The 3 Best Handheld Sewing Machines – Our 2017 Review

small model for travelingFor smaller sewing repairs, a handheld or portable sewing machine can seem like a really nice option. It definitely would be a lot easier to pull out one of these tools instead of having to drag out and set up a sewing machine to fix a simple stitch that has come apart.

So, here we are and we have gathered the best handheld sewing machines that are portable but will still get the job done regardless of your current needs. There are hundreds of different machines out there but we have only picked the best ones out of the pack. We only want the top ones for our viewers here at Grandma Likes To Sew.

The criteria that we used to judge the products on this review are :

  • Usability
  • Durability
  • Effectiveness
  • Price
  • Portability

There are quite a few models available in this category and they are all small and inexpensive, but are any of them any good? Let’s look at some of the options and find out.

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Singer Stitch Sew Quick

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The 3 Best Hand Held Sewing Machines | Our Personal Review

1. Singer Stitch Sew Quick Handheld Appliance

Singer Stitch and SewIf you browse over the reviews for the Singer Stitch and Sew you will quickly realize that it isn’t a well-liked tool. However, I do differ a bit from the majority of the negative reviewers.

Many users found the tool to be difficult to use. I think this is because most people didn’t read the directions carefully enough. I didn’t have much of a problem getting it to work as long as I followed the directions exactly as they were described. If you follow them word for word you will not have a problem with this.

You should realize that the Stitch and Sew definitely doesn’t replace the real thing, but once you figure out how it works you can easily use this for small emergency jobs. It is very portable and can fit into your purse for those small emergencies. It runs on four AA batteries, but you can also purchase the optional power adapter. Along with the product itself you also get needles, bobbins, needle threader, thread spindle and a set of instructions.

Overall, the Singer Stitch Sew Quick isn’t an amazing or revolutionary machine, but something you could use to fix a small problem in a pinch. If you are looking for a small, portable version then this one does the trick.

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2. Sunbeam Heavy Duty Handheld Sewing Machines

Sunbeam handheld sewing machineThe Sunbeam handheld is a very similar portable tool as the Singer above. It is small and can easily fit into your purse. After reading the directions I was a little perplexed as to how to use it. They are not very clear and I could see others having problems getting this to work properly. I managed to figure it out and did get some decent results that were similar to the Stitch and Sew. However, I wasn’t quite as impressed as I was with the Singer. It seems a bit weaker and would not work on denim very well. It isn’t terrible though and would work fine on small jobs on most other fabrics. It definitely doesn’t replace your main, stationary product. This one also runs on 4 AA batteries and has an optional power adapter.

My overall impression of the Sunbeam handheld is that it was just ok. If I needed a portable version I would go with the Singer Stitch and Sew.

3. Smartek USA RX-01 Travel Sewing Machine

Smartek handheld sewing machineThe last one I looked at was the Smartek. My first impression was that I loved the color and look of the tool. It is red with white and stainless steel accents and looks a bit more fun and stylish than the other two portable ones that I tried. It is also a bit less expensive than the other two reviewed. After using this to try and fix a couple of small stitches I can say that it isn’t just inexpensive, but is also cheap. I was not impressed at all with this tool. It is very difficult to use and is a bit bigger than the Sunbeam or Singer portable. I would stay away from this one.

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Final Thoughts on These Portable Products

If you are looking for a handheld then the Stitch Sew Quick would be the one that I would choose. Click here for more information on Amazon now. If you are looking to use this to replace a regular sized model then you are definitely going to be disappointed. These are only good for very small repair jobs and not suitable for doing much more than a handful of stitches. If you are planning on doing more than that then you should use the larger, regular version.

If you would like some help choosing one, then you should take a look at my reviews of some great beginner models here. Or if you happen to be a Hello Kitty fan, then you should check out these cute sewing machines made by Janome.

18 thoughts to “The 3 Best Handheld Sewing Machines – Our 2017 Review”

  1. Hello! I was just wondering about the Stitch Sew Quick for small projects, but I heard really bad opinions about it. Would it sew denim for very little projects?

    I was tempted to get the Handy Stitch (As seen on tv) but I read some comments about it crashes after a few attempts! So I don’t know if this Singer one is almost the same. I’d only use it to sew felt, other soft fabrics and just wondering about denim right now.

    This Singer one does it worth? I’d really appreciated your advice! Thanks.

    1. Hi Virginia, Sorry, but I really wouldn’t use the Stitch Sew Quick for any kind of project. It’s really meant for just small repairs that need a handful of stitches and would be too difficult to use for a larger project.

  2. I’m using the handheld singer to stitch the edges on cut up receiving blankets to make cloth wet wipes and it works wonderfully, I wish it didn’t always have to go so fast but it’s great after I really caught on how to use it. (I only skimmed the directions and haven’t touched a sewering machine of any kind in 10 years.)

    1. Hi Michele,

      I don’t think these would be suitable for that. Patches are made of thicker material and these were made to fix small repairs such as separating seams. I think you’ll find it too frustrating. That’s probably not the answer you want, but I don’t want you to waste your money.

      Thanks,
      Jessie

  3. Hi. I was wondering if you could help? I want to cut the long arms off my baby’s body suits and make them short sleeved. I would then need to hem them. Do you think the singer could manage that?

    1. Hi Bianca,

      These machines are really only meant for small repairs. I wouldn’t want to use it to create a hem, but if that is all you would need a sewing machine for then it might work ok. You’ll want to be patient and follow the directions carefully in order to finish off a hem of that size. There are so many sewing machines that are under $100 so if you think you are going to do any more sewing you are better off getting one of them.

      Jessie

  4. Hi, I bought a hand-held sewing machine, (multilevel mover’s Int.Ltd) product, very beautiful with good speed but isn’t sewing the fabric only creating beautiful holes, I have tried everything on the manual but not working. Please can you help me with a visible usage diagram? Thank you

    1. Hi Julius,
      Sorry, but I’m not familiar with that machine. If I do run across it and the manual I will let you know.
      Jessie

  5. I was wanting a battery powered sewing machine to hem my denim work jeans, do they make one that will work on 3, or 4 pairs of jeans a year ? That’s about what I go through in a year, once in awhile an extra pair !
    Thank You !

  6. Hi Grandma! 🙂

    I would like your opinion on the Stitch Sew Quick for sewing my brand labels on shirts, tees, pants and shawls etc.

    I imagine as long as the thread is strong and the stitch is adequately good and strong then this machine should do the job right?

    The lables will only be stitched at fixed lateral points of the label on each garment.
    Would it do the job?

    If not is there like a stapler gun type fixed point stitcher?
    Thank you!

    regards
    Ray

    1. Hi Ray. I haven’t used the Stitch Sew Quick all that much. I would have a hard time recommending it for this purpose as it is more meant for sewing rips in seams and simple repairs like that. Nothing simple comes to mind as a replacement, however I would recommend bringing it to a crafting store and asking for their help. They might have a simple and inexpensive solution for you. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  7. Hi! I have a handheld stitch machine but i am disappointed…it is not working.can u tell the proper method of using it

    1. Your best bet is to go on YouTube and search for videos on your model. You should be able to find some decent videos showing you how to use the model you have.

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