The BEST make of NEW Sewing Machines is ….

For those of you who have not followed my post on my sewing machine experience(s) I decided to ask etsy (see forum) what sewing machine they use and to share their experiences with it. I did not expect the overwhelming response it got: over 100 people applied to the thread giving their recommendations of what they thought of their sewing machines. I have taken all of these and tallied up a list, in order of excellence, of the different sewing machine brands.

Interestingly more than half the positive ratings were for OLD machines (older than 6 years) so if you can, hang onto your family heirloom sewing machine … it seems the old (and heavy) sewing machines were far better made.


Singer (21)
Pfaff (13)
Benina (10)
Kenmore (8)
Brother (7)
Husqvarna Viking (5)
Janome (4)
Juki and Necchi Mira (both got 2)
Veritas (1)


Husqvarna Viking (14)
Bernina (8)
Brother (1 negative / 8 positive)
Pfaff (5)
Bablylock (1 negative / 5 positive)
Janome (5)
Kenmore (both 4)
Elna (4)
Singer (3 negative / 3 positive)
Juki (1)

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In conclusion, Pfaff is the most consistent brand, Singer is by far the most popular old-school brand and Husqvarna Viking is the highest rated brand of new sewing machines. Anybody know where I can get one in Cape Town???

Mondedesigns (forum pg 8) spoke about Singer, Pfaff and Viking combining to create one company.  I did some research becuase if this were true – WOW …and as far as I can work out, it is true but a bit more complicated. There is an umbrella company to these three brand names and it is called the SVP Group (this is the ‘new’ company). They manufacture all three brands. I’m hoping the brands decide to collaborate and develop ONE ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT sewing machine!

8 thoughts on “The BEST make of NEW Sewing Machines is ….

  1. Barb says:

    WOW! who would have thought that singer and Pfaff would come out on top!! everyone I know LOVES their Berninas and say poo-poo to my Pfaff. I don’t care, I love mine (have 3)
    good post! thanks for the info ~ Barb

  2. Freshly Found says:

    Interesting research! I have just been given an old Bernina, which I still have to put through it’s paces. Looking forward to trying it out, as older definitely seems to be better!

  3. Clair says:

    I got an old Husqvarna on, for R200 – I don’t think the person selling it quite knew what a gem she was selling. Otherwise try Afsew in Woodstock, they might have, they were going to be my next port of call after trying the gumtree.
    My mom has an old one which is metal & apart from now needing a service, sewed like a dream for close on 30 years without one! Not something I would recommend, but just shows how fantastic they are. Good luck with the search.

  4. meg says:

    I am reminded of something I saw in the obituaries in our local paper a few years ago. A woman (I didn’t know her, but wish I had) who passed away was remembered for her love of sewing, and instead of her picture in the column there was a picture of her old Singer sewing machine. I really appreciated that!

  5. Yasmin Duggan says:

    I’ve just seen your postings and thought you would be interested to hear that we are authorised Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine dealers, based in Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town
    021 856 1785
    082 420 2811

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