While it might take a physicist to explain the technical meaning of the word “quantum,” it is very clear what Singer indicates with the name of the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. It is loaded with built-in stitches to accomplish practically any sewing task, an astonishing 600 stitches, to be precise, including 5 alphabets for monogramming, and 25 needle position settings.
The array of stitches is so extensive that the front panel, the usual space for stitch and needle position charts, is not nearly large enough. So Singer came up with a clever idea: the top of the machine is actually a hinged lid that lifts to the back. Printed on the inside of the lid is the list of stitches and their corresponding numbers. The hinged thread spool and bobbin-winding mechanism are recessed into the top,under this lid, so that the stitch diagram is clear and easy to read from any position.
Too Many Stitches To List
The complete list of stitches is too long to include here. The usual basic stitches are of course available: straight, zigzag, overcast, blind hem, and stretch stitches. Thirteen styles of buttonholes allow for every possible type of fastener. The majority of these 600 stitches are decorative, with an emphasis on flowers, leaves, cross stitches and geometric patterns. Most of the stitches can be mirrored or reversed as well as sewn with different stitch lengths and widths.
How To Access So Many Stitches
The method for selecting and modifying all of these stitches may be problematic for some users. This is accomplished with a set of 25 buttons and an LED screen, described as large and with brightness controls. Only one of the buttons, the Edit button, is labeled with a word that describes its function. All the rest are identified by icons which may or may not be clear to the user. There will be a bit of a learning curve with the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist sewing machine, but that is to be expected from a machine of this complexity.
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There are some nice touches that the user will appreciate. This is a free arm sewing machine and the extension table is quite large. There is a ruler inscribed on the front edge of the free arm for quick measurements. Not one but two LED lights provide extra illumination for sewing in rooms with limited natural light. The machine can be operated without the foot pedal using an On-Off button and a speed control slider switch.
Included Presser Feet
The accessory package is also quite extensive, with over 20 snap-on presser feet:
- button sewing
- buttonhole with underplate
- open toe
- blind hem
- darning and embroidery
- rolled hem
- satin stitch
- straight stitch /quilting
- feed/walking foot
Less common but useful are a stitch-in-the-ditch foot, bias binder foot, braiding foot and guide, a foot for fancy trim and one for single welt cording.
Needles, bobbins, a seam ripper, a lint brush, 2 screwdrivers, a quilting bar, spool pin with felt washer and caps, foot pedal, power cord and manual complete the package. Last, this machine comes with a hard-sided dust cover rather than the vinyl covers that come with many other machines.
Singer 9960 reviews mention that the monogram letters are limited in size and quite small. While this is an embroidery machine, it cannot be connected to a computer for downloading additional patterns. The included stitches may not meet the needs of everyone who is interested in machine embroidery.
On the plus side are the quietness of the motor and the solid and stable feel while stitching, even at high speeds, due to the heavy-duty metal frame construction. The body is a nice, crisp white with an attractive blue graphic under the button panel.
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