Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 284
Rated 5 out of 5 by Omas2 Just what I needed - a light, too
When my 41 year old Singer died, I looked for a replacement checking things out online. I narrowed the search down to a Brother and this Singer before I went to the store. Seeing them side by side helped. I tend to be frugal and was really leaning toward the cheaper Brother, especially since it advertised a light. But, the Singer had an automatic threader. The auto threader won out. To my surprise, when I unpacked it at home, the Singer also has a light (but does not indicate that anywhere on the box or online. It was easy to set up; instructions were clear; works like a charm.
Rated 5 out of 5 by mamasews Great Beginner Machine
This machine met all of my expectations as a beginner. I did my research on sewing machines. I looked at Janome, Brother, Husqvarna, and many others but this Singer was perfect for me as a beginner and my crafting needs. Within 3 hours of opening the box I had made a blanket and diaper changing pad. I would recommend this to everyone starting out. You can't beat it for the low low price. The lower bobbin can be tricky and it took me about 30 minutes to figure everything out but once that was taken care of, there's been no other issues. Just follow the directions carefully and play around with the machine. The tension has to be right or there will be bunching or too loose but that is easily fixed. Again, I would recommend this sewing machine to all beginners who are on a budget.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pokie719 I hated it, but now I love it!
I received this product as a present for my birthday because I have always wanted a sewing machine. I've had it for months but never had a chance to use it until recently. As I set it up, I became progressively annoyed with it. So, I looked up reviews here on Walmart to try to see if others were having the same issues. After agreeing with all of the horrible reviews, I decided to give the machine and its manual just one last go. Then I found the solution! You haaaave to adjust the bobbin's tension or else the bottom thread will be really bunchy and ugly. The manual tells you that you have to use a small screwdriver (or the piece of metal that comes with the machine) to adjust the tension on the bobbin's steel case. Do this, and I'm pretty sure a lot of you all will have a better time with this machine because I sure have! Oh, and something else I would like to mention would be to twist the the large knob (on the right side of the machine) towards you to raise the needle to its highest position after sewing something. Remembering this has helped reduce my machine's number of jams to zero. :D
Rated 4 out of 5 by MissSlucrew Great for a beginner
This is my first sewing machine, after scouring yard sales I decided to get my very own new machine! I really like this one. I have NEVER sewn before. No home ec, nothing. So, it took me a little bit to understand the winding of the bobbin and pulling the bottom thread up, but after that it was smooth sailing. I have already altered two pairs of pajama pants, made a cover for my sewing machine and made two throw pillows! I can't believe how easy this is! I have only had my machine for a few days, so hopefully it will be durable and last, but, it's got a 25 year warranty, so it should be great!
Rated 1 out of 5 by NMDiver VERY poor quality
We bought this sewing machine for my wife to do some simple sewing projects. It worked fine out of the box--for about 3 days. The bobbin tension was bad. We reset it and it went bad again...and again...and again...etc. We took it to a sewing center and they told us some interesting facts:
1) They see this machine a lot & breaks repeatedly. 2) Bobbin tension does not remain set. 3) The timing was off and, although they could reset it, it experience said it would go out again soon. 4) These machines are not the same as Singers made 30 years ago. After the company went through bankruptcy, they sold the trademark & this machine is notorious for poor quality. We bought this expecting to have a machine that matched the Singer reputation and we are very disappointed. Bottom line -- DON'T BUY THIS MACHINE.
Rated 5 out of 5 by hllederer Sewing is fun again!
Sewing seems so easy with this machine. And I now have more space in my bedroom.
I keep it on my ironing board when I'm not ironing. The height of the ironing board is adjustable, making sewing much less painful for my neck and my back. (I place the sewing machine on the floor or dresser while I adjust the height of the ironing board.)
I've completed many projects that I'd been putting off, dreading pulling out my 42-year-old clunker.
This one is very easy to set up, and makes it easy to wind and change the bobbin.
It runs smoothly and sews very straight (when you want straight) for a machine that can also make decorative stitches.
The only difficulty I have is in turning the Pattern selector dial. But that's because of previous nerve damage to my hands.
I haven't yet figured out how to use the automatic needle threader, but I believe I'll soon catch on.
I just use an ordinary threader if necessary.
Thank you Singer people for making such a fine inexpensive machine.
Rated 5 out of 5 by deedee777 I sew so much that I wore out my last sewing machine! It was very similar to this one. There are a few improvements on this machine. The price was lower than the one I bought 10 years ago, believe it or not! I take it with me when I travel to my children's houses 500 miles away, so it's VERY portable! Thank you, Singer, for making such a nice little product! And thank you, Walmart, for shipping it free @ Site-to-Store........
Rated 5 out of 5 by CLOBBER MY SEWING EXPERIENCE
My sewing experience is very limited, however....I did like the ease of setting up. So far I have mastered the needle threader 3 times and for me that is EXCELLENCE! I have used the machine a few times and since I am not a seamstress I cannot give a full review, but for a novice like me it is great. I am soon 78 yrs old and that alone is TELLING!
Rated 5 out of 5 by BLAZiNx6iRL Name says it all !! (n__n)
I got this sewing machine as a Birthday present and it's my first time owning/using a sewing machine. The thought of how do I thread a bobbin, how do I thread the needle, how do I do this and that was just overwhelming but fear not ! As the name states Singer Simple ... it is SIMPLE ! The instruction book takes you step by step on how to thread the bobbing and you don't have to strain your eyes trying to get the thread into the needle bcuz the sewing machine has an automatic needle threader. It makes everything so very simple !! I Love the machine already ! (.__.") Now if I can only learn sewing machine skills everything would be great. L0L I'd definitely recommend this sewing machine over others. My Mom's old sewing machine was a Singer and it was a reliable one. Lasted her over 30 yrs or more.
Note : This sewing machine comes with an offer for a year subscription to Martha Stewart magazine but if you read the subscription slip carefully it tells you if you do not want the subscription ... there is an address where you can mail your Name, Address, and copy of receipt of purchase to get $14.95 refund *the value of the magazine subscription*. You have 30 days to request the refund.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Faeriesight Great basic machine! Don't let USER ERROR fool you
First things first, to make this machine work you must thread the top properly. The tensor knob on top for winding the bobbin is NOT the one you'll thread through for sewing! If you try that, you'll get bunched threads like all these other poor folks. The problems with this machine are USER ERROR. I put the thread through the correct tensor plates, the ones located UNDER the square of plastic that the bobbin-winding tensor sits on and my threads have never once bunched in the several months I have owned this machine. I have used it to sew through four layers of flannel + two layers of batting at once and it does fine. In the beginning it skipped two stitches on a very thin fabric, but has been smooth sewing since. Very pleased with this machine. I use it nearly every day as I make clothing, quilts, and cloth feminine products for sale. Please, don't be afraid to give it a try.
Rated 4 out of 5 by brookintoled Website for Manual with Video!!
I just got this machine for christmas and have not had time to tackle it yet, but I have been looking over reviews and checking out my manual, I noticed that many people said they wished there was a video, and I found one on the product website while registering my machine. The link is below.
Rated 4 out of 5 by 1stTimeSewer Useful For A Beginner
Product is very easy to learn and use. Manual is slim reading though. The light is nice. Sewing denim and quilting is possible. I enjoy making pillows out of old T-shirts I do not want to throw away.
To answer a question in another review given: Bobbins are a Class 15 and Needles are 2020 & 2025.
Rated 4 out of 5 by anrems The directions were very tricky and hard to understand, but once I finally got the machine set up it has been great! I like it, it's easy to use and a good beginners machine.
Rated 1 out of 5 by pengo Beware
I bought the singer 2263 for my 11 year old daughter to learn to sew on. A friend of my wife agreed to teach my daughter to sew, and read the manual and had trouble getting the singer to work right. She said that the thread kept breaking, the material bunched up, and the singer seemed very stiff. We tried to add some oil, but that did not help. The instructions stated that we should call singer rather than return the singer to Wal-Mart. My wife called and the customer rep said there was no way that the singer could be bad, and that we had broken the singer when we took it out of the box. She told my wife that there was nothing that they would do for us. This singer has never been used and and is a 90.00 paper weight. Things some times will not work, and thats ok, but singer will not stand behind their product. Beware!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by MabelMapleSyrup everything but a zipper foot
I purchased this machine for our granddaughter's ninth birthday. She was delighted and proceeded to make a pillow for her doll. She wound the bobbin, inserted it in the machine, and threaded the machine. Then later when she was practicing on a piece of fabric, the needle came unthreaded, and she threaded it again by herself. I was very pleased with the way the machine worked. If I had known it didn't come with a zipper foot, I would have ordered one. I'm so glad I didn't buy the little sewing machine that I had looked at previously. The reviews for it were not good at all. And I didn't want her to become frustrated with sewing. It looks like she's made a great start.
Rated 1 out of 5 by PurpleFlamingo Think twice before you buy.
I should have read reviews first. I paid $99 at Walmart store, when I see here it is $79.
My 45 year old Singer has a major problem, so I purchased this to teach my 13 year old granddaughter how to sew while she was staying with me for a week.
Hate the machine, cannot get a decent stitch, puckers no matter what length stitch, or no matter what tension. Bobbin winding is awful, it is not a smooth wound bobbin, thread loops hanging out all over.
No zipper foot, although it say it comes with one.
Rated 1 out of 5 by figureskatingmommyof2 Cheap and full of problems
I received this as a gift. First day I tried using it the needle would not align at all with the bobbin (so the thread would not pull up). Called singer and they told me to return it. I got a second machine, and it worked fine for a few minutes. Then it started tangling the thread being sewn from the bobbin. It was off and on. There are major tension issues with the bobbin. Also the needle threader did not align properly so it was useless. I took it to a sewing class and the instructor was even having issues, we wasted so much time just fixing the bobbin after every so many stitches. Too much of a hassle. I will spend more and get a quality machine!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Langirl24 Simple
This is a great, easy to use sewing machine. I'm a beginner but as it's name says, it is simple. The only thing is the top thread keeps breaking. Am I doing something wrong? The bottom bobbin is easy to thread and stays threaded!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Georgethe2nd easy to use
Good machine for the price and basic needs
Rated 4 out of 5 by janetpdq Must thread this machine with care!
I'm a fairly experienced sewer but most of my sewing is home dec, straight lines, piping and zipper installations. This machine was given to me and has performed well. There is NO way you can sew on it if the thread isn't threaded exactly right. Miss one step or position and you've got a real thread mess on your hands. I did have a very loud and annoying squeak develop with every stitch. Grabbed the manual and like others wondered, ok add oil...WHERE for Pete's sake?? My engineering husband squirted some where he thought it should go. Once the oil found it's way to the inner workings, no more squeak!! YAY! Great machine for simple sewing, on run of the mill fabrics and for repairing the occasional ripped seam. Probably not a great choice for very delicate fabrics or any application beyond basic sewing...Biggest beef, no zipper foot...really Singer? Shame on you. Second beef/wish-it-had an adjustable pressure foot....not all fabrics are the same weight!!
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sashanichole After roughly 15 uses, on light projects it's junk
I'll leave my review simple.
~ It is as it says simple to use.
~ It is easy to thread
~ It is affordable
~ It seems poorly made, as in breaks fast.
~ Mine lasted me less than 6 months, less than 20 projects.
~ Even with so little use, proper care it's bottom thread case just went out.
So you be the judge on whether or not you would like to invest in this machine. When I bought it it was a tad more expensive.
What I wish I would've done: Saved my money, and used what I paid for this to invest in a better machine that didn't have this issue.
My machine will not even stitch 5 stitches slowly. I watched and it wraps around the front of the bobbin case and all the contents surrounding, and it jams. I've followed every singer instruction to fix this with no avail.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Grandmamaof1 This is a nice machine. It's easy to thread and like the front-loading bobbin better than the drop-in bobbin. However, I'd like to purchase more bobbins and needles, but the guide does not state what the # of the bobbin is that I need to use.
Rated 5 out of 5 by FDGIRL Excellent machine!
This was the best investment I have made! The machine is so simple to use, comes with an instructional cd that is very helpful and straight forward. The machine is pretty quiet, too. I would definitely recommend this product to everyone... beginner to advanced skill sets.
Rated 4 out of 5 by deb1a I found this machine at the walmart store and it met my pricing needs. Plus it was a Singer. It had a few more options then the other ones in the store that were lower in price.
Those that have been having problems is because of a few sewing techniques. When sewing thicker material you need to use a different needle. There are different sewing machine needles for different types of machines and uses. And not all machine can handle hemming jeans, please research. Remember that need to change your needle often, about after 8 hours of sewing or each project. That's where other problems come in when not changing needles.
To avoid tangles in thread on any machine, start with the needle down in the material and end with it all the way up; tip from other sewing I got and works great. Make sure it's threaded correctly, too. The threading is what can cause stitches to bunch up. Make sure the bobbin is put in correctly. Also use good thread, Coats & Clark works fine in this machine. Make sure the bobbin case in in correctly, on mine I hear a snap/click when it's in all the way. If it still tangles, check your threading through the machine.
I never had a problem with the spool thread catching on anything. I do use a bobbin winder because I can never use a thread winder on a sewing machine... found at Walmar too for only $25.
To pull up the thread out of the bobbin you may need to bring the needle down a few times.
I've used this machine since April. I've made skirts, sewed elastic together, sewed a zipper, I might have had a zipper foot from an old machine, can't remember if this one came with one as others said it didn't, made shirts, one with set in sleeves and one with interfacing, pillow top, quilt top, etc.
Rated 1 out of 5 by SewMeHappy Not worth the money
I had this junk for 2 months. I kept giving it every chance I could. I read the manual front to back. I still had problems with bunching of the thread, breaking needles and mine also broke thread. The machine is made cheaply. That's the problem with it. I returned it and purchased the Brother CP6500 for 99 bucks on AMAZON. It runs like a dream and is worth every penny. So if you want to spend the same money and get so much more. More accessories and stitch function plus it's electronic just order the CP 6500 and skip this singer junk!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Edna2001 First Time Sewer- Love This Machine
Similar to another reviewer, I never took home econ or had any type of sewing classes. I just got the urge recently to learn how to do this for fun. I researched the machines in the $75-$150 price rance and this one seemed like it would be ideal for me. It did take me a little while to figure out the bobbin (I had never even heard of a bobbin), but within an hour I had it figured out. Watching some demo videos on youtube helped where the instructions were a little vague. In the two weeks I've had this machine I've made a fully lined jumper, a skirt and now I'm making pajamas. This machine makes everything so easy. This is a hobby for life. If I would've picked a machine that was harder to use I could easily have been turned off from sewing forever. BUY IT! Next I'll be researching Sergers...
Rated 1 out of 5 by CollegeTrendSetter A mistake!!!
Okay I have been sewing since I was little and even though I grew up using Singer I opted for a Brother when I had to buy my own. Anyway after the sad passing of my Brother my father in-law offered to buy me a new machine for x-mas 2009. Well the Wal-mart here only had Singer so that is what I got and have regretted it ever since! Shortly after getting it I had to replace the bobbin holder and no matter what I do I can never get the bobbin loaded right so it was constantly getting tangled/jammed. Straight stitch was fine, but as soon as I tried using other stitches the tension control became inconsistent. No matter what fabric I used it would get jammed in the feed, because they worked sporadically. Projects like hemming the guys work pants, which should have only taken a few minutes would take up to an hour each. I have tried to work with this machine for 2 years and it has been nothing but a never ending nightmare!!! For x-mas this year I am asking for a Brother to replace this thing. If you are very patient and do not mind an unreliable machine that will do sloppy stitches and put holes in your fabric this is the machine for you! If you are like me and want to actually enjoy what you are doing stay away from this machine!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1231231231 USE THE RIGHT THREAD
After a day and a half of using this machine, I was ready to return it - calling it a piece of junk. Then my husband suggested that I try a different thread. He went to the quilting store near me - that also sells singer sewing machines. The clerk called me and suggested polyester thread. I was concerned because I was working with heavy upholstery fabric, and she assured me that it is the strongest thread.
That was the problem. I have never had a problem since. Great little machine and a good tool for every home. I'm very impressed. I had to order a zipper foot from on-line because it doesn't come with one, but it does come with bobbins, standard foot, and various other things that fit neatly into the front compartment.
VERY light weight - and so much smaller than machines used to be. This means that it's no big chore to bring it out to use it.
Sewing machines are so improved in every way - except that it's harder to thread the needle with silver against a silver background.
Needle threader does not work.
Rated 1 out of 5 by AKUNR So dissapointed!
I bought this machine to be able to continue my quilting hobby, but I spend more time trying to make the machine work then actually sewing. So far in the 3 months I've had it, I've had to order a new set of needles because they kept breaking and I've brought it to a quilting store 3 times to see if others could get it to work. It has been such a waste of money and of time.
Rated 1 out of 5 The Honeymoon is over
I was very pleased with this machine the first two days I used it, but after that, the timing was off, and it made nothing but loops. The bobbin case doesn't sit right and sometimes it's very difficult to get it in place. I also found that it wound uneven bobbins which presents a slew of other problems.
I ended up having to borrow a friend's machine to finish my niece and nephew's Halloween costumes. She has a Brother 5000PRW I think- it's a Project Runway computerized machine with a drop in bobbin. now *THAT* is a machine. I wish I hadn't bought this piece of junk so I could buy that one. Please please please spend the $40 and get yourself something nice and reliable!