Here are the BEST portable sewing machines – cause let's face it, we like to sew errywhere. Some people bring books or magazines with them to entertain themselves when they’re on-the-go… but I bring quilting projects. Now, before you give me the side-eye, I once sat next to someone who was knitting a baby sweater in a dark movie theater, so in comparison, I’m not even that weird.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one looking for ways to take quilting with them when they’re on the move, either. That’s why I wanted to write a post about the best portable sewing machines out there. They may not be movie-theater portable, but they are machines that are easy to take with you when you want to take your quilting project to a class, club, or family reunion. (PS, if you quilt with your family members during family reunions, will you invite me to the next one? I promise I’ll fit in.)
Oh wait! Sorry, sorry, sorry, I almost forgot to let you know that this is part of a sewing machine series. Some other posts about sewing machines include:
- The 4 Best Inexpensive Sewing Machines
- The Best Sewing Machines for Kids
- Quilting Sewing Machines: Which One is Best for You and Your Budget?
- The Best Embroidery Machine for Your Budget
OK ok, now back to that drumroll...
The Best Portable Sewing Machines for Every Style & Budget:
At only 10.1 lbs and 19.5 x 10.8 x 16 inches, this baby could fit in your favorite crafting bag. It’s one of the lightest machines out there that is still going to deliver 50 built-in stitches and the option to carry it with you to class without difficulty. It is sturdy enough to handle stretch materials and bulkier fleece, and can crank out 850 stitches per minute when you really get it going. Because it’s light, versatile, and easy to use, it earns one of my top spots.
This machine is the heavyweight on the list coming in just shy of 16 lbs. If you want to shave off a pound, the Maker 100 is only 15 lbs. I'm a sucker for peach, however, so I'm including the 200 series on our list. A little heavier and a little smaller, at 14.5 x 6.5 x 11 inches, the EverSewn Maker 200 packs a big punch into a small machine. The interior frame is metal which makes it very robust.
If you didn't know, EverSewn is a sister company to BERNINA – which is my brand of choice. If you too are a BERNINA loyalist, keep it in the family and take an EverSewn on the road!
Now we’re moving into the SUPER small machines, and the super low prices, too, starting with the Janome Sew Mini. Yes, it’s still a real sewing machine, made in the same factory as Janome’s larger machines, but it’s only 10.5 x 9 x 5.8 inches and 6.9 lbs. As you may have already guessed, it’s a bit limited in what it can do, and probably can’t take on your heavy-duty projects, but you can literally lift it with a few (strong) fingers, and it’s great for beginners. Added bonus – multiple color options!
The Brother ES2000 brings some different strengths to the table, while still being light enough to lift off the table at 13.5 lbs. This model from Brother offers a free arm option (That's an extended area around the needle plate to give you more space for maneuvering fabric.) A computerized screen lets you shuffle through tension adjustments like they’re your favorite playlist. My favorite part about this portable machine is the option to switch to free-motion sewing. Most machines this size and price don't have that feature.
(Also, if you want to see a video about this machine with some really exciting background music, click here.)
I’m putting this crazy, tiny contraption in a league all of its own. At 7 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches and 2.2 lbs, the Michley LSS-202 is a whole different animal, and maybe… not exactly what you think of when you think “sewing machine.” Yes, it sews. That is its purpose. But this baby makes the list for a different reason than the others. This is the equivalent of the little flashlight you keep on your keychain – you don’t expect it to do what your normal machine will do, but it delivers in a pinch, and it’s easy to have on-hand. The price ain't bad either.
Now here’s what I want to know: where is the craziest place you have taken a sewing machine? On a cruise? Into the mountains? Your in-laws? Comment below!