Sewing machine recommendations for a beginner....and cheap!


I'm after a sewing machine for a complete novice!! I've got lots of clothes that I'd like to either fix or adjust and I'd like to make some fleece cage liners for my pet.

There are lots of different machines out there but I don't have a clue which one to go for.

Cost is clearly a consideration and I really like something reasonably priced, say less that £100.:eek: Is that achievable?!

Thanks for any advice anyone can give. :D


  • Icey77
    Icey77 Forumite Posts: 1,247
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    My first sewing machine was approx that price from Argos and was a Toyota machine. It had the entry level variety of stitches and did me proud for several years until I decided I wanted more features.

    It might be worth posting on local Facebook selling pages asking if anyone has one to sell perhaps? Or asking in any local sewing shops or arts & crafts shops? Or even ebay perhaps?

    I wouldn't go for a ultra cheapie machine as it won't be able to handle heavier fabrics and it is unlikely to have a wide variety of stitches. Some of the lesser known brands might get you more for your money than the well known Singer, Janome, Elna etc.

    Good luck :)
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  • Bennifred
    Bennifred Forumite Posts: 3,986 Forumite
    John Lewis does an entry level machine for £99 - looks quite good, has good reviews.
  • BOBS
    BOBS Forumite Posts: 2,871 Forumite
    this has been covered before - check here -
  • iamashoppingaddict
    iamashoppingaddict Forumite Posts: 862
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys and thanks for the link BOBS, for some reason my search didn't pull anything up. Will have to work on that.
  • ragz_2
    ragz_2 Forumite Posts: 3,254
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    I have the tesco one, it was cheap and works fine for my needs, it had good reviews.
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