Today we’ll be looking at and comparing 4 quilting sewing machines in order to determine the best sewing machine for quilting. We opted to only consider machines that give you everything you need to quilt out of the box. In other words, at the very least these machines need to give you both a quilting table accessory AND at least one quilting foot out of the box. Our criteria is that you have to be able to do at least basic quilting without making any additional purchases.
- 1 Quilting Sewing Machines Comparison
- 2 Quilting Sewing Machines Comparison Chart
- 3 Conclusion
Quilting Sewing Machines Comparison
We’ve decided to cover 4 distinct price ranges in order to give you the best options in each price range so that you can see which machine will suit your requirements without exceeding your budget.
We’ll have a nice table for you lower down which compares the features, but first, here are the best quilting sewing machines in the various price ranges.
Quilting Sewing Machines Comparison Chart
This chart just briefly compares the quilting features of these machines.
|Name||Quilting Feet||Built-in Stitches||Basic Quilting Stitches|
|Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine|
|Brother PQ1500SL (Professional’s Choice)||3||Straight Stitch Only|
Entry-Level ($100-$200): Brother CS6000i
This is the best-selling sewing machine on at the moment. Unlike most other sewing machines in this price range, the CS6000i not only offers you a quilting table accessory, but also a bonus package containing a walking foot, spring action quilting foot and a quilting guide, as well as some basic built-in quilting stitches.
Mid-Range ($200-$300): Singer 7469Q Confidence Sewing and Quilting Machine
This is an affordable entry from Singer, although it hasn’t been their most well-received model. It does come with a host of great features, including 98 built-in stitches. Sold specifically as a quilting/sewing machine, the 7469Q features a large extension table and 4 bonus quilting feet: even feed/walking foot, darning foot, open toe foot and 1/4 inch foot, along with a few basic quilting stitches built into the machine.
High Mid-Range ($300+): Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
If the 7469Q was one of the less popular Singer machines, the 9960 Quantum Stylist is quickly becoming a consumer favorite. This is an overall fantastic sewing machine loaded with features (600 built-in stitches, 13 one-step buttonholes, 5 fonts, electronic auto-pilot and more).
Here’s what it offers the quilter out of the box: in addition to the extra-large extension table, you also get an even-feed/walking foot, darning and embroidery foot and an open-toe foot. There are also some basic quilting stitches built in.
In other words, you’re well covered for quilting, while getting a stunning sewing machine to boot.
Professional Quilting: Brother PQ1500SL High-Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine
The Brother PQ1500SL strikes a nice middle ground between the heavy duty professional segment and the casual home user segment. This is a blisteringly fast straight stitching machine, with a maximum speed of 1,500 stitches per minute. To maintain that speed without falling apart you’d expect this to be a finely constructed machine, and it is.
It features a comfortably large 12×18” extension table, a knee lifter to free up your hands while quilting among a host of other features.
This machine has been a wonderful tool to complete the quilt tops that have been UFO’s for some time.
I love this machine’s power and speed also the needle threader and auto thread cutting button. The stitches are so perfect and the walking foot does such a wonderful job. The adjustable foot pressure and easily adjusted tensions are great, dropping the feed dogs is as simple as turning a dial; I’m very pleased with the overall performance of this lovely machine.
The Brother PQ1500SL also has a needle down action which is excellent for patchwork. I have other machines that I have in use all the time for sewing, embroidering and quilt top piecing but when it comes to the final stage of putting it all together I cannot recommend this machine highly enough.
The Brother PQ1500SL sewing/quilting machine has a pin piecing action that is producing good results in the moving together of the two fabrics being joined; no fabric slipping. It comes with a large extension tray; very useful for freemotion quilting.
There are several feet for other straight stitch sewing including two hemming feet, 1/4 inch foot, free motion foot and invisible zipper foot etc.
Straight stitching is all this machine is capable of doing, however at 1500 stitches a minute it makes short work of big quilts.
The throat is large and there is plenty of room for even the largest quilt to be manoeuvered around easily. The only down side I have found is that the lighting could have been better.
Overall, for a combination sewing/quilting machine, we recommend the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist. Its brilliant collection of features, wonderful price, quilting accessories included and great customer reviews easily swings it as the best quilting sewing machine for the intermediate to semi-professional user currently available.