Insightful Sewing Machine Reviews And More

Whether you are looking for a review of a particular sewing machine, or just shopping around and want to get the opinion of someone like me who has experienced working on many different sewing machines, Sewing Insight is for you.

Reviewing a sewing machine

Reviewing a sewing machine

Sewing Insight is a source of information for ‘everything sewing’.

That includes reviews of every sewing machine and serger we can get our hands on.

The sewing machine reviews on this site are based on my own personal experiences with each one of the machines depicted.

I do no claim to be anything other than a person who has been sewing for many, many years.

To say the very least I know my way around sewing machines. I love sewing and I love sharing information about the machines I am privileged to review.

I found many of the sewing machines and sergers reviewed on this site in shops near my home in South Florida. The owners of these shops pay nothing for these reviews and have no influence in how the reviews are presented.

If I come across a sewing machine that I think is a waste of time and money, or one that is a great deal, I will say so.

In reading reviews of brand new sewing machines, you should be aware that just about every machine operates at its maximum level of performance – its all time best – when it is brand spanking new.

Vintage sewing machine

Maintaining a sewing machine well makes even the old Singer 221 shine…

The true value of any sewing machine or serger is seldom realized until it has been in use for a few years. Any sewing machine’s performance over time depends largely on how well it is maintained, and the owner must take sole responsibility for that.

If you purchase a sewing machine or serger and follow all of the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding care and maintenance, you have a right to expect that machine to serve you well for many, many years.

However, just like automobiles, some sewing machine models turn out to be lemons after a while. None of us – not even the dealers – have any advance knowledge about which machines will turn into duds over time and which models will last for decades.

For example, I bought a sewing machine I the late 1980s that worked like a dream for the first two or three years. I kept it covered, cleaned the race hook and feed dogs after every use and made sure there was no dust or dirt anywhere inside or out.

However, when it was about five years old, the started having some rather serious problems. Eventually, I sold it at a yard sale for $5.

On the other hand, a sewing machine I got about 20 years earlier still holds a place of honor in my sewing room. In fact, it is my favorite.

Fleetwood E188 sewing machine

The Fleetwood E188 is my favorite sewing machine

Aside from the brand new sewing machines and sergers I review, some of the machines reviewed on this site are in private collections… my own and the private collections of some of my sewing buddies.

In these reviews, I am able to share not only my own opinion, but the opinions of the owners as well as a testament as to how the machines stand up to the test of time.

If you have a burning sewing question, I am glad you decided to visit Sewing Insight and welcome your input. Please click here to contact me.

recent product reviews

Pfaff Smarter 160s/140s Review

The folks at Pfaff have introduced two brand new mechanical sewing machines to the Smarter line. They are good choices for beginners but anyone who has been sewing for a long time would be able to appreciate their features. I have reservations about the material used to make them, but if you aren’t planning on moving them around a lot, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

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Baby Lock Rachel Review

Have you ever seen or worked on a sewing machine that produces absolutely beautiful stitches but vibrates so badly that you were afraid it would fall apart on you? Unfortunately, that’s what happened when I reviewed the Baby Lock Rachel. I certainly hope the powers that be at Baby Lock revisit this problem and soon. In all fairness, it does just fine if you don’t go beyond the middle range on the variable speed slider. But, if you like to sew fast (and who doesn’t from time to time?) then you’ve got a real problem on your hands.

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Juki HZL 29Z Review

Have you ever been in a situation where you absolutely love something, but then are disappointed with one aspect of it? That’s what happened when I reviewed the Juki HZL 29Z. This mechanical sewing machine produces stitches that any home sewer would give their eye teeth for, but there is a lot of vibration. I was taken completely aback by this given the fact that we’re talking about a Juki – one of the most reliable sewing machines in the world. The Juki name is synonymous with solid construction and superior workmanship. You could imagine my surprise when this one started vibrating on me. If you can live with the vibration, I suggest you give it a try. Otherwise, don’t stop your search. There are lots and lots of reasonably priced mechanical sewing machines on the market. If a vibrating sewing machine does not suit your fancy, keep looking. You’ll find the one that is perfect for you.

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Janome DC 5100 Review

The Janome DC 5100 is a basic computerized sewing machine that brings 167 decorative, utility and alphanumeric stitches and all the features any beginner or experienced home sewer would appreciate to your sewing room. In addition, it also brings with it all of the great Janome quality and workmanship. It is an excellent choice that I believe everyone will be able to appreciate.

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