When pants are too long and shoulders rip at the seams, a sewing machine can come to the rescue. While you may be able to get by with a needle and thread in some situations, a sewing machine provides a more lasting, versatile solution -- and the opportunity to make basic clothes and unleash your crafty side.
Fortunately, all but the most advanced home sewers should be very happy with an inexpensive sewing machine. Cheapism.com's picks for the best sewing machines under $200 include both electronic and mechanical models for beginner and intermediate sewers. We also researched a few pricier options for buyers who want to go beyond the basics: one that's capable of embroidery, another to satisfy beginning quilters, and a third that's packed with all the bells, whistles, and stitches you'll ever need.
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