The wish list

Five of the best sewing machines

Featuring impressive motors, automatic needle-threaders and a handy knee lift

1

Cool Maker Sew and Style

An introductory machine for young children, it uses a no-thread system to join fabric together and comes with five pre-cut projects to try.

2

Singer Heavy Duty 4423

A true workhorse, Singer’s machine has an impressive motor and extra-high sewing speed of 1,100 stitches per minute. It can tackle a variety of fabrics from lightweight silk to heavy denim, and includes a selection of different presser feet and tools.

3

Husqvarna Opal 650

This intuitive, hi-tech computerised machine has a graphic screen with touch-buttons. It evaluates the fabric and automatically selects the stitch style, width and length to ensure optimum results.

4

Brother Innov-is F420

With 140 built-in stitches and a range of extra functions, the Brother can take on almost any project. It has an automatic needle-threader and a handy knee lift for hands-free sewing.

5

John Lewis JL111 Wildflower Print

Ideal for hobby sewing with light- and medium-weight fabric, this sturdy machine has 14 stitches to choose from and simple dials.

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