Pros / The stitch pattern selection is more than double that of the nearest competitor in our reviews.
Cons / Weighing in at over 20 pounds, this machine is not really portable.
Verdict / Singer 9960 really stands out from the pack with noticeably-fast sewing speeds, an extensive stitch pattern selection and automatic tension control and thread-cutting.
The Singer 9960 serves as a sewing machine for beginners and professionals alike. The intuitive design and automatic features help those learning how to sew, and at the same time, the numerous feet, stitch options and customizable sewing tools make it a machine professionals can use for advanced projects. The Singer 9960 earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for the wide array of features and adaptability to different kinds of projects.
- Number of Stitch Patterns
- Stitches Per Minute
- Buttonhole Styles
- Included Presser Feet
This sewing machine includes 600 different types of stitch patterns and has an adjustable speed setting that can reach up to 850 stitches per minute. With such a high stitch-per-minute speed, you can sew your project quickly and efficiently, and the number of stitch patterns is truly impressive. It’s more than double the next highest stitch variety on the units in our sewing machine reviews.
This heavy-duty sewing machine includes several features that help with efficiency. With an automatic thread cutter, needle threader and tension control, you can sew without having to stop and cut thread or adjust the tension. The sewing machine also has an automatic bobbin winder that you can use before each project. It quickly winds your bobbin in the thread you need for your project.
The Singer 9960 has several features that help you create clothing. For attaching buttons, you can choose from 13 different buttonhole styles. You can attach the button using a one-step operation that quickly attaches any button style. The sewing machine has twin needle capabilities. When you make clothes, you can attach a twin needle to the machine to create uniform hemlines. You also can manually adjust the stitch width and length on your projects to fit the style of the item you are creating.
This digital sewing machine is not intended to be portable. It has wide dimensions and weighs 20 pounds. The throat of the sewing machine is 6.5 inches, which is relatively small for quilting and other large projects. It features an LCD computer screen that displays the stitch pattern as well as the width and length of the stitch. The screen also displays information about your project and error messages when the machine is being used incorrectly.
Several design features on the sewing machine help you while you sew. Rather than only controlling the machine by a foot controller, like most machines, the Singer 9960 features a start and stop button as well. When you are using the hand controls, you can adjust the speed of the stitching on the machine to match your speed.
The machine has several small features that make your sewing projects easier, including a drop-in bobbin. You simply place the bobbin in the machine and leave some of the thread outside of the casing. It is much easier to place than a standard bobbin because you can see the thread. The sewing machine also features a sewing light to help you see in better in low-lit areas.
Additionally, you can adjust the machine for free-arm sewing by removing part of the table. By doing so, you can sew hard-to-reach areas or maneuver difficult fabric easily. The sewing machine also has adjustable feed dogs so that you can drop them and sew in any direction without restrictions. This feature is particularly important for quilting. The sewing machine also comes with an extension table for projects that require more space, such as quilting.
While the ease of use makes this the best sewing machine for beginners, the wide assortment of accessories helps you complete more advanced sewing projects too. The sewing machine includes 19 different presser feet and is compatible with many more. It also includes a needle set with several different sizes. The smaller needles work better on delicate fabric, while the larger needles help with thick or difficult fabric. You also can use the needle set as replacement needles.
In addition to the feet and needles, the sewing machine comes with standard sewing tools. It includes a seam ripper, several spool caps, screwdrivers and a cleaning brush. Both the screwdrivers and cleaning brush help with maintenance and prolong the life of your machine.
The sewing machine also includes a dust cover and a transportation case to protect it from lint and dust that can damage the mechanical parts of the machine.
When you invest in a sewing machine, the warranty is particularly important. This machine has three different warranties for specific parts of the machine. It comes with a 25-year warranty on the sewing machine head; a five-year warranty on the motor, light assembly, wiring, switches, speed control and electronic components; and a one-year warranty on the adjustments, rings, belts, bulbs and attachments.
With so many attachments and functions, you might need help learning how to use the sewing machine to complete certain tasks. The sewing machine includes an instruction manual, and you can find an online edition on the Singer website. The site also has a FAQs section for the 9960 to help you troubleshoot problems. Unfortunately, there are no tutorial videos on the site or community forums to help you learn how to use your machine. The Singer website lists a phone number and email for support.
The Singer 9960’s intuitive design makes it a great option for beginning sewers – while at the same time, professionals can use the advanced features to complete the most intricate projects. The ability to work for any type of sewer makes the 9960 one of the best sewing machines. Between all the accessories, customizable stitches and tools, you can use this machine for all of your sewing needs.