Best sewing machines for quilting in April 2024

Best sewing machines for quilting; two sewing machines on a pink background
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When choosing from the best sewing machines for quilting you need to consider a number of things, as whilst it’s true that any sewing machine can be used for quilting, there’s no denying that a machine designed with quilting in mind is going to offer a quilter some beneficial extra features. 

As stitching quilts can involve working on very large pieces of material, it’s worth finding a specialist sewing machine that can provide a larger work space, known as long arm sewing machines or zigzag sewing machines. As quilting requires stitching through several layers of materials needing to pass through the machine at the same time, you’ll want to find a machine with great feed dogs and the appropriate feet to help glide your quilting through. The best sewing machines tend to be computerised too, as they are able to store an impressive number of stitch designs so there’s no end to your creative capabilities.

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Michelle Rowley
Freelance craft writer

Michelle is a sewing teacher, writer and maker based in the Peak District. As a dressmaking tutor and freelance craft feature writer Michelle regularly writes for Love Sewing magazine as well as Woman's Weekly & Woman & HomeAs a sewing tutor and avid dressmaker she has extensive knowledge of sewing machines and overlockers, and the know-how of how to match different dressmakers' needs and budgets to the right machine for them.

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