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.
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.
The Elna 664 and 664 Pro have features like adjustable foot pressure, colour-coded threading routes, and an instant rolled hem device so you can easily hem clothes and finish seams, letting even sewing novices make professional-looking garments.
Threading machine is a breeze
Effectively serges a variety of fabrics
Easy to adjust tension
- Build Quality3.8 (6)
- Value for Money4.0 (6)
- Ease of Use3.8 (6)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.8 (6)
- Noise Level3.2 (6)
- Safety4.5 (6)
- Thick Fabric Performance4.4 (5)
A true workhorse, the Janome My Excel 3018 (MW18) Sewing Machine has a jam-proof bobbin system, an efficient sewing speed, and a foot pressure dial that lets you effortlessly tackle anything from silk to denim and leather.
Can handle all kinds of material
High build quality
- Build Quality3.8 (5)
- Value for Money3.8 (5)
- Ease of Use4.0 (5)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.3 (4)
- Noise Level3.3 (4)
- Safety4.4 (5)
- Thick Fabric Performance4.0 (5)
Elna’s Elina 40 lets you do 30 different types of stitches (including buttonholes), comes with a range of sewing feet, and has highly adjustable stitch widths and lengths, so you can embark on all kinds of sewing projects.
Easy to operate
Holds up well with constant use
Tension can be temperamental
- Build Quality2.7 (7)
- Value for Money2.5 (8)
- Ease of Use3.3 (8)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.3 (8)
- Noise Level3.0 (8)
- Safety3.6 (7)
- Thick Fabric Performance3.5 (6)
With a differential feed system, a rolled hem conversion function, and a concealed threading path, the Janome MyLock 644D can let you efficiently sew seams and cut down the time you need to spend on the machine.
Experienced sewers who like a bit of speed when they stitch might find what they’re looking for in the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines - they have a sturdy build, come with a variety of feet for different projects, and can do over 1000 stitches per minute.
Latest review: It is very cheaply made, noisy, bad design. It just not good enough to sew anything. We have tried and wasted our time but failed to work. Good news is ALDI has agreed to refund the
Price (RRP) $12.99 to $199.00
Latest review: I work with a lot of different fabrics and materials so it’s important I have a high quality sewing machine that can turn out a good finish. The Janine 8002DX has been perfect for me and has never f
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
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
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
Latest review: Lower and upper looper threads break constantly and it is so hard to rethread especially the lower thread looper. No better after getting serviced. Also hard to get good thread tension. Very
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
Latest review: I sew many different items and I just cannot get the tension right. I have tried getting assistance from the store owner who sold it to me and he looks at it and says it is me. So I then tried
Latest review: Very basic machine. I mainly sew hems. I don't sew much anymore and only needed a machine for quick repairs. Couldn't handle seams. Needle broke and unable to raise wheel.
Latest review: wonderful to have needle threader, have used lots and the choice of stitches are great, seems to handle most fabrics, liked it so much i have just bought a heavy duty singer on sale at spotlight as
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
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
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
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
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