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Mechanical Singer Sewing Machines Review

Singer sewing machines were the first in reliable home sewing machines. The mechanical sewing machines are still considered the best of the "old reliable" machines. They may have fewer bells and whistles than the electronic sewing machines, but that means there's less that can go wrong. Most people sewing at home don't use over 80% of the fancy extras available on the electronic machines. You can't go wrong with a sturdy mechanical Singer sewing machine.

If you're just beginning with sewing, there are sewing machines available for less than $200. Just think, for less money than it takes to outfit your family for a new season, you could have a new sewing machine to outfit them for life. Besides the sheer practicality, sewing machines increase your ability to create, to decorate, and to teach the art of stitchery. Your purchase is more than just a machine. It's an investment in your home.

New Mechanical Models from Singer

Lower on the page you'll see older models that ran Singer's good name into the ground. Thankfully, Singer realized that cheap plastic machines were not living up to their brand name and have brought back basic workhorse machines. Check these out:

Top choices 1409 Promise 3323S Talent
Category basic mechanical basic mechanical
Image Singer 1409 Promise Singer 3323S Talent
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Beginner's to Intermediate
Bobbin Type Front Load Top drop-in
Stitches 9 stitch patterns 23 stitch patterns
Buttonholes 4-step buttonholes 1-step buttonholes
Weight 14.2 pounds 13 pounds
Price Range Up to $149 $179 - $499
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Older Models

These models barely made our grade a couple of years ago:

Top choices 1507WC 3116 Simple Inspiration Series
Image Singer 1507 gets 4 out of 5 stars on most review sites Singer Simple 3116 Singer 4212 Inspiration
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Bobbin Type Front Load Front Load Top Drop-in Bobbin 
Number of stitches  8 Stitch Patterns 18 Stitch Patterns  6 stitch patterns
Weight  17.2 pounds 20 pounds  16.1 pounds
Buttonhole function  -Automatic 4-step Buttonhole -Fully Automatic 1-step Buttonhole   * 4-step buttonhole
Pricing $90-$150 $90-$150 $120-$150
Call to Action buy the 1507 at Amazon buy the Simple buy the Inspiration at amazon
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1507WC Review

pros

  • Small, Portable
  • Easy Manual
  • Comes with Soft Case
  • Quiet Machine

cons

  • Warranty from Singer hard to get service
  • Front Loading Bobbin.

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On Amazon, 15 out of 28 reviews gave it 5 stars, again average of 4 out of 5 stars. Of the mechanical machines at Singer, this is currently one of the better models according to reviews on the internet. It is a simple machine, but it's also very affordable.

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Packed with the basic features of a home sewing machine, the 1507 is not meant to be a fancy machine. This is touted in online reviews as a good machine for beginners.

Automatic tension Should take some of the challenge out of the tension knob.
Automatic 4-step Buttonhole Full control of your buttonholes.
Free Arm with Accessory Storage Makes storage and usage both easy in small spaces.
Adjustable Stitch Length Full control over your stitch length.
Machine Dust Cover No need to purchase a hard cover.

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On Amazon, Walmart, and Wize, this little machine generally got very good reviews. Many of the other lower priced Singer machines don't get good user reviews, so we feel that this is the model to recommend in the low priced mechanical Singer sewing machine line.

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There are still the occasional reports about timing going out on the machine, and bobbin tension problems that seem to plague many lower priced machines. These problems seem less in this model, though.

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Singer 1507

Summary

This little Singer mechanical sewing machine gets generally good reviews by users. With only the most basics such as 8 stitches, a 4-step buttonhole function, and a few presser feet, this machine is best for those who have simple needs from a sewing machine. Most of the reviewers who were happiest with the machine were either beginners or only wanted the most basic functions on a sewing machine.

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Singer 3116 Simple Review

 

pros

  • Cheap.
  • Automatic threader

cons

  • Machine continually breaking down

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This model of the Simple line, the 3116 Simple seems to be almost universally panned as a lemon. Problems with the bobbin abound, timing problems, difficulty getting service, poor company response, and continuous break downs seem to be the rule rather than the exception.

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Here are the features of this Simple machine:

18 Stitch Patterns When the machine works...
Fully Automatic 1-step Buttonhole Sorry, I can't give you a video of that, I've only used the 4-step buttonhole function.
Drop Feed for Free Motion Sewing This is instead of a feed dog cover for things like sewing on buttons.
Automatic Needle Threader Speeds up the process, especially for aging eyes.

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Compact, light, cheap machine.

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This machine almost universally gets poor user reviews. The timing goes out, the bobbin tension goes off.

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simple 3116

Summary

Not recommended. This product has seriously damaged Singer's brand reputation.


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Singer 4205 Inspiration Sewing Machine Review

pros

  • light weight

cons

  • Few stitch types
  • No double needle.

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Reviews on Amazon, Bizrate, epinions and others indicate that the 4205 Inspiration has a lot of problem. The timing goes off on the machine, and then you can't sew at all. Bobbin tension leading to birds nesting is another very common problem, and not just with new to sewing users. On sewing.patternreview.com, the reviewers of the 4210 and 4212 models would not recommend purchasing that model.

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The features sound good, but this is not the workhorse machine our mothers used.

6 stitch patterns - 5 most practical and frequently used are clearly marked and easy to select Bare bones basics, but who really uses 70 stitches?
4-step buttonhole They do make fine buttonholes.
NoError threading - fail safe, one way upper thread path. The video does make it look easy.
SureFit Bobbin system - always lets you know when inserted correctly Check out the instructions.
* Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover - makes it easy to load and monitor bobbin thread level Problem is that clear case is plastic.

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I wish there was more to like about this machine. It's cute, it's Singer, but the reviews say it is a lemon.

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Sad reports of mechanical problems and poor response from Singer.

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Summary

The Inspiration series seems to have been a low cost mechanical sewing machine attempt by Singer. For those of us who have grown up with mechanical Singer sewing machines, that sounds just about right. In the end, the manufacturing seems to have been outsourced, according to internet rumors, and the resulting product is cheap, but in all senses of the word. Not recommended for purchase.

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Finding Bargain Sewing Machines

You'll find your best deals may be at a local dealer near you. Often they'll offer free intro courses or some special club discount for purchasing at their store. On the other hand, if you don't have a good sewing machine dealer near you, or your sales tax is high in your state, you may want to consider buying online.

You can find sewing machines at discount prices online at eBay.com. Be sure to check out the seller's ratings, and all the delivery fees that a seller may have. Maybe watch a few auctions to see how the bidding on the machines goes first. Then when you see the machine that's just right for you, choose your highest bid and let eBay take care of your bidding.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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