The 5 Best Handheld Sewing Machines For Easy, Quick Repairs

Handheld sewing machines allow you to make repairs and alterations on the go. Some machines can even tackle a few big sewing projects. Their light weight and compact design makes them easy to take on the go, and many also offer battery operation for cordless use.

There are many handheld machines on the market today. Here are our five picks for the best models:

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Dilib

Haitral

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The 5 Best Hand Sewing Machine Models

1. Meditool Lightweight Sewing Machine

Meditool’s lightweight sewing machine is slightly larger than the previous model and more closely resembles a full-size sewing machine.

This model actually has 12 stitches and multiple sewing speed options. And surprisingly, this model can also run on batteries (4, AA). It can also run on a DC 6V 1.2A power adapter.

Great for beginners and traveling seamstresses, Meditool’s sewing machine weighs just 2.8kg and has dimensions of 31.5cm x 29cm x 15cm.

To make your life easier, this machine has an automatic bobbin winder, reverse sewing, free arm, stitch selector dial, LED lighting and thread tension control.

The sewing feet are easy to change, and you can adjust the stitch length and width.

Pros

  • Easy to operate
  • Lightweight
  • Battery or corded operation
  • 12 stitches
  • More advanced features than other models on the list
  • Great for beginners

Cons

  • Not ideal for complex projects

The Meditool lightweight sewing machine is great for most projects, but complicated projects may require a full-size sewing machine.

This model is as close as you’ll get to a full-size sewing machine without losing portability.

Learn more about the Meditool lightweight sewing machine.

2. dilib Mini Sewing Machine

dilib’s mini sewing machine is larger than the other machines on our list. Essentially, it’s a miniature version of a professional sewing machine. But this model also offers the convenience of being able to run on batteries (4, AA) for true portable use.

Of course, you can also use a power adapter cord for longer sewing sessions.

This mini sewing machine has some impressive features, too, like: thread cutter, illuminated workspace, foot pedal and control switch. There’s even a U-shaped slot at the bottom of the machine to allow for easy sewing of sleeves and legs.

Dual speed control and double threads means that you can sew bigger projects with this machine.

dilib includes a foot pedal, 4 bobbins, 1 needle, 1 needle threader and an external power supply.

Pros

  • Design looks like a regular sewing machine
  • Easy to use
  • Truly portable, with battery operation
  • Works with a wide range of fabrics
  • Can sew pant legs and sleeves thanks to the U-shaped slot

Cons

  • No reverse option

The only complaint with this machine is that there is no option to sew in reverse. Reverse sewing can be helpful for locking stitches, but the lack of this feature is not a deal-breaker.

If you want a portable machine that can handle bigger jobs, this mini sewing machine is a good option.

Learn more about the dilib mini sewing machine.

3. Haitral Mini Quick Stitch Tool

Haitral’s mini stitch tool also offers cordless operation and a lightweight design that makes it easy to sew on the go.

The Mini Quick Stitch Tool is just 8″ x 2.7″ x 1.4″.

Some users have trouble learning how to use this type of sewing machine, which is very different from a conventional machine. For this reason, Haitral has created an instructional video that explains how to use the machine properly.

Like other models on this list, this sewing machine can run on batteries or with a DC 6V adapter plug. The plug is not included, nor are the batteries.

Haitral does include three bobbins, three sewing needles and a threader.

Pros

  • Handheld operation
  • Compact size and light weight
  • Runs on batteries or power adapter
  • Accessories included

Cons

  • No batteries or plug

Like with the Stingsew machine, Haitral does not include batteries or the adapter plug. But for the price of the machine, you really can’t complain.

The Haitral mini stitch tool truly is portable and allows you to make spot repairs no matter where you are in the world.

Learn more about the Haitral Mini Quick Stitch Tool.

4. Royalsell Handheld Sewing Machine

Royalsell’s handheld sewing machine features an ultra-portable design and cordless operation. You may not be able to complete big sewing projects on this machine, but you can quickly and easily take care of alterations and spot repairs.

This machine can run on 4, AA batteries or a DC 6V power adapter (not included).

You really can’t beat the price of this pocket-sized sewing machine, which offers a surprising number of features. The machine is easy to thread, and you can even control the tension with the twist of a dial.

The design is simple, but it can tackle small sewing jobs with surprising ease. This machine only works with one thread, so you’ll need to tie the knot yourself.

Because of the compact size and light weight of this machine, it is not compatible with thick or thin fabrics. The company suggests using fabric that’s around 1.88mm.

The machine comes with a spindle, a needle, a needle threader and two bobbins.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Can run off batteries
  • Comes with nearly everything you need to get started (minus the batteries)

Cons

  • Can only work with certain types of fabrics

This handheld sewing machine will only work with fabrics that are around 1.88mm thick. Anything thinner or thicker will be difficult to work with. If you planned to use this machine for denim alterations or repairs, you may need to find another machine.

Otherwise, this machine is ideal for small alterations and repairs on the go.

Learn more about the Royalsell handheld sewing machine.

5. Stingsew Portable Sewing Machine

Stingsew’s portable sewing machine features a similar design to the Royalsell machine. The main difference between the two models is that Stingsew says you can use this machine to sew denim, silk and just about any other fabric.

I’m not sure if it will live up to that claim, but it seems to work well with most fabrics.

This portable sewing machine can run off of 4, AA batteries, or a DC 6V adapter (not included). The tension control knob is located at the top front of the machine, just above the needle. The bobbin and rotary wheel are situated at the bottom of the machine for easy access.

All buttons and knobs are easy to access and use during handheld use.

Pros

  • Compact and easily portable
  • Can run off batteries
  • Easy to thread and use

Cons

  • Batteries and cord not included

The only real complaint with this machine is that the manufacturer does not include batteries or the adapter plug. It’s hard to beat the price of this machine, so the extra cost to buy these components is negligible.

The Stingsew portable sewing machine is ideal for anyone who wants a machine for repairs and alterations.

Learn more about the Stingsew portable sewing machine.

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18 thoughts to “The 5 Best Handheld Sewing Machines For Easy, Quick Repairs”

  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

  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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