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If you have problems with poor eyesight, poor dexterity, or just plain hate threading your sewing machine needle by hand, you might benefit from a self-threading sewing machine. Why worry about getting the thread through the needle by yourself when your machine can do it for you?
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. By touching its lever, wrapping your thread around it, and releasing the lever, the apparatus threads the needle for you. Here’s a picture of me with my automatic needle threader. The gray lever on the left and the piece with the upside-down, V-shaped hook make up the apparatus.
If you want to read more about the specifics of automatic needle threading, I have an entire tutorial about how to thread a Brother sewing machine. It will give you an in-depth look at the automatic needle threader on my Brother CS6000i machine.
And now, without further ado, if you are looking to select a sewing machine with an automatic needle threader for yourself, read on for my top picks!
Best Self-Threading Sewing Machines for 2020
Here’s a quick list, and then I’ll go through the machines individually and give you a review of features!
|Brother CS7000X||Shop Now|
|Brother XM2701||Shop Now|
|Brother CS5055||Shop Now|
|SINGER | Simple 3232||Shop Now|
|SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty||Shop Now|
|Dimensions||12.2" x 6.7" x 16.3"|
|Stitch Length and Width||5 mm x 7 mm (0.19 x 0.27 inches)|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||750 stitches per min (spm)|
|UL/CSA Listed Voltage||110V|
The upgraded version of the Brother CS6000i and CS7000i sewing machines, the Brother CS7000X sewing machine is one of the best Brother sewing machines for the money.
Its claim to fame is that it offers the newest and most improved needle threader over all the other Brother sewing machines. I’ve had this sewing machine for several months now and have included pictures and extra info about the needle threader in my Brother CS7000X sewing machine review!
It features 70 stitches and includes 10 presser feet. Among these presser feet are 3 feet that are specifically designed for quilters in mind: the walking foot, 1/4″ piecing foot, and spring action quilting foot. There is also a whole slew of automatic buttonhole options.
Here are some things I love about using this sewing machine:
- Being a more advanced computerized sewing machine, the use of the foot pedal is optional. You can instead sew with touch buttons and a slider on the front of the sewing machine.
- It also comes with a detachable, wide table. This helps hold bulky items like quilts and costumes better.
- Piecing quilts and finishing fabric edges a breeze with all the included feet!
|Stitches||27 built-in stitches, including one automatic buttonhole|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||800 stitches per minute|
Complete with 27 stitches, one automatic buttonhole, and a nice collection of accessory feet, the Brother XM2701 will impress you with its ability to sew and quilt.
A true value, the Brother XM2701 sewing machine is one of the least expensive sewing machines with an automatic needle threader that you will find. It’s also one of the best Brother sewing machines for beginners.
Just to note, the automatic needle threader’s look and use are identical between most self-threading Brother sewing machines. If you’re looking for one Brother automatic threading machine vs another Brother machine, you’ll want to compare features rather than the threading apparatus design itself to make your decision.
If you like the ease of sewing machines that practically thread themselves, you’ll also appreciate the other automated features of the Brother XM2701 sewing machine. Specifically, bobbin winding is accomplished easily and almost automatically on the top of the sewing machine. The bobbin is also a top-drop, quick-set bobbin. This means you don’t even have to worry about drawing the bobbin thread up when you start to sew. The sewing machine will do that for you as soon as you start sewing.
Overall, I highly recommend the Brother XM2701 sewing machine. See more in my Brother XM2701 review!
|Stitches||60 built-in stitches|
The Brother CS5055 is the newer model of the popular Brother Project Runway CS5055prw sewing machine. As one of the updates, it features the same updated needle threader as the Brother CS7000X.
As with the Brother XM2701, the Brother CS5055 also features the standard top-drop, quick-set bobbin.
It includes a bit more than the Brother XM2701 to the tune of 60 stitches, 7 automatic buttonholes, and 7 presser feet. This gives you more options when making dresses or other garments as well as sewing more advanced projects. One of its sewing feet is an overcasting foot, which when used with an overcasting stitch, can form a seam and finish fabric edges simultaneously.
As a computerized sewing machine, it offers a bit more help and accuracy to the user at times. For instance, there’s an LCD screen on the front of the sewing machine. On this screen, you choose the stitch number and alter the length and width. Furthermore, the screen will suggest a matching presser foot for your selected stitch. If your sewing machine isn’t functioning as expected, the screen also displays an error code that can help you troubleshoot problems.
It’s a great value for an entry-level computerized sewing machine and worth a second look as one of the best self-threading sewing machines.
Read more about its predecessor and the comparison is my Brother CS5055prw sewing machine review!
|Stitches||32 built-in stitches, including one automatic buttonhole|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||750 stitches per minute|
If you’re a Singer sewing machine lover, the Singer 3232 is a great self-threading sewing machine. It’s not as snazzy as their Quantum Stylist sewing machines, but it has a nice set of features for most sewists.
With 32 stitches (you can adjust length or width using the dials) and one automatic one-step buttonhole, it is fairly comparable to the Brother XM2701 sewing machine. There are also only 4 presser feet included, but you are able to expand your set of accessory feet by purchasing additional low-shank compatible feet.
Like these other automatic threading sewing machines, the Singer 3232 features a built-in free arm, which is helpful for sewing cylindrical projects like pants hems.
It’s an easy Singer sewing machine for older kids to learn on and a great sewing machine for adults as well!
|Stitches||23 built-in stitches, including one automatic buttonhole|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||1,100 stitches per minute|
The Singer 4423 is the most cost-efficient heavy-duty sewing machine that includes an automatic needle threader. It’s the heavy-duty sewing machine that I own and use!
For an entry-level heavy-duty machine, the Singer 4423 offers 23 stitches, a one-step buttonhole, and 4 presser feet. What differentiates it from a standard sewing machine is its increased versatility as it relates to fabric selection. As such, the maximum sewing speed is much higher, and the sewing machine frame is composed of heavy metal. That way it won’t skip around while sewing!
Heavy-duty sewing machines, while uniquely set apart to handle thick fabrics like denim or canvas, can sew with ease through even thin fabrics. So if you’re looking to routinely test the thickness limits of a regular sewing machine, I’d recommend considering a heavy-duty sewing machine. In general, I’ve found anything greater than about 6 mm in thickness is a stretch for my Brother CS6000i.
If you’re wanting more stitches or more features, the more advanced Singer 4432 and 4452 sewing machines also boast identical automatic needle threaders. And if you’re looking for a very high-tech, heavy-duty sewing machine, consider the computerized Brother ST150HDH.
Read more in my Singer 4423 review!
Self-Threading Sewing Machines – Conclusion
Sewing machines with automatic needle threaders are very popular among the more fully-featured machines on the market.
Within brands, and even between brands, the threading apparatuses are very similar. Thus, your choice of self-threading sewing machines ultimately depends on what other features you want in your machine. Be it a basic sewing machine or a more fully-featured computerized sewing machine, you’ll enjoy having a sewing machine that threads itself!
As a note, sewing machines with automatic needle threaders may take a few minutes of practice and a YouTube video or two to learn to use, but they’re well worth it!
Just be careful with your automatic needle threader. Within my first few weeks of use, I managed to bend the tiny inside hook in a battle between my threader and myself. Luckily, my awesome husband was able to repair the threader with his tools! So while these self-threading sewing machines will save you a lot of time and hassle, just be sure to treat this tool with the delicacy it deserves.
As always, let me know if you need further help choosing a machine!