It’s time folks. I’m done with the days of gazing longingly at amazing, sewing machine required DIY pins. I’m over the last minute scramble to put together my child’s umpteenth book character day, Thanksgiving play, or princess birthday party costume with a glue gun. I’m going to buy a sewing machine (and quit borrowing my mom’s). Top crafts on my to do list are monogrammed towels for Christmas gifts and curtains for my daughter’s ballerina themed bedroom. Now there are a few choices out there, but a Singer sewing machine is the only brand I’m interested in. My mom had one and her mom had one. My husband’s grandmother even has an ancient Singer hidden away in an antique sewing table that still works! Singer has been a household name in my family and all over the world for over 150 years.
Why Are Singer Sewing Machines So Loved?
Isaac Merritt Singer began selling this new, practical sewing machine designed for use in the home in the early 1850s. By 1860, he had created the largest manufacturer of sewing machines in the world. Pre-made clothes and tailors were pricey, so most women spent hours sewing by hand to clothe their families. The domestic sewing machine signified liberation for the average woman! Singer also hired ladies to demonstrate that women could operate a sewing machine, even though at the time working with machinery was primarily a man’s field of expertise.
In 1874, the company released model 15; a machine so perfect, it’s actually still produced and sold in Asia today. While Singer died just 25 years he began his empire, the company continued to produce innovative sewing machines that lightened the workload of women all over the world. With innovative technology and quality craftsmanship, Singer sewing machines are still one of the most reliable and user friendly sewing devices on the market today.
Popular Singer Sewing Machine Models
In the old days, a new Singer sewing machine model just replaced the old one. Now Singer sells several great options and it makes choosing a little more difficult! I’m looking at a few few key factors as I search for the right model. I need to think about how I want to use my new machine, as well as the size and weight. In my future dream home I have a room dedicated entirely to crafting, and my sewing machine won’t have to sit on the breakfast table! Of course price is a huge factor too. I’m always looking for the best bang for my buck! After lots of research, these are my top 3 choices.
At $161.91 and over 2000 positive reviews on Amazon, this Singer sewing machine is a serious contender. With 100 stitch patterns, automatic one-step buttonholes, automatic needle threader, and a programmable needle, it almost does the sewing for you! Weighing in at just under 20 pounds, I won’t be waiting for my husband to get home to move it for me. Speed control as well as an LED screen and light make it even easier to use. Between all the stitch patterns and 10 different presser feet, this baby can handle just about every craft, clothing item, embroidery, and quilting project I throw at it. With this machine’s heavy duty metal frame, 25 year warranty and two Consumer’s Digest Best Buy Awards, I know this sewing machine will last and do what I need it to do.
This Singer sewing machine model is a little cheaper than the Singer 7258 ($133.80) and comes with less bells and whistles. However, it’s the tool you need for fast, heavy duty sewing. At 1,100 stitches per minute, this sewing machine can handle leather, heavy duty canvas, and what I’m most interested in, quilting through several layers. Maybe that baby quilt I started on for my first child will be ready before I have grandchildren! It’s a little lighter and few inches bigger than the previous model, but not enough to make a big difference. The 23 built in stitches, one step buttonholes, automatic needle threader, and easy top drop in bobbin system make it a user friendly, plug in and go machine. You won’t need to take a class or read a textbook to figure out how to use it!
Now this is the shiny, fancy deluxe model – the one all your friends come over to ooh and ahh at because it can do everything but cook dinner. It has a fancy $400 price tag to match, but with 1500 5 star reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong. In addition to the speed control, LED screen and light from the first model, this one also has 600 built in stitch options, 13 automatic 1-step buttonholes, 5 different fonts, an automatic thread cutter, and 19 presser feet. It even includes a built-in extension table to make extra large projects, such as quilting, easier. At a little over 28 pounds and a couple of inches bigger than the other two, this one won’t be as easy to move. However, it’s a great trade for all the great extras with this machine.
Life is so busy, but with all the fun DIY shows and incredible bloggers, I’ve started to make time to do the things I enjoy. I’ve learned that taking this time for me makes me a better wife and mom! And I love creating beautiful things for my home, my family, and my friends. With tools like a great sewing machine, projects I would normally find daunting and time consuming are fun and feasible! Now I just need to buy one. Do you have a Singer? Which one would you choose? What fun project should I tackle next?