Founded in 1851, Singer has managed to stay as one of the world’s renowned sewing machine brand. They celebrated their 160th anniversary last 2011. To celebrate this milestone, they released a limited edition sewing machine in Jan 2012. In this Singer 160 Review article, we’ll find out more about this anniversary limited edition model.
Singer 160 Review: General Specifications
With it’s black and gold color scheme, the aesthetic of this machine will surely grab your attention. It’s also not just the color that makes it interesting but its shape as well. It looks so much alike with the cast iron treadle machine of the old times. If you look closer though, you’d see that this one isn’t made of iron and it is powered by electricity. The Singer 160 is a full-sized machine that is 23″ x 10″ x 13″ in dimension. At 24.8 lbs, it is on the heavy side but still weighs considerably lighter compared to other full-sized machines.
Singer 160 Review: Features & Functions
• The Singer 160 can sew as fast as 750 stitches per minute. It has 24 built-in stitches. They consist of 12 decoratives, 4 stretches, 6 essential and 2 full auto one-step buttonholes. Both the length and width of the stitches can be adjusted. They are customized using the soft touch keys on top of the stitch selection keys.
• As mentioned above, stitch selection is a breeze with the touch-button selectors and an LED screen to show you your current setting. The light even changes to indicate if a length or width adjustment was made.
• This machine also features an automatic needle threader, automatic tension control, and a built-in thread cutter. Presser foot can be replaced with a snap of a finger, with the snap-on presser feet function. They can also be raised extra high to accommodate thick or layers of fabric.
• With drop feed function to accommodate free-motion sewing. For further user control, it comes with 13 interchangeable needle positions. It even has twin needle capability for cover stitches.
• Due to its size, the detachable accessories box is also bigger than usual. It can accommodate all the accessories that come with the machine and some more of your own notions. The throat of the machine is also wider than most at 14.5″ length. This offers convenience when sewing and/ or quilting large projects. Finally, the Singer 160 is accompanied by an extra long power cord which gives you more flexibility in choosing your workstation.
Whats in the box?
This machine comes with 5 different presser feet, a set of needles and bobbins, spool caps, screwdriver, lint brush, seam ripper and spool pin. A soft cover, instructional manual, and cd, as well as the foot controller, are also in the package.
Singer 160 Review: Known Issues
Not actually an issue but areas for improvement. The foot pedal that comes with the machine is quite smaller than standard (or usual) so users are finding it uncomfortable. This machine also doesn’t have a needle up/ down button which is quite essential.
Singer 160 Review: Product Introduction