Top 10 Best Mini Sewing Machines

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Mini sewing machines aren’t just adorable, they’re practical too! Smaller than full-sized machines but just as capable, they provide a great budget-friendly option when you want a basic sewing machine for simple tasks or to take on the road to a crafting class or sewing retreat. They’re great for teaching kids to sew or handle small repairs around the house, but they won’t tackle bigger projects like denim or leather or more embellished crafts like embroidery designs. Nonetheless, a mini sewing machine is a handy tool to have on hand and they come with a wide enough variety of options to suit any need, from learning tool to full-time use. Here are the top ten mini sewing machines


1. Janome Derby

Janome Derby

(Amazon)

The Janome Derby is a top pick for a mini machine. Janome has a long history of producing solid, reputable machines, and this model is no different. It’s one they continue to update over the years and has a solid standing in their repertoire. This model comes in a variety of bright colors with 10 built-in stitches including straight, zigzag, and crescent with two needle positions. Threading diagrams printed on the machine and a top drop-in bobbin with clear cover make for easy set-up. At only five pounds, this machine is ready to travel, and it fits perfectly in this adorable tote which is almost reason enough to get one.

Price: $69.99 (8 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Janome Derby here.



Pros:

  • 10 built-in stitches
  • 5 pounds
  • Variety of colors
  • Simple to use
  • Reliable manufacturer

Cons:

  • Slow (pro for beginning stitchers, con for experienced ones)
  • No light

Find more Janome Derby information and reviews here.


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2. Michley LSS-505 Li’l Sew & Sew

Michley Lil Sew & Sew

(Amazon)

h 8 built-in stitches, two speed settings, double thread, and the ability to sew using either the foot pedal or buttons on the machine. The numbered threading chart makes setup a breeze, so you can start sewing immediately. At almost six pounds, this is another great travel option.

Price: $44.38 (9 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Michley LSS-505 Li’l Sew & Sew here.



Pros:

  • Eight built-in stitches
  • Two speeds
  • Double needle

Cons:

  • Tension issues can cause sewing problems

Find more Michley LSS-505 Li’l Sew & Sew information and reviews here.


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3. Singer Pixie-Plus Craft Machine

Singer Pixie Plus

(Amazon)

This little mini ticks all the boxes: eight built-in stitches, forward and reverse, low and high speeds, drop-in bobbin, and easy to read threading direction. This is perfect for teaching kids or for quick craft projects, and at five pounds, it’s built to travel.

Price: $69.99

Buy the Singer Pixie-Plus here.



Pros:

  • Eight built-in stitches
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • Threading directions
  • Two speeds
  • Five pounds

Cons:

  • Bobbin plate must be removed to drop in bobbin and can be easily lost
  • Stitches are not adjustable

Find more Singer Pixie-Plus information and reviews here.


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4. Nex Sewing Machine

Nex Mini Sewing Machine

Amazon

This mini sewing machine comes packed with great features. The drop-in bobbin and printed guides make threading the machine a breeze, and the variety of built-in stitches offers a range of possibilities. It also offers the ability to run on batteries so you don’t need to be near an outlet. The cord is also very short, so this is definitely a model built to be used at a kid’s table if you want to use the foot pedal. Fortunately, the push-button feature means you don’t have to.

Price: $49.99 (17 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Nex Sewing Machine here.



Pros:

  • 12 built-in stitches
  • Uses battery or power cord/li>
  • Two speeds

Cons:

Find more Nex Sewing Machine information and reviews here.


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5. Janome Honeycomb Sew Mini Sewing Machine

Janome Sew Mini

(Amazon)

The Janome Sew Mini is an earlier version of the Derby above, with the same power and durability, just two fewer stitches, so if you don’t have a need for the curved crescent or broken zigzag, this might be an even better choice for you. Slow and steady is the name of its game, so it’s perfect for young stitchers and beginners. It comes in yellow, maroon or white. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a sewing light so you may want to set up a desk lamp nearby.

Price: $59.00

Buy the Janome Honeycomb Sew Mini Sewing Machine here.



Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Reliable manufacturer
  • Drop-in bobbin

Cons:

Find more Janome Honeycomb Sew Mini Sewing Machine information and reviews here.


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6. Singer Start Free Arm Sewing Machine

Singer Start Sewing-Machine

Singer

The full-metal chassis brings this mini sewing machine in at a slightly heavier 12.7 pounds. The Singer Start steps up the offerings with blindhem, scallop, and buttonhole stitches. At this price point, it’s a great entry-level machine to introduce you to the wonderful world of sewing.

Price: $78.29

Buy the Singer Start Free Arm Sewing Machine here.



Pros:

  • Heavy-duty metal frame
  • Automatic bobbin winder
  • Free online class
  • Limited 25-year Warranty

Cons:

Find more Singer Start Free Arm Sewing Machine information and reviews here.


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7. Singer Quick Fix Mend Machine

Singer Quick Fix Mend Machine

(Amazon)

This machine might look suspiciously like the Singer Pixie Plus and the NEX machines also listed here, and for good reason. A mini starter machine doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles, and this is a model that works. With eight built-in stitches, two speeds, drop-in bobbin, and sewing light, this is a great little tool for teaching new stitchers or to take on the go.

Price: $82.83

Buy the Singer Quick Fix Mend Machine here.



Pros:

  • Eight built-in stitches
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • Threading directions
  • Two speeds

Cons:

  • Bobbin plate must be removed to drop in bobbin and can be easily lost
  • Some owners report tension problems

Find more Singer Quick Fix Mend Machine information and reviews here.


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8. Nex 16-Stitch Overlock Sewing Machine

Nex 16-Stitch Overlock Sewing Machine

(Amazon)

A step up from the previous sewing machines, this Nex model offers 16 built-in stitches including a buttonhole and overlock function to finish raw edges. It’s also slightly larger than the other mini machines listed here but still comes in under six pounds, so it’s an ideal model to take on sewing retreats.

Price: $54.99 (12 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Nex 16-Stitch Overlock Sewing Machine here.


Pros:

  • 16 built-in stitches, including buttonhole
  • Two speeds
  • Auto bobbin winding

Cons:

  • Front load bobbin
  • Owners report trouble with thread tension

Find more Nex 16-Stitch Overlock Sewing Machine information and reviews here.


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9. Michley LSS-202 Lil’ Sew & Sew Mini

Michley LSS-202 Lil' Sew & Sew Mini

(Amazon)

This sub-2-pounder is truly a mini sewing machine and one that I would equate with a toy. While it only does a straight stitch (no zigzag, no reverse), it impressively offers two speeds, push button and foot pedal controls, double thread option, and a drop-in bobbin. Lots of reviewers express very positive opinions of this tiny machine. However, if you’re brand new to sewing, expect some frustration with the bobbin and thread tension.

Price: $17.80

Buy the Michley LSS-202 Lil’ Sew & Sew Mini here.



Pros:

  • Very inexpensive
  • Two speeds
  • Push button or foot pedal control
  • Drop in bobbin

Cons:

  • Only offers one stitch
  • No reverse
  • Even the manufacturer warns against bobbin problems

Find more Michley LSS-202 Lil’ Sew & Sew Mini information and reviews here.


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10. Mini Handheld Portable Sewing Machine

ini Handheld Portable Sewing Machine

(Amazon)

Am I cheating by including this in the roundup? Possibly. While not something I would consider a true sewing machine, this tiny device can come in handy for quick fixes and smaller jobs. It only utilizes one thread, so it creates what is known as a chain stitch. It’s handheld and battery operated (though you can purchase a DC adaptor for it), so it’s perfect for travel, small projects, hems, or minor repairs. While not a replacement for a proper sewing machine, this is a fun little device and something I’d encourage anyone to add to their arsenal.

Price: $15.90

Buy the Mini Handheld Portable Sewing Machine here.



Pros:

  • Handheld
  • Very inexpensive
  • Fast for small projects

Cons:

  • Requires pre-wound bobbins
  • Takes practice
  • Can overheat
  • Chain stitch can easily come loose

Find more Mini Handheld Portable Sewing Machine information and reviews here.


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