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What sewing machines are used on Sewing Bee?

The Great British Sewing Bee is the uplifting TV we all deserve in our lives right now! If you're wondering which sewing machines are appearing in the nation's favourite sewing room, we've done some sleuthing and can reveal the tech that's powering the contestants projects

Angillia The Great British Sewing Bee

Besides ogling our favourite haberdashery ever in The Great British Sewing Bee‘s sewing room, we’ve also been watching for clues to discover which sewing machines are used on sewing bee 2020. What can we say? We’re curious like that. While the machines on screen have their branding concealed as BBC1 is not a commercial TV channel, we asked our Technical Editor Roisin to look for clues about exactly which machines the contestants are using.


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What sewing machines are used on sewing bee?

  • Janome Sewist 725
  • Janome Overlocker 6234XL

Janome Sewist 725

This is the machine that we think is featured on the sewing tables of the sewing bee. Despite the branding being covered up with tape, we’re pretty sure the sewists are using Janome Sewist 725s. It offers them 25 stitches plus buttonholes, a jam-proof drop-in bobbin and built-in needle threader. Ah how we love a built-in needle threader! It’s also a great machine for beginners to get to grips with stitch settings, utility stitches plus the 1-step buttonhole.

Janome Sewist 725 Sewing Machine
If you’r wondering what sewing machines are used on sewing bee, check out the Janome 725S

Janome Overlocker 6234XL

They haven’t appeared on screen yet but in later episodes, the contestants will be reaching for their overlockers. When they do, look out for the Janome 6234XL machine. It will offer the contestants an easy-to-use overlocker with lots of handy specialist functions of an advanced machine. It has some seriously powerful features and  comes pre-threaded and with an instructional DVD. It cuts as it sews to give a professional finish and can switch from standard overlocking to rolled hemming in the flick of a switch… be still our beating hearts!  The 2 thread options provide some nifty stitch effects while the knife can be dropped for decorative overlocking.

Janome 6234XL overlocker

For more sewing machine advice, head to our best Sewing Machines for Beginners round-up and our list of the best overlockers.