The Singer One computerized sewing machine is an entry level machine that fits the needs of beginning sewers and folks who don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. A beginner often will choose a mechanical machine, thinking that a computerized sewing machine may be more complicated.
However, a mechanical machine doesn’t guarantee simplicity, as the user needs to learn how to manually set things like proper tension, stitch length and width. There may also be a convoluted threading method and other processes that this new sewist needs to learn for accurate stitching.
With a basic computerized sewing machine, all that technical stuff has been determined for you, so you can just go ahead and start learning how to sew without a lot of preparation. The Singer One has plenty of features without being complex, so it’s a good starting place for beginners and advanced sewers who need only basic sewing features.
Construction And Durability
This machine is in no way a heavy-duty model. However, the basic framework of the machine is a heavy duty metal, so there’s solid, rigid support to keep the machine in alignment.
That being said, as in the case of most home-use machines, the balance of the machine is made of plastic. However, for standard general use, this sewing machine is on a par with other machines in the same category.
If you’re occasionally going to sew the hem of your jeans or sew a canvas shopping bag, this machine will be able to do the job with patience and a little manual help. For everyday sewing with standard, apparel-weight fabrics, the Singer One is perfectly suited.
I don’t care how advanced a seamstress you are; you will never use hundreds of stitch styles on a regular basis. Singer understands that, and this machine gives you the basic stitches you need and a few decorative stitches, just for fun.
The Singer One has 24 built-in stitches, so depending on what kind of sewing you’re doing, you have a number of choices in the type of stitches you can select. The machine has two automatic buttonhole stitches, four stretch stitches, six basic sewing stitches and twelve decorative stitches. This is plenty of sewing options for most folks, and the stitches can be adjusted for width and length for even more sewing options.
The 24 built-in stitches are accessed with a very simple QuickView Stitch Setting one-touch LED display. You can also vary the width and length of the stitch from this conveniently located panel, which allows you a maximum width of 7mm. This wide width is perfect for doing the satin stitch and other decorative stitching.
The clear plastic covered drop and sew bobbin system is simplicity itself. There’s no need to use the needle to draw up the thread before sewing, and since the cover is clear plastic, you’re always aware of how much bobbin thread remains on your spool.
The SwiftSmart Threading System is also a simple procedure, and the machine has a manual, automatic needle threader that works by simply pressing a lever.
The Presser Foot Sensor alerts you with an audible beep if you try to sew without lowering the presser foot and the presser foot has an extra-high foot lift when you need to squish extra-bulky fabric underneath it.
There is also a built-in thread cutter and an automatic reverse button that’s conveniently located on the front of the machine.
The feed dog can be lowered by pressing a lever so that you can do free-motion stitching, and the machine has a free arm so you can stitch narrow items like cuffs and doll clothes.
The sewing surface is well illuminated with three LED lights, and the sewing surface is 14.7″, which is fairly large for the size of the machine, so you can easily work on larger projects.
The interchangeable presser feet snap on and off easily, so there are no screws to unfasten to change feet when you use another stitch, and the needle can be adjusted to 13 positions for proper stitching.
The Singer One has all the accessories you’ll need to start sewing right away. It comes with a few needles and extra bobbins to get you going, although you’ll probably want to add more to your supplies as time goes on.
It comes with five feet that include an all-purpose foot, blind hem foot, satin stitch foot, zipper foot and a one-step buttonhole foot.
The accessory kit also includes an auxiliary spool pin and spare spool pin felt, thread spool caps, a needle plate screwdriver and a lint brush/seam ripper.
Singer also includes the necessary foot control and power cord, as well as a soft dust cover and instruction manual.
The free-arm attachment has built-in storage, so all your basic supplies are right at hand.
The Singer One is a good choice for someone who wants to learn how to sew. It has enough features to keep up as you develop proficiency and it has a low learning curve, so you won’t become discouraged in the early stages of learning how to operate the machine. This modestly priced machine is also good for advanced sewers who want a backup machine or who have simple sewing needs.
It doesn’t claim to be heavy duty or have advanced features, but for many sewers, the Singer One is perfectly suited. If you’re in the market for a machine that’s uncomplicated to operate, has simple automated features and just a few bells and whistles, this Singer sewing machine may be just what you’re looking for.