What’s the Best Mini or Portable Sewing Machine?

Mini sewing machines are often purchased for children or for those looking for a machine they can bring along to sewing classes or retreats. There are a handful that are worth looking at, but are any of them any good? Before we get to that, let’s look at some of the benefits of a mini sewing machine. Some of the benefits of these mini devices are it being portable, handheld, basic and easy to use. Since most of the big sewing machines are quite difficult to use especially for beginners and newbies in the world of arts and crafts. Most newbies prefer something that is easy to use because it takes quite a lot of practice to get good at it. So, these mini sewing machines are quite good for that purpose.

Now, below we have listed some of the best small appliances that we could find. Take note that the criteria for this list are; quality, durability, price, features, and usability. Having said that, let’s get started with it.

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Why Buy a Portable or Small Sewing Machine?

There many reasons why someone would want a small sewing machine, such as:

  • Lightweight and very portable
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to stitch for beginners
  • Simple and straight-forward design
  • Perfect for simple or smaller tasks

These portable machines are a decent place to start with a young child or if you want something that is simple and easy to carry for a sewing class or retreat. They are also very easy to use and very handy for simple and smaller jobs. If you only bring out your machine now and then, this is a nice alternative.

If you are thinking of purchasing one of these for a child though, I highly recommend you think about getting a regular sewing machine like the ones reviewed on this page. They are a slightly more expensive, but will be something your child can grow into. They are also more reliable and come with a few more features.

If it is a mini sewing machine that you are looking for then lets continue…

Our Top 3 Portable Sewing Machines:

#1 Janome Sew Mini – Best Portable Sewing Machine

Measurements: 10.5” high, 9” long and 4.75” deep
Weight: Approximately 5 pounds

  • Stitch up to 6 layers of lightweight fabric
  • 2 stitch positions
  • Stitching patterns include straight, zigzag and reverse
  • Top loading bobbin system
  • 4 piece Feed dog system
  • 5 stitch length selections

The Janome Sew Mini 2-Stitch Sewing Machine is definitely the best portable sewing machine you can buy today. Janome is a great brand and builds quality products. This one is no exception. I wouldn’t say it is on par with Janome’s regular sized machines, but it is built in the same factory that builds the regular ones and is a very good little machine. It is super light and very cute. You could easily carry this around with you without any problems.

I was pleasantly surprised how this machine performed. It feels like a toy, but does not stitch like one. Its stitches are straight and look great, but it does stitch slower and is louder than most regular sized sewing machines. This machine has its limitations, however it does the basics very well. The controls are simple and easy to use. Beginners will be up and going in no time.

I really like this portable sewing machine and would have no problem using it as a second machine or giving to one of my grandchildren. If you were to choose one from this list, I would definitely choose the Janome 2 Stitch machine.


#2 Michley LSS-505 Lil’ Sew & Sew

Michley LSS-505 Measurements: 10-4/5” by 4-4/5” by 10-1/5”
Weight: 7 pounds

  • 8 built-in stitch patterns
  • Forward and reverse sewing
  • Automatic thread rewind
  • LED sewing light
  • Includes 2 thread spools, 2 bobbins, needle, threader, foot pedal, and AC adaptor

Overall, the Michley LSS-505 is a decent little unit for an undersized sewing machine. It is noticeably heavier than the Janome machine above so if you are looking for something really light I would stick with the Janome. Even though I saw a lot of poor to mediocre reviews for this machine I didn’t find it to be that bad. It did a good job with the small sewing jobs I tried on it, but I wouldn’t use it for anything too serious.

I did end up liking this machine, but since it is usually only $10 or so more expensive than the Janome mini I don’t see any reason why you would choose this one.


#3 Singer Pixie Plus

SINGER Pixie PlusThe third machine in this review is the SINGER Pixie-Plus Craft Machine. This Singer kids sewing machine is one very popular machine. I’m not sure if it is because of marketing or its cute name or because it is so inexpensive, but it is the one I see most often when I see people with these types of small machines. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a terrible machine, but for a bit more of an investment you could have the Janome which is quite a bit better and one that you will ultimately be happier with.

Despite some good reviews of the product, it still falls a bit short of the Janome models that are top-notch in quality and performance. I would still pick the Janome Sew Mini despite it being a little bit more expensive that the Singer Pixie Plus.


Final Verdict – Best Mini Sewing Machine?

As mentioned above, I don’t really see a reason to not purchase the Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine if you are looking for a smaller machine that is capable to do day-to-day sewing tasks. Yes, the other two are cheaper than the Janome, but for a very small investment you are getting a machine that will last longer and can handle more projects than the Singer or Michley.

I hope this review has helped you with your decision. Happy sewing!

10 thoughts to “What’s the Best Mini or Portable Sewing Machine?”

  1. I am looking for a very small machine to take in our motor home. I have a perfectly good one at home, but its a bit too big. Only want straight stitching on quilting squares while I am away. Any suggestions. The smaller the better.

    1. Hi Mary,

      I think the Janome mini 2 stitch I reviewed above should work fine for you. It is simple, small and very portable.


  2. I’m looking for something to sew cotton sun dresses, no buttons or zipperers. What wld u suggest that’s not to expensive.

    1. Hi Karen,

      Have you read my post listing some of my favorite beginner sewing machines? If not, it is a good place to start. If you haven’t seen it you can find it here.

      1. Thank you so much for that review!!! My “antique”, 1970’s, Singer Athena 1200 finally crashed last year…some crispy plastic parts crumbled. No reason to spend the money to fix, if that is even possible. It was wonderful when I was younger and making everything from drapes to slacks!! Now looking for something small to just do repairs. Don’t need all the bells and whistles. Your review has helped me make up my mind…Brother vs Singer. I think the Brother XL26001or 10 has won out!

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