Darn good: 6 best sewing machines for beginners

Feeling inspired by BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee? Don't get stitched up when choosing a machine. Here are six bits of kit to get you started

First, the recession got many of us out of the shops and into making our own out of need and a desire to save cash. Then, last April came the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, a show which pitted amateur makers against each other in weekly challenges, both practical and creative. The result: a significant resurgence in sewing - anything from clothes and curtains to hand-made presents and embroidered works of art. More and more people are revisiting forgotten skills, alongside a whole new generation of stitchers who are joining the fray.

With thousands of models on offer, how does a beginner go about finding the right sewing machine for the job, within budget? We've taken expert advice to find the best entry level machines out there. From John Lewis's easy-to-use JL110 model to Bernina's top of the range B330.

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Verdict

For a machine to grow into, the Husqvarna Viking E20 - with its varied and adjustable stitch selection - is a good choice. Those looking to get really stuck into creative projects will thrive on the versatile  Pfaff Passport 2.0. And if you're on a budget and what it looks like in the room is just as important as getting the job done, then you can't go wrong with the John Lewis JL110. You'll just need to choose from the seven colours.

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1. John Lewis JL110, Teal, £99

2. Brother LX25, £139

3. Husqvarna Viking E20, £179

4. Janome 525s, £249

5. Pfaff Passport 2.0, £399

6. Bernina B330, £599

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