Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Sewing Machine!!

  I found a sewing machine! I ended up with the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, from Amazon. It was a little higher priced than I initially intended to get, $329 instead of $300, but considering the accessories that I didn't have to buy separately, I am pretty happy.   It arrived last night, and after figuring out how to wind the bobbin, the first thing I did was make up a sampler of some of the stitches:
   Obviously a little stabilizer underneath the fabric would have helped, but I was surprised how well most of the stitches came out on just plain cotton.

  So far, I love it! It's pretty easy to use, and I love the tack stitch and thread cutting features. I was pretty disappointed with the alphabets, as they are smaller than I expected and a little difficult to read. Also, letters like 'g' and 'y' don't hang down below the other letters, so they look a little funny.

  This machine is advertised as having 600 stitches, but it turns out that different lengths and the reverse/mirror images of stitches are counted as separate stitches. Here is what the machine can actually stitch:

  It's still a pretty good selection! Probably more than I will ever use. I do like having the different buttonhole options, and I really like that this machine doesn't eat fabric when I try to sew a buttonhole.

  Oddly enough, the description listed 14 feet that came with the machine, but I actually ended up with 19, plus a ruffler foot that I bought separately. The instructions included for attaching this foot aren't very clear, so I looked it up and used this link, which worked even though my machine is a Singer and not a Brother.
  So here is my new machine and its accessories:
  1. The manual
  2. Even-feed/walking foot
  3. Brush
  4. Small thread cap
  5. Blind hem foot
  6. Open toe foot
  7. Auxiliary spool pin
  8. Rolled hem foot
  9. Straight stitch/patch quilting foot
  10. Screw driver
  11. Button foot
  12. Seam ripper
  13. Screw driver for needle plate (this is genius)
  14. Satin foot
  15. Darning embroidery foot
  16. Overcasting foot
  17. Quilting bar
  18. Seam guide and screw
  19. Zipper foot
  20. Cording foot
  21. Extra needles
  22. Bobbins
  23. Fancy trim foot 
  24. Shank for special accessory foot
  25. Bias binder foot, presser part
  26. Single welt cord foot
  27. Stitch in the ditch foot
  28. Bias binder foot, binding part
  29. Clearance plate
  30. Braiding foot
  31. Braiding guide
  32. Buttonhole underplate
  33. Buttonhole foot
  It also came with a hard dust cover and an extension table. Lots of accessories, right?  It's going to be fun learning how to use them all! =)

 And now I'm off to sew, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Awesome blessing! You desire a nice machine.
    Just in time for Christmas gifts... Lol.
    Early start anyway <3. Enjoy happy sewing.

    1. Lol, thank you! I've actually been planning Christmas gifts for a while now, but haven't started making them yet. =)

    2. Charity the Lord has gifted you in creativity in sewing. Have fun! I remember once making myself a long skirt with large left over scraps of corduroy. I placed the pieces on a pattern to use as example then zigzagged them together ( there were a lot of odd size pieces but that is what made skirt unique....laid out the pieces on pattern cut to size and sewed up..Loved the skirt and no one else had one quite like it.Grandma Judy

    3. That sounds like a very fun skirt. I've always felt that my real push in sewing came when you taught me how to use a pattern, thank you for helping me sew that. =)

  2. I am very happy for you. That looks like a great machine. Have fun!

    1. Thank you, I plan to have lots of fun with it. =)