Review & Giveaway pt 2: Singer 160 Limited Edition sewing machine

Editor’s note: The winner of this giveaway is commenter 914, Carleen, who said this machine is, “AWESOME!!”   Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!!

I’m back with part 2 of my review of the Singer 160 Limited Edition sewing machine.  (You can find part 1 here.)  It retails for $499 and can be found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

Yesterday I showed you what it looks like (pretty!) and gave a rundown of basic features.  Today I’ll share my thoughts about those features and of the ease of use.

Be sure to read all the way through the review, because at the end I’ve got an awesome surprise you won’t want to miss.

Features / Ease of Use

Let’s start with the threading.  In two words, it’s easy.  So easy, in fact, that the first few times I threaded it, I thought I had done it wrong because there were so few steps.  Most machines I’ve sewn on have a threading path that goes across, down, up, down again, and then through the needle.   The Singer 160 thread path is just a simple across, down, and through the needle.  Easy peasy.  (There’s an automatic needle threader to help thread the needle, but I’m a squint-and-thread-it-yourself kind of girl so I haven’t really used this feature.)

Now on to the stitches.  The Singer 160 sews smoothly (no lurching like you sometimes find on cheaper machines), and it handles curves beautifully.  The first project I sewed on this machine had tight curves, which I was able to stitch without difficulty.  The stitches are consistent.  I have not yet experienced any issues with thread tension.

It’s easy to change stitch length and width.  A couple of buttons on either side of the stitch display allow you to increment your stitch length or width settings up or down.  A small red light next to the stitch length or stitch width buttons indicates when you’re on a default setting.  (When you’re not on a default setting, the light is yellow.)

It’s also easy to change stitch types.  Each of the machine’s 24 stitches is shown on the front of the machine.  Just push the button to change to the stitch.  As an added bonus, it saves your stitch settings, so you can switch back and forth between stitches without having to adjust length and width each time.   I LOVE this feature, as I often switch between a straight and a zig zag stitch in my projects.  (Note:  This only works as long as the machine is on.  Your settings will be erased when you turn off the machine.)

A roomy accessory box is easy to access.  The accessory box gives plenty of space to store extra presser feet and small accessories.  To access it, you push a button and slide it out from the side.  I love this!!

A large sewing surface and a smooth front support larger pieces of fabric as they go through the machine.  The curved front helps reduce drag on the fabric.  One thing I particularly like about this model is that the sewing table extends to the left of the needle by over 7 inches.  (There’s roughly 6 inches to the right of the needle.)  A button at the back releases the sewing table giving you a free arm for sewing around arm holes, pants hems, and other small openings.

All in all, I’m very pleased with this machine.  It stitches smoothly and consistent.  It has all the features I need, without the added complication of features that I don’t need.  Changing settings and stitchesd is made easy with a touch of a button, and the extra sewing space is a plus.

Now that I’ve told you all about this sexy little machine, I can tell you my surprise…  You’ve probably already guessed it based on the title of this post, but humor me with a woot, woot anyway.

Singer is giving a Singer 160 away to one of my readers.

Wooot!!!!  Woot!!!

The Giveaway

To get yourself entered into the giveaway, leave me a comment here telling me one word (or two or three or more) to describe the Singer 160.  I’ll choose one comment at random as the winner.

Deadline for entry is midnight CST on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  Good luck!!!

One entry per person, please.  Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents.

Comments

  1. Margarita Cordero says

    I have been looking for an old Singer sewing machine, because it is the kind of sewing machine my dear Mother,now gone 13 years, had when I was a child and that I used to learn to sew. I seem to have a need to recreate my childhood home that was abandoned when we moved tote United States, following the american dream. Now that the 160 is available, I think having it will be the next best thing to try ang get an old machine that are is hard to find anyway.

  2. phr0gg says

    Great vintage looks combined with today’s tech and innovations, such a unique and thoughtful product!

  3. justina says

    delightfully inspring vintage.

    it looks like my old sewing machine that i first learned on.

  4. KatieE says

    I know I’m not the first to say it, but it’s the first thing that came to my mind… ‘Vintage Modern’

  5. LAVINA says

    A great machine and I trust the Singer name. I have had mine for over 40 years and it is still sewing great, although not as easy as this one

  6. Rayshaviolet says

    Gorgeous! Vintage looking without looking like grandmas! Looks like it belongs on a shabby chic table! I would love for it to be on my shabby chic table! 😉

  7. Alice says

    Hmm. Three words – simple, beautiful & powerful. This would be beyond anything I have imagined. Blows my current machine away!

  8. Aracely Morales says

    Love the vintage look combined with modern style. Will love to have this on my craft room.

  9. Stephanie E says

    Sleekly classic. I love the lines of it. The sewing machine doesn’t even really need a cover when it isn’t in use. It is gorgeous!

  10. Frances says

    This machine is sew beautiful-if it works like it looks I would be proud to have one. Winning one would be over the top!

  11. Linda Noll says

    Brings back so many memories- so many outfits years ago. I can close my eyes and remember every one!!

  12. Helda Montero says

    This machine makes me think of a gorgeous slightly older woman. You can see what made her beautiful when she was younger, but only as a part of what makes her beautiful now. Better with age!

  13. says

    The Singer 160 Limited Edition is . . . gorgeously designed, lovely, retro, classic, fun, and it will look so cool in my sewing room!

    The Pfaff I have right now is super noisy.

  14. says

    This morning in Australia:

    Dani: “Awwwww!” :(
    Boyfriend: “What?”
    Dani: “The purdy sewing machine giveaway is limited to US residents!”
    Boyfriend: -_- “That’s not a legitimate sad thing.”
    Dani: :O “Yes it is! How dare you tell me what’s sad!”

    Hahaha :)
    Whoever wins is going to be so excited!

  15. Rachel says

    Did you FMQ with it at all?
    I’d love to own one, regardless of how it FMQ’s–it’s gorgeous! But, if it does well for quilting, it would be a total package.

  16. says

    Brings back loving memories of my grandmother and her Singer sewing machine. My grandmother and aunt taught me how to sew. I would like to teach my granddaughters when they get a little bit older.

  17. Beverly Thomas says

    Love the vintage ..my Mom has a singer that my father bought her when they married so I’m guessing it is 55-57 yrs old and it still sews

  18. Jeff duke says

    oh so sweet looking and the stitches are so amazeing , looks aren’t everything but this machine surely is . Grat’s to the winner
    your getting truely a great prize .

  19. Ellen says

    Love the look and the simplicity of this great machine. It’s all you really need in a great package!

  20. Kelly says

    When I first saw this machine, my reaction was this: Wow! Lovely.

    I’m glad to see it’s more than just a pretty face.

  21. says

    Elegent! It reminds me of an old portable singer I have. What a wonderful give-away. I’d love to provide a home for it!

  22. Katrina Doyle says

    Reminds me of my great grandmothers sewing machine…. a lot of love was made from that machine.

  23. Kimberly Gallion says

    Steam Engine Train (It reminds me of a steam engine train) and it is awesome! I would love to win!

  24. Tammy M says

    I first laid eyes on it, and they weeped, its such a beauty! Reminds me of my vintage Singer. I am a Singer gal since a kid!! I am drooling thinking of all I could do with this updated model!!!

  25. june says

    “dream machine”, this would so put my 99 dollar machine to shame. I have to chase mine all over the table as it jumps about-lol. I am however very thankful to have a machine to create with.

  26. Cometgirl63 says

    it’s the modern twin to the one given to me by my mother-in-law! She brought her’s with her from Hong Kong many years ago and it’s waiting for me to have it serviced. In the meantime, I’m using a friend’s old Rikkar that she had in her garage.

  27. says

    The sewing machine I use for everything is a Singer, a 46-47 year old Singer and it still does the job. Would love to have this new/old one.

  28. Jenny Wik says

    This would be perfect for my 13 yr old daughter who is finding that she has a passion for sewing!

  29. CathyH says

    WONDERFUL!! I love the vintage look and just decorated a guest bedroom to also be my sewing room. This would be perfect in there. On top of that, my sewing machine died this winter, right when I was designing purses and had buyers for them. Singer is a machine I could rely on.

  30. says

    Mama wants me to have one just like hers! Except this is the newer, better version! Mama’s always want what best for their children! I would love to give this to my Mama for Mother’s Day!

  31. Mrs Gail McComb says

    Beautifully timeless! I have been obsessing over this style ever since in first saw it on Pinterest!

  32. Jennifer G says

    Stylish! This machine looks so nice and your review makes it sound awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Betty says

    I love the old fashioned look with modern ease of use. Reminds me of the machine my grandmother had.

  34. Donna Worth says

    Ohhh, so very cool! I love the way it lookss and I’d love to have a machine the had a threader.

  35. says

    Love the vintage look. Singer has always been the best, well-made sewing machine. Learned to sew on a Singer treadle machine and have a Singer slant needle and a Janome, but always seem to go back to my Singer slant needle!

  36. says

    You had me at “drop feed”.

    Would love to trade my current machine, with the fussy backstitch button, for a new Singer that reminded me of my mom’s machine from my childhood.

  37. Linda Peterson says

    What a beautiful machine. Love the old fashioned look with all of the modern conveniences. Love the open arm.

  38. Jackie Morris says

    This machine not only looks great but I love some of the features. I don’t mind threading a machine but threading the needle is difficult for me because of my eyes. The ease of changing stitches sounds awesome and one I would love to play with.

  39. Pat morris says

    What a retro looking beauty. I have an old singer treadle machine that I’d love to put the new machine next to. Gorgeous! I’m currently sewing on a 28 year old singer. I need a new machine tp add to my singer collection.

  40. Stephanie says

    I think, if I can only pick one word, it will have to be “Awesome!” That machine is beautiful, and since my stupid machine has been broken for months now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed… 😉

  41. Amber says

    I saw this sewing machine at Joann’s in all it’s vintage gloriness and immediately thought: I NEED this machine!

  42. Karen Whitney says

    So sleek and classic! Would love to have this displayed in my crafting area…pretty to look at and functional! :-)

  43. says

    Rich looking! I’ve been drooling over this machine since I first saw it but unable to afford to purchase one. So glad to read your review and read how nice a machine it is. Thank you for the review and a chance to win a machine.

  44. Karen Schultz says

    This machine is any material girl’s DREAM!!! I’ts got that vintage look with all the mondern functions we want!!

  45. says

    I dream of free motion ability. I pine for large sewing surface. I yearn for an automatic threader. When I first saw a pic of the Singer 160 my breath caught and my heart stopped and I said to my monitor screen “One day, one way or the other, this machine will be mine”

  46. Sande Lyons says

    The modern version of my grandmother’s Singer that I was taught to sew on 54 years ago.

  47. Rosalyn says

    How I would love to win this machine. My mother recently passed on and I remember sitting next to her and watching her make my beautiful dresses on a Singer machine. What a great memory and if I had the machine, it would be a wonderful reminder of the times spent with my mother…how does it get any better than that!

  48. Janet Dickerson says

    Awesome! Awesome! I have an original one that was my aunt’s. Love it! Sew much fun if I could just win it!

  49. says

    I love the look…it is just like my Grandmother’s old machine. Of course when I learned on hers…it was without all the bells and whistles this one has!

  50. Joy Burt says

    This piece of art reminds me of watching my mom sew on her old pedal machine when I was only two years old. I would love to win it in honor of my mom who has passed.

  51. Liz Clark says

    ACK!!! I need it!!! I haven’t had access to a sewing machine for a year, since I moved, I need my own!! And this one’s soooo cute!!! I’d love to see how they made threading it that easily possible, that’s got to save a lot of annoyance :)Maybe I wouldn’t be so hesitant to switch up my colorful threads on solid color stuffed animals, haha 😀

  52. Cathy says

    Love the vintage look. It takes me back to the way my mom’s sewing machine looked when I was a child.

  53. Lynn Hatcher says

    My Sadie(Singer 127) and Rosemary(Featherweight) would love to welcome this little beaut into our family…:-)

  54. Barbara Mars says

    Dearly love the vintage look, but with modern technology. I would love to own this machine!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Barbara in TN

  55. Ramona Soberanis says

    Sewing machine of my DreaMs!I could never afford a beauTifuL sewing Machine like this.It wouLd make my yeaR if I can have this One :) iTs beauTifuL!

  56. Katie Irick says

    Singer is my machine of choice…I learned to sew on a Singer and own one now. This retro machine is the bomb with all the features of a today machine!

  57. Renee Nowakowski says

    Nostalgia! Dear vintage black retro chic Singer you are everything a girl learning to sew could want. Hoping and Wishing that dreams really do come true!

  58. tanvel says

    I bought an old dirty, parts missing Singer Stylist sewing machine, including the sewing table, at a thrift store for $15.00. Spent almost $100, having it cleaned, restored to wroking condition, and sent for a manual. I could not afford any of those fancy sewing machines that almost talk to you, I grew up watching my grandmother sew on hers and for me the only sewing machine that it’s worth spending any money on is a Singer. I wish I could afford this new beauty.

  59. Michelle Del Giorno says

    Ridiculously cool. I have a small collection of vintage machines, and the styling of this new machine really appeals to me in ways that other new machines do not.

  60. Chrissy Chandler says

    elouquent stitching made easy. Singer is tops from the first stitch to the finished seam. I love the retro look! I would love to win this. I would make so many blankets for the homeless community! Good luck everyone!

  61. Barbara Soto says

    The Singer sewing machine has always been an eye catcher. Ever since I was little I would see them in just about every home along with the sewing table / storage. We have a couple still in the family and they are still being used. I have a vintage Singer oil can that I could display with this machine should I WIN!

  62. smullis says

    Handwheel reminiscent of singer model 101. Decals classic singer. Black color (so much more appealing than white!) Yep it’s a real singer!

  63. Joanne says

    Reminds me of Grandma’s–without the table attached. I used to play with the bobbins in the drawer! Beautiful, modern, and wonderful! Fantastic!

  64. Karen Weller says

    Easy to understand functions. Like the retro look.My favorite machine was a Singer from the early 80’s , the 2010. Haven’t found one as good as Singer since.

  65. says

    Is it so bad that my favorite “feature” about this machine is that it looks VINTAGE? It’s so BEAUTIFUL! But I also like the features that make it EASY and SMOOTH SEWING. If it’s anything like my Quantum 9960, I would absolutely love this machine.

  66. Jen says

    Vintage-inspired and sleek! But I agree with all the other comments here too (especially the Steampunk reference – I didn’t think of that one but totally agree).

    Good luck to all the entrants! :)

  67. Deborah Hunter says

    “Sew on me!” she purrs provocatively, giving me a come-hither glance that pulls me away from her serviceable, but less glamorous rival the Brother CS6000-i. I cannot resist, as she lures me in with her seductive curves and lustrous exterior.

    I must have you!

    I will name you Lola because whatever you want you shall have, you saucy minx!

  68. Emily C says

    Awesome! I still use my mothers sewing machine, which is Singer, but circa 1950’s. I really need a new one, but my budget does not cover the price.

  69. says

    My Grandmother had one of these and told me it was the best machine she ever used. This one reminds me of her and what a sweet memory it would bring in my home.

  70. Jill B. says

    Those features are almost exactly the same as the brand new Singer Athena I bought last May… I’m so disappointed that this machine came out THIS year! I would LOVE to have one of these sitting in my craft room.

  71. Marge Wearing says

    Sewing is a very big part of my life. My paternal grandmother and maternal grandmother, mom and sister all are and were sewers! They were quilters before quilting was cool, and they also did garment sewing. Most of the these important people are gone. Seeing this machine reminds me of those days spent with the best people on earth! Adding this machine to my home will not only add sewing ability, but also add a great decorative touch! Thanks!

  72. Tammy Waggoner says

    Sounds like an AWESOME machine and I would LOVE to have a new machine such as this one!! LOve the review!!

  73. JohnnieLynne says

    I really like the look of the Singer machine. It reminds me of the machines I learned to sew on in Home Ec. class.

  74. says

    Sewing is such a creative outlet that allows us to create masterpieces and share them with our friends and family. This machine us just dreamy and represents a wealth of possibilities yet to happen!!!

  75. Nancy W says

    Nostalgic charm with a modern edge! Love it looks great and to hear how wonderful it sews, well let’s say I want one :)

  76. Kathryn Patch says

    Reminds me of my Grandmother’s little black Singer featherweight machine. That was truly a gem and I am sure this one is just as wonderful. Singer has always given us a sewing machine that can be depended on for its’ fine workmanship.

  77. says

    Thought I was dreaming when I saw this. Was this a vintage looking(yet modern) Singer??? I had to look twice!!!! And now that I have, I am drooling….sigh!

  78. says

    Wow what a sleek little Black Beauty she is. It was nice to read your wonderful comments about the machine. I had seen it advertised in the JoAnn’s flyer, but have not seen it in person. Will have to check it out. Thanks for doing this.

  79. Michelle V. says

    Vintage Steampunk Retro. All the looks of an age gone by with all the bells and whistles of today. Fantastical! I’m yearning for one of these!

  80. Marie says

    This beautiful machine reminds me of watching my mother sew on a treadle operated Singer. It’s gorgeous!