Best Compact Sewing Machines of 2019

Gone are the days when sewing machines used to be heavy and hard to carry around. Since the introduction of compact and portable sewing and quilting machines, the sewing has become easier than ever. Not only sewing, but the presets of stitches and adjustable speed of stitches in these compact sewing machines have helped the users be it heavy-duty or light-duty machines.  These portable sewing machines have made the sewing and quilting easy for beginners as well as they have brought creativity and freedom to experienced and experts.

Singer Quantum Stylist 9960

Singer Quantum Stylist compact sewing machine

Singer Corporation has been in the sewing machine business since 1851 and they have been manufacturing the best quality of sewing machines along with its accessories including needles, bobbins and sewing cases. They have always been in the top five of sewing machine manufacturers.


Quantum Stylist 9960 is one of the best user-rated compact sewing-machine and serves as a beginner as well as a professional tool. This compact portable machine has versatility in its stitching techniques and features that help the user for its efficient and effective usage.

Quantum 9960 has 600 stitching patterns and the adjustable stitching speed of 850/minute; Such high-speed stitching can double up the entire process of stitching and save a lot of time in projects. It is worth mentioning that programming of 600 stitching patterns in such a compact sewing machine is truly impressive.

Moreover, there are 13 types of 1-Step buttonhole for attaching the buttons. Quantum 9960 has the capabilities of twin needles that can create uniform hemline having the options of changing the length and width of needles for further fitting styles. 

One of the eye-catching features of this machine for quilting is that the user can remove part of the table so that the stitching can be multi-directional without requiring a lot of space. Overall, this machine provides creative freedom to the users with aiding features.


600 Stitching Patterns & 850/minute stitches.
Automatic Needle Threader
LCD with Information and Selection Feature & 2 LED Lights
Top Drop-in Bobbin
Start and Stop Button and Speed Slider


Weighs 20 lbs. that is heavier to carry it around as it is addressed as a portable compact machine.
No Saving Mode other than Presets of patterns.


This product comes with a warranty of 2 years.


Weight 28.4 lbs.
Stitching Speed 850/minute
Stitching Patterns 600
Accessories All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Button Sewing Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning and Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch/Quilting Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot.

Brother HC-1850 Sewing Machine

Brother HC-1850 compact sewing machine

Like many other manufacturers, BROTHER MACHINES is not a new name in the industry. They have been in the business for over 100 years now and their specialty is their sewing machines and embroidery machines; like Singer Corporation and many others, BROTHERS MACHINES also produce parts and accessories of their products to aid the customers with high quality assured production. 

HC-1850 model provides the user adjustable speed of up to 850 stitches per minute and it has 130 built-in stitches patters that helps the operator with great ease along with one-step automatic buttonhole stitching. Users can adjust the thread tension easily as per requirements.

Like many other compact sewing machines, this also comes with twin needles and adjustable length and width of stitching. However, the font with letters is not adjustable. Its size is fixed therefore, leaving no freedom for the operator’s creativity.

Performance wise this is a mediocre sewing machine with comparatively lesser quality and clarity in patterns and stitching. Moreover, the users have rated this machine to be a subpar and substandard machine that can be easily replaced with any of the other available options in the given price bracket.

Overall, HC-1850 is mid-range price and entry level compact sewing machines that is very good for beginners to excel in their skill-sets of stitching and quilting but the tidiness remains an issue for some. But due to its light-weighing and compactness, it is favored by many and can be used in short spaces without much noise.


Easy Setting-up
Less Weight
Easy Needle-Change
Detachable Wide Table for Quilting
Bright LED and LCD 


Lesser-Tidy Finishing
Lesser Built-in Patterns
Lesser Room for Creativity


This product comes with a limited warranty of 25 years.


Weight 17.50 lbs.
Stitching Speed 850/minute
Stitching Patterns 130
Accessories Wide Table, Zigzag foot, overcasting foot., Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind stitch foot, Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Quilting foot.3 bobbins, 3-piece needle set, Ball point needle, Twin needle, Cleaning brush, Eyelet punch, Screwdriver, 3 spool caps, Extra spool pin, Seam ripper, Foot controller pedal, Wide Table. Bilingual English/Spanish instructional DVD, Bilingual English/Spanish operation manual

Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine

Singer Heavy Duty 4423 compact sewing machine

As we have discussed earlier, Singer Corporation is not a new name in the industry; they have been making low-duty as well as high-duty compact and portable sewing machines. Although the stitching patterns in heavy-duty compact sewing machines are not that much in number yet the stitching and finishing of this product is fine.

This Heavy-Duty 4423 is one of the best currently in the market given the aspects of pricing and performance, this machine has the best value. It can stitch and sew through thick materials and seams.

23 built-in stitching patterns that has sets of basic, stretch, decorative and buttonholes are of great help in quilting and fashion projects. Furthermore, it can stich up to 1100 stitches per minute with a 60% more stronger motor which is quite high in the comparable machines.

It is not only heavy-duty in performance but in its framework also. It has a solid stainless-steel structure that aids in the longing of this product. It is an effective portable compact tool for intermediates and experts as Singer 4423 can sew through any fabric and even through leather.

Overall, this machine is very much recommended to all who need efficiently strong stitching and designing as this has been one of the highest-rated heavy-duty sewing machines in the market on performance and finishing fronts.


Easy Setup
Lighter-weight yet Heavy-Duty
Automatic Needle Threader
1-Step Automatic Buttonhole
Adjustable Stitching Length
Reverse Sewing


There have been complaints about the parts sounding irregular in some cases.


This product also comes with a warranty of 25 years.


Weight 17.45 lbs.
Stitching Speed 1100/minute
Stitching Patterns 23 Built-in
Accessories All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Quilting Guide, Needles, Bobbins, Screwdriver, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Soft-Sided Dust Cover.

Brother XM-2701 Sewing Machine

Brother XM-2701 compact sewing machine

Brother Xm-2701 is a light-weight compact sewing and quilting machine that can sew and stitch light fabrics smoothly and quietly. It is perfect for the starting point machine for beginners and intermediates as it offers versatility.

It has 27 built-in stitches that can be selected with a dialer thus making it user-friendly and easy to operate. These stitching patterns cover decorative, blind hem, zigzag and stretch stitches, as well as a one-step auto-size buttonholer.

Furthermore, this machine has an easy setup with easy needle threading, twin needle capability and 1-step buttonholes. Free arm feature widens the array of usage.

Overall, XM-2701 is the best possible portable light-weight machine that is available for beginners in the market.


Easy to Use
LED Light
Automatic Button-holder
Fine Finishing


No Speed Adjustment
Dim LED light in excessive usage
Not suitable for thick fabric


This product also comes with a warranty of 25 years.


Weight 15.65 lbs.
Stitching Speed 800/minute
Stitching Patterns 27 Built-in
Accessories Six quick-change sewing feet: buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, narrow hemmer, blind stitch, and button sewing foot, Three-piece needle set, Screwdriver, Extra spool pin, three bobbins, Darning plate, Power cord, Instructional DVD, Operation manual in both English and Spanish

Brother CS600i Sewing and Quilting Machine

brother cs600 i compact sewing machine

Brother CS6000i is not a workhorse stuff or heavy-duty rather it can be used for smaller and day to day projects. This machine is perfect for beginners and experienced sewers.

The stitching speed is adjustable and it can stitch up to 850/minute stitches and it has 60 built-in stitching patterns therefore, leaving the user with a number of options. Like all other, this also has automatic needle threader, a wide table and free arm swing.

One of the most important features of CS6000i is that it has a very bright LED light that helps the user with accuracy and fine finishing of the design, lining and layering.  Users have rated the quilting to be good and above average but the finishing of layering is subpar.

This machine is definitely recommended to beginners, intermediates and experts with usage of thin fabric with large area of working as it comes with an oversized table for stitching and quilting.


Jam Resistant Bobbin
Reverse Stitching and Start/Stop button
Adjustable Speed


Layering not so good
Extra light can be dim in excessive usage
No Automatic Tension


Lastly, this product also comes with a warranty of 25 years.


Weight 18.70 lbs.
Stitching Speed 850/minute
Stitching Patterns 60 Built-in
Accessories Walking foot, Spring action quilting foot, Quilt guide for foot holder, Buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, Monograming foot, Zipper foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Bobbin, Eyelet punch, Needle set, Twin needle, Seam ripper, Cleaning brush, Wide table, Screwdriver, Extra spool pin, Hard case/cover