SINGER 2259: The Beginner’s Best friend

Review

SINGER 2259’s slogan on the Singer website read:

Just learning? Just perfect.

I’m not one to fall easily for slogans, but I would be honest that this sewing machine initially got me for the price. I bought my sewing machine almost on a whim. I’ve lost weight recently, and as I was rummaging through my closet, I found it too hard to let go of the old clothes that I have. I thought of having each of them altered by a pro, but I also thought of how much money that would require. I then decided to look online for a sewing machine that could be my buddy in starting out.

I made this review for other beginners like me who are looking for a machine to start with. There might be better ones or cheaper ones out there, depending on your priorities. But I’d say I have zero regrets in buying this, and I hope this review would enlighten you in considering your options.

Benefits

This sewing machine, for me, has affordability as its primary advantage. For a beginner like me, it isn’t easy to invest big money into something that I’m still looking into. Surprisingly, with the price that I paid, I’m still in awe at how sturdy and at the same time, lightweight it is.

Features

  • The Singer 2259 features a lightweight but sturdy sewing machine in a 15 x 6.2 x 12 in, 13.6 lbs package. It comes with 19 basic, stretch, and decorative built-in stitches that the user could choose from and could cover all basic and even quite the advanced garment alterations and even home improvement projects. It also comes with four snap-on presser feet, namely; all-purpose foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, and button sewing foot. In case in the future you discover that you need other kinds for a project, it isn’t hard to buy a separate one.
  • It comes with more accessories that could help in maintaining the sewing machine’s quality or simply make sewing easy. It has a soft dust cover, a screwdriver, a quilting guide for making even parallel stitches, three class 15 bobbins, two thread spool cap holders, six needles, darning plate, oil bottle, and seam ripper.

Pros

  • Over-all this is a good buy for basic projects and beginners. It can sew light-medium fabric, but may have difficulty in dealing with heavy fabric like thick denim. I think it’s perfect for people who would like to try if sewing would fit them. It’s a good buy for testing the waters.
  • Few of the little things that I like about it is its portability. It is lightweight and even comes with a handle. But despite its portability, it could still be easily setup to be stationary. It could be mounted on tables.

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  • Functionality-wise, the tension is good and I never had trouble in using it for simple projects like alterations. I even make my own pillow cases now! It also has a thread cutter on the side, and a replaceable LED work light. I have poor eyes, so this is a big plus for me.
  • Lastly, it’s simple and sturdy. It has a metal frame. I’ve tried seeing the cheaper ones, but I really don’t trust equipment entirely made of plastic. Singer 2259 has some plastic parts too, but these are of good quality. I’m not careful, and it matters that there are still companies that mind the materials that they use for strong exteriors and body.

Cons

  • My only regret is it is not entirely all-purpose. It’s could only be used for light quilting and I certainly wouldn’t risk having too much projects with heavy denim on it. So actually, I’m thinking of a more heavy duty sewing machine now for those purposes.
  • Also, I don’t see and I’m very clueless if I’m running out of thread because I can’t see how much thread is left.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, I consider this a really good buy. I suggest that if you’re keen on buying one, ask yourself of your intentions. I basically bought it to try it out. If it didn’t work out for me, I could’ve given it as a gift to a good friend or one of my aunties who loves sewing, so this totally worked for me. However, if you’re looking for something more long-term and well-rounded (although this I believe could be used for long-term too, just not for all kinds of projects) then I suggest for you to see higher end models that may have the same strength and may even offer more features.

Read my review of Brother CS6000i sewing machine

Review

I purchased my CS6000i as my first computerized machine from sewing with a manual one for a long time. I would say that the shift was very easy, as this sewing machine is very user-friendly and only requires a push on a button for tweaking some settings.

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Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine

I already made a lot of projects before, may it be altering my kids’ clothes making pillow cases. I’ve also tried to make seat and bed covers by myself. Thus, I’m happy that my first computerized machine offers a lot of features, I’m still in awe with the things that technology could offer.

Benefits

This computerized machine is equipped with 60 stitches. That’s a lot of choices to choose from. All these could be adjusted by simply pushing some buttons that would be displayed on the LCD screen.

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Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine

This machine is supposed to be portable at 13 pounds, but could still do some quilting work with a detachable quilting table. It sews fast but could also be adjusted to go slower, a good feature for beginners and even experts in sewing.

Features     

The Brother CS6000i is a fully computerized sewing machine with an LCD screen. It has push-button sewing, auto-needle threading, 60 built-in stitches, and an extra and wider sewing table for quilting. It has a controllable speed control that could stitch as fast as 850 stitches per minute. It comes with 7 one-step button hole styles and 9 presser feet. As a plus, it also has a hard shell carrying case and a quick start guide manual.

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Pros

  • Brother CS6000i is often praised for its affordability and performance. One of the best, if not the best computerized sewing machine within its price range. It has 60 pre-installed stitches and even comes with a free quilting table (just a small one) and a hard case.
  • Unlike its close competition, Singer 7258, CS6000i has an edge with its extra quilting table, making it more fit for quilting and does, it is more flexible in terms of project diversity.
  • This machine works fast, but could be adjusted to go slower for beginners. It works quietly, and delivers stitches of good quality. It is also generally very easy to use. Going reverse, adjusting needle up/down, or tweaking the length and width of the stitches are all easily done by a push on a button. I would say that this is very beginner friendly, and delivers a high performance especially for domestic use.
  • It’s also very light and portable. Being made out of plastic, it’s easy to take to classes or for travelling if needed.
  • Each stitch shows what presser foot to use on the LCD screen. That saves time from beginners that could be spent on google-ing or guessing the right presser foot.

Cons

  • The biggest con for me would have to be that this is made out of plastic. So far it has remained intact after a year of usage, but I’ve always taken extra care of it. This makes me feel that my money mostly goes to its user-friendly interface and features. Thus, if you’re only after a basic sewing machine, you could stick to simpler ones with a sturdy metal frame. This isn’t weak, but I’d prefer if it was made out of metal.
  • Due to its light weight, it also has the tendency to shake when working on heavy fabrics. I’ve stopped using this for heavy fabrics now, but I would say that it would help to always put this on a heavy table when working.
  • Also, this machine is prone to bobbin vomit. It usually gets stuck in a knot amidst some project, and this could be annoying if you do sewing a lot. I would also say that this is not best for stitching on heavy fabric. However, this would do the trick for most light fabric and domestic projects.

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In a nutshell, I would say that Brother CS6000i is a very good choice may it be for beginners or pros, as long as it would only be used for simple projects and light-medium fabric. Otherwise, if you require projects for leather or thick denim and other heavy fabrics, you may choose more sturdy ones in the market.

Top 5 brands that proved their name amongst sewing machines

Names often matter. Brand names signify commitment to quality and craft. In choosing sewing machines, it may help to know the leading brands and what they have to offer. What are the In choosing sewing machines?

Before reading on, please know that although brands have a say in choice, it is ultimately your needs and sewing styles, as well as your choices of fabric that will be the biggest deciding factors in purchasing a sewing machine.

Nevertheless, it’s helpful to know the leading brands and see what they have to offer.

1. Singer

Singer comes with the tagline Singer is sewing made easy. Singer is always on the list of the best brands and models for sewing machines.

Their commitment is for practical design and crafty innovation, which makes forth sewing machines that are simple to use but at the same time, are very capable.

Among famous Singer sewing machine models are:

  • Singer 4411 Heavy Duty extra-high sewing speed sewing machine, a sturdy metal and manual sewing machine
  • Singer 8763 computerized sewing machine, a computerized sewing machine with a free arm and 30 built0in stitches
  • Singe 7258, a sewing machine that comes with a 100-pre-installed stitches, 10 of which are included on the presser feet, it’s designed for the crafty user.

2. Brother

Brother sewing machines also lead the market in sewing machine quality.

However, rather than offering practical design, Brother is committed to innovation, having mostly combination and entirely computerized sewing machines with more than 50 to 100 pre-installed stitches.

They are made to make sewing easy for both beginners and pros.

Brother’s famous models include:

  • Brother CS6000i, a computerized sewing machine with 60 built-in stitches and an LCD touch-screen display that allows forth the selection of stitch styles
  • Brother SE400, an embroidery and computerized sewing machine rolled into one
  • Brother CS5055PRW an electric sewing machine with 50 pre-installed stitches.

3. Janome

Janome’s brand is committed to ease of use while enhancing the sewers capability, may it be expert or beginner.

The brand is a Japanese brand, and has been in the industry since 1921.

They also express great commitment to customer service, by providing quality products for the betterment of society.

Janome offers the second most diverse set of sewing machines, having 392 options in total, following Brother that leads at 557.

Janome’s known models include:

  • DC2012, a computerized sewing machine that is equipped with 50 stitching patterns and 3 button hole styles
  • Magnolia 7318, a graphics-less sewing machine with a sturdy metal body.

4. Husqvarna Viking

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Husqvarna Viking sewing machines claim commitment to convenience in sewing with its time-saving and cutting edge features.

They develop projects that encourage sewers around the world to keep on sewing and developing its art.

Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 and Husqvarna Viking HClass 100Q are two of its most famous models. Both of which come with less pre-installed stitches than the once mentioned, but are very easy to use.

5. Babylock

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Babylock has been in the industry for 40 years now.

Not as long as others, but had been creating a wide selection of sewing machines for sewing, embroidery, quilting, and serging.

One of its famous models include Ellisimo, which features an auto-threader and a flexibility that offers the ability to embroider and stitch.