Singer 9980 Review – Great Sewing Machine For All Skill Levels
Growing up, I was lucky enough to have both my grandmother and my mother help teach me how to sew. It was a long – and sometimes painful – process, but I eventually got the hang of it thanks to their guidance.
For those who aren’t fortunate enough to have teachers, the Singer 9980 may be your new best sewing friend. Like the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist that came before it; even if you’ve been sewing for decades, this machine has the advanced features you want and the durability you need.
Let’s take a closer look at what the Singer Quantum Stylist has to offer.
Singer 9980 Features
- 820 built-in stitches
- Built-in sewing assistance
- Automatic thread cutter
- Start/stop button
- Stitch memory
- Multiple presser feet included
- Elongation and mirror imaging functions
- Automatic threading
- Built-in alphabets
Our Singer 9980 Quantum Stylist Review
The Quantum Stylist may be a more advanced machine, but it’s designed for users of all experience levels. I know some of you aren’t fans of computerized sewing machines, but this model is more fluid and less cumbersome to use compared to other models.
The 9980 offers a lot of great features, including:
The Quantum Stylist has more stitches than you’ll ever need for any project – ever. There are 820 in total. These stitches include:
- 776 decorative
- 21 stretch
- 13, 1-step buttonholes
- 10 basic stitches
- 5 alphabets and numbers
The majority of the stitches are decorative, but with so many to choose from, no two projects will be the same. For quilters, having this many decorative stitches is a dream come true.
The direct button stitch selection feature allows you to choose the most popular stitches with the touch of a button, including zigzag, straight, buttonhole and blind hem.
The alphabet stitches allow you to personalize your projects by sewing in names and messages. You can even stitch in dates, so the recipient remembers when they received your thoughtful gift.
The 9980 also offers 13 one-step buttonholes that allow you to easily add buttons to your projects. A buttonhole foot is also included, which allows you to work with multiple layers of fabric.
Stitch memory is a fun feature that allows you to create customized designs and patterns. The editing function allows you to edit and save your stitch combinations for later use, so you don’t have to keep track of your personalized designs.
Start/Stop Button and Speed Control
The 9980 also offers a start/stop button for added convenience, and you can also control the sewing speed with or without the foot pedal.
This machine gives you more control, so you can sew however you please.
Automatic Threader and Cutter
Forget having to deal with manual threading – the 9980 offers an automatic needle threader that makes it easy to get projects up and running.
I truly believe that an automatic threader saves you time and a whole lot of frustration.
Along with the threader, this machine also has a drop-in bobbin system that makes it easy to monitor your thread.
The machine also sets the optimal length and width for stitches automatically, although you can override these settings if you wish.
On top of all this, you have an automatic thread cutter that saves you just a little bit more time.
Built-in Sewing Assistant
The Quantum Stylist has built-in sewing assistance that acts as a sewing buddy or guide as you work on your projects.
The backlit LCD lets you know (at a glance) which stitch you’ve selected, the stitch’s length and width, and the tension level. It will even make recommendations for presser feet.
13 Presser Feet
Speaking of presser feet, the 9980 comes with 13.
- Blind hem
- Satin stitch
- Button sewing
- Narrow rolled hem
- Even feed/walking
- Open toe
- Quarter inch
Singer includes just about every presser foot you will ever need to complete your sewing projects.
Overhead lighting isn’t always the best when you’re working on a sewing machine – especially if you’re working at night. Singer’s 9980 machine comes with two built-in LED lights, so you can see clearly while you’re sewing.
These StayBright LEDs last for up to 100,000 hours and always stay cool.
The 9980 comes with a needle up/down button. When the machine is stopped, you can press this button to move the needle from up to down, or down to up.
There are also 25 needle positions to choose from, which can be helpful for zippers, topstitching and cords.
Presser Foot Sensor and Feeding System
The presser foot sensor ensures that the machine’s presser foot is always in the right position. The 9980 won’t start sewing if the foot is raised, so you don’t have to worry about thread bunching.
The Quantum Stylist also has a 7-segment feed system that supports the fabric the entire way through the machine. There’s also a box feed function that moves the feed dogs in a box motion instead of an arc motion. The box motion allows for perfect feeding the entire time because the feed dogs are always in equal contact with the presser foot and fabric.
The 9980 comes with a slew of accessories to help you get started right away. These accessories include:
- Auxiliary spool pin
- Seam ripper
- Lint brush
- Soft-sided dust cover
- Edge/quilting bar
- Thread spool caps
- Spool pin felt
All of these accessories – plus the 13 presser feet – are stored in the accessories tray on the free arm of the machine.
The free arm is another nice feature that lets you sew pant legs, sleeves and other openings with ease.
Other Convenient Features
This sewing machine has so many features that it’s hard to list them all. Some of the other useful and convenient features include:
- Automatic Stitch Locking: Lock stitches with the touch of a button to prevent unraveling and reinforce stitching.
- Horizontal Threading: Threading horizontally helps prevent thread breakage and reduces the frequency of poor quality stitches.
- Automatic Reverse: With the touch of a button, you can sew in reverse and reinforce your stitches for better quality seams.
- Extra-High Presser Lifter: The machine’s presser lifter offers two heights. The higher height allows for more clearance, which is needed when working with multiple layers and thick fabrics. It’s especially helpful when quilting
- Easy to use.
- Automatic features save you time and make it easy to get projects started.
- Sewing assistance is a helpful bonus when starting new projects.
- Includes just about every presser foot you could ever want.
- Has more stitches than you’ll ever need.
- Alphabet stitches allow you to personalize projects.
- Abundance of features may be overwhelming.
If you’re used to working with simple machines, the 9980’s overabundance of features may be overwhelming at first. But with a little time and patience, you’ll quickly get the hang of working with this machine.
The Singer 9980 Quantum Stylist is a durable, easy-to-use and advanced sewing machine that will take your sewing projects to the next level. If you’re looking for a mid-range machine that can tackle just about any project you throw at it, I highly recommend this model.
Shannon has been and avid quilter for over 20 years. Her love of quilts came at an early age from her grandmother. She is a mother of 2 and lives in the US with her loving husband.