Guide to Cordless Sewing Machines

Are you looking for a sewing machine that is portable and convenient to use but doesn’t sacrifice quality?

There are times when your favorite shirt or pants get caught in a wire and ripped. But since it is your beloved piece of clothing, you would still want to wear it. That shirt or jeans you love need to get adjusted. Those old comfy shorts you wear at home has a hole at the rear, and you want to mend them.

For such minor repairs, it’s convenient to have your own sewing machine. Since not all of us have ample space for a large sewing machine – and many of us won’t get to use them regularly, anyway – you might want to invest in a cordless sewing machine. These sewing machines are usually small, compact, and highly portable, making them ideal for sewing while you’re on the go or for taking them to your sewing and fashion design classes.

A cordless sewing machine – what is it?

As the name suggests, a cordless sewing machine usually operates without a power cable and is mainly run by batteries. However, many units offer the option to be powered by a cable connected to the main power source. 

A cordless sewing machine is threaded exactly the same way as you would thread a full-size machine with a bobbin and winder, stitch selector, and foot pedal or button that starts and stops the stitching. 

A cordless sewing machine makes sewing more convenient. It is easy to use – beginners and even children can learn how to operate it quickly. Since it’s also portable, you can use a cordless sewing machine anywhere – at home, during your sewing classes, and even outdoors. 

One of the most significant advantages of a cordless sewing machine is that you will still be able to use it in the event of a power outage, for example. 

Citing its compact size and portability again, you can fit a cordless sewing machine into a bag or suitcase.

What are the types of cordless sewing machines?

Cordless sewing machines has two types: the mini and the handheld:

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Mini sewing machine

A mini sewing machine is simply a smaller version of a regular sewing machine. Mini sewing machines are compact yet capable of offering a wide range of stitching options. They are perfect for making quick repairs, crafting, and making simple and easy clothes projects.

Mini sewing machines can be powered by batteries and/or regular power cable.

portable sewing equipment which is mini machine for sewing clothes on yellow background

Handheld sewing machine

Handheld sewing machines are pocket-sized versions of full-sized and mini sewing machines. As the name suggests, they are designed to be operated by one hand. At first glance, it looks like a regular stapler. 

As handheld sewing machines are small, they are space-saving and super portable. However, they are less versatile than mini sewing machines and tend to be more fragile. Thus, they are designed only for quick fixes, emergency repairs, and last-minute alterations. 

However, handheld sewing machines are the perfect answer to what we usually call “wardrobe malfunctions,” making on-the-spot mending and repairs quick and easy.

Benefits of a mini sewing machine

This section explores the advantages of owning a mini sewing machine. 

Is a mini sewing machine only for those who can’t sit still beside a full-sized sewing machine? Since mini sewing machines were first introduced, they have opened more options to many people, whether they sew only occasionally or sew as a hobby or profession.


Purchasing a mini sewing machine won’t break the bank, making it an ideal tool for people who want a budget sewing machine for their projects or a sewing machine for occasional repairs.

If you’re looking for a machine for learning sewing basics, doing minor repairs, or making easy crafts, then a mini sewing machine is the ideal choice. The affordability of mini sewing machines makes it easier for sewing beginners to learn the craft before they acquire greater sewing skills and invest in a full-size sewing machine with advanced features and functions. This way, there won’t be big regrets if you end up not liking sewing at all.

For regular sewing machine users, a mini sewing machine can be a great addition to their sewing equipment as a smaller, lighter, and more portable version of their full-size sewing machine. In case they still need to sew away from home but obviously cannot carry and transport their heavier full-size sewing machines, the mini sewing machine is an ideal alternative.

Small size and lightness

They’re not called mini sewing machines for nothing. They are small, compact, and lightweight, making them very portable.

For instance – if the indoors are dimly lit and you want to take your sewing on the patio under natural light, you can easily carry a mini sewing machine from one place to another in your home. No pesky power cables to deal with! They are absolutely safe for outdoor use (provided that the weather conditions are fine, of course).

In addition, you can bring a mini sewing machine to school for your sewing classes or even during camping. It’s also great during travels. Owing to its compact size and lightness, you can easily carry it in your bag or suitcase, put it in the trunk of your car, or store it in your cabinet when not in use.

Ease of use

Using a regular sewing machine can be pretty daunting. But having a mini sewing machine, on the other hand, will let you ease your way into sewing. 

While it doesn’t have advanced or complicated features like a regular sewing machine, a mini sewing machine offers just enough basic features, making it easy to use. Even kids can quickly learn using a mini sewing machine – who knows, the next they’re using it for their scrapbooking and crafting projects. 

In addition, a mini sewing machine is easy to set up as soon as you take it out of the box. Most mini sewing machines are supplied with all the essentials (like needles and bobbins) and accessories, providing an easy way to begin sewing immediately.

If you want to read about the handheld sewing machine, refer to the full article that lists the pros and cons of handheld sewing machines.

The takeaway

Cordless sewing machines are perfect for quick, at-home repairs and simple sewing jobs. They can be taken anywhere in case of wardrobe emergencies. But if you’re planning to do more sewing work, you may need to use the larger, regular version of a sewing machine. Many buyers complain about their mini sewing machines breaking easily, but sometimes they make them handle tougher fabrics and more complicated sewing jobs.  

Otherwise, cordless sewing machines can offer quick and easy solutions for your sewing needs. You will be getting a lot of use from the small price you’ve paid for.