Note: Although Singer sent me a free Singer 160 Limited Edition so I could write this review, opinions in this review are 100% mine. Singer did not request a good review in return for the machine.
Singer 160 Limited Edition
This is a longish review so I’ve broken it into two parts. Hang with me through the whole thing because at the end of part 2 (to be published tomorrow), I’ve got an awesome surprise for you that I know you won’t want to miss!
Several weeks ago, the folks at Singer sent me a Singer 160 Limited Edition sewing machine to use and review. It was designed to celebrate 160 years of Singer sewing machines. The Singer 160 retails for $499. You can find it at JoAnn Fabrics (online and in their brick-and-mortar stores).
They say looks don’t matter, but really that’s the first thing you notice about this sewing machine. That’s because most sewing machines are designed almost entirely around function. The Singer 160, on the other hand, has good looks to go along with its sewing capabilities.
The design lines are reminiscent of the antique black and gold sewing machines, but with modern styling. The black case combined with the curves creates a silhouette that calls attention to its unique shape. It’s sleek and curvy and … sexy.
Did I really just say that this machine is sexy? Yep! Seriously, while I’ve had this machine sitting out on my table for the past three weeks testing it out for this review, I’ve had at least two people use exactly that word to describe it.
So…it’s a very pretty machine. But what can it do?
The Singer website bills the 160 as their “simplest and most easy to use machine available.” I’ve used this machine fairly extensively in the last three weeks, making at least 10 different projects on it. It has every bit of functionality that I’ve needed to complete my projects successfully, but without extraneous bells and whistles that often make a machine more complicated to use.
Here’s a rundown of 160’s stitches and functionality, blatantly cribbed from the Singer website:
-24 Built-In Stitches with stitch guide included in the manual
-SwiftSmart Threading System with automatic needle threader
-OneTouch Stitch Selection – easy to select, easy to personalize
-Simple Stitch Adjustment keeps seams strong and prevents bunching
-Quick View Stitch Setting displays optimal stitch size for sewing ease
-Drop & Sew Bobbin System – automatic bobbin thread pick up for quicker threading
-Presser Foot Sensor ensures the presser foot is in the correct position for an easy start
-Extra-Large Sewing Space allows you to easily manage quilts and large projects
-Drop Feed for free motion sewing and creative topstitching
There’s also an intro DVD to get you started, though I’ve had enough experience with sewing machines that I didn’t watch it.
The Singer 160 comes with a selection of the most commonly used presser feet, including:
-Buttonhole Foot (with underplate)
-Blind Hem Foot
-Satin Stitch Foot
The one foot that I use frequently that wasn’t included is a free motion foot.
Other standard accessories include: pack of needles, bobbins (class 15J, you can aso buy them at JoAnn Fabrics), thread spool caps, extra spool pin, spool pin felt, needle plate screwdriver, seam ripper, and a dust cover.
You can read more about the Singer 160 Limited Edition at the Singer website.
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this review, where I give my thoughts on the features and ease of use. I’ll also be spilling the news on my surprise, so you don’t want to miss it!
By Anne Weaver