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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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Brother GS-2520

Brother GS-2520

4.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I've had this machine for about 4 years now and it's made everything from skirts to a KS quilt. I've been very happy with it and as expected it did struggle a bit with the quilt but it didn't let me

Janome CoverPro 2000CPX

Janome CoverPro 2000CPX

4.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I agree with the other reviews about the machine, My major complaint I have with the machine is, there is nothing worth while in your parts compartment,{ oil needle threader some netting and few

Bernina 3 Series

Bernina 3 Series · includes 4 listings

4.3 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I really love using my new Bernina B380 and still getting used to the new bobbin system after being a Janome user for many years. It really is a dream to use and the stitch quality is just perfect.

Janome 8002DX

Janome 8002DX

4.0 from 9 reviews

Latest review: You can stop a machine from walking by placing it on some of that rubberised matting that is used in cutlery draws. I have not used this machine but have had over 50 years of sewing

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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
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    5.0 (1)
Janome DC2200

Janome DC2200

4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I have perservered with this machine, finally googled problem Moved feed dog lever, feed dog height not altered. Now I am up for $150 service fee and possibly parts. And not to mention driving a

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    3.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
Janome DM7200

Janome DM7200

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: This is a great machine in terms of sewing/stitch selection and general ease of use. Everything about it is fantastic.....except when you need to put a different foot shaft on. The side plate doesn’t

Husqvarna Huskylock s15

Husqvarna Huskylock s15

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: My first overlocker. It arrived threaded and ready to start overlocking. Only one speed setting on the foot pedal, so it sews fast, but smooth sewing and easy to use. Great

Elna Elina 100

Elna Elina 100

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Performs as the entry level computerised machine you expect (unlike the spot light marketing where it said it was for advanced users). I was disappointed to find out it is in fact not an Elna machine

Brother NV-950

Brother NV-950

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Never had an easier machine to seat bobbin and thread before...so easy ..and a lot of options for sewing or embroidery.Nice size and weight also for the price .A lot of information explaining how to

Elna 845

Elna 845

4.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: I have always wanted an overlocker but always put it off as I'd heard how complicated they were to thread. But I have been sewing a few things lately and thought I'd take the plunge. I went in to

Brother SL170

Brother SL170

4.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: It is a decent enough machine for a beginner, but I was really disappointed with the positioning of the light and therefore difficulty in threading the needle. Can't see a thing threading left handed

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    3.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    3.0 (1)
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    2.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
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    4.0 (1)
Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I have had my MC15000 for several years now and have been very happy. After a shaky start with the automatic needle threader Janome repaired and then replaced the needle threader. It doesn't work

Singer 14SH654

Singer 14SH654

4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Bought this overlocker and am thrilled to bits with it!Ive sewed clothes and found it’s easy to use,and it’s not too bulky.Best thing is it was half price at Spotlight,$600 machine for $300!I always t

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    4.0 (1)
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    4.0 (2)
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    3.5 (2)
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    5.0 (1)
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    3.5 (2)
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    5.0 (1)
Brother DreamMaker XE VE2200

Brother DreamMaker XE VE2200

4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: My first ever embroidery machine. Still learning to use it to capacity, but enjoying the experience. Have not had a lesson yet, but managing ok so far following the book. Nice inbuilt patterns. Can

Brother JV1400

Brother JV1400

3.8 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Basically sews well but poorly designed. Perhaps it is because of the cheaper price but I would have paid more but nothing was offered. Issues: No case for storage No light that works so you can

  • Thick Fabric Performance
    4.0 (1)
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    3.5 (2)
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    2.5 (2)
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    2.5 (2)
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    1.0 (1)
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    4.5 (2)
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    5.0 (1)
Janome 1200D

Janome 1200D

3.8 from 5 reviews

Latest review: This is a good machine. I wanted a machine to overlock and coverstitch and this machine does that. It's saves space, and i don't need to have ten spools of every colour to cover two machines or have

Bernina 700D

Bernina 700D

3.8 from 4 reviews

Latest review: This overlocker was given to me as a gift. It is the base model of Bernina's overlockers. It is a very sturdy machine, I have found it to be very reliable. It has consistent stitching, does not come

Janome Limited Edition MS5027LE

Janome Limited Edition MS5027LE

3.8 from 6 reviews

Latest review: This machine has been nothing but trouble. It is made out of cheap materials that break easily. It is very unpredictable & not a machine that you can count on to be working properly all of the

Brother SL500

Brother SL500

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Sadly I haven't had the chance to give this machine a trial run, as both the initial machine I bought and the replacement I received were faulty. I was so excited to try this machine as it is

Pfaff Creative 2.0

Pfaff Creative 2.0

3.7 from 3 reviews

Latest review: I have no problem with the sewing machine side o the Creative 2 although the extras are a little on the expensive side, but the embroidery manual is just not in depth enough. I have read and re-read