My Birthday Present: A New Sewing Machine!

by ilene on April 4, 2012 · 10 comments

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Look what I got for my birthday! A new sewing machine!  My awesome sister and my friend N pitched in to get this for me!  I’ve been sewing with a simple Singer Prelude which had all the basic sewing functions and met all my sewing needs for the past 6 years.   Every where I moved (I lived in 5 apartments over the past 6 years!) I brought my trusty little sewing machine with me and I made many many big projects with it.  It wasn’t until I used my sister’s brand new fancy sewing machine that I realized what I was missing out on!   Her machine didn’t shake and rattle the table and groan like mine did!!  I found out how much more enjoyable and quick it was to sew when I wasn’t constantly untangling the bobbin and re-threading the needle.  I didn’t realize how much time I wasted de-tangling threads, cursing and ripping out uneven seams!!   So, I decided it was time for an upgrade.

I decided to get the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, isn’t she a beauty?

I settled on this particular  model because I didn’t need a fancy professional industrial machine, I wanted something more middle of the road. I like Singers and this one got great reviews on Amazon and had all the functions that I was looking for.  It had 13 automatic button hole makers, an automatic needle threader, a thread cutter and over 600 built in stitch patterns- none of which my old machine had.  The best part was when I was looking over all the embroidery options, I spotted #20- a bicycle!! It’s like this machine was meant for me!!

My friend N came over this past weekend to help me figure out how to use it. If it was just me by myself, I probably wouldn’t have taken it out of its box for weeks. With her reading the manuals and me fiddling with all the options, we had the machine threaded and running in no time.  We had a lot of fun discovering all the functions and playing around with all the electronic programmable features. I was amazed by all the options for embroidering letters and numbers. I tried embroidering my name a few times, it was surprisingly easy!

With my new sewing machine, I churned out 6 pairs of pajama pants for my friends on Saturday!  I would never have been able to do that so quickly with my old machine!  It was so smooth and quiet, too, I was amazed!!!!

Here is a side by side picture of both my sewing machines:

You can see how much more advanced my new sewing machine is!  I promised Jeff that I would sell my old sewing machine, so if anyone wants it, let me know!!!

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1 Natty April 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

Amazing, such a wonderful gift. I can’t believe how many options the new machine has, definitely foreign ground to me. N is an amazing designer and seamstress herself. What a great tng time!

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2 jacqueline April 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

Now that is an amazing gift! Was your old singer a faithful one? I have heard people say the newer singers like anything after 1985 are very testy… they are both great looking and the new one all those stitch options!!!!!! happy birthday to you!!!

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3 Andrea April 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

oooh! what a wonderful gift. I’m tempted to take your singer – the one I’m using now is from the ’80s – it was my mom’s before I was even born! but not having to cut threads sounds so wonderful too….

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4 Grace April 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

Awesome – a new sewing machine is always so fun! My first sewing machine was the Prelude too =)

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5 Marie April 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Happy bday and congrats on your new machine. She sure is pretty.

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6 KittyAnn April 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hello! I found your website after Googling reviews for the Singer 9960! =0) I just ordered one from Amazon a few days ago, am super excited to receive and sew on it. I am finding nothing but good reviews so far. Singer has come a long way in the last 5 years since merging with the Pfaff and Viking sewing machine companies. Congrats on your new machine!

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7 Maria April 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Hello ilene,
You mentioned about selling your old machine, is it still available?

I have interest to buy if the price suits my budget ;)

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