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Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist Sewing Machine Review

The Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist is a versatile sewing machine with all the capabilities needed by advanced sewers and the ease of use that makes it a good choice for beginners. Weighing in at more than twenty pounds, the machine is best for sewers who don’t require portability. The sturdy construction and the diversity of features make this machine a good one that will last. The internal skeleton is constructed of heavy duty metal for a strong machine that holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment and ensures smooth and even stitching and long-term durability.

Many of the features of the Quantum Stylist are designed to give the sewer an easier, more enjoyable user experience. The threading system is so simple that it can be completed in six seconds. The presser feet snap on for easy changing whenever needed and there is even an Error Warning to signal when everything isn’t just right.

Features

600 Built-In Stitches

The machine comes with 600 built-in stitches for basic sewing, decorative stitching, quilting, crafting, and a lot more. Beginning-level sewers can start with the basics and grow their skills without the need to upgrade their machine.

Professional Buttonholes
Singer 9960 buttonhole

The Quantum Stylist also has thirteen fully automatic 1-step buttonholes that result in professional-looking buttonholes every time. There is also an exclusive buttonhole underplate that keeps buttonholes neat and even.

Five Built-In Alphabet Fonts

For crafters who want the option to add personalization to their work with monograms, the Singer 9960 offers a choice of five separate built-in fonts including block or script numbers and alphabets offered in lower and upper case using a 5mm stitch width.

Drop Feed

An easily accessible lever lowers the feed dogs to free-motion stitching during embroidery, monogram, and button sewing.

Singer 9960 drop feed
7mm Stitch Width

Most of the built-in stitches can be set for a maximum 7mm width to create a variety of satin and decorative stitches.

Automated Thread Features

An automated thread cutter and needle threader make it fast and easy to bring a seam to an end and start the next one with little time lapse in-between. The one-touch thread cutter trims both upper and lower threads while the automatic needle threader makes threading a cinch.

Automated Stitch Length & Width

Optimal settings for stitch length and width are automatically set, but they give you the option to override these settings to customize your sewing needs.

Electronic Auto Pilot and Speed Control

The Singer sewing machine provides complete control of sewing speed to prevent errors from occurring during difficult areas. Just unplug the foot control and press the START button to make the machine sew automatically. The operator still controls the speed by adjusting the SPEED LEVER.

Needle Up/Down Button

Change the position of the needle from down-to-up or up-to-down with a touch of a button when the machine is not sewing.

Extension Table

The Quantum stylist comes with an extension table to provide sewers with a larger working area that is needed for quilting or other large projects.

Large LCD

The back-lit screen comes with brightness control to provide clear and easy viewing of the stitch functions. Easy viewing of stitch length, stitch width, tension settings, recommended presser foot, the position of the needle up/down and a lot more options are readily available.

Dual StayBright™ LED Lights

The two lights provide optimal viewing of the work surface with long-lasting bulbs (100,000 hours) which are always cool to the touch.

Top Drop-In Bobbin
Singer 9960 bobbin

Unlike most sewing machines that have the bobbin in the top, the 9960 Quantum Stylist implements a top drop-in bobbin system that makes it easier and faster to replace the bobbin. A clear cover makes it easy to monitor the bobbin thread supply.

Mirror Imaging and Elongation Functions

Mirror imaging gives the sewer even more creative options by creating mirror images with just the touch of a button. There is also an elongation function that “stretches” stitches up to five times their length.

Needle Positions

The sewing machine boasts 25 different needle positions to accommodate a wide range of projects from zippers to applying decorative trim. There are also electronic twin needle settings that can be adjusted for twin needle sewing at the touch of a button.

7-Segment Feeding System

The specially-designed feeding system ensures the fabric is picked up and supported from the front of the presser foot to the rear for more accurate feeding without missed stitches or puckered material.

Box Feed

This function moves the feed dogs in a box motion instead of the traditional arc motion to assure perfect feeding throughout the entire sewing process. The box feed keeps the feed dogs in perfect and equal contact with the fabric and presser foot.

High Sewing Speed

The machine boasts a sewing speed of 850 stitches-per-minute for fast sewing and project completion.

Center ZigZag Taper

This feature allows the zigzag stitch to taper into the center and not to either side for more attractive appliqueing.

Automatic Locking Stitch Function

Push a button to tie-off decorative or utility stitches for more even stitching that is less likely to unravel.

Heavy Material Features

The Automatic Presser Foot Control automatically adjust the pressure on the fabric from the presser foot to accommodate a wide variety of fabric weights. When sewing heavy or multiple layers of fabric, Optimum Power Control senses the need for additional power to maintain the sewing speed.

Automatic Reverse

Reinforce the ends of the stitch by pushing the Automatic Reverse button.

Horizontal Threading

Provides more even feeding of the thread for a better quality stitch and less thread breakage.

Direct Button Stitch Selection

This feature offers direct access to eight of the most popular stitches for fast and easy selection.

Stitch Reference Chart

The chart is located on the upper lid of the machine for easy access to stitch selection for a variety of projects without the need for tedious screen searching.

Accessories
Singer 9960 accessories

Singer 9960 accessories

The 9960 Quantum Stylist comes with a wide assortment of accessories which makes it even more versatile for sewing a broad range of projects. The accessories include a multi-size needle set, a seam ripper, quilting bar, seam guide, screwdrivers, cleaning brush, and several spool caps. Although not designed to be portable, the Singer sewing machine also comes with a dust cover and transportation case to keep the machine clean during storage or when moving from location to location.

The Singer Quantum Stylist also comes with nineteen presser feet including: All-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot and Underplate, Open Toe Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch Foot, Darning & Freehand Embroidery Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Adjustable Bias Binder Foot, Single Welt Cording Foot, Braiding Foot with Guide, Clear Piping Foot, Stitch in the Ditch Foot, and Fancy Trim Foot.

Pros

Versatility and ease-of-use are two of the biggest reasons that this machine gets such high ratings. Whether sewers are looking for a machine for basic sewing, embroidery, quilting, monogramming, or other uses, the 9960 Quantum Stylist has the features that will make it easy to get the results they want.

The heavy metal construction of the sewing machine makes it one that will last for a lifetime. The flexibility for beginner to pro level sewing makes the Quantum Stylist a good choice for teaching the next generation of crafters.

Cons

Some buyers are disappointed by the lack of video tutorials for this machine. However, most find that the easy-to-use features really require no additional instruction.

Customer Reviews

Many of the customers who bought the Singer Quantum Stylist have owned previous sewing machines and find that this model has a lot more to offer than many of those with a higher price tag. The number of options they have for sewing new projects without the need to learn complicated programming has made this machine a favorite for many.

Price

Stores that sell the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist usually have it priced around $365 but buyers can find the best prices at Amazon.

Singer XL-550 Futura Sewing Machine Review

Singer XL-550 Futura

The Singer XL-550 Futura was designed for people who love to sew. The machine combines a large variety of sewing stitches with virtually unlimited embroidery designs and automated features to help users get the perfect results from any project they tackle. The features of the sewing machine allow sewers to craft fashion items, personalize them with monograms, quilt fabrics, and add decorative detailing to any project for professional looking results that are always unique.

Features

SwiftSmart Threading System

One of the biggest complaints buyers have when they purchase a new sewing machine is the difficulty in learning how to thread it. The SwiftSmart threading system and automatic needle threader save time and frustration by simplifying the entire threading process.

Variety of Built-In Sewing Stitches

The Futura comes with 215 built-in stitches so sewers can find the perfect stitch for every project.

Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes

The sewing machine comes with 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes built in. Both sides of the buttonholes are sewn in the same direction to create a smooth, uniform stitch. The machine also features and Endless Button Hole.

Multiple Built-In Embroidery Designs

With 125 built-in embroidery designs, there is nothing getting in the way of creativity! Automated features make creating monograms and details virtually error-proof.

Separate Bobbin Winding Motor

The capacity to wind a bobbin while sewing is a great time saver that lets users keep sewing instead of stopping to wind a new bobbin.

Singer XL-550 Futura

StayBright™ LED Lights

The Singer XL-400 has 6 StayBright™ LED lights to illuminate the entire sewing surface to make it easier to view stitches and prevent eye strain.

Speed Control

The speed can be easily adjusted on the front of the machine for better control over the precision of the stitches and the speed with which a project is completed.

Two Built-In Spool Pins

The machine features horizontal and vertical thread delivery for use during twin needle sewing, topstitching, and other types of specialty sewing.

Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System

Just drop the bobbin in and the automatic thread pick up does the rest. The bobbin is covered with a clear cover for monitoring of thread supply.

Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter

The presser foot has more room for sewing multiple layers and heavy fabrics such as quilts or craft projects.

Accessories

The Singer XL-400 comes with two accessory trays, a large 10” x 6” and small 4” x 4” embroidery hoops, and bonus software that allows users to turn their own artwork, clipart, and logos into embroidery designs. The software CD includes installation software, AutoPunch™, HyperFont™ and AutoPunch to convert fonts on the PC into embroidery and allow editing of existing designs. Additional embroidery designs can be downloaded at myembroideries.com.

Pros

The Singer Futura has a number of automated features to make all types of sewing faster and easier. Sewers can edit all designs using their computer screen. Designs can be combined, monogrammed, made in custom colors, rotated, flipped, repeated, or resized for virtually unlimited options in design. There is also a lettering program with 20 fonts which can be rotated and shaped using 30 lettering frames including arcs, waves, banners, and more. The sewing machine connects to a computer via USB cable for onscreen editing using the included Windows compatible software.

Cons

Some users find the machine difficult to use and the features hard to learn. Those who spend some time learning what the Futura has to offer find that the learning curve is worth the time investment to get great results.

Some buyers complain that they had difficulty accessing the built-in embroidery tutorials. The tutorials can be accessed by following these instructions:

> Open the software.

> Click on the Help tab at the top of the toolbar.

> Click on How-To Tutorial.

> Choose a category.

Customer Reviews

Many customers recommend becoming familiar with the features of the machine before sewing a real project. Most buyers felt they got a good value and absolutely loved the Singer machine once they became familiar with the features.

Price

Most stores that carry the Singer XL-400 have it priced at over $1,500 but buyers can find the best prices at Amazon.

Singer SE300 Legacy Sewing Machine Review

The Singer SE 300 Legacy is a stylish new sewing and embroidery machine that represents a new era in sewing machines. The new design includes a wide range of stitches and other features so that the sewer always has the choices they need to create the perfect project design. Ease of use and versatility combine to make the Singer Legacy a good choice for sewers who are branching out into embroidery for the first time as well as those who have various degrees of sewing and embroidery experience.

Singer SE300 Legacy

Features

Built-In Stitches

The Singer sewing machine boasts an impressive 250 built-in stitches that give sewers more choices for every type of projects they do. Of these, there are 10 OneTouch basic stitches, 8 basic stitches, and 7 stretch stitches that make it easy for beginners to learn and excel at their craft. The stitches also include 14 fully automatic buttonholes, 23 elongation stitches, 30 heirloom stitches, 18 satin stitches, and 22 quilting stitches for those with more experience who want to venture out into new, more creative areas of sewing.

High-Speed Sewing and Embroidery

Even the most advanced sewers can be brought to a halt with a sewing machine that doesn’t work quickly enough. The SE300 sews regular stitches at 800 stitches per minute and embroiders at 700 stitches per minute for fast efficient completion of every project.

Singer SE300 Legacy
LCD TouchScreen

Setting the machine to embroider or sew in the stitch of choice is fast and easy with the generous LCD touchscreen. This feature saves time by allowing you to go back and forth between stitch sizes or styles with by touching the screen.

Downloadable, Updatable Software

Complimentary software is available to add even more options to the creative stitch designs. The software can be easily updated online so the sewing machine continues to grow with the seamstress.

Extra-Large Embroidery Area

The generous 10-1/4” x 6” hoop allows more room for creating larger-than-average embroidery designs. There is also a 7-7/8” work area with a wider needle-to-tower area for easier maneuvering of larger projects.

Bobbin Winding while Embroidering

This feature prevents the user from stopping to rewind when the bobbin unexpectedly runs out of thread. The machine automatically takes care of the problem without the need to stop to rewind and then start over.

Simple Thread Features

The Singer Legacy is equipped with automated adjustable thread tension, a built-in needle threader, and thread cutter so that managing thread while sewing takes little more than a thought. There is also an upper thread sensor that signals when the thread is getting low.

Multiple Embroidery Designs

The Singer SE300 includes an impressive 200 embroidery designs and 6 alphabet options that allow the sewer to turn any project into a canvas for their artwork and add personalization.

Singer SE300 Legacy
Staybright™ LED Lights

View every stitch in perfect detail with the 3 LED light system to illuminate the entire project.

USB Stick Embroidery Design Transfer

The included USB stick allows users to save designs from their computer and transfer to the sewing machine. Save favorites for re-use later on.

Accessories

The Singer Legacy comes with a large 10-1/4” x 6” and small 4” x 4” snap-on embroidery hoops, ten snap-on presser feet including a buttonhole foot with underplate, a quilting bar, thread spool net, spool pin felt, thread spool caps, auxiliary spool pin, screwdrivers, lint brush, bobbins, needles, and USB embroidery stick.

Pros

The Singer Legacy is highly versatile as a sewing machine, embroidery machine, and for adding monograms. It is easy to operate and gives the buyer the option to add even more designs by downloading from online. The built-in stitches are marked on the top cover for easy selection.

Cons

Some buyers thought the initial set-up of the machine was a little confusing but those who referred to the included Instruction Manual found the answers they needed to get started.

Customer Reviews

The Singer SE 300 is fast and easy to use without the need for classes or instructional videos. Most buyers felt that the machine performed exceptionally well and that the Singer Legacy offers a good value for the price.

Price

Most places where the Singer Legacy is offered for sale have the machine priced between $1,200 and $1,600 but buyers can find the best prices at Amazon.

Singer 7258 Stylist Sewing Machine Review

Singer 7258 Stylist

The Singer 7258 Stylist comes with a host of features that makes it ideal for beginners and intermediate sewers who enjoy fashion sewing, quilting, home sewing, and more. The machine has been the winner of the Consumers Digest Award twice based on characteristics including performance, ease of use, and more. The Singer Stylist has a number of automated features that make it easy to sew with perfect tension and stitches for every type of project.

Features

100 Built-In Stitches

The Stylist has an impressive 100 built-in stitches to use for a variety of sewing projects. There are 9 basic stitches and 8 stretch stitches for sewing woven and stretch fabrics. The machine includes 6 1-step buttonholes for the perfect finish to any fashion sewing. Use the push-button stitch selection to choose the right stitch and get the optimum settings for length, width, and tension automatically. The variety of stitches and automated features allow sewers to create a variety of projects including fashions for the entire family, quilting, crafts, decorative or heirloom sewing.

Staybright™ LED Light

The LED technology behind the Staybright light offers excellent viewing in any setting.

Automatic Tension

Even a minor mistake in the tension setting can lead to tangled thread or skipped stitches. The automatic tension resolves any tensions for the sewer so stitch quality is achieved and maintained from one sewing project to the next.

Top Loading Bobbin System

The bobbin system implements a magnetic vertical axis rotating hook that operates quietly and resists thread jams. The clear bobbin cover allows monitoring of the bobbin thread to prevent running out mid-seam.

Automated Bobbin Features

The automatic bobbin winding clutch needle bar automatically disengages to prevent the needle from moving for improved safety when winding the bobbin. The bobbin winder stop automatically stops turning once the bobbin is filled.

Automatic Locking Straight Stitch Function

The push of a button allows the seamstress to tie-off each end of a straight stitch to reinforce stitching and keep it from unraveling. There is also a tacking stitch feature for auto-tying decorative stitches at the end of a stitch sequence.

Adjustable Width Stitching

Most stitches can be adjusted up to 6mm in width to create more attractive satin and decorative stitches. Give applique a bolder, more pronounced edge.

6-Second Threading

Threading the machine is no longer the biggest challenge to sewing! Thread the Singer Stylist in just 6 seconds by following the arrow diagrams and get started sewing in no time.

Automatic Needle Threader

The automatic needle threader is sewing’s biggest timesaver!

Audible Tone

The audible tone ensures sewers always have the right settings for the project. If they don’t, the machine sounds an audible tone to let them know they need to make an adjustment.

Twin Needle Capability

Using a twin needle is easy on the Singer 7258. Adjust selected stitches by reducing the stitch width. The machine also has 13 needle positions that can be changed for different projects such as inserting zippers or topstitching. When using the center zigzag stitch to taper, the stitch tapers to the center for a more attractive appearance when tapering into or out of a point.

Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter

Choose from two presser foot heights for sewing fabrics of normal thickness or those that are bulkier or have multiple layers like a quilt.

6-Segment Feeding System

The specially designed feed dog efficiently picks up the fabric and provides it with support from the time it enters the front of the presser foot until it leaves the rear. This provides more accurate feeding of the fabric for a better quality of stitching.

Accessories

The machine comes with ten snap-on presser feet, including all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, blind hem, satin stitch, overcasting, darning and embroidery, gathering, rolled hem, and quarter inch foot for quilting. Also included are a pack of needles, bobbins, thread spool caps, spool pin felt, auxiliary spool pin, darning plate, seam ripper, lint brush, needle plate screwdriver, soft-sided dust cover, 69-inch power cord, foot pedal, instruction manual, and a machine intro DVD. On-board storage keeps accessories close where they are always handy when needed.

Pros

The Singer 7258 is a versatile machine that has a number of automated features that make it user-friendly. The programmable needle up/down makes quilting and applique easier while the start/stop button & speed control put the sewing speed of up to 750 stitches-per-minute into the sewers hands. The automatic reverse button lets them transition to sewing in reverse quickly and easily.

The amount of pressure on the presser foot is automatically determined by the machine, along with the right stitch length and width. The machine even features optimum power control that compensates with more power when the job is more challenging. All of these features are packed into a machine with a rigid internal aluminum skeleton that holds all of the mechanisms in perfect alignment.

Cons

Some buyers have had problems with the bobbin winding features and with thread jamming in the bobbin. Those who took the time to watch the companion DVD included with the sewing machine before operating found that the features were easy to use and had no problems with these issues. As with any sewing machine, learning how the features work is the only way to get the best performance.

Customer Reviews

The majority of consumers who purchased the Singer Stylist felt that it was a great value and that it includes many of the same features in high-end machines that cost much more. The machine has all the basics and is easy enough to use for a beginner while offering the features that make more advanced sewing easier as well. The criteria used on which the machine was given the Consumers Digest award included: Performances, features, warranty, ease of use, quality of construction, efficiency, styling, and maintenance and service requirements.

Price

The Singer 7258 Stylist sewing machine usually sells for about $160, but buyers can find the best prices at Amazon.

Singer EM200 Superb Embroidery Machine Review

Singer EM200 Superb Embroidery Machine

The Singer EM200 Superb is a dedicated embroidery machine that features a sleek new design inspired by iconic machines from the Singer brand. The embroidery machine includes a lot of features that make it easier to maneuver the hoops and the fabric while also providing exceptional visibility. The versatility of this machine and the user-friendly functions make it ideal for personal use or for home-based embroidery businesses.

Pros

Users like the extra-large embroidery area that gives them the room they need to create larger designs. Many of the automated features, like the thread sensor, thread cutter, and automatic thread tension make it easier to focus on the project at hand without worrying about the small details.

Cons

We found that the machine takes some trial-and-error to get the right combination of fabrics, needles, etc to get the best quality stitching. Although the numerous features and options can make it difficult for beginners, they make it the ideal choice for more advanced sewers who want to get professional quality results. We found that if followed the instructions in the guide found that it was fairly easy to resolve most of our issues.

Customer Reviews

Many customers who bought the EM200 Superb feel that the large embroidery area makes this machine a great value in comparison to more expensive machines with the same feature. Most agree that there is a learning curve for the machine but that it can be used efficiently when buyers take the time to learn about the operation in the manual. The touchscreen display, snap-on embroidery hoops, and easy design transfer using the provided USB stick are just some of the features that get this machine high ratings.

Even those users who give the EM200 the best reviews agree that the machine was not designed with the beginner in mind. Many suggest that the company make more video tutorials to make the machine easier to use. Buyers can find an assortment of YouTube tutorials here.

The EM200 comes with two embroidery hoops including the large 10-1/4” x 6” and the small 4” x 4” hoops for more versatility in embroidery options. The machine includes 200 built-in embroidery designs and six alphabet options and complimentary software can be downloaded to enhance creativity by providing even more embroidery options and ideas. The software is also updateable so that sewers can enhance the machine’s capabilities as technology continues to grow.

Price

The list price for the Singer embroidery machine is $1,400 but buyers can find the best prices at Amazon.

Singer EM200 Superb Features

Endless Design Options

The 200 built-in designs and 6 alphabet options make the EM200 an endless resource for embroidery and monogram designs.

LCD Touch Screen

The generous LCD touch screen makes it easy to select embroidery settings.

USB Stick Embroidery Design Transfer

Use the included memory stick to store and transfer designs from your computer to your machine.

Speedy Stitching

The Singer EM200 Superb features a 700 stitch-per-minute speed that means projects get finished faster.

Automatic Needle Threader

You never have to waste time trying to thread the needle again.

Automatic Thread Tension

Automatically balances stitches for more even sewing.

Thread Cutter

Just touch a button to cut the top and bottom thread.

Bobbin Winding During Embroidery

You don’t have to stop your project and then start over when the bobbin runs out. The machine winds the bobbin at the same time it embroiders.

Start/Stop Button

Lets you operate the machine without using the foot pedal.

Upper Thread Sensor

Signals you before the thread runs out.

Accessories

Other accessories include an embroidery foot, spool pin felt, needle plate screwdriver, thread spool net, screwdriver, seam ripper, thread spool caps, lint brush, auxiliary spool pin, USB embroidery stick, bobbins, and needles.