If you are like most people new to the world of sewing, you are tired of sewing buttons by hand and hemming with a needle and thread. You are looking for a basic machine that will allow you to sew a straight line and complete simple projects. One look at the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist may have you running for the hills.
At first glance, this machine gives the impression of being too intricate for beginners. With its multitude of buttons and sleek design, the 9960 Quantum Stylist looks like it is better suited to those who have been sewing for years. Do not let the design of the machine intimidate you.
A mistake common among beginning sewers is buying cheap, simple machine. The problem with that is being unable to move on to more complex projects without the necessity to buy a new sewing machine. Take a chance on this model and you will have a machine that meets your needs as your sewing skills become more advanced.
Features of the Quantum Stylist 9960
The Quantum Stylist has features for days. You get an automatic needle threader, an extra-high presser foot lifter, an extension cable, speed options, top drop-in bobbin system, automatic tension adjustor, automatic reverse, 25 needle positions, and multiple stitch settings.
In the box you will find the machine, an extension table, four bobbins, five needles, two screwdrivers, a seam guide, and more. Singer offers a 25-year limited warranty on the machine head and a 1-year warranty on adjustments and attachments.
There is a learning curve with any machine, but sewing is not all that complicated. If you can select a stitch, push a pedal and keep fabric straight, you have all of the skills a beginner needs. The Quantum Stylist goes the extra mile when it comes to making sewing a breeze.
The machine features automated controls, push button operations and multiple speed controls. Look at its front and you see one of the largest LCD screens available on a machine at this price point. Many other models pack in the features and skimp on work space. This model offers you dozens of amazing features and a serious amount of space to complete your projects.
Speaking of projects, the Quantum Stylist sews through any type of fabric. Whether you are making a project out of denim or silk, you will find that the needle glides through your fabric without the slightest problem. The work area is lit well, and the control panel is always within easy reach. On a sturdy table or work surface, the machine is as quiet as they come.
One of the best features of this machine is the optimum power control. With other machines, your stitches look uneven as you move between fabric thicknesses. Optimum power control allows the machine to sense the thickness of your project and keeps the needle moving at an even, steady speed. This gives your finished project a professional look that is not always possible with other sewing machines. The power feature can be an especially important one for beginning sewers who are not sure of how to properly control tension or speed for their project.
A drop-in bobbin is nice, but the plastic cover of the holder on this machine tends to be loose. A loose bobbin cover is more likely to pop off as you are working. Users report that the automatic thread cutter often misses one strand of thread when the needle is any off-center position. This is by no means a deal breaker, but sewers may be slightly annoyed by this problem.
As a beginning sewer, chances are that you will not be changing the presser feet. When you take on more complex projects, you will find that changing the feet is a necessity. Unfortunately, many of the feet that come with the machine are not labeled, forcing you to halt your project and look up the accessories in your owner’s manual.
Even though the machine can easily sew through heavy fabric, completing weighty projects can be difficult if you do not have a large workspace. The small extension on the base of the machine is not adequate when it comes to holding the large parts of your project that are not being sewn.
Another consideration is that if your machine breaks or needs repair, you may have to send it to a Singer service center at your own cost. Shipping a heavy machine can be expensive, but it is often the only way to take advantage of any warranties that are offered.
The Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist is a solid machine. If you are new to sewing, you will find that the machine is easy enough to use and advanced enough to grow with you as your skills improve. If you are already an advanced sewer, you will quickly discover that the machine has more to offer then most at this price point.
Multiple features and ready-to-use accessories make this machine a great choice for any sewer. Whether you want to complete simple projects or something a bit more complex, the Quantum Stylist will not only meet your needs, but exceed them.