An Incredibly Versatile Workhorse
If you’ve never owned a Singer sewing machine, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.
There’s a good reason why this company is considered to be the gold standard when it comes to sewing machines. All of their products are well-made, top-quality workhorses which are bound to last for years to come.
While they made their name on tough and long-lasting mechanical machines, their recent forays into the world of more modern, computerized sewing machines are nothing to sniff at either.
One of the best examples of the quality Singer offers when it comes to computerized machines is the Singer Quantum Stylist 9980, a powerful machine loaded with tons of great features.
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What are those features?
Stick with me and let me tell you all about that in my full Singer 9980 review.
The Singer 9980 at a Glance
For the basic info about the Singer 9980 portable sewing machine and its specifications just take a look at this handy chart which sums them all up.
|Name||SINGER Quantum Stylist 9980 Sewing Machine|
|Dimensions||17.5 x 8.2 x 11.8 inches|
|Number of Sewing Feet||13|
|Number of Built-in Stitches||820|
|The Largest Pro||Highly versatile|
|The Biggest Con||Difficult to use|
For the complete info on the machine and all the features it has to offer, keep reading and don’t miss the full Singer 9980 review!
The 5 Crucial Features of the Singer 9980
Modern sewing machines are marvels of technology, especially the computerized ones. They’re loaded with more features than you can count and it can be a bit overwhelming.
That’s why I’ll single out the 5 most important ones here and give you all the info about them.
820 Built-in Stitches
While some machines boast tens of built-in stitches, this machine has a total of 820 of them. This includes 5 different alphabet/numeral fonts, 13 automatic one-step buttonholes (with a buttonhole underplate), 10 basic stitches, 21 stretch stitches, and 776 different decorative stitches.
Mirror Imaging and Stitch Elongation
This is a feature that you won’t find in most machines, and it allows you to mirror or elongate the stitches you’re using – which is different from just manipulating the width and length. It allows you to get more use out of the built-in stitches than ever before.
Automatic Needle Threader
This machine features easy, automatic needle threading allowing you to thread the needle with just the push of a lever.
13 Different Sewing Feet
Included with the machine are 13 sewing feet which can be attached or detached without tools.
This includes a zigzag foot, a zipper foot, a button sewing foot, a buttonhole foot, a blind hem foot, a satin stitch foot, an overcasting foot, an open toe foot, a darning/embroidery foot, a cording foot, a rolled hem foot, straight stitch/quilting foot, an even feed/walking foot and an all-purpose foot.
A Huge Range of Accessories
Besides the sewing feet, you also get some other accessories with this machine, which includes bobbins, needles, a lint brush, a seam ripper, screwdrivers, an auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt, thread spool caps, an edge/quilting bar, a foot controller and a soft-sided dust cover.
All the Other Features of the Singer 9980
While I consider the features I listed so far to be the most important ones to highlight, this machine does have other things to offers as well. Here are some of its other features that you might like:
- 25 needle positions
- 2 StayBright LED lights
- Automatic Locking Stitch Function
- Start/Stop button
- Speed control
- Stitch editing and memory
- Top drop-in bobbin
- Stitch length/width adjustment
- Needle up/down button
- Automatic electronic thread trimmer
- Automatic bobbin winding clutch
- Built-in automatic reverse
- Automatic tension settings
- Built-in storage compartment
- Large LCD touchscreen controls
My Comprehensive Singer 9980 Review
One of the reasons why computerized sewing machines are so popular is their ability to offer potentially hundreds of different options, something that mechanical machines can’t do.
For example, this machine has a total of 820 built-in stitches, which just a ridiculous amount. What’s even more ridiculous is that most of them are useful, though there are more than a few decorative stitches that seem too similar.
However, that’s just the start concerning all the options that this machine has. For example, you have the option of adjusting the length and width of each of those stitches.
You can also mirror them or stretch them as well, for added versatility. It opens up a world of completely new uses for all of those stitches.
Editing stitches to your liking and saving them in the memory of the machine for later use is also an option you have available.
Among all those stitches are 5 lettering/numeral fonts which open up the option of doing monogramming as well, something this machine is well-suited for.
If that wasn’t enough, the program in the machine will also help with stitching tips, including suggestions for which sewing foot to use for certain stitches.
You get a good selection of sewing feet included with this machine too, covering all the basics along with more than a few highly specialized ones, allowing you to efficiently perform all kinds of stitches.
Other accessories are also included, all of them fairly good and useful as well.
The price of the machine is fairly middle-of-the-road, and you get a lot for it, so it’s definitely worth it.
There are a lot of quality-of-life features included in this machine as well, all of which are fairly good. There’s the automatic needle threader, an auto-reverse lever, automatic bobbin winding, automatic tensions setting, dual LED light for the work area and so on.
The problem with some of these features, though, is that they are a bit difficult to use. For example, the auto-reverse button is easy to press by accident, and you can press other buttons while trying to press it.
This, along with the generally poor instructions and the huge amount of features, can make this machine difficult to use. It’s definitely not a sewing machine for beginners or those who aren’t technically-minded. Even after months of using it, you’ll probably find features you didn’t even know were there.
However, its versatility is not its only strength – it also packs quite a punch. You can easily sew through multiple layers of fabric when using it, and you can reach some incredible speeds as well. It’s not a heavy-duty sewing machine, but it’s close to being one and it can definitely quilt.
It does shake a lot when working, especially when you use it for some tougher sewing jobs, so you’ll need to keep it well stabilized, or it will start to skip and ruin your work.
Overall, this is a machine that can do just about everything except make you breakfast, and it is a great choice for someone looking to go pro or to expand their sewing business. It’s versatile, strong, and it will last for years to come.
The Pros and Cons of the Singer 9980 Sewing Machine
If you just want to know what’s good and bad about the machine, here’s a quick summary of what I think about it:
- A huge selection of built-in stitches
- Lots of different sewing feet
- Highly adjustable
- Comes with a lot of good accessories
- Decently strong and fast
- Works relatively quietly
- It shakes too much while working
- Poor button placement
- Can be a bit difficult to use
So, have you decided yet? Does the Singer 9980 seem right for you, or are you going to pass on it?
If you’re still on the fence, I’ll give you my thoughts on if it’s worth buying and why to help you make your final decision.
As far as I’m concerned, this is a machine worth getting your hands on. It is able to do almost anything you can ask of it, and it’s bound to last for a long time. It fully justifies its price in my eyes.
For someone who’s looking to take their sewing game to the next level, this machine is simply a must. It is definitely one of the best sewing machines on the market right now.
Well, what do you think? Do you see what I see, or do you have a different opinion? Are there any questions you want to ask? Post everything down in the comments, and I’ll take a look at it as soon as I have the time.
Thank you for reading, and I’ll hope to see you again next time!