BEST sewing machine for beginners!

In this week’s video I’m answering the #1 question I am asked by you!

“What is a great & affordable sewing machine for beginners?”
Here it is! The Kenmore 19106 (or Janome 11542).  This is my personal recommendation based on years of experience with a lot of different machines. I currently have 11 sewing machines in my studio and this one is one of my go-to machines, for sure!
Kenmore 19106 sewing machine
This machine is lightweight but one of my more heavy duty workhorses. You need to watch my video review to understand what I mean. You will shocked and amazed to see what this little 11 -pound machine can do! But the best part is the price!
Tuesday Morning sells this machine for only $59.99! 
Yes, that is correct. No typo.  $59.99.  Tuesday Morning is the only place I’ve been able to find this machine at such a low price.  You may come across it elsewhere but the price will be 2-3 times what Tuesday Morning sells it for. If $59.99 is not an affordable price point for a quality machine I don’t know what is! Trust me people… it’s worth looking into.  I have 3 of these machines and love them!
To buy this machine from Tuesday Morning you can visit a local store in your area.  To find the local store click HERE.  Or, you can also purchase directly from their website by clicking HERE.
Just so you know this is the exact same model as the Janome 11542 which I have been using in my video tutorials for a few years now.  I recently found out that Janome manufacturers the newer Kenmore machines. So, you are getting Janome quality with the Kenmore name on it.
Same machine just different brand names on it.
Ok, enough rambling. Watch the video and learn why I love it so much!

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33 Responses to BEST sewing machine for beginners!

  1. Debbie March 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Oh my goodness, what a buy! I want to buy for my daughter and granddaughter as they have been wanting to learn to sew. I can say from experience that Kenmore machines are wonderful. I bought a little fancier version of a Kenmore several years ago when I was learning and can’t brag enough about it. It truly is a workhouse and I have used it to sew through very heavy duty interfacing to make purses and it has handled that very well.
    Thank you for sharing this information about this great buy!

  2. Regina March 6, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    basic janomes are very inexpensive as well if you can find a janome dealer where you live…i will NOT sew on anything other than my janomes…i have 3 of them!!

  3. Hope Grace March 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Thank you, Vanessa! I just ordered one. I’m very happy that you reviewed this one. I’m buying it for my daughter, but I will probably use this in the classes that I’m teaching beginner sewers, too. (P.S. Love the Slice machine! I’m currently making a mug rug. Hope to post a pic soon!) ~ Sheila S

  4. Lisa S. March 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I just wanted to give a shout out to Tuesday Morning. I ordered a machine online on Wednesday. Two hours later they had that sucker shipped out via FedEx and it arrived to me today! Fastest shipping I have ever seen.
    Can’t wait to test this baby out tomorrow.
    ..still trying to explain to my hubby why I “needed” this machine! LOL

  5. Tracy/Aiya March 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Perfect recommendations, I own both a Kenmore and Janome, they are both great machines! I am so glad to see your review here. You are the best! And how cute is the Janome DC3050, I think it is beautiful as well as functional (IMHO). Its the one I have, my Kenmore is older but still pumping. I don’t remember the model off hand but it was bought from Sears in the 90s. My serger is Janome’s Juno 3434D and for the price I am not sure you can get a better beginners serger, and it is cute too!

  6. Mirta-Boricua March 14, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Hey Vanessa,Loved your recommendation and show of this machine,finally broke down and ordered one last nite,Oh My I have like 10 old machines never had a Janome so I will sew on it and see.
    Thanks for your Tutorial and great info you give out.

  7. Anonymous March 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Vanessa,
    How do people pack their sewing machine for the airplane so that it is protected from damage?

    Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to get the machine.

    Linda

  8. Mirta March 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Hello Vanessa I got this machine Saturday n love it,there is a thread cutter in back corner by presser foot.My 1st Janome made machine. where can I get a 1/4 inch foot for my Kenmore? I forwarded your site to my 4 girls for sewing tips and lessons and cooking receipes,We are a family of Puerto Rican living in S Georgia country enjoying planting pond fresh air on 10 acres n no neighbors around so diffrent from growing up in Miami. My Mami thinks we lost our minds.It is so peaceful.maybe my girls can learn to make sofrito from you cause they dont listen to me.LOL

  9. Beena April 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi vanessa …need to know can i but this machine online coz i am in uk….please can u send me a link to buy this lovely machine

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  12. Sonya May 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi Vanessa. I just saw your video and it is great! Thank you. I am a beginner and I checked Tuesday Morning’s site and sure enough, they’re out of the Kenmore machines. Do you recommend any other affordable, good quality machine?

    Thanks!

  13. Anne Bishop June 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    The only Kenmore machine that my local Tuesday Morning had was the Kenmore 11206 three-quarter size machine, for the same price. You probably haven’t used one, but given the size and the vertical bobbin, do you think this is a suitable starting machine? I don’t want to buy it only to have to upgrade it in a few months. Also, you mention that you recently found out that Janome manufactures the newer Kenmore machines…can you please tell me where/how you found that out? I couldn’t find any documentation, just the occasional internet comment about it. Thanks for your help!

  14. Aron Sagr June 23, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Hello Vanessa, your blog shows that you really put in a lot of efforts to give information to people. Appreciate your work and value the time spent in creating all these resources for people to learn from.

  15. william josap August 10, 2013 at 3:24 am #

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  16. Heather Galvin October 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi there, heather here. Disappointed to find out that Tuesday Morning is no longer selling their merchandise online, FYI. I hope they have this model in stock locally.

  17. Top Rated Sewing Machines October 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Mechanical sewing machines are less expensive and are the simplest type of sewing machine in terms of build. But there are more features in an electronic sewing machine than in a mechanical sewing machine. Instead of turning knobs or dials, electronic sewing machines use button to adjust length or width of the stitch.

  18. Anonymous October 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    The SINGER Stylist is an award-winning 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine. Bought this for my daughter. Wanted a machine that she could start with but grow into and keep for a long time. This machine fit the bill and sews like a charm. Great machine for a fair price

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  19. Anonymous October 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Can this machine handle jean material? I need it to hem my and son’s denim and nylon sweat pant material. I am a beg-novice but have sewn on a early 2000 Singer that has finally died on me.

  20. Anonymous October 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I found your site yesterday because I was looking for a good beginner machine. The crazy thing is I can use power tools but have never been able to tackle the sewing machine. I saw your recommendation for the machine at Tuesday Morning and dropped everything to drive over to the store near my house. I couldn’t believe it but they had one of the Kenmore 19106 machines. I thought I was getting a steal at $59.99 but when the clerk rang it up it was on sale for 20% off, so I only paid $48 for it. You rock!!! Now, hopefully, I can learn to use it in time to make my Halloween costume.

    • Anonymous December 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      If you still have the box I need a sku number, Tuesday morning said they can help me find a store that might have it if I had the sku number

  21. Jennifer November 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Your posting is from March and already no one has either of these. Well, Amazon has one for $999! Any other suggestions for someone who’s never sewn before?

  22. Zuk November 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi Vanessa, Like Jennifer, I too cannot find either of these machines, could you recommend another? My daughters 9 & 10 are getting into sewing and I want to get them a machine for Christmas. Thank you for any help.

  23. Shana November 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I called several Tuesday Morning stores in the Raleigh, NC area. No one has it. 🙁 Any other beginner machines you can recommend?

  24. Elle Bow November 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I cannot find either of these machines anywhere…Can you please tell me another brand that is comparable?

    Thanks,

    Liz

  25. Anonymous November 22, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Where can any answers to the above questions be found? I do not see them on the page.

  26. Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    This item can still be found online. Not at $60 though. : ( I bought mine at TM and have just recently begun to use it to make crib items for my soon to be born grandson. It’s very user friendly and I just love it. I haven’t sewed in a while so I’m grateful not to have anything too complicated. Here is a link for the online site to purchase. http://www.sewingmachinesmn.com/kenmore-19106/

  27. Marla G. Ferguson, CHHC ~ January 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    I guess I missed out as well. But one thing that is driving me crazy – I can’t find where to purchase things on the Tuesday Morning website! Am I missing something? 🙂 Also, has anyone found any good deals? I’m looking for my 11 year old daughter. Thank you!

  28. Claudia February 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi! Would you recommend a Computerized Sewing Machine who wants to learn to sew? or not?
    Thanks!!
    🙂

    • Richard Beman February 6, 2014 at 12:45 am #

      Hello, Janome is a “best value” for either a beginner or and advanced sewer.. The # 8077
      is in my opinion a great machine for the money. It has 5 buttonhole styles,computerized, and a quiet powerful motor.. Amazon.com has them for $299.00+ free shipping.. ( plus plenty of 5 star reviews)… All the best !!! Happy Sewing….

  29. Ani February 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Hey Vanessa! I live overseas and havent been able to find the kenmore 19106. Can you recommend others? Thanks!

    • Richard Beman February 6, 2014 at 12:48 am #

      Sorry, there are no more Kenmore machines…Sears deemed it not to be profitable
      to sell their machines… Get the Janome # 8077

  30. Roger May 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Today I found someone on Craigslist who was selling one of these Kenmore 19106 sewing machines. It was still brand new in the unopened box! I snagged it from the seller for $40.00!! My mother is using it this very minute as I write this. It seems to be working flawlessly. Can’t beat it for that kind of money!

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