The Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 offers one of the best choices for home sewing in the current market. For those who are accustomed to the mechanics of the traditional sewing machine, the Singer 9960 with the automation alone makes it a top-of-the-line product. Gone is the need for the usual muscle that is required to thread needles, spin bobbins or think about how to be creative with stitches. The person sewing simply needs to decide how creative he or she wants to be.
One of the most bothersome tasks about preparing a machine for sewing is threading the needle. Often, it takes several tries before the end of the thread is successfully pushed through the eye of the machine needle. Those who have worked at sewing for many years find it more and more difficult to see the eye well enough to thread the machine. The Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist takes away the guesswork. Rather than the usual spool of thread that sits on top of a sewing machine on a spool pin increasing thread tension, the thread can lay on its side in a protective case and feeds both the bobbin and the sewing machine needle. The horizontal positioning of the thread allows for a more even feed and more precise stitching. Bobbin work is quick and stress-free with this horizontal threading function. Then, with a double click of the needle threading button, the machine threads itself for sewing in six seconds.
If that isn’t enough, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 also is equipped with a one-touch automatic thread cutter that trims both the upper and bobbin threads between sewing seams.The underside of the thread case lid is beautifully designed with illustrations of all the possible stitches the singer 9960 quantum stylist sewing machine can make. Currently, the machine is capable of creating 600 stitches. This includes four different alphanumeric fonts and 13 one-touch automatic button holes. The convenience of a ready, visible stitch reference chart is a lot easier than having to pan through a screen of stitches on the digital information panel, though that is available on a clear back-lit LCD screen, too, for those who prefer it. In fact, one of the reasons this machine has become so popular is because users can choose to plug in a foot pedal or operate the sewing machine completely on auto pilot. These options make it fairly easy to accommodate a wide range of sewing skill levels and creative preferences.
The Singer 9960 gives buyers more presser feet than they probably will ever use. Most of the time, those who sew find a need for only the all-purpose and the zipper presser feet. This attachment is what holds the fabric when it slides over the feed dogs and presser plate while the machine is in operation. The presser foot gives traction and prevents the fabric from puckering. Naturally, different types of fabric require different presser feet. Some of the presser feet included with this machine are: adjustable bias binder foot, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot for quilt seams, single-welt cording foot, a clearance plate for sewing buttons and heavy seams, an overcasting food and a narrow-hem foot. There are at least 16 other presser feet.
Singer 9960 reviews have been very favorable with many people placing the machine on order and anticipating its arrival at their door. One reviewer has noted that this machine works very well on thick and high loft fabrics like those required for quilting — and it moves over the fabric very quickly. Even the resistant traditionalists, those who feel that an automated instrument is a bit too much machine for them, have found joy in the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist. One skeptic in particular, H. Erickson-Sander, reported still being in love with the machine 18 months after purchase. This buyer says in an Amazon.com review, “Since receiving the machine a few weeks ago now I’ve completed more sewing projects than I’ve ever done in my life. This machine is wonderful and makes me feel more like a professional than a beginner (which I am!).”
Although some buyers have been a bit hesitant because there were initial reviews which stressed the tendency for a bobbin jam in this model, Singer has already worked to correct the problem. The updated models were released in early 2011 and have a blue swirl graphic on the front of the machine. Since this issue was resolved, most reviewers have reported sewing bliss for a little more than $300 and results that rival those of machines that cost up to four times as much.
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