The Janome Horizon Quilt Maker Memory Craft 12000 can set you back over $5,000.)
Once you have a good idea of what you need and what you can spend, it’s time to talk to other quilters.
What sewing machine do they use? What machine would they like to have for quilting?
Serious quilters are going to invest in a heavy-duty machine, such as the Bernina 770 QE (around $6K), the Baby Lock Destiny II (around $8K), and the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QCP (around $2K).
All three of these come with high recommendations from professional quilters.
Serious hobbyists also had recommendations for sewing machines for beginners; after researching them all, we put together our list of favorites.
But first, let's review the types of machines you might consider as you develop your sewing and quilting skills.