This is a review for the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist sewing machine. With a bonus of 600 stitches including alphanumeric with 5 different fonts, this model also has most of the features a beginner or experienced quilter will need at a good price.
Features and Specifications
What is especially great about this machine is that it comes with a whole load of presser feet! This is a huge advantage in itself as it includes all the feet you will need to make a quilt without having to go out and buy extras, something that can be a costly business when having to purchase them individually.
That being said, the quarter inch foot doesn’t have a guide so a couple of users weren’t so happy about that. Another minor complaint was the fact that the free motion foot doesn’t have an open toe. However, this is a detail that may not be an issue for you.
A benefit that this machine offers is the fact that it users low-shank presser feet which are easy to get hold of and not overly expensive. So if you do need to buy more, it won’t break the bank. Here is a list of the feet that are included:
- Adjustable bias binder foot
- Single-welt cording foot
- Braiding foot and guide
- Stitch-in-the-ditch foot
- Fancy-trim foot
- Clear piping foot
- All-purpose foot
- Zipper foot
- Button sewing foot
- Satin stitch foot
- Buttonhole foot with underplate
- Open toe foot
- Blind hem foot
- Overcasting foot
- Narrow hem foot,
- Cording foot
- 1/4-inch foot
- Darning & embroidery foot (free motion foot)
- Even feed foot (walking foot)
The feet are easy to change and are very handily stored in the free arm. The presser foot lifter is extra high which is fantastic for multiple layers or very thick fabrics.
600 Stitches (Plus Numbers & Letters)
If you want to experiment with different stitches, you will have plenty to try out on the Quantum Stylist! With 600 stitches in all, it includes 5 different fonts so you can sew monograms, fancy embroidery and all sorts.
One negative point that a customer made regarding the fonts is that only one of them was clear enough to ready properly but it didn’t seem to be a common complaint.
The stitches are easy to select and to adjust the width and length producing stitches of excellent quality and the ability to sew with precision.
This Singer is packed with automatic features including a needle up/down, automatic needle threader, auto thread cutter and electronic auto pilot and speed control.
Some users have had problems with working out the needle threader but others say it is very easy if you follow the pictures in the manual.
The speed control is incredibly useful and you can set this to sew slowly if you feel more comfortable when working with more complicated stitches. It also means that you can keep up a steady pace as you sew.
The extension table is essential if you are doing a lot of quilting and this comes with an extra wide attachment to give support to your fabric. The throat measurement isn’t huge but seems to be ok for most quilters.
Drop in Bobbin
A top drop in bobbin makes it easy to load and this also has a clear cover so you can tell when the thread needs replenishing.
However, there have been quite a few issues that customers have had with this bobbin with the thread getting tangled and jamming. It may be that it’s not being threaded correctly or that the tension is wrong but this is something to bear in mind if you are considering purchasing this machine.
A Sturdy Machine
This is a heavy machine which means it won’t slide around as you sew. It is very stable and despite being quite heavy duty it is quiet and sews smoothly.
- A huge array of decorative stitches to work with.
- A good sized extension table for larger quilting projects
- It comes with a lot of presser feet
- Lots of automated features that make a quilter’s life so much easier
- Issues with the bobbin thread becoming stuck has caused some frustration with customers.
- The automatic needle threading is a little difficult to get the hang of.
Despite some of the issues that customers have raised, 84% have rated this with 4-5 stars. This means that most people love the machine and it could simply be a case of ensuring that you read the instructions properly to get the most out of it.
It is a good machine for beginners and more experienced quilters and is able to handle fairly heavyweight projects.
Bear in mind that there is more to go wrong with a computerized machine but if you are looking for a pretty solid model that is reasonably priced, comes with the necessary quilting accessories plus a great choice of stitches and automated features, this would be a good choice.
Take a look at the video which demonstrates this machine. Below that is a link to the product if you would like further information or to make a purchase.