When you want to make repairs on the go or continue working on your sewing projects while you travel, a portable sewing machine is a must-have tool to take with you. But what makes for a good one? The best portable sewing machines are user-friendly, compact, and lightweight enough to store in a bag or a small suitcase. Some even come with features like an automatic needle threader and built-in LED lights to help make sewing more convenient when you're away from home.
To start, you should know that portable sewing machines range from around 3 pounds in weight to nearly 15. This may go without saying, but lighter machines have more basic designs when compared to their heavier counterparts. Usually, you can follow this general rule: The smaller machine is, the fewer stitch options you'll have.
If you have the need for any extra features (a built-in LED light is great for poorly lit rooms, for example), look out for those when making your decision. Also pay mind to the number of sewing feet each machine has, especially if you're used to working with a more versatile full-sized machine or have difficult projects in mind.