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Sewing Machine Rating Sources

Total of 15 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
June 2012
Sewing Machines
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis is one of the few sources that conduct comparative reviews of sewing machines. Tests utilize a variety of fabrics, threads and stitches, and a ratings chart compares the models on performance, ease of use, features and other attributes. Seven mechanical, 11 electronic and five combination embroidery/sewing machines are rated. ConsumerReports.org considers easy-to-use controls, a lightweight design, an automatic buttonhole, a top-loading bobbin and speed control to be among the most important features.
2. Amazon.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentQuite a few of the sewing machines here, mostly from Brother and Singer, get a significant number of detailed owner reviews. The lack of brands such as Bernina and Pfaff makes it hard to compare all machines, but this is a great place to find comprehensive user feedback as owners weigh in on long-term durability and performance.
3. Walmart.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart offers more than 50 sewing machines, the majority of which are from Brother and Singer. While some models get just a few reviews, several have more than 100. Feedback tends to be detailed, and Walmart supplies information about the user's age, gender and sewing habits. In addition to providing comments and an overall rating, owners can rate the degree to which the product provides value and meets expectations.
4. Viewpoints.com
As of January 2013
Best Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThis site provides detailed user reviews for nearly 300 sewing machines. Based on this feedback, it compiles a ranked list of the top 15 models, which have scores ranging from 69 to 98 points out of 100. Some owners provide ratings for specific criteria, such as stitch performance, ease of use and durability. Not all machines receive a large number of reviews, skewing the ranking results.
5. Target.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com carries about 20 models, mainly from Brother and Singer. Most get about 20 reviews or fewer. One exception, the Janome Hello Kitty green model targeted to children, chalks up more than 100 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.
6. Joann.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Joann.com
Our AssessmentThis site boasts a large number of current user reviews for the several dozen sewing machines it sells. Feedback from experienced sewers provides detailed accounts of models' strengths and weaknesses. Owners especially like the Brother CS6000i, an inexpensive computerized model, and rate the Singer Confidence 7470 and 7469Q higher than cheaper machines like the Singer 3116.
7. Choice magazine
May 19, 2008
Sewing Machines Buying Guide
by Matthew Steen
Our AssessmentChoice magazine, the Australian equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, tests three sewing machines, one each at the low, mid and high price points. The focus here isn't on individual models but on which price point is best for a particular seamstress. All three are Janome models, the top brand in Australia, with the mid-priced machine being recommended for most sewers' needs.
8. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
New Sewing Machines
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThis short video indicates that five sewing machines were tested on 10 fabrics, but doesn't list which models are evaluated. The Euro-Pro Shark and Brother CS6000i are recommended, but little is shared about the machines other than the Euro-Pro is simple to use and the Brother has a good buttonhole function.
9. PatternReview.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
by Contributors to PatternReview.com
Our AssessmentOwners can review their own machines at this site, and it's more helpful than other forums because a dedicated review section allows readers to hone their searches. However, machines aren't given an overall rating on the summary page, so you'll have to do your own calculations. After narrowing your choice to a few models, this is an excellent source of recent owner evaluations. To read comments older than six months, you must create an account.
10. Consumer magazine
April 27, 2009
Sewing Machines
by Editors of Consumer magazine
Our AssessmentQuite a few sewing machines here, mostly from Brother and Singer, receive a decent number of detailed reviews from owners. The lack of brands like Bernina or Pfaff makes it hard to compare all machines, but this is a great place to look once you've honed in on a few models. Owners weigh in on long-term durability and performance issues.
11. Threads
April 24, 2009
The Latest in Sewing Machines
by Editors of Threads
Our AssessmentThis frequently updated page lists features of newly released sewing machines, making this a good resource for monitoring the industry as you shop for a machine. However, new models receive just a quick summary of features and aren't compared to other machines.
12. Threads
As of January 2013
Gatherings: Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Threads
Our AssessmentGatherings is a discussion forum managed by Threads magazine. There are thousands of posts here regarding the best sewing machine, but unless you search for a specific model, it's difficult to get a sense of owners' favorites. Nearly every brand earns some positive user feedback, but the site is worth a look after narrowing your choice to a few models.
13. Overstock.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Overstock.com
Our AssessmentOverstock.com carries nearly 80 sewing machines but many models are refurbished, leaving customers to wonder if mechanical flaws are the fault of the manufacturer or the refurbisher.
14. BestBuyEReviews.com
Not dated
Sewing Machine Reviews & Buying Guide
by Editors of BestBuyEReviews.com
Our AssessmentPopular brands such as BabyLock, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Pfaff and Singer are reviewed here, and each model receives a largely complimentary description. The site is useful if you're looking for an overview of specific brands, but won't help much if you seek user feedback, professional test results or model comparisons.
15. Sears.com
As of January 2013
Sewing Machines
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentWhile Sears.com carries several sewing machine brands, each model attracts few user reviews. Many have none at all, making this site a less-than-helpful source of owner feedback.
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