23 January 2014

Singer 9985 Quantum Touch

I just got this SINGER 9985 Quantum Stylist TOUCH Computerized Sewing Machine in the mail!  When it comes to sewing, I am a permanent newbie! This is my third machine and until now I couldn't figure out the buttonhole attachment (this machine had much clearer directions than any I'd seen before).

My prior machines were both Brother brand.  The first was on the low end of machines -- the kind that cost under $100.  The second was a step or two up - including features like an lcd display.

Now with this machine it's the first time I am trying a Singer brand.  Feature wise it is close to my last Brother machine (Brother HC1850).

The first thing you'll notice about this machine is that it is fairly heavy.  Amazon lists the last Brother machine I owned at about 10 lbs.  while this machine is listed at 20.

It comes with the now mandatory "accessory pack" which is primarily made up of different feet and things that are not exactly optional accessories like the power cord.

I've never bothered to learn why the different feet are necessary (beyond the obvious ones like the buttonhole maker).  Nor have I learned to identify them.  Luckily, they are either marked or explained in the instruction booklet.  The on screen display tells you which one you need for each stitch.   Also included are some starter needles, a screwdriver, a couple of bobbins, a dust cover, etc.

While the feet are the typical snap on types, I did find them a little trickier to snap into place than with my prior machines.  It's still pretty easy to attach them, they just feel like they need a little more pressure than my Brother machines required.

The touch screen display is colored (only in that it matches the color of the machine).  Probably wasn't necessary to do that but it looks nice anyway.

There is an automatic threader however I find it easier to just thread the machine myself.  The one button thread cutter is quite handy though.  Press a button and both the top and bottom threads are cut for you.

I've seen some say that the tension is off.  So far I have not had this issue.  I just use the auto tension and it's been perfect even as I switched stitches and fabrics.  You can adjust it manually and it seems easy to do, I just haven't had to.

As is becoming the norm, this machine offers you the ability to sew using either a foot pedal or a button on the machine.  I prefer the button on the machine but either are easy to use.

There is a nice set of stitches, including decorative and multiple alphabets.

The on screen display is good at showing you what is going on.  Winding the bobbin?  A bobbin appears on the screen.  Forget to lower the presser feet?  There's an icon for that too.   Need to rethread the upper thread?  A spool icon  pops up showing the steps to rethread (the steps are also numbered on the machine for threading the machine or winding a bobbin).

Of the three machines I've owned, I like this one the best.  The work space feels just right, the tension has been perfect, the directions are simple, the number of stitches and the ease of adjusting them should be fine for most people.

If you want a machine that you can move around a lot, this probably isn't the machine for you -- as I said it's fairly heavy.  If you want a nice sturdy home machine with plenty of features, you probably cannot go wrong with this one.

*Disclaimer* I received this machine in exchange for an review.



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