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Best sewing machine brands

Singer sewing machines

By Jade Harding

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Are Singer sewing machines any good? Our survey of Singer sewing machine owners reveals what they really think of the brand.

We surveyed more than 900 sewing machine owners in September 2017 to discover the best and worst brands. Read on to find out how Singer's customers rated their sewing machines, and how the brand compares with rivals such as Brother and Janome.

You can also read comments from people who own Singer sewing machines, and get an idea of the models in Singer's ranges.

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About Singer

The American brand Singer has been synonymous with sewing since 1851. It introduced the world's first zigzag machine and the first electronic machines. It provides a wide range of domestic and commercial sewing machines.

Singer machines are widely available, especially through well-known stores such as Amazon, Currys, Hobbycraft and John Lewis. The company also has its own online store, Singer Direct.

Its recent efforts have concentrated on creating models that encourage people who are new to sewing, such as the models in its Standard and Tradition ranges, as well as launching a 'sewing assistant' app. 

Singer sewing machines and prices

Singer offers more than 20 sewing machines. Click through our gallery to see a selection, from compact beginners' models to heavy-duty sewing machines and models suitable for embroidery.

Singer sewing machine ranges

The most compact models are in Singer's Standard and Tradition ranges. These are also the cheapest models, starting at a very reasonable £109 for the Standard 1507.

Singer's Simple, Talent and Heavy Duty ranges are all standard mechanical sewing machines, which are medium size and have extra features, such as one-step and four-step buttonhole functions. The stitching speed is also faster. These machines cost more than the compact models, but you shouldn't pay more than £300.

If you're looking for a sewing machine that will also be able to handle embroidery, you'll need to look at Singer's XL range. However, for premium features you should expect to pay a premium price: the Singer Futura XL400 is £899, while the newest and most advanced machine, the Singer XL 550 Futura, costs £1,399.

Prices correct as of May 2018.