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Best Sewing Machines & Overlockers

A new sewing machine promises hours of fun ahead, if you are sew inclined. To select the best sewing machine or overlocker for you, first consider whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced sewist.

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If you’re a beginner, or you’re not sure whether you’ll even enjoy sewing yet, choose an entry-level machine that’s more affordable. Also consider buying a cheaper machine if you’ll only be using it for simple tasks, like sewing your own mask, mending clothes, or stitching that popped-off button back on. There are only two stitch selections you’ll need - straight stitch and zig zag stitch.

Basic sewing machines can cost anywhere from $100-$800 for an electronic machine (often called ‘mechanical’ models - as the majority of models sold are a hybrid of mechanical and electronic), or starting at $300 for a computerised model. Computerised sewing machines have a range of automatic functions like speed control (as opposed to using a foot pedal to adjust speed), for easier and more precise sewing.

If you’re an intermediate sewist look for a mid-range sewing machine with more stitch selections and included functions. This usually includes buttonhole stitch and blind hem stitch options, as well as a variety of sewing machine presser feet attachments and embroidery patterns. Mid-range models will probably also have an automatic needle threader. This kind of sewing machine can set you back anywhere between $800-$3000.

If you’re more advanced or are upgrading, look for a machine that caters to your specific purposes. For example, if you plan to craft embroidered quilts, look for a machine with many embroidery patterns, and attachments for making quilts such as a walking foot, quarter-inch foot and freehand embroidery foot. If you're stitching heavy-duty curtains, make sure a prospective model will let you feed in heavier fabrics. High-end sewing machines can cost between $5000-$12,000.

What is the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker?

An overlocker, also known as a serger, is a finishing machine that specialises in creating a locking stitch around a seam. It creates professionally finished edges. You can use it to sew, overcast and trim excess fabric from a seam in one go. Overlockers are generally meant for more experienced sewists.

To narrow down your selection and get closer to finding the best sewing machine or overlocker in Australia today, simply scroll down to browse sewing machine reviews.

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97 listings

Elna 664 / 664 Pro

Elna 664 / 664 Pro · includes 2 listings

4.5 from 21 reviews

Latest review: I was told this is the same machine although it looks a bit different... This is my first overlocker and I've been very pleased with the way it functions. It gets clunky with extra heavyweight fabric

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    4.0 (3)
  • Build Quality
    4.3 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (3)
  • Noise Level
    3.3 (3)
  • Safety
    4.7 (3)
Janome My Excel 3018 (MW18)

Janome My Excel 3018 (MW18)

4.5 from 15 reviews

Latest review: Bought this machine a few years back, it goes well, got it as a second machine to take to sewing classes as it's lightweight and love the needle threader and assorted stitches. Problem is the

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    3.3 (3)
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    3.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (2)
  • Noise Level
    2.0 (2)
  • Safety
    4.0 (3)
Elina 40

Elina 40

3.7 from 27 reviews

Latest review: I seem to have constant tension problems, skipped stitches etc. It seems from feedback that some machines have this problem while others are amazing. I find sewing really frustrating and will

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    4.3 (3)
  • Build Quality
    3.3 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.6 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    3.4 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (5)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (5)
  • Safety
    4.0 (4)
Janome MyLock 644D

Janome MyLock 644D

4.3 from 12 reviews

Latest review: I have owned this overlocker for a number of years and it still going strong. Much easier to thread the lower looper than the model below it due to being able to flick out a particular hook to get

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
Singer Heavy Duty

Singer Heavy Duty · includes 2 listings

3.6 from 17 reviews

Latest review: I love this machine. I bought it around 9 years ago. Its had a decent work out and is still going strong. I bought this machine as it has metal gears, just about all other domestic machines have

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    3.6 (9)
  • Build Quality
    3.1 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (11)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (11)
  • Safety
    3.8 (10)
ALDI Sewing Machines

ALDI Sewing Machines · includes 6 listings

3.2 from 24 reviews

Latest review: Despite the reviews, I actually love this machine. I've made many cloth pads etc and haven't had any issues. It sets perfect with great quality needles and thread. I absolutely love this little

Price (RRP) A$12.99 to A$199.00

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    2.8 (4)
  • Build Quality
    2.3 (6)
  • Value for Money
    2.8 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (4)
  • Noise Level
    2.4 (5)
  • Safety
    3.0 (5)
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Janome Horizon MC6600P

Janome Horizon MC6600P

3.5 from 15 reviews

Latest review: I’ve had mind since this model first came out. Great for quilting and stippling. Fast, easy to use and goggle search utube for quick reference. This is my 3rd J

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    5.0 (1)
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
Singer Heritage 8768

Singer Heritage 8768

3.5 from 15 reviews

Latest review: Machine does not have a pressure foot control.....and does not like bulk material......2 layers of fleece and can't cope with a buttonhole. I'll be pulling out my old janome to finish the job...also

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    3.1 (10)
  • Build Quality
    3.1 (9)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (9)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (10)
  • Safety
    3.8 (9)
Elna Sew Fun

Elna Sew Fun

3.3 from 11 reviews

Latest review: Can’t expect much for the price but made a mistake thinking it would be good for a beginner but with a slight press of the foot the machine goes way too fast. I couldn’t sew straight when first beg

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    3.0 (2)
  • Build Quality
    3.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (2)
  • Safety
    3.0 (2)
Elna 792D

Elna 792D

2.6 from 17 reviews

Latest review: I really can’t complain about mine, it does take time to thread but hey once it is done it is all honky dory, let’s get that sewing done. I clean mine after I have finished with a can of air to get

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    2.5 (2)
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    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    2.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    2.5 (2)
  • Safety
    2.5 (2)
Pfaff Ambition 1.0

Pfaff Ambition 1.0

3.0 from 11 reviews

Latest review: my husband brought me this machine for my birthday. the first one did not work right out of the brand new box. i took it back. the dealer switched it out for another new one. this machine was a

Bernina Bernette Chicago 7

Bernina Bernette Chicago 7

2.8 from 13 reviews

Latest review: Having had my old Bernette Deco 500 embroiderer for over 20 years with no problems at all, I recently decided to upgrade to another Bernette, the Chicago 7 which I am told can accept downloaded

  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
Singer 14SH754

Singer 14SH754

1.9 from 12 reviews

Latest review: I make swimwear and leotards. I have sewn on the Elna 664 Pro for 10 years and it needed a service, decided to get extra machine for back up. Threading is fiddly and hard, tension has taken me

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    2.5 (4)
  • Build Quality
    2.5 (6)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    2.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (5)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (4)
  • Safety
    4.3 (3)
Bernina 215

Bernina 215

5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: I purchased this machine to use at classes as my original Bernina 1260 is 25 years old and is very heavy to carry. The 215 does everything I expected it to do, perfect stitches, easy to change

Baby Lock BLCS-2 Coverstitch

Baby Lock BLCS-2 Coverstitch

5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Have not had this machine long but has stitched all knits and hems perfectly. Also have the knit binder attachment . Also has a perfect chain stitch. No broken threads or skipped

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
Janome JR1012

Janome JR1012

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: This is a great first machine. I have been sewing with mine now for 11 years, and it has never failed me. I sew lots of clothing like my daughter's dresses, shirts and shorties. I also make bibs and

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
Brother JS1700

Brother JS1700

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: As I'am a beginner for sewing, and this sewing machine brother J17S easy to use and really handy, smooth, Happy with this machine as have a lot of choice with different stitch. I buy it in spotlight

Janome HD9 Professional

Janome HD9 Professional

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Bought this machine about 3-4 years ago when it was called QC1600P Professional. Magic machine, solid, fast straight sewer. Couldn't live without it and I am about to buy another one for my

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    5.0 (1)
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
Brother 4234D

Brother 4234D

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I was very excited to purchase my first overlocker a few years ago, an Elna 654. It looked good in-store, was fabulous on paper, and I couldn't wait to get started, but I couldn't. No matter how hard

Juki TL2010Q

Juki TL2010Q

5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: After having owned a number of Domestic Sewing Machines, most of which do not last due to the type of products I make; mainly handbags. I opted to purchase the Juki TL-2010Q. It arrived last

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