With the mention of the word Singer, the eyes any tailor, quilter, or the like will light up with a familiar spark of joy and recognition Even if you’re a complete novice and have no idea where to even start or whether you’re a seasoned veteran to the craft, it should come to no surprise that many will point you in the direction of a Singer product if you were still searching for a good quilting machine.
But why you may ask. Why Singer among a sea of brands out there in the market? Simply put, the answer to this seminal question goes well beyond mere machine parts or even comfort. Behind every Singer product is a promise for quality, a reputation that is well earned by the trust Singer has managed to forge between producer and consumer throughout their rich century-long history.
We love our Singer machines with an ardent passion and just cannot wait to share with you what we think are some of the best machines for quilting available out there right now. So if we’re piqued your interest, do check out our list below for our hot take on this.
Best Singer Quilting Machine of 2020
1. SINGER | Heavy Duty 4423 Quilting Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches
The first product on our list is the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 which will give any quilter far more than one might assume. At first glance, the Singer 4423 appears to be a barebones product that seems to only be capable of executing your basic range of quilting and sewing tasks through its 23 built-in stitches but as soon as you power this 14.5 pound beast up, oh boy are you in for a treat.
This powerhouse of a sewing machine will be able to pump out a solid 1,110 stitches per minute (we’re talking professional level stuff here) and paired with its highly adaptable one-step buttonhole and four presser feet, you’ll be in total, precise control over any quilting project on your hands.
It also is composed almost entirely of high-grade stainless steel so you can rest assured that the Singer 4423 will be able to handle some rough care over the long years which will definitely be long once you consider that the Singer 4423 also comes with a whooping 25-year long limited warranty!
Before we forget, we do want to stress that the Heavy Duty in its name is there for a reason – this machine is more than adequate for just about any project no matter how simple or complex so it doesn’t matter if you’re working with cotton, chiffon or poplin, the Singer 4423 will be able to take on anything you decide to throw at it.
2. SINGER | Quantum Stylist 9960 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
Now stepping away from more basic looking machines and treading into the more modern yet slick category, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 will draw the alluring gaze of any user looking for something fully computerized yet still highly functional. Starting with the latter, any quilter will have a field day upon looking at the Singer 9960’s 600 built-in stitches, automatic threader, in-built reference charts and 13 1-step buttonholes.
Not only does this enable any quilter to take on virtually any possible project, but it will also make their lives far more convenient (e.g. threading is a breeze with this machine!) , so much in fact that we’d actually recommend the Singer 9960 to any beginner as well due to how intuitive using a computerized device is.
Now looking at its design, you’ll find the Singer 9960 to be extremely sturdy yet compact despite its 18 lbs weight. You’ll also be surprised at how much Singer has managed to cram into such a device – from its own bright LED lighting, to its respectably sized extension table, you shouldn’t have much want for any additional accessories when using this machine.
Durability-wise while it doesn’t have that mainly rigid, steel frame as seen in the Singer 4423, the Singer 9960 despite its hugely affordable price still comes with the universally loved 25-year limited warranty so as long as you keep things in check, you don’t have to worry about forking extra money for a replacement product in the case of an unfortunate accident.
3. SINGER | Confidence 7469Q Computerized & Quilting Sewing Machine
Among all the Singer machines on our list, the Singer 7469Q may just be the most appropriate specialist tool for you quilters out there. This sensible and delicate machine comes equipped with its own automatic needle threader, four quilting feet and twin needle control that will be capable of all sorts of delicate needlework you may need to do for a quilt.
Furthermore, with its 98 built-in stiches coupled with seven full one-step buttonholes, the Singer 7469Q will easily ensure you don’t ever have to purchase another machine for quilting if you’re truly set on just quilting. It also is computerized, so you’ll be able to program the positions of your needles based on your project and preferences which if anything, only adds a further attractive layer of versatility to the Singer 7469Q.
It doesn’t quite stop there though, you’ll find that it even comes with a bobbin system that allows users to pick up the bobbin thread while quilting at the same time (thanks to its drop and sew system) which makes things a huge breeze under anybody’s hands regardless of skill level. Now if we had to be nitpicky, the only gripe with the product we’ve had is to do with the build quality.
It may come with a 25-year limited warranty but the Singer 7469Q’s internals seems to be composed of mainly plastic (though high quality) which may – depending on your workspace and style – it means you’ll have to take advantage of that generous warranty early on.
4. SINGER | Legacy C440 Computerized Sewing Machine
When looking at the Singer Legacy C440, the first thing that stood out to us was its pretty large LCD Touch Screen display. It doesn’t just pack size for show though – quilters will be able to use it to easily take advantage of the Singer C440’s 200 built-in stiches with the press of a button whereas often as is the case, using more manual options tend to be more time consuming. If anything, we think that this distinct feature is testament to the ethos surrounding this machine: convenience.
And how does it do this? Simply by taking advantage of computerization and automation.
This Singer machine comes installed with a staggering range of programmable features – its needles are programmable with up and down settings while users will even be able to adjust the stitching speed based on their preferences and skill level.
It doesn’t stop just there though! The needle threader is also totally automated which minimizes any straining to the eye (beginners take note of this) and you’ll easily be able to illuminate your workspace with its in-built StrayBright lighting system. Who doesn’t like a little extra light especially when working with delicate quilt work?
Finally, you’ll find that you’ll have more than adequate space to work on your quilting projects given its extra-large sewing space so don’t let the size of your project hold you back when you play around with this machine.
5. SINGER | Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine with 32 Built-In Stitches
The last product on our last takes us back the more barebones and Spartan design we’ve seen in the first product on our list through the Singer Heavy Duty 4452 – sure, you don’t have fancy LCD touch screen displays or anything but make no mistake, the Singer 4452 is frequently touted as one of the best Singer quilting machines out there for good reason.
This is a full-on heavy-duty machine that is absolutely built to perform a huge range of tasks (quilting included) that will do just about any project faster and better than pretty much every other similar machine out there.
Not only does it come equipped with 32 built-in stiches along with 1 automatic buttonhole, but you’ll also find that the Singer 4452 can pump out quilting projects at a mind-blowing speed given its 1100 stiches per minute capability which exceeds the Singer 4423 by a small margin. So, whether you’re sewing a quilt, jacket or even a suit, the Singer 4452 will be more than able to do the trick for you.
It also comes with an automatic needle threader which we all know, is a massive quality of life improvement on any sewing or quilting machine that takes a huge strain off your eyesight. And this combined with its myriad of useful accessories including its seam ripper, auxiliary spool pin and lint brush, any quilter will get their money’s worth easily with the Singer 4452.
We do stress that this machine in particular does require some good foot pedal control given its sensitive nature and you won’t be able to manually control the speed of the machine as easily as other alternatives, but if you can work around these little quibbles, the Singer 4452 will be a steal for any quilter.
And lastly, in terms of durability, the Singer 4452’s mainly metal composition will ensure that even the roughest of users won’t even need to consider taking advantage of Singer’s generous 25-year limited warranty!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a quilting sewing machine?
Now to clarify any doubts you may have, do note that as a general rule of thumb, almost every sewing machine out there is technically a quilting machine as it’ll be able to work with quilting creations. This doesn’t mean that every sewing machine is suitable for quilting, but most standard machines should be fairly appropriate.
This applies to our list as well so if you pick a Singer machine that’s featured above, you can absolutely be assured that it will be suitable for all sorts of quilting.
Does Singer make quilting machines?
Absolutely! For instance, the 7469Q is an example of Singer quilting machine that is dedicated first and foremost to quilting projects. However, as we’ve stated above, this doesn’t mean you can’t do quilting with a regular Singer sewing machine – you’ll fully be able to do this with any other product on our list as well. But, if you choose to deviate and look elsewhere, make sure you check other specifications and reviews online before making the plunge.
Sewing machines after all aren’t cheap and are meant to last for the long years to come, which if anything, only makes it all the more important to spend your money wisely.
Is quilting the same as sewing?
Technically, there isn’t really big difference between the two – other than in terms of semantics. After all, quilting is just a single form of sewing. All quilting is considered sewing but all sewing isn’t always quilting if that makes sense. Sewing is just the art of stitching together objects and within this craft, quilting is a more specialized art that involves sewing at least two fabric layers together to form what is known as a quilt.
What type of machine is best for quilting?
If we’re fully honest, there really isn’t a one size fits all answer to this question. There’s a product out there for everyone based on their unique preferences so the best answer is simply just to look inward to your own needs and requirements before making a purchase. Ask yourself questions like: do I need something that can work around my bad eyesight? Do I need a large workspace due to the nature of my projects? What is my budget? And you’ll do just fine.