Here, you will find a list of sewing machines currently on the market, for under £100 (correct as of 30/10/2020). They are inexpensive, very basic, and great if you want to give sewing a go for the first time. If you then decide that sewing isn’t for you, starting up won’t have broken the bank.
There is always an argument that going too simple can be detrimental to the sewing journey of the beginner sewist. These machines will not necessarily have some of the time-saving functions that sewists love (e.g. automatic needle threader, automatic thread cutter, automatic bobbin winding). This can deter some sewists and create a barrier to sewing, stopping them from starting projects. I think having a very simple machine is a great way of helping new sewists to learn the basics of sewing for themselves. It’s all part of the joy of sewing and will leave you even more in love with this pastime. It also means that you’ll have a machine that you aren’t afraid you’ll break, or afraid to make mistakes on.
DISCLAIMER: Clicking on the photos will take you to the website where the particular sewing machine can be purchased. There are NO affiliate links. I found these machines by doing a brief Google search. This is a non-exhaustive list. Make sure you do your own research before investing in a sewing machine. I haven’t used any of these machines myself, so I cannot provide a review, nor can I vouch for their quality. There are reviews available online.
Sew Crafty Midi Sewing Machine £29.99
Hobbycraft Mini Sewing Machine £33
Sew Amazing Sewing Station Machine £40
Hobbycraft Midi Sewing Machine (available in various colours) £50
Silver 12 Stitch Mini Sewing Machine £59
Sew Amazing Studio Machine £60
Hobbycraft 19S Sewing Machine £75
Brother LS14s Manual Stitch Sewing Machine £80
Brother LK14S Sewing Machine £89
Singer M1605 Sewing Machine – Exclusive to Hobbycraft £100
Singer 1409 Promise Sewing Machine £100