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 2022. 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 5060 QDC sewing machine with extension table
  • Janome AT2000D Professional Air Thread Overlocker

Janome 5060 QDC Sewing Machine with Extension Table

This is the machine that we think is featured on the sewing tables of the sewing bee. Despite the branding being concealed, we're pretty sure the sewists are using Janome 5060 QDC sewing machine.

It features 60 stitches plus two styles of automatic button holes, an LCD display, and a superior feed system. The extension table makes it easier to work on larger sewing projects too. The automatic thread cutter is an added bonus!

Janome 5060 QDC sewing machine

Janome AT2000D Professional Air Thread Overlocker

Overlockers are an essential piece of kit on the Sewing Bee! We've done some sleuthing and this year the contestants appear to be using the Janome AT2000D Professional Air Thread Overlocker. This overlocker has a handy jet air threading system with an upper and lower looper. This machine is sturdy, lightweight and excellent value for money.

Janome AT2000D overlocker

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


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor,

Zoe is the launch Editor of She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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