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Sewing machines have come a long way since your grandma’s time. They’ve got computers in them now. Navigating the modern-day sewing machine market can be dizzying.
Luckily, Singer is still at it after 150+ years. They’re a great place to start.
This article will take you through some of the best Singer sewing machines on the market. Beginners and seasoned experts alike will surely come away with at least a thimble’s worth of wisdom!
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Best machine for all-around use
Our Rating: 4.7 / 5
The Singer 1304 is as effective as it is cute. The price point and simplicity of the 1304 make it the perfect choice for anyone just starting out—or those who aren’t constantly ripping through 18oz denim.
What you see is more or less what you get with this machine. You’ve got six simple stitches to choose from, all laid out neatly on a big dial. No confusion here.
The 1304 has some very easy-to-follow threading diagrams printed right onto the body of the sewing machine. The diagrams are straightfoward and help get the job done in seconds.
Three included feet give you some options. You’ve got a normal all-purpose foot, a buttonhole foot, and a zipper foot. The buttonhole foot allows you to sew buttonholes in just four steps; the zipper foot’s for adding zippers, piping, cording, and so on.
This Singer sewing machine also includes an automatic bobbin winding system, reverse, and adjustable tension settings. You know, the sort of staples that Singer has had for the past few decades. While we probably expect it at this point, they’re still great features to have.
The 1304 is very much a barebones machine. It certainly possesses the least features out of all the machines on this list. If you’re trying to do fancy embroidering or heavy duty quilting, it might be a good idea to try a different model. But damn if this thing ain’t cute, and cheap to boot!
Best machine for industrial use
Our Rating: 4.8 / 5
Onto our first serger. Sergers differ from traditional sewing machines in a couple of key ways. They’re the heavyweights of the sewing world, and made for heavy-duty applications. Think quilting and high volume industrial sewing.
Let’s start with the SPM. Our editor’s choice, the 7258, boasts a respectable SPM of about 650—the Singer Professional 5 14T968DC doubles that without even trying. That should be enough to tell you that this machine is not to be trifled with.
Sergers not only sew, but also can cut cloth which makes them perfect for quilting. This particular machine is endowed an adjustable cutting width.
But let’s talk about the sewing:
The “Pro 5” is named that way for a reason. It can hold five bobbins at a time, allowing you to use any of five different types of thread while working, without having to constantly change out bobbins. The self-adjusting tensioning system gives you extra control of the many stitches available with this machine.
Make sure to read through the manual. These things can be tricky even for veterans. The manual is extremely helpful for setting up and using this Singer serger. That being said, threading this beast may still prove to be a challenge.
This is our premium pick because it’s a premium machine and not a toy. Not the best starting place for beginners, who may just end up frustrated: the pricetag reflects this as well.
Best machine for long term heavy duty use
Our Rating: 4.6 / 5
The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 is the grandfather of the 1304 mentioned earlier. Basically, this thing just oozes quality and a mature sort of sensibility.
A machine of stature, it’s easy to see the Singer 4423 was constructed with care; look no further than the stainless steel bedplate and robust metal frame. It’s a bit of a beast, but a beast with poise—the automatic needle threader will save you possibly hours of trying to thread the needle yourself.
An SPM of 1,100 means that this machine can handle most jobs. Leather and denim are nothing to worry about. However, unlike the previous machine, you’ll have to remember to manually adjust the tension depending on your material and stitch.
As far as stitches go, the 4423 sports about a dozen types of stitches. This of course pales in comparison to the 100-stitch computerized sewing machine. But what the 4423 gives up in stitching possibility, it delivers simplicity and hardiness.
Heavy duty can mean a lot of things. In this case it means durable, but also means loud. This machine roars. Also to nitpick just a bit: the sleeve arm is a bit thick, and will not accommodate some sleeves.
Simplicity is often the best policy: you don’t necessarily need a computerized machine with drop-in bobbin and 395 functions. We recommend the 4423 if you know your way around a sewing machine, and are looking for something simple but a step up from the 1304.
Best machine for computerized sewing
Our Rating: 4.6 / 5
Next up we’ve got the best computerized sewing machine. This singer sewing machine is actually a step up from the 7258 from earlier. It has more features, more stitches, and more complexity than the 7258. If the 7258 blended modernity with tradition, then the 9960 lies wholly in the realm of the modern.
Let’s start with SPM. It’s got a solid 850, which tells you right off the bat that the machine packs a bit of a punch. Sure it doesn’t rival the best Professional 5, but definitely isn’t as puny as the 350 SPM Singer 1304.
Not to mention:
The 9960 has 600 built-in stitches. This is a machine that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the sewing world. Included are five alphanumeric fonts for embroidery/decorative stitches, and a whopping 13 built-in 1-step buttonholes.
The most high-tech sewing machines Singer has to offer, the 9960 of course offers electronic twin needle sewing and an easy-to-read menu. Like all Singer sewing machines, this one has a durable metal frame, and speed control.
As far as accessories go, this sewing machine stands out in the realm of Singer sewing machines. It comes with a variety of presser feet for many different applications. They include zipper feet, button feet, blind hem feet, open toe feet, and many others.
You may be thinking this is the best Singer sewing machine yet. You’d be almost right. What it offers in fancy features, it can lack in basic functionality. First, this machine can jam without warning or explanation. There’s a common issue with the bobbin casing breaking, and repairs can be expensive since there’s a computer inside. The computer itself simply introduces a whole level of complexity into the sewing machine—Singer should be proud of their innovations, but not neglect things as important as bobbins.
At it’s best, this Singer sewing machine has a lot of functionality and can complete projects with speed. The technological feats of this sewing machine alone are a marvel. But, it does have some issues with jamming, longevity, and repairs.
Best machine for all-around use
Our Rating: 4.9 / 5
First up and the editor’s choice on this list: the Singer 7258. This is a computerized sewing machine that can handle just about anything you throw at it. Perfect for beginners or more seasoned sewing veterans, this is a machine that will please the whole crowd.
SPM (stitches per minute) can be a good starting point when looking at a sewing machine. This Singer has got a range of 650-700 SPM—right in the middle of the range on this list. Lower SPM machines have smaller motors, and going slower in sewing generally helps avoid mistakes.
Unlike what you may be used to, this is a “computerized” sewing machine, as opposed to electronic or mechanical. Whereas most sewing machines that you may be used to only have a handful of stitch options, with the 7258 you have access to 100 different stitches.
Here’s what that means:
The beginner and advanced user alike will find value in this machine. Whether you’re hemming a dress or making a dress, the model 7258 will have something to offer.
Viewing and navigating the menu is made easy by the large LCD screen. A shining example of “old meets new”, this Singer’s heavy duty metal frame ensures it will last just as long as your grandma’s sewing machine.
The slickest feature on this futuristic machine?
It’s got a built-in needle threader. Say goodbye to the days of squinting at a microscopic hole, licking the thread, and trying to send it through. The machine will take care of that for you.
With modern technology come modern problems. Error codes, glitchy screens, etc. aren’t the best to deal with. If computer problems drive you up the wall, and you don’t really do complex sewing anyway, then it’s okay to look elsewhere!
All in all, the balance of old and new makes this a tool for both the skilled user and the hobbyist. This combined with the price tag makes the Singer 7258 a true all-rounder. But, some may find it too soon to be mixing computers with sewing machines.
Best machine for portable serging
Our Rating: 4.2 / 5
Another serger bursts onto the scene, in full shining glory. The Singer 14CG754 (or just “Singer 14C”) could be thought of as the younger brother to the Singer Professional 5.
The 14C brings a full four thread capability giving you the versatility of a serger, but with less bulkiness than the Pro 5. Switch between thread types and projects in a flash.
We love that this machine comes threaded straight out of the box so you don’t have to be frustrated up front. Threading sergers can be a pain in the butt for even the most experienced users.
Tensioning this serger is made bearable with the included booklet item. A full 1,300 SPM with speed control means that this Singer sewing machine is ready for whatever projects you can throw at it.
We love that this serger is lightweight with a handle for easy transport. Also, the optional free arm attachment item lets you easily sew sleeves and cuffs. Not only that, it’s a cinch to switch to the rolled hem sewing mode, which boasts four built-in rolled hems.
The 14C could really do with an easy access chamber to view the threading process. When you’re out of the thread that Singer gives you right off the bat, this thing can be hell to thread!
The Singer 14CG754’s main selling point over the Professional 5 is probably it’s portability or price point. The 14C does a lot of things very well, but for the most part the Pro 5 just does them better.
We’ve put together a short buyer’s guide to make your choice easier. First…
Before buying a sewing machine, you’ll need to assess two key things:
Not every sewing machine is going to be able to handle 6 hours of use a day, every day. If you’ve got experienced, nimble fingers, you’ll probably want something fast. Needs will also vary depending on if you’re hemming dresses vs doing heavy quilting. Ask yourself these questions:
Then we move on to…
Once you’ve outlined the questions above, you’ll need to actually choose a machine. We recommend looking loosely at the following categories:
Machine types can be broken down into the categories above. We won’t mention mechanical sewing machines here. Electronic sewing machines are the most basic, while computerized machines often come with a wide variety of stitch settings. Sergers are more powerful machines geared towards heavy use.
Sewing speed determines how fast you can sew. Lower is okay if you work slower, higher is good for those who want to zip through one item and get on to the next.
Sewing machines come with different numbers of stitches or stitch settings. All have different uses for different purposes. Basic needs require less stitches, and complex needs will often require more types of stitch.
Many sewing machines also come with accessories which can be useful. Lastly, price will of course be a factor in any consumer decision.
So what’s the best Singer sewing machine out there?
There are many.
But for us, the Singer 7258 100-stitch computerized sewing machine takes the cake. It’s got the perfect blend of modernity and tradition.
A beginner could pick this thing up, learn to sew on it, and then unlock possibilities for the next 40 years. Although, every machine on this list has something to offer.