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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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Elna 664 / 664 Pro

Elna 664 / 664 Pro · includes 2 listings

4.5 from 22 reviews

Latest review: I have made over 150 three layer masks, heavy duty bags and lightweight materials and love it. Best to watch a video to thread - look on you tube, it really is a breeze to thread. Tension is easily

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Janome My Excel 3018 (MW18)

Janome My Excel 3018 (MW18)

4.5 from 17 reviews

Latest review: I researched before buying, the Brother from Spotlight was useless. I did my homework & for $350 it does everything. In Australia if you buy feom from Janome website you get so many accessories. It

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Elina 40

Elina 40

3.7 from 28 reviews

Latest review: It struggles to sew through flat felled seams on denim jeans or anything thick/heavy. Something, and I don't know what, causes it - but sewing along then all of a sudden it's like the foot pedal

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Janome MyLock 644D

Janome MyLock 644D

4.4 from 13 reviews

Latest review: I ve been seeing for a handful of years & I was always a bit scared of getting an over locker...I don’t know why...I thought I can do all I need on a sewing machine. I got to a point where I was a

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Singer Heavy Duty

Singer Heavy Duty · includes 2 listings

3.7 from 18 reviews

Latest review: I bought my sewing machine singer 4423 with the overlocker 14hd854 eight months ago . they are both powerful fantastic and the serger is very easy to thread (as i followed the instructions in the

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ALDI Sewing Machines

ALDI Sewing Machines · includes 6 listings

3.2 from 27 reviews

Latest review: I've watched my mum sewing all my life, I've now decided to give myself a chance. I thing it is good machine for someone who isn't very sure, some who wants to try and make practice before invest

Price (RRP) $12.99 to $199.00

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    2.8 (8)
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Singer Heritage 8768

Singer Heritage 8768

3.6 from 16 reviews

Latest review: Guess everyone has different experiences and more likely different patience levels. I must admit it takes awhile to master some Stitch options and I have to figured out myself from YouTube to one

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    3.3 (10)
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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

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Janome 8002DX

Janome 8002DX

4.1 from 10 reviews

Latest review: I have loved this machine for a couple of years, now. I bought it with additional feet and accessories as a free upgrade. I have found it easy to thread, especially with tweezers for the first and

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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

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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

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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

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Singer Brilliance

Singer Brilliance · includes 2 listings

2.3 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Worst machine l've ever used. Needles break with any thickness of fabrics. I do alot of hems and adjustment on garments, l expected a lot more from this machine. Don't

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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

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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

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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

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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

Juki TL2010Q

Juki TL2010Q

5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: This is a straight stitch only machine. 1500 spm, but it does have speed control. Great throat space and easy access to the needle bar to change feet. I sew apparel, quilting and home Furnishing

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