Our list of the top 10 handheld and portable sewing machines you can find online is comprehensive, covering several different styles and price points. Handheld models resemble a stapler and are well suited to crafting, on-the-go-mending, and even hemming drapes and curtains while they are still hung. Portable models resemble conventional sewing machines but are smaller, lighter, and easier to transport. They generally have more features and can handle more complex sewing tasks than their handheld counterparts. Both types typically run on batteries as well as electricity.
When you are trying to decide which type of portable or handheld model you want, it is essential to know what its primary use will be. If you’re going to make quick repairs while traveling; a handheld model is ideal. If you are getting sewing lessons or belong to a club where you need to transport your machine back and forth regularly, you might opt for a portable style. They have some of the essential features of a full-size sewing machine but are more comfortable to carry and take up less space. In our review of the best portable and handheld sewing machines, we take some of the guesswork out of shopping so you will have more time for your favorite hobby.
1. Cordless Handheld Electric Sewing Machine by Meteralla
Meteralla’s handheld cordless sewing machine can be run using four AA batteries. If you prefer a corded version, you can purchase a DC6V power adaptor separately, making this machine highly versatile. It features tension control and a rotary wheel adjustment so you can adjust how tight you want to sew your stitches. A fastening plate holds your fabric while you are sewing, giving you more control over each stitch. Ideal for making repairs and alterations on the go, this single-stitch device can save you hours over using a traditional handheld needle and thread.
2. Stitch Sew Quick Portable Mending Machine By Singer
The Stitch Sew Quick by Singer is one of the cheapest portable sewing machine options on our list, but don’t let the low-price fool you. This little workhorse can help you make on-the-spot-repairs in no time. Best for lightweight fabrics, it comes with a threaded spindle, bobbins, thread, and needle and is powered with four AA batteries. Like the Meteralla model, you can opt to purchase a power cord separately. Portable and compact, it has a built-in power switch for safe operating.
3. Mini Sewing Machine with Extension Table by Varmax
We love the extension table that is included with this small portable sewing machine by Varmax. The device is lightweight enough that it can be transported with ease, but the extension table allows you to work on more advanced projects and provides increased stability. It features a built-in light and a cuff slot for sewing sleeves and pantlegs. This model creates double stitches, so you won’t need to stop and knot your work manually. It has two speeds and is perfect for beginners, kids, or smaller craft projects like aprons or minor repairs. The AC/DC adaptor is included, and it comes with a one-year warranty and after-sales service.
4. 1304 Start Free Arm Sewing Machine by Singer
For beginners or those who are looking for an easy-to-transport sewing machine, this lightweight model by Singer is ideal. It has a lot of features right out of the box, including an LED light, built-in thread cutter, and six stitches to choose from. The pre-installed bobbin and needle allow for quick and easy setup, and it comes with step-by-step directions if you are new to the world of machine sewing. While this model is a bit pricier than some of the others on our list, it also can handle heavier fabrics. The sturdy metal frame construction is still very portable at just under 12 pounds, and it comes with a 25-year limited warranty.
5. Mini Portable Sewing Machine by Liantral
Liantral’s well-reviewed mini-portable sewing machine is an inexpensive option for those who want a lightweight machine with a little more control than a handheld device. If offers a 2 mm chain stitch that can be adjusted to low or high, a built-in thread cutter, and it can be operated via the enclosed foot pedal or an on/off switch. The tension is adjustable, and it is compact and easy-to-carry at under three pounds. It comes with a power cord, needle threader, foot pedal, four bobbins, two needles, and a manual to get you started.
6. XM2701, Lightweight Sewing Machine by Brother
While technically not marketed as a portable sewing machine, the small and lightweight (12.6 pounds) machine from Brother deserves mention as one of the best portable sewing machines we’ve found. It has some terrific extra features that most of the others on our list do not, yet it is compact enough to take when you are on-the-go. For starters, it has 27 built-in stitches and comes with six easy-to-change feet so that you can do zippers, buttonholes, hems, buttons, and more. It has a jam-resistant drop-in top bobbin and a bright LED light as well as an instructional DVD. The machine comes with Brother’s legendary lifetime tech support and a 25-year limited warranty.
7. Cordless Handheld Electric Sewing Machine by W-Dragon
W-Dragon’s handheld staple-style sewing machine can be used for sewing fabric less than 1.88 millimeters thick and is ideal for projects on the go. Suitable for crafts, patching, and minor repairs, you can easily pop this in your suitcase and work on your projects wherever your travels take you. It takes four AA batteries or a DC power adaptor (sold separately) and is a single-thread machine. It is one of the most affordable top handheld sewing machines on our list and is perfect for beginners and crafters alike.
8. Mini Portable Sewing Machine by Neala
This compact sewing machine by Neala is affordable and lightweight at just 5.39 pounds a measuring 10.6 x 4.7 x 9 inches. Duel threaded, it has twelve different built-in stitches and two speeds and features a foot pedal, threader, thread cutter, LED light, and more. A locking metal pressure foot is a nice touch that adds to the overall quality of this model. Sturdy enough to sew through thicknesses of up to 2.5 millimeters, Neala claims that you can sew through six layers of denim with this little workhorse. In the box, you will receive the machine itself, along with two bobbins, two needles, one power cord, two empty bobbins, a manual, and a pedal.
9. Double-Thread Portable Sewing Machine by Luby
This free-arm portable model by Luby has a lot going for it at a low price point, making it an ideal choice for kids, beginners, and crafters of all levels. Twelve built-in stitches can be selected with just a turn of the knob, and two different speeds allow you to go as slow or as fast as you want. The machine is robust enough to sew zigzags, buttonholes, narrow sides, and more, and the free arm allows you to do cuffs, trouser legs, and sleeves with ease. The Luby model weighs just six pounds and comes with a handy instructional video to get you started.
10. 01664 Stitch Sew Quick 2 Handheld Mending Machine by Singer
Singers Stitch Sew Quick 2 is similarly designed as their first stitch sew with two notable exceptions. The updated version has two speeds, and it also does double stitching—meaning you won’t have to tie your knots manually. Perfect for making on-the-go repairs, the machine weighs only one and a half pounds and comes with a spindle, needles, bobbins, and thread. While it can run off four aa batteries, you can also purchase a DC adaptor to make this corded.
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