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The Best Singer Sewing Machine Models

Updated on February 14, 2013

Thinking of a Singer?

What are the best Singer sewing machine models? Here you'll find a list of the top ones being sold, with comments about the benefits and possible drawbacks for each one.

Since what is best for someone else may not be best for you, there is also a checklist of factors you may want to consider. People generally keep their sewing machines for ten years or more, so it's worth thinking about what you might want in that time frame.

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How I Did Research

As a librarian, I love digging into facts and opinions around the internet. I went to a variety of sewing sites and I read reviews on the different models. I used the top rated rankings for Singer sewing machines at Amazon as the basis for my list here. My added comments come from things I read all over the web.

Why is this page only about Singers? The word Singer has been practically synonymous with sewing machines for over a century. Now Singer sewing machines account for about 43 percent of U.S. sales. Brother has about a 29% market share, and other machines such as Janome and Viking have smaller shares. So for this page, I chose to simply focus on the best-loved brand. But the magic word "Singer" had to be backed up by favorable reviews!

So here you will find the best 5 Singer sewing machine models, each one with some comments. Further down there is a list of the next five. Clicking on the images or the blue text will take you to the Amazon page for that item.

By the way, sometimes the prices that show up on the data feed this page uses are a bit more or a bit less than what you will see when you click through to Amazon, probably due to how the data feed works. I include them, though, to at least give you a ballpark idea.

[1] SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

This is the machine I would buy for myself if I were getting a new machine. It's both the best selling AND the top rated sewing machine of all the sewing machines that Amazon sells. With dozens of reviews, it has close to a pure 5 star rating. Click through to see why.

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Portable Sewing Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Portable Sewing Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover

Easy drop-in bobbin.

You can thread needles automatically.

With 600 stitches buit in and the ability to modify those stitches, there is plenty of choice for practical and artistic both.

Time-saving automatic thread cutter.

Speed control.

Do note that this machine is designed to be used only with US and Canadian 110 volt power.

 

The Singer 9960 on YouTube - Click on one of the images below the video to watch another.

[2] SINGER 7258 Stylist 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

This machine is near the top of Amazon's two lists, best sellers and highest customer ratings. Costing about half the price of the Singer 9960 described above, it seems to be a very satisfying mid-range machine.

People are happy with how smoothly it sews, the detailed manual, the number of presser feet it comes with, and more. It's quiet too.

A few people had trouble with it sewing on heavy fabrics. If you will be doing a lot of that, also consider the #5 machine, further down this page. But other people didn't have that problem. Different sewing styles, I would guess. I always sew slowly when going through thick fabric.

SINGER 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Instructional DVD and More
SINGER 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Instructional DVD and More

It has 100 stitches, which automatically get set to the ideal width and length, but you can adjust them. Easy to set them via a push button.

Automatic threader for the needle.

Weight is 14-3/4 pounds

Dimensions 15 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches

Warranty is 25-year.

Do note that this 110 volt machine is only meant to be used in the United States and Canada.

 

[3] SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

A bit heavier than the one just above, this one does have fewer stitches but also has a good list of features. People really like it! I did not see an add-on table to wrap around it, so if you plan a lot of quilting, look elsewhere.

SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader
SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader

Thread your needle automatically. Saves time!

The 70 stitches are automatically set to the recommended length and width when you choose them.

Easy buttonholes in several styles.

Easy drop-in bobbin

110 volt sewing machine, for use in the United States and Canada. Due to the computerized nature of the machine, the power needs to be exact.

 

[4] SINGER 3323S Talent 23-Stitch Sewing Machine

At 13 pounds, this basic machine would be a good one for people going off to college, taking their machine to sewing classes, or doing their sewing on the kitchen table.

It's mechanical rather than computerized, which may make it exceptionally sturdy over time.

[5] SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

There are some good tips for how to get the best out of this machine in the most popular reviews. One thing I sometimes forget is to be sure to use a heavy duty and quite new needle with thick projects, as needles do wear out.

SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate
SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate

Heavy duty metal frame while only weighing 14 pounds.

Sews faster than a regular sewing machine.

60% stronger motor than typical sewing machines.

 

Five Factors to Consider in Choosing any Sewing Machine - Singer, Brother, Janome, or Whatever...

  1. Price. How much you can afford is partly a reflection of how much you realistically expect to use the machine.
  2. Ease of use in general. How easy is it to thread and to put the thread in the bobbin? Does it come with a good light? If running a machine with a foot pedal is hard for you, does it come with a button or other way to run it? The questions you will ask here will depend on your own sewing location and your sewing style.
  3. What do other people like and dislike about it? Skimming through the Amazon reviews can tell you a lot.
  4. Does it have the features you want for embroidery or quilting?
  5. How does it do with a thick layer of fabric? With whatever fabrics you are most likely to be using?

The Next Five Most Highly Rated Singer Sewing Machines

Singer Shows Where You Can Find the Model Number on Your Singer Sewing Machine - With a Link to Where You Can Get a Product Manual

This is very handy if you have an older Singer model and want to keep going with it.

A Fascinating Site on the Early History of Singer Sewing Machines

Alex Askaroff, who worked in the sewing industry for many years, has written extensively on Singer sewing machines and lavishiy illustrated the pages with vintage photos of women using the various models that came out. None of this is really pertinent to choosing the best Singer sewing machine model now for you, but it is an interesting diversion.

I'm just linking to one page but from it you can get to all sorts of other subjects, like the wild life of Isaac Singer (he liked women), the fabulous wealth his sewing machines brought him and his large family, the great Singer sewing machine 201 made from 1939 to 1963, and more. Askaroff is a very good writer.

By the way, the Singer company itself has gone through many changes and is now a division of a company called SVP Worldwide. SVP stands for Singer, Viking, and Pfaff, as the company now owns all three of these renowned sewing machine lines.

Please note that if you click through to Amazon.com from here and if you buy something, Squidoo and I may share a commission, at no cost to you. Clicking on some of the other links might also yield me some commission. I appreciate the income, as it enables me to spend time doing writing like this.

Look for a Singer 9960 Sewing Machine on eBay - But Beware, They May Cost More than Ones at Amazon.

This is an automated feed set to show anything that says "singer 9960." As I set this up, I noticed that 4 of the 5 listings were more expensive than getting the machine from Amazon.

I set this feed up because the 9960 is the one I like the most and is considered to be currently the best Singer sewing machine model.

Have You Ever Sewn with a Singer? - Do You Now?

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: Cool that it was used so long!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I think I used my grandmother, which had been my great-grandmother's and was bought in 1902 or 1912 (got to ask my mother) and was regularly used until about 1995 at least with only one custom made replacement in the 1970s. they don't quite make them so well anymore!

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @Charlino99: Seems that there are a lot of folks who knew those old treadles!

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      The very first sewing machine I ever saw - and my Mother used - was a Singer Treadle Sewing Machine that my grandmother had. It was the kind that required only the power of your foot to operate. Truly energy efficient, and very functional. Loved that machine.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @chas65: I was surprised, as I web-surfed, by how many people own several machines.

      Guess it makes sense! Let's see, now how many computers do I have? Four, unless there is another one I've forgotten.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Still think the old featherweights are wonderful, but the new ones can do so many different things.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @writerkath: Pedal machines, and ones with a knob you turn, are still in use in more "undeveloped" parts of the world.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Oh yes! I learned to sew on my Grandmother's manual pedal sewing machine. I loved that thing! :) Similar to the one in your intro photo - but very plain.