Singer is a famous and well-established brand within this industry and the Quantum Stylist 9960 is one of the most popular computerized sewing machines on the market today. Judging by these facts alone – this should be a great machine. Whether if that is the case or not, find out in our review below.
Design and Functionality
With the dimensions of 17.2 x 8.2 x 12 inches, this computerized sewing machine is not really meant to be portable, especially considering it weighs about 20 pounds. The 9960 looks fresh, modern and sophisticated. The heavy duty interior metal frame makes the machine sturdy and strong enough to handle thick fabric and minimize any friction or movement while sewing.
The throat of the 9960 is 6.5 inches, which means it is relatively small for larger projects, but since this is a machine meant for home use, that shouldn’t really be too much of a problem for most users. The LCD screen works great, displaying the stitch pattern and the width and the length of the stitch too. Additionally, the screen also displays information about the project you’re working on, as well as error messages – assuming the machine is being used incorrectly.
Ironically, even though this is a computerized machine, it doesn’t have a USB port. This can be a big deal for some, because there is no way to import designs, but at least there is a large number of built-in designs.
One of the best things about the 9960, when it comes to design and functionality, is the start and stop button. Most sewing machines are controlled by the foot controller exclusively, but hand controls are much more intuitive, much easier to use and allow the user to adjust the speed of stitching easily.
Like most modern sewing machines, this one has a lot of cutting edge features and comes with a wide variety of accessories, including:
- Automatic stitch length & width
- Needle up/down button
- Extension table
- 19 Presser feet
- Automatic needle threader
- Drop-in bobbin system
- Stitch editing
- One-touch automatic thread cutter
- Automatic thread cutter
and more. Since this is a computerized sewing machine, one might wonder if the Quantum Stylist 9960 is difficult to use and if this reflects on the performance of the machine itself. More about that below.
A feature-rich, computerized sewing machine like the 9960 may seem a bit challenging to traditionalists and inexperienced users, but even though it may look complicated it really isn’t. And luckily, the included user manual is concise and very well-written, so even if you’ve never used a sewing machine before, you shouldn’t have any problems figuring out the machine in a few days at most.
The issue are the needles – they’re not too strong and might break, so perhaps investing in a separate set of needles would be a good idea.
The foot pedal works great and allows the user to sew for hours, but where this machine really shines is the large number of built-in stitches – there are 600 of them. This makes the 9960 perfect for all sewing styles. The 9960 also has a thread cutter and the working area is lit up by two LED bulbs, which are bright and powerful enough for sewing during the night.
13 buttonhole designs and 5 fonts are also there, but all in all, even though it gets the job done, the 9960 isn’t really meant for professionals or home business owners. This is a basic machine that doesn’t have any major flaws, but it doesn’t really stand out too much either. However, this is justified in the low price.
- Dimensions: 17.2 x 8.2 x 12 inches (height x width x depth)
- Product weight: 20 lbs
- Number of built-in designs: 60
- Buttonhole designs: 13
- Number of fonts: 5
- Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches Per Minute): 850
Pros and Cons
- Good design
- Ease of use
- Good performance
- Low quality needles
- No USB port
Our rating: 7.5/10
Final Verdict: Great for Beginners and Hobbyists
Singer’s Quantum Stylist 9960 has been getting rave reviews everywhere online and this really is a good sewing machine, but a few flaws such as the low-quality needles and the lack of USB port slightly overshadow its virtues. Still, considering the extremely budget-friendly price and the fact that the lack of USB port has been compensated with the large number of built-in stitches and designs, the 9960 can be considered a great sewing machine for beginners and hobbyists and not much more than that.