Sewing can feel like an intimidating hobby for those new to needles. Not only is sewing often viewed as an activity dominated by women, but sewing is less popular now than it has been in past decades thanks to the increase in affordable clothing and ease of outsourcing household projects. But that doesn’t mean you should say ‘no’ to the sew. Sewing is not only a great way to fix and customize your belongings, but it also helps you save some extra cash if you can hem your own jeans.
For our sew’spo, which is what we call our sewing inspiration, we love following sites like Mansewing and This Guy Sews, which are websites that are dedicated to building the sewing community among men. They tackle everything from making your own bowtie to getting started with beginner projects.
Sewing machines are a great way for men to take care of their own clothing, whether it’s hemming pants, fixing a missing button, or repairing rips and tears on their favorite jeans. Sewing machines also provide a way to tackle at-home projects, like designing slipcovers for chairs, making a custom table cloth, altering your drapes, and even getting crafty with making things like throw pillows or aprons.
If you’re a parent, a sewing machine is a must-have. From costumes for school plays and Halloween to extending the life of a torn backpack, a sewing machine can turn you into your kid’s superhero. You can even sew your own cape.
Check out three of our favorite sewing machines below.
1. SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960
If you want the Cadillac of sewing machines, we recommend the SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960. The computerized sewing machine has a massive selection of 600 stitches pre-programmed, starting with basic stitches all the way up to intricate patterns. Designed for beginners and seasoned pros, the Quantum has an automatic needle threader that can thread a needle in seconds, saving you time and energy. The machine comes with a long list of presser feet that make it easy to tackle any job, including a darning and embroidery foot, a rolled hem foot, a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot and more. The Quantum Stylist has a heavy-duty frame and comes with an extension table for larger projects.
Pros: The super speedy Quantum Stylist has a sewing speed of 850 stitches-per-minute, which means you can get through projects faster than ever.
Cons: The Quantum Stylist is significantly more expensive than the other two sewing machines on our list and has options that only the most advanced sewers will use.
2. Brother Computerized Sewing Machine
The award-winning Brother Computerized Sewing Machine is back with the Project Runaway Limited Edition model, which is powerful enough to get a compliment from Tim Gunn. The machine features a large backlit LED screen where users can scroll through the 110 built-in decorative stitch options. The Brother has an automatic needle threader and 8 one-step buttonhole sizes to choose from, as well as a DVD that explains how to use and care for your machine.
Pros: The Brother comes with a hard case, perfect for transferring or safely storing your machine when not in use.
Cons: The Brother does not have as many options as the Quantum Stylist, including fewer stitches and presser feet (the Brother has eight feet compared to the Quantum Stylists’ 18).
3. SINGER Stylist 7258
Use a push-button stitch selection to choose from the 100 options in the SINGER Stylist 7258. An excellent choice for those who are new to sewing, the Stylist has automatic settings for width, length and tension and has an impressive 60 Hertz of power behind its needle.
Pros: Measuring 14.5 x 7.5 x 12 inches and weighing under 15 pounds, the Stylist is the most lightweight and compact model on our list, ideal for users with limited table space.
Cons: The Stylist has the fewest options of all three machines.