Singer Sewing Machines
When I was a young girl, I used to be so impressed with how my mom stitched my first party dress. The mechanical clanking and the needle going up and down on the Singer sewing machine she used just enticed me. The red logo was rather striking on that whitewash machine. I kept on seeing the same brand over and over again every time I visited relatives or went for a sleepover at a friends place. By the time I was 16, my mom gave me her old sewing machine and she picked up a new one.
In 2011, I wanted to get myself a new Singer sewing machine and frankly I was disappointed. The products from this once stellar brand seemed cheap and plasticky. But after a series of complaints and a severe drop in sales, Singer opted to remodel and improve its products. Ever since, Singer has been reclaiming its previous glory.
Singer Sewing Machine Reviews
Singer Fashion Mate Stylist
With a 100 programmed stitches, the Stylist has everything you need to let your creativity run wild. This multi-functional Singer sewing machine does it all. Bed sheets, quilts or even party dresses can be sewn using the Stylist. I for one don’t really like the idea of only having presets on a sewing machine. This not only limits my creativity, it means that at a certain point I’ll grow bored of the machine.
Thankfully, the Stylist took the word stylist to a whole new high. I was not only able to fiddle with the width of the stitches, I could actually control the length of each individual stitch too. This is not one of your conventional mechanical sewing machine so depending on your experiences with sewing machines, you may have to fiddle with the machine till you’re used to it. So beginners out there, if you’re looking for a sewing machine where you can just start sewing right off the back, the Stylist probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
There was one annoying flaw about this Singer sewing machine. It gets jammed once in a while. So if you’re intending to use the Stylist in the long run, be prepared to make occasional maintenance and thorough checks so the machine will be your companion for a long long time. Get more information here.
If you’re just starting out or don’t really have that much experience with sewing machines, the Curvy is the way to go. This Singer sewing machine has 30 built-in stitches which may be the reason why it’s so sought after by consumers everywhere. You don’t really need much skill or experience to use this sewing machine. I found it was easy to sew using this machine. There was one minor inconvenience. This sewing machine didn’t have a “drop & sew” bobbin so reloading the bobbin was a hassle.
Overall, this sturdy metal framed sewing machine is one that is built to last. Not only was sewing relatively simple using this sewing machine, thanks to the various built in stitches, I could explore and let my creativity loose whenever I was working on a project. Get more information here.
Once my friend who was a tailor asked me to recommend her a sewing machine that was durable and sturdy enough to be used at her shop I immediately told her about the Singer 4423 sewing machine that I tested some time back.
I used the Singer 4423 for a couple of my daughters dresses and some random patch work.
Truthfully, I was impressed with the precision and accuracy this sewing machine gave me. It didn’t matter if I was using a small piece of fabric or a large sheet of cloth, using the customizable settings and the adjustable three point needle sewing was a breeze. To speed up the sewing process even more, there was even an automatic needle threader and a top drop-in bobbin built into this heavy duty sewing machine.
Working with various materials of different hardness and starchiness isn’t a problem using this Singer sewing machine. As the tension of the thread is adjustable and thanks to the automated presser foot, I know exactly where my stitches would be which is why all my stitches are flawless. All the Singer 4423 sewing machine’s capability makes it a joy to be used by amateurs at homes or professional seamstress at work. Get more information here.
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The Singer 7442 fixes all your wardrobe malfunctions and so much more. Every home needs at least one sewing machine. That would be the only practical thing to do. Accidents can occur anytime, imagine if you found a rip in your favorite party dress just before you were going to a party and didn’t have any time to go to the tailors. The simplest thing to do would be to mend it yourself.
The Singer 7442 can be used on all type of fabrics. Its gentle enough to handle silk or polyester and can be forceful enough to handle stubborn fabrics like denim and thick velvet.
Being priced around the $150 range, the Singer 7442 is a moderately priced sewing machine that has tonnes of features to offer despite of its relatively low price tag. The Singer 7442 is a hardy sewing machine. It’s not the lightest sewing machine I’ve used but it was one that was deserving of some recognition.
The threading and the bobbin systems were amazing. There was an automatic tension adjusting system on the machine. This made the Singer 7442 a lot easier to use on fabrics that had different thickness. The automatic needle threader also ensured I didn’t go cockeyed. It was a breeze threading and preparing the sewing machine it took no time at all and when in a blink I was ready to start sewing whatever I wanted.
The sewing machine is sturdy but this means the weight of the components makes the machine weigh even more than other sewing machines in around its price range. So if you’re looking for something portable and a sewing machine that you can move around a lot I wouldn’t recommend this machine.
The Singer 7442 is a lot of things but perfect isn’t one of them. The sewing machine does have its share of shortcomings. There isn’t a drop and sew bobbin feature which means I’d have to pull a little of the thread and use the bobbin case, each time I change the bobbin with is an even more tedious task.
Another thing that bothers me is the needle that doesn’t end in the down position at all, and I couldn’t get it to, even if I tried. This means I couldn’t turn the fabric around mid-stitch as easily as I wanted.
For just $150, this sewing machine has much to offer the common user. For simple stuff such as minor stitch work, patch jobs and even the hemming of jeans, the Singer 7442 does a splendid job. If you like to sew dresses or crafty cushion covers, you won’t be disappointed with this sewing machine as well.
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For a beginner, it’s best to get a grasp on basic sewing skills and techniques before moving into more complex stitch work like embroidering and quilting. Out of all the sewing machines I’ve tested out thus far, I’d honestly say the Singer 7470 Confidence is the best sewing machine for a beginner. It does not have a hefty price tag nor is it an overly complex computerized sewing machine. The Singer 7470 Confidence is a joy to use and portable enough to be carried around everywhere.
The Singer 7470 Confidence is super easy to use. In no time you’ll be able to master the art of sewing if you using this machine.
The thing I hated the most when I just started out sewing was adjusting the tension of each thread to suit whatever fabric I was using. It took me awhile to get the hang of it but it was a gruelling process. So there is a little way to cheat your way out of having to go through this.
Sleek Auto Tension Feature
Most sewing machines these days come with auto tension. This means you’d not even have to tweak or adjust the tension by tugging on the thread and turning the tension dials whenever you switch fabrics. Amazingly, this sewing machine with auto tension adaptively adjusts the tension of the thread to match the fabric thickness.
Speed Up Sewing With A Drop-in Bobbin
The drop in bobbin was a neat addition too. Compared to a front loading bobbin, the drop in bobbin saved me much more time. Rethreading was done in under 60 seconds. What more could a new user ask for.
Graphic Manual and Easy Instruction
Singer also made a brilliant move including pictures in the manuals to help new users. There are visuals printed out so newbies wouldn’t have any trouble at all understanding how to use the Singer 7470 Confidence. There is even a section at the back of the booklet that explains key terminology from the sewing world.
I tried to ask my 12 year old daughter if she understood the booklet and she was spot on. So I’m sure almost anyone would be able to use this machine from reading the instructions alone.
A Little Bit Of Weight Never Hurt Anyone
The main misconception many newbies make is that heavy sewing machines are an inconvenience. I on the other hand am here to tell you that the heavier the better. The Singer 7470 is a portable sewing machine but it is slightly on the heavy side of sewing machines. It does take some energy to carry around but it performs well. Heavier machines out perform lighter machines in my book.
Near Silent Operation
I hate how light machines click and clatter when I use them. Thankfully, I don’t have this problem when I use heavier sewing machines like the Singer 7470. The other benefit is heavier sewing machines do perform better on heavier thicker fabrics. There is more force to push the needle through these fabrics thanks to the heavy parts within the machine.
Absurd Reverse Stitching Setting
The Singer 7470 isn’t a perfect package. It does have some drawbacks. Aside from not being a computerized sewing machine, the reverse stitch settings were terrible. Who would ever want a sewing machine with a setting that requires you to keep your finger on a button until you’ve finished reverse stitching ? Well, you’d have to keep this in mind if you plan to purchase the Singer 7470 because it does just that.
Aside from that small flaw, I really do feel that the Singer 7470 is indeed a very well built sewing machine. Even though the Singer 7470 was not designed for quilting and embroidery, you could still use the LCD display to select one of the few of the built-in stitches to try out quilting and embroidery if you’d like.
So for a beginner in the sewing world this is a versatile beginner sewing machine that you could use to test out most of the different types of sewing and stitches before moving on to a more complexed or advanced sewing machine.
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