A Review of the Singer 9960 Sewing Machine

Finding a versatile and high-quality sewing machine for at-home use is essential for folks serious about their sewing. It is also challenging to find a sewing machine that does it all without spending a lot of money. We looked at one of the most popular, well-rounded machines to see if it is up to all the hype. The Singer 9960 has been a favorite for serious at-home sewists for a while, and after having a good look at it, we are won over.

What Is the Singer 9960 Sewing Machine?

SINGER | 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine With Accessory Kit, Extension Table - 600 Stitches & Electronic Auto Pilot Mode

The Singer 9960 is a portable, computerized, 100-volt sewing machine with a multitude of features to make any project easier. It is meant for home, not industrial, use; but it sure has us fooled. This sewing machine can handle the most delicate projects of silk, hem your jeans, or sew layers of leather upholstery. It can handle free motion quilting, embroidery, and applique alike. This Singer has so many automatic features that you will be left thinking only about your project while the machine does the rest.

Product Specs

This little machine runs at adjustable speeds, with the ability to move at up to 850 stitches per minute. It has a built-in auto threader to thread a needle to a bobbin in no time. The needle rest’s up or down feature is great for free motion quilting, corners, and applique. The speed control lets you set the right pace for the project at hand. The top side drop-in bobbin is easy to see and to use. The thread trimmer cuts top and bottom thread for you at the push of a button.

With an internal skeleton of heavy-duty metal, the Singer 9960 is a study machine meant for pros at an affordable price. It features two bright LED work area lights, an automatic locking stitch function, horizontal threading, direct select stitch selection buttons, built-in reverse, extra-high presser foot lift, automatic presser foot pressure control, automatic tension settings,7-segment feeding system, automatic bobbin winding clutch, and a center zigzag taper.

Stitches

Over 600 built-in stitches and five alphanumeric fonts are just the beginning with this sewing machine. Also, 13 single step buttonholes can be used with the included foot and plate. Stitch selection is natural thanks to the large print LCD push-button display on the front panel, with the most common eight stitches upfront.

Stitches can be mirrored and elongated for more options. There are dedicated basic stitches you will use every day, decorative stitches for the individual projects and knit stitches. Mixing lettering and stitches give you an almost endless number of options for your projects. The electronic twin needle settings adjust the stitches’ width for double needle sewing with fancy stitches.

Feet Included

The Singer 9960 includes 18 different presser feet stored right under the free arm: all-purpose foot, buttonhole foot with underplate, button sewing foot, zipper foot, blind hem foot, satin stitch foot, open toe foot, darning and embroidery foot, overcasting foot, rolled hem foot, straight stitch and quilting foot, even feed or walking foot, narrow hem foot, cording foot, welt cording foot, braiding foot, clear piping foot, stitch in the ditch foot fancy trim foot, and adjustable bias binder foot.

Other Accessories

As if 18 presser feet were not sufficient, the Singer 9960 comes with plenty of other accessories. An included extension table gives you enough space for large projects. Needles, class 15 bobbins, a seam ripper, lint brush, auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt, two screwdrivers, two-spool caps, a seam guide, and a quilting bar. A clearance plat and shank for the presser feet are also included.

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SINGER | 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine With Accessory Kit, Extension Table - 600 Stitches & Electronic Auto Pilot Mode
  • SINGER COMPUTERIZED SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 portable sewing machine has loads of ease-of-use features to allow you to fulfill your creative dreams Has a large selection of stitches including basic, stretch and decorative stitches for fashion sewing, quilting, home decor and crafting There’s even a selection of fonts to personalize projects
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER: Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in seconds The built-in needle threader threads the eye of the needle for you, eliminating eye strain and frustration
  • BEST SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine has 600 Built-In Stitches including 5 Alphanumeric Fonts and 13 built-in 1-Step Buttonholes with Exclusive Buttonhole Underplate It also has Mirror Imaging and Stitch Elongation providing even more creative possibilities
  • HIGH-SPEED SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine has a maximum sewing speed of 850 stitches-per-minute, projects can be sewn quickly
  • SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES: A variety of presser feet are included with the sewing machine: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Button Sewing Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning and Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch/Quilting Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot 110 volt machine designed for United States and Canadian use only

How It Compares

We picked a few similar sewing machines available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine
  • Brother ST150HDH Strong and Tough Computerized Sewing Machine
  • Janome Sewist 500 Sewing Machine

Ease of Use

The automatic features, user-friendly display, and clear instructions make this machine very easy to use.

Functionality

This sewing making covers all of your sewing needs from lacework to quilting.

Design Quality

The Singer 9960 has an all-metal frame, high-quality motor design, and intelligently integrated automatic features.

Warranty

You get a limited 25-year warranty on the sewing machine head, a limited 5-year warranty on the motors, light assembly, switches, wiring, electronics, and speed control; and a limited one-year warranty on repairs for adjustments, rings, belts, attachments, and bulbs.

Pros

  • Everything included
  • Works for all kinds of projects
  • Smart automatic features
  • Great warranty
  • Easy to use
  • Beginner and pro friendly

Cons

  • Weight is 20 pounds

Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine

Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine

The Bernette 35 is a mechanical sewing machine for beginners. It uses traditional knobs for stitch selection and tension, has 23 stitches and a one-step buttonhole function is included. It has a manual needle threader, and the manual thread cutter runs at 860 stitches per minute. The Bernette 35 comes with a few accessories, including bobbins, seam ripper, screwdriver, needles, and seven presser feet.

Ease of Use

The Bernette 35 works well for what it does, but it lacks the auto features we love in the Singer 9960.

Functionality

The Bernette 35 is a primary machine that will work well for simple at-home sewing. It will not tackle complicated projects.

Design Quality

Bernette maintains quality in all of its products.

Warranty

The warranty on the Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine is a 25-year limited warranty backed by a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Bernette 35 Swiss Design Sewing Machine
  • Type: The Bernette 35 is an inexpensive sewing machine for beginners, including 23 stitches and seven presser feet. It is a mechanical sewing machine with no computerized controls. The width, length, and pattern of the stitch are easily set by turning the three knobs. The tension can be adjusted during sewing, using an easily accessible wheel
  • Automatic Buttonhole: With the Bernette 35, it is quick and easy to include buttonholes in your sewing project. You don't have to lift the needle or change the setting on your machine. Your sewing machine will sew all four steps of the buttonhole automatically
  • Many Convenient Extras: In addition to the 1-step buttonhole function and the 23 utility and decorative stitches, the Bernette 35 also has a manual needle threader and a manual thread cutter. These functions make your sewing faster and more efficient. The accessory box of your Bernette 35 provides plenty of storage space for sewing tools, such as bobbins, cleaning brushes, presser feet, and threads
  • Seven Presser Feet Included: With your Bernette 35 you get seven presser feet and a stable presser foot shank. You can select the appropriate presser foot for whatever you want to sew. For example, you can choose the zigzag foot for zigzag stitches, the satin foot for your satin stitches, and the buttonhole foot for your buttonholes. With the appropriate feet, you can accomplish your sewing projects quickly and with excellent stitch quality
  • 2-Step Presser Foot Lift for Sewing Thick Layers of Fabric: The 2-step presser foot lift offers the advantage of making it possible to sew several layers of fabric with ease. This is especially useful if you need to sew thicker or quilted fabrics or several layers of denim. The high piercing power of the Bernette 35 allows you to work on a wide range of materials, from fine materials to heavy textiles

Pros

  • Works well on thick fabrics
  • Manual functions are simple to use
  • High-quality brand

Cons

  • Sometimes difficult to thread
  • Too simple for more than beginning sewists

Brother ST150HDH Strong and Tough Computerized Sewing Machine

Brother ST150HDH Sewing Machine, Strong & Tough, 50 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, 9 Included Feet

The Brother ST150HDH is a computerized sewing machine comparable to the Singer 9960 we reviewed here. It doesn’t have the hundreds of stitches the Singer does, but it does have dozens of built-in stitches and will sew multiple layers of fabrics of different types. It has a large LCD back-lit display, a large workspace. It has a variety of accessories which include needles, bobbin sets, and nine sewing feet. Brother also has many of the same automatic features as the Singer we reviewed, and it is comparable in price.

Ease of Use

A little more complicated than other computerized machines, but excellent customer support is there to help you learn.

Functionality

This is a well-rounded machine that functions for a variety of projects.

Design Quality

We were impressed with the design quality, which is what you’d expect from this well-known brand.

Warranty

Brother offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for the entire sewing machine, five years for the circuit boards, and 25 years warranty on the motor.

Brother ST150HDH Sewing Machine, Strong & Tough, 50 Built-in Stitches, LCD Display, 9 Included Feet
  • 50 Unique built-in stitches: The ST150HDH features 50 built-in standard, utility and decorative stitches including 5 auto-size buttonholes
  • Advanced needle threader and drop-in top bobbin: This sewing machine includes an advanced needle threading function that easily pushes the thread through the needle with the press of a lever and a jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
  • Included accessories: The STH150HDH heavy duty sewing machine comes with 9 sewing feet, set of heavy weight sewing needles, instruction manual and more
  • LCD Screen: View your stitch selections, stitch size and recommended sewing foot on the LCD display
  • At your side support: The ST150HDH sewing machine comes with Brother at your side support offering free technical support via online, live chat or phone for the life of your machine

Pros

  • Works for all fabric types and thicknesses
  • Abundance of stitches
  • Great accessories
  • Variable speed and power
  • Adaptable for pros

Cons

  • Complicated for newbies

Janome Sewist 500 Sewing Machine

Janome Sewist 500 Sewing Machine with 25 Built-In Stitches and Hard Case

Another primary multi-function machine, the Janome Sewist 500 is made for beginners. It has 25 built-in stitches, an auto needle threader, a free arm, adjustable presser feet, a hard case for storage, and all the accessories you need to get started. The Sewist 500 relies on simple dials for adjustments but does have conveniences like top-loading bobbins. Costing more than the Singer 9960, but including far less, this machine doesn’t steal our spot for favorite.

Ease of Use

It is easy to use but lacks auto features that make modern machines a dream.

Functionality

This machine functions well for basic sewing needs at home.

Design Quality

Janome, usually a quality brand, disappointed us with a model that often requires return or repair.

Warranty

Like many other machines, this one has a 25-year warranty on the parts that matter.

Janome Sewist 500 Sewing Machine with 25 Built-In Stitches and Hard Case
  • 25 Built-In Stitches including Utility Stitches, Stretch Stitches and a 1-Step Automatic Buttonhole
  • Built-In Automatic Needle Threader - Thread Your Needle with Ease and Without Eye-Strain
  • The Sewist 500 Has A Free Arm For Sewing Pants, Cuffs and Collars and Drop Feed for Darning, Stippling, Attaching Buttons and Other Free Motion Applications
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure for Allows you to Adjust the Pressure on the Fabric
  • Comes with a Hard Case for Storage and Transport and a Bunch of Different Accessories Including - Bobbins, Felt, Extra Needles, a Screwdriver, Seam Ripper/Buttonhole Ripper, Zipper Foot, Blind Hemming Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Overedge Foot, Automatic Buttonhole Foot, a Quilting Guide and more

Pros

  • Decent basic machine

Cons

  • Noisy gears grind upon starting up
  • Not as durable as we expected

Conclusion

Singer has been making sewing machines since sewing machines existed. Their quality and experience show in the SInger 9960. This is an affordable, reliable machine that is easy to use and will work for almost any home project you can dream up. We give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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