Quilting has changed over the years. You no longer need an expensive long arm quilting machine to create fabulous quilts. This is great news because these machines are not only expensive, but take up a large amount of space. More people now use a regular sewing machine because these machines are considerably less expensive, easier to use, take up little space and are perfect for quilting in your home.
Which Are the Top Sewing Machines for Quilting?
It is tough to recommend any one machine; there are so many quality quilting machines to choose from with various features at many different price levels. The best quilting machine can be different for each person so the first thing you should decide is what your budget is.
If you aren’t going to be using your sewing machine very often then an entry level quilter would be a fine choice which you can find for under $300. If, however, you are going to be using your machine often and for bigger projects, then you may consider choosing one in the intermediate to advanced range. These ones are, of course, more expensive, but these machines are worth it. You can also check out our Juki HZL F600 review by clicking this link: https://grandmalikestosew.com/juki-hzl-f600-sewing-quilting-machine-review
For more information on what I think is the best sewing machine for quilting, continue reading my reviews below…
Top 3 Quilting Machines for Beginners (under $300)
These sewing and quilting machines are perfect for the beginner or someone who is wanting to do a moderate amount of quilting as well as wanting to use a full-featured sewing machine. These home quilting machines are inexpensive and have many of the features that the average quilter would desire. Here are my favorites in this category:
- Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter
98 Built-in Stitches
- Programmable Needle Up & Down
- Overall Good Buy
- Brother HC1850
130 Built-in Stitches
- Programmable Needle Up & Down
- Light & Portable
- Laura Ashley Limited Edition CX155LA
150 Built-in Stitches
- Variable Speed Control
- Best Overall Machine
Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter
The Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is a very good machine for those who are just starting out. It is very beginner-friendly, meaning it is easy to set up and and easy to use. You can thread this machine in a few minutes and the drop-in bobbin and bobbin winder are both super easy to use.
It may be a less expensive machine but does include essential features like needle ‘up and down’ which is essential for any quilter; as is the large work-table.
It comes with a lot of great accessories like an all-purpose foot used for piecing, closed-toe darning foot, the even-feed foot, 98 built-in stitches and programmable needle up and down plus much more than I can list. This machine does a really nice job of stitching, is quiet for the price and is an overall good buy.
Brother HC1850 Computerized Machine
The HC1850 Brother quilting machine is another great buy in this category. It comes with 130 stitches as well as many great accessories and features. The computer is very easy to use and will have you sewing, making quilts and embroidering with abandon.
One thing that I was surprised about was how light this machine was. It doesn’t weigh much more that ten pounds which makes it easy to transport or pack away, but depending on the project you may want your machine to be a bit more sturdy so that it stays in place while working on bigger items. However, for this price it is an exceptional machine that does everything really well.
Laura Ashley Limited Edition CX155LA
(#1 Entry Level Machine)
I have to say right off that I was quite surprised that I liked this machine so much. The Laura Ashley quilting machine (made by Brother) is amazingly efficient, is very powerful and can go through many layers of fabric with ease. It comes with 150 stitches, large LCD screen, 11 presser feet, extension table, variable speed control and so much more. The stitching quality is excellent and general ease of use make this one the winner for me in this category. This is also a good one for beginners (grandmalikestosew.com) as it has the features to support that need.
The Laura Ashley CX155LA was able to handle everything that I tried and passed with flying colors. In this price category you won’t be disappointed with this machine.
Best Value Machines – Intermediate ($300 to $600)
The machines in this category have more features and are more durable than the machines in the entry level category. If you are going to use your machine often, it really is worth it to spend a bit more if you can afford it. The following two machines are excellent choices if you are looking for something a little more robust or a machine with more features.
- Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist
600 Built-in Stitches
- 13 Programmable One-step Buttonholes
- Self-Cutting Option
- Brother pq1500s
1,500 Stiches per Minute - FAST!
- Retractable Drop Feed Dog Control
- Best Mid-range Option
Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist
The Singer Quantum Stylist comes with 600 built-in stitches and also includes 13 fully automatic one-step buttonholes and 5 different fonts styles. Needless to say, there are a ton of possibilities with this machine. This machine is a dream to use.
One of the features I really liked was the self-cutting option where you simply press a button and finishes a seam for you – very cool! The programmable patterns are a lot of fun and the endless numbers of stitches are great to try out too. You can usually find this machine at just over $300 and at that price it is a steal.
You can read my full review of this sewing machine here.
Brother pq1500s High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine
This beauty is a step up from all of the previous machines. The main reason for that is the speed and durability the pq1500s has. This machine can sew 1500 stitches a minute. If you are a serious quilter or want to sew as part of your career then this machine would be a great choice. Because it can sew at such great speeds the machine is very sturdy and built to withstand the speed of the motor. This machine is a real workhorse and accomplishes everything you throw at it with ease.
If you are a serious quilter or want to become one then you should seriously consider a fast machine like this one. It is the best sewing machine for quilting in this price range. If you can afford it and are looking for something that will last you years and years you should consider the Janome 1600p in the “Hard Core” area below. That machine is a step above this one and is well worth the extra investment.
Quilting Machines for Advanced Quilters ($1000+)
If you are a hard-core quilter or want to become one then you should consider one of the two following machines. Janome is a brand that is known for quality and each of these machines definitely follow that description.
- Janome 1600p-qc
1,600 Stitches per Minute
- Fastest Machine on the Market
- Best Value
- Janome New Home MC7700QCP
1,000 Stitches per Minute
- 250 Built-in Stitches & 20 Memory Banks
- Highest Quality Machine for Professionals
Janome 1600p-qc High Speed Quilting Machine
The Janome 1600-qc is another high speed sewing heavy duty sewing machine that was made for the serious quilter. For quality and durability it really is a huge step above the Brother pq1500s and worth every extra dollar spent. This machine is guaranteed to give you zero headaches and will last. You can stitch up to 1600 stitches per minute with layers of fabric and not cause any problems with this machine. It runs smooth and quiet and will exceed your expectations.
I highly recommend the Janome 1600p if you are looking for the best sewing machine for quilting.
Janome New Home MC7700QCP
This is by far the best machine I’ve ever owned, but it is expensive so it does not suit everyone’s needs. If you sew for a living or just want the best of the best, then this is the machine to get.