If you are on the hunt for a new sewing machine it can be a long, overwhelming, and at times frustrating process. One that I know for too well. In this review of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine I am going to give you all the information I can to help you decide if the Singer 9960 is the right machine for you, to make your sewing machine buying experience much easier and stress-free. Throughout this review I will go over every aspect of the Singer 9960. There will be some things I like, some I don’t and some that you may not be able to sew without. For those who are completely new to sewing, below I have also added little background on the Singer sewing machine company too.
Singer Sewing Machines: A Background
The Singer company was founded in 1851 and since it was founded it has been synonymous with sewing. The year it was founded is the same year that it’s founder, Isaac Singer, got a patent for the first practical sewing machine. This was what marked the beginning of the company and the company has continued to make many more firsts in the sewing industry. This creative and innovative company has celebrated in being the first to have a zig-zag machine, the first electronic sewing machine, and the first ever sewing assistant app for mobile devices, and that’s not even all of the firsts that this company has seen. They are involved in everything in the industry, from helping fashionistas, to those in home decor, along with embroidery lovers and quilting enthusiasts.The Singer company is dedicated to helping those that love to express themselves through their craft. Because of this they have come to be a very respected brand that delights in inspiring sewers of all levels to pursue their sewing passions.
Singer Sewing Machine Review
The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Review
Finding all of the important information regarding your sewing machine options can be somewhat of a challenge, this review will walk through all of the ups and downs that can be found when you get a Singer 9960 sewing machine.
One of the first things that will catch your attention when it comes to this model is the big variety and number of sewing stitches it has. You also get over 600 built-in patterns for you to choose from. They include stitches, buttonholes, decorative stitches, and fonts.
- Dimensions: 15.5 x 6.2 x 12 inches
- Weight: 14.5 pounds
- Needle Positions: 3
- Machine Type: Heavy Duty Mechanical Machine
- Stitch width/Stitch Length: 6mm/Adjustable
- Presser Foot Lifter and Pressure Control: Yes
- Automatic Reverse Stitches: Yes
- Automatic Needle Threader: Yes
- Light Included: Yes
- Buttonhole Type: Four Step Automatic Buttonholes
- Built in stitches: 11
- Warranty: 25 years
My Favourite Features of The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
- Automatic Thread Tension: The machine has automatic thread tension that is easily adjustable and can be reset to default settings with the push of a button. This is great when you want to reset the machine or need to do a quick readjustment for your project.
- Built-in Carry Handle: The machine has a built-in carry handle for easy transportation and movement. It’s great for when you need to move the machine out of the way or when you need to take it with you on a trip or to a sewing meet/event.
- Top Drop-in Bobbin System: There is an easy to load top drop-in bobbin system in this machine that makes inserting bobbins a breeze. The bobbin loads from the top and the clear cover make monitoring your supply of thread on the bobbin easy and simple. It also makes checking your thread supply easy.
- Extension Table: The Singer 9960 sewing machine also comes with an extension table that comes in handy. The extension table can provide you with a larger work space for your bigger projects such as quilts and blankets. It makes working on bigger crafts and projects a lot less stressful.
Built-in Buttonhole Styles: This model comes with 13 built-in buttonhole styles that are perfectly sized. The buttonhole styles are one-step and provide reliable and consistent results. Simple place your button in the buttonhole foot and the machine will perfectly sew a buttonhole that is the exact size needed for your button. This is especially great for anyone that enjoys making clothes, such as baby clothes with their tiny buttons, or costumes that require them.
Ease of Use
Sewing with the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 is a breeze. When you use the automatic controls, push-button operations for things such as your thread cutting, and speed controls, sewing couldn’t get much easier. Singer knew what they were doing when they put this machine together. At the heart of their design was the end user, all of the buttons and functions are placed in an easily accessible place when sewing and the machine even has a large LCD screen. A pretty large one considering the price for this machine.
The Presser Foot
This machine comes with snap on presser feet. Generally when you get a sewing machine you will also get a few basic feet that will cover some of your needs. However the Singer 9960 comes with a large range.You get a good range of the most popular presser feet along with a few extra tools that are especially helpful when attaching trim. The range of popular presser feet are:
- Zipper Foot
- Button Sewing Foot
- Satin Stitch Foot
- Buttonhole Foot with an Underplate.
- Open Toe Foot
- Blind Hem Foot
- Overcasting Foot
- Narrow Hem Foot
- Cording Foot
- ¼ Inch Foot
- Darning and Embroidery Foot
- All purpose Foot
The additional extra tools and feet:
- Clearance Plate
- Fancy Trim Foot
- Clear Stitch-in-the-ditch Foot
- Braiding Foot
- Braiding Guide
- Single Welt Cording Foot.
- Adjustable Bias Binder Foot
Each of these feet has a function in which it can and will simplify so it is best to use the proper function for your sewing needs. The all purpose foot can cover most any project with relative ease and is a very versatile foot. The zipper foot, as you could imagine from the name, works great when you are dealing with a zipper-centric project. The button sewing foot and the buttonhole foot are especially great when you are in need of button work and need both functional buttons and buttonholes.
The Foot Pedal
The Quantum Stylist 9960 comes with a removable foot pedal that can easily control your speed. When your foot pedal is not attached you can easily use the Start/Stop button to start and stop the sewing process. After completely removing the foot pedal you can use the Start/Stop button along with the speed control lever to handle your needles speed.When the foot pedal is attached you can use the lever to cap your maximum speed, but you will still need to use your foot to control the starting and stopping.
Ease of Setup
Setting up the Singer 9960 is quick and easy.It comes with easy to follow, clear instructions for you to follow. So long as you have a clear workspace that is size appropriate and an outlet nearby then you should be able to set up your 9960 sewing machine in a matter of minutes.
The machine is fairly quiet but like most it does make some noise. Sewing can be done when others are asleep so long as you are in a seperate part of the house or have thicker walls. While you can also watch television during your sewing it is important to remember that like most machines it does make a little bit of noise and may drown out quieter shows.When using the wrong thread type the machine may make a high pitched whining sound.
The Singer 9960 Thread Tension
This machine uses horizontal threading to provide a smoother thread flow, meaning that your top spool will lay horizontally when it is attached to the spool stand. Now some of the spools of thread cause an issue with this machine as they have a slit in the cap where the manufacturer hooks the starting thread. Those slits can snag the horizontal thread during the sewing process and rip it. This can cause you to have to rethread, one fix for this is to just cover the slit with a piece of tape.There is also an upper thread sensor on this machine that notices when the thread breaks or you are out of thread.When it notices this the machine will automatically stop, preventing you from continuing the sewing process and having to backtrack.
Durability of the Singer 9960
Like most sewing machines this one can take everyday bumps and knocks but it is not a heavy duty machine. While you can move it around some, and it is fairly lightweight, do keep in mind that it was not made with transportation as a top design feature.The machine has a heavy duty metal frame that does provide some support and a bit more resilience to hits than other machines.
The Singer Sewing Machine Warranty
The warranty on this machine is a limited 25 year warranty like many others. The 25 year limited warranty covers the sewing machine head. There is a 5 year limited warranty that covers motors, light assembly, wiring, speed control, switches, and electrical components of the machine. There is a 1 year warranty that covers attachments, bulbs, rings, belts, and adjustments. For more information please take a closer look at the Warranty.
Pros & Cons Of the Singer 9960
My Overall Thoughts of The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine
The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 is a great sewing machine for most uses. It comes with a pretty good variety of feet which covers a very wide range of different sewing needs and seems to be of good quality.One downside for those that like a bit more control, the presser foot, while is removable, is not adjustable. There is an LCD screen to for easy selection of stitches and a pretty great selection of stitches. It comes with a huge range of presser feet and is incredibly easy to set up.
This machine can be used by a sewer of any level. No matter if you are a beginner or an expert at sewing it shouldn’t take you long to get the hang of this machine. You’re getting a pretty great machine with quite a few features at a great cost. The extension table helps greatly for large projects and the lighting is pretty great.