A common need I’ve run across is having a portable sewing machine. While not necessarily your primary sewing machine, these can be the best sewing machine for backup use or as a spare machine. They are small and can even go on vacations or to conventions with you.
In the portable sewing machine category I have two recommendations:
For basic repairs and simple tasks go with the Mini Rex Cordless Sewing Machine. You can sew all kinds of fabrics and even craft paper. It’s a double stitch ultra portable, weighing only 2 pounds and measuring 9.3 x 4 x 7.5 inches. Easy to carry around the house or even tuck away in your travel luggage. This is the best sewing machine for students living away from home.
The Mini Rex has many of the features you would find on a standard size machine but at a fraction of the size. I bought one to take with me when I travel and I’ve found that I actually use it quite a bit a home for small projects that I don’t want to get out the big machine for. It runs on batteries too.
If you’re looking for a higher end machine for professional use on the go I highly recommend the Reliable Portable Walking Foot Zig-Zag Sewing Machine. It’s commercial quality for the mainstream.
Great for small business owners and serious hobbyists. This is basically an industrial quality machine, but in a 8.5 x 15.5 x 12.5 footprint. People are running deals for it online so it’s underpriced right now. You’ll find it for under $500 - what other machine can offer industrial needle size fittings, 1/4″ clearance, and 4 stitches an inch, AND be the size of roughly a shoe box?