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If you’re looking to find the best sewing and embroidery machine combo for your crafty ventures, I can help you out with that!
Whether you’re starting a home embroidery business or are wanting to sew and embroider outfits and accessories for friends and family, picking the right sewing embroidery machine is an important first step. There are lots of options, so which one is going to work best for you?
Here, I’ve written brief reviews of the best sewing and embroidery machines for 2021 to help you learn more. These reviews will help you understand the main features of each sewing machine and how they compare to each other.
What is the best sewing and embroidery machine for 2021?
In a hurry? Here are my top picks for the best sewing machine for embroidering this year.
|Best Sewing Machines for Embroidering|
|Brother SE600 Combination Machine||Buy Now|
|EverSewn Sparrow X Sewing and Embroidery Machine||Buy Now|
|Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine||Buy Now|
Read on to find out more about each machine and the process of picking a sewing and embroidery machine to purchase.
What is a combination sewing and embroidery machine?
A combination sewing and embroidery machine gives the user the ability to sew, quilt, and embroider all with one feature-rich machine.
For sewers who are strapped for space, a combination machine takes up much less space than purchasing two machines. And for the budget-minded, combination machines also typically cost less than purchasing both an embroidery machine and a sewing machine.
As a plus, sewing machines that can be used for embroidery also do not sacrifice the quality of stitching compared to machines that are not combinations!
What should I look for in a sewing machine for embroidering?
Before choosing a combo machine, you’ll want to take a moment to decide how you’re wanting to use your machine and what you’re wanting to sew and embroider with it.
Consider the number of built-in stitches, if you can design or import new stitches, and how many presser feet are included. What about a knee lifter?
Also, decide which automatic functions are important to you. Do you want an automatic needle threader or thread cutter? What about electronic tension adjustment or ability to change the presser foot pressure?
Several of these features are standard on most machines, and other features, such as a knee lifter, will only be present on more deluxe options.
If you’re looking to do mostly embroidery, you have several decisions to make before purchasing.
Embroidery Hoop Size
If you’re regularly wanting to embroider large areas, you will benefit from having a larger embroidery area, which correlates with a larger embroidery hoop size. The most cost-effective sewing and embroidery machines come with a 4″x4″ hoop size, and size increases from there. In general, the larger the embroidery area, the higher the machine price. If you do choose a machine with a smaller maximum embroidery area, though, you can still create larger projects. You will just have to split the design and rehoop in between sections.
Built-In Patterns and Import Methods
If you’re not going to want to create or search online for additional designs or fonts, make sure to choose a machine that comes with a great selection of built-in patterns. There are also machines specifically designed to include Disney, Marvel, and even Star Wars patterns.
Most sewing and embroidery machines also allow you to import additional patterns. Some machines, like the Brother SE400, will require a direct connection to your computer. More updated machines, however, boast import through USB or even WiFi transfer from a smart device.
Set a budget, and stick to that! If you’re a beginner and aren’t sure you are going to even like sewing and embroidering, don’t buy an expensive and fancy machine. Start with a less expensive machine that has everything you need, and then purchase another one later if you end up loving your new hobby.
How much should I spend on a sewing machine that embroiders?
Combination sewing and embroidery machines run from the low $300s to well into the 6-digits. The sewing machines for embroidering I’ve included here are affordable yet still feature-rich. They’ll be reliable machines for sewers who are on a budget and want to spend less than around $1000. Typically, Brother, Singer, and EverSewn are the more budget-friendly brands that will still provide a great user experience.
If you have several thousand dollars to spend, you can’t go wrong with Janome, Baby Lock, Husqvarna, or Bernina combination sewing and embroidery machines. They are phenomenal but may cost more than a year’s mortgage! When spending that much on a machine, I highly recommend commuting to a local sewing shop to try it out first. And if you’re a beginner, just make sure such an investment will be worth it for you first!
Reviews of the Best Sewing and Embroidery Machine Combos – Updated 2021
(Best Brother sewing and embroidery machine for beginners)
|Embroidery Designs||80 included|
|Stitch Options||103 stitches, 10 buttonhole options|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||710 stitches per minute|
|USB Connection||Built-in USB port|
The Brother SE600 sewing and embroidery combination machine is the best sewing and embroidery machine for beginners. It’s an affordable way to start exploring your new hobby and a reliable, feature-rich combination made by Brother.
The Brother SE600 is so easy to set up thanks to easy bobbin winding, a top-drop, quick-set bobbin, and advanced needle threading. Reminders for set-up are included on the body of the machine.
It comes with 7 presser feet for sewing and a ton of other accessories. As a computerized 2-in-1 machine, sewing can happen with the included foot pedal or with buttons on the front of the machine. Use these, along with the variable speed slider, to stitch efficiently.
You’ll get a larger throat space, useful for quilting, and a built-in free arm to assist with sewing small cylindrical items. It comes with built-in side cutter stitches if you’re wanting to use a Brother side cutter foot to help it act like a serger. (Read my tutorial and review of my Brother side cutter foot for more info!)
One con to this machine is the maximum sewing speed is 710 stitches per minute (sewing, not embroidering), which is a little slower than many Brother sewing machines. However, unless you’re routinely piecing quilts or pushing your machine to the max, this shouldn’t be too much of a gamechanger.
A large LCD touch-screen assists the user with the selection of a stitch or embroidery pattern. You can choose a built-in pattern or import one that you’ve purchased or created yourself via jump drive.
The color SmartScreen allows you to edit and preview the pattern. Move it around, change the size or thread colors, change lettering, or even place letters on arcs. So much can be done on the screen without the need for your computer!
While 4″x4″ is a small embroidery field compared to some of the other machines on this list of best sewing and embroidery machines, you can rehoop and split designs if you’re wanting to create larger designs.
Overall, I don’t think you can go wrong with the Brother SE600 2-in-1 sewing and embroidery machine! Feel free to read my full Brother SE600 review for more information on features and how to use it. And look at my blanket embroidery tutorial to get an idea of its stitch quality.
(I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the Brother SE625 sewing and embroidery machine, the near-identical twin of the Brother SE600. It’s the Walmart version of the SE600 and is a different color. It also includes 200 more embroidery designs, which come on a CD. You can check out my full Brother SE625 review for more information or read my Brother SE600 vs SE625 comparison post. The Brother SE625 is the one that started learning to embroider on and loved!)
|Embroidery Designs||100 designs|
|Stitch Options||120 stitches|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||850 stitches per minute|
|USB Connection||No, but add designs with EverSewn Pro App.|
While not as widely popular as Brother or Singer, EverSewn has its own niche in the sewing market and provides consistent and technologically-advanced machines.
The EverSewn Sparrow X Sewing and Embroidery Machine is called a “next-generation” machine, and there’s a reason why! It takes advantage of this digital age we are living to cater to tech-savvy users. Instead of having to import designs to this 2-in-1 machine via USB or plugging in your computer, you control the machine with your EverSewn Pro app. Available for your Apple or Android smart device (computer, tablet, or even phone), this free app allows users to transfer and edit designs on their large device screen! No need to fiddle with a small touchscreen on your sewing machine or sit right next to it to know when to change thread colors.
This machine includes several helpful features such as automatic thread trimming (and jump stitch trimming), automatic tension adjustment, and advanced needle threading.
The Sparrow X comes with two hoop sizes and has a maximum embroidery area of close to 5″ x 7.” It’s typically a little less expensive than the Brother SE1900, which is Brother’s comparable sewing and embroidery machine.
My Mom is a loyal EverSewn user (we love her EverSewn Sparrow 30 sewing machine!), so we stand behind the brand. The EverSewn Sparrow X includes a 10-year limited warranty if you have issues with your combo machine.
Since EverSewn strives to be at the forefront of emerging sewing technology trends, just make sure you’re tech-loving before purchasing such a machine. If you think you’ll have problems using an app on your Wi-Fi enabled device, you might be better off purchasing a Brother sewing machine for stitching and embroidery.
If you’re seriously interested in the Sparrow X, I’d also recommend checking Sewing Machines Plus for prices. If you sign up for their email list, they often offer a 10% off coupon!
(Best Brother sewing and embroidery machine for the money)
|Embroidery Designs||138 designs, 11 fonts, 10 frames with 14 borders|
|Stitch Options||240 stitches, 10 buttonhole options|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||850 stitches per minute|
|USB Connection||Built-in USB port|
A little more of an investment, the Brother SE1900 is the best Brother sewing and embroidery machine for the money. It’s comparable in features to some of the much pricier Janomes and Berninas but is significantly less costly. This is the embroidery machine I use at home, and I LOVE it.
It’s an upgrade to the Brother SE600 in several ways. You’ll be getting an enlarged field size (5″x7″ compared to 4″x4″) and significantly more stitches and built-in embroidery designs. As you can see from the handy chart above, in addition to the 138 patterns, there are 11 fonts included (7 English) and 10 frames that each have 14 border options. Import any additional designs you want via USB.
This sewing and embroidery combo is still very beginner-friendly due to automatic functions including advanced needle threading, automatic reinforcement/reverse stitching, automatic tension, and a quick-set bobbin where the bobbin thread is automatically drawn up with the first stitch.
The maximum stitching speed is a faster 850 stitches per minute, so your projects will be completed a little quicker. 7 presser feet are included as is a knee lifter. With a knee lifter, you use your knee to lift the presser foot. That way, your hands can remain on your project.
The same LCD touchscreen assists with pattern preview and allows for extensive editing, including combining patterns and designs.
Again, make sure to check on Sewingmachinesplus.com to see if you’ll get a better offer.
|Embroidery Field||10 1/4" x 6"|
|Embroidery Designs||200 designs + 6 fonts|
|Stitch Options||250 stitches|
|Maximum sewing speed||800 spm|
|USB Connection||Built-in USB port|
If you’re a Singer sewing machine lover, the Singer SE300 is the best Singer sewing machine for stitching and embroidery. If you’re also looking for an affordable combination sewing and embroidery machine with a huge embroidery field area, you’ll like the 10 1/4″ x 6″ field size. (Note: you can use it with smaller hoops also if you prefer.)
In addition to the large selection of stitches, this sewing machine comes with 10 presser feet. You’ll also get automatic needle threading, common on most computerized sewing machines these days.
While it has a leg up on the Brother sewing and embroidery machines above due to the extra-large embroidery area, the fact that the LCD touchscreen isn’t color is a huge drawback, in my opinion. It’s also not editing-friendly like the Brother machines above and not quite as easy for beginners to use. You’ll need to rely a bit more on Youtube and your user manual for help.
Brother sewing and embroidery machines are more popular and widely available and as such have more support and warranty available. While Singer makes great sewing machines, I’m not convinced their computerized embroidery machines can compare to Brother’s.
5. Brother LB5000M Marvel Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
|Feature||Brother LB5000M Marvel||Brother LB5000S Star Wars|
|Embroidery Designs||80 included+20 Marvel and superhero designs||80 included+ 20 Star Wars and intergalactic designs|
|Stitch Options||103 stitches, 10 buttonhole options||103 stitches, 10 buttonhole options|
|USB Connection||Built-in USB port||Built-in USB port|
If you’re a huge fan of Marvel and want to create superhero embroidery patterns frequently, consider the Brother LB5000M Marvel sewing and embroidery machine.
It’s very similar to the Brother SE600, but it’s pricier since it gives the user exclusive rights to 10 Marvel and 10 additional superhero embroidery designs. Even if you don’t like the 80 built-in designs or these extra 20, you can still easily import your own designs through the USB port on the side of the machine.
The machine comes with 4 interchangeable faceplates that give your embroidery machine character. Pick from Iron Man, Captain America, the Avengers, or the Hulk.
With the 103 built-in sewing stitches and 7 presser feet, you’ll be able to complete sewing tasks with no problems. The expanded throat space coupled with automatic drop feed make this a great sewing machine for quilting and embroidery too. Like the Brother SE600, this machine includes an automatic needle threader, easy bobbin winding, and computerized sewing controls.
In terms of embroidery, the 3.7″ color touch screen allows for editing and previewing your embroidery designs.
6. LB5000S Star Wars Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
This sewing and embroidery machine is identical to the Brother LB5000M. Just instead of Marvel, it’s geared towards Star Wars fans.
Sewing features between the two machines are identical. In terms of embroidery, only the extras are different. You’ll get 10 Star Wars designs and 10 more intergalactic designs. The 4 interchangeable faceplates to give your machine pizazz are R2D2, a Star Wars logo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading reviews of the best sewing and embroidery machines for beginners to more advanced sewing enthusiasts. As always, if you have questions or need more help choosing, leave a comment!
And if you’re new to embroidery and not sure where to start, consider checking out my post on supplies for embroidery machines to get you started embroidering!