Singer 90S Special Edition Review

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It’s rare, it’s fabulous looking and we love it…

The Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine is a user-friendly digital sewing machine good for everyone from the student to the hobbyist.

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Being a step above the simple beginner sewing machines and not quite on the same level as the more advanced ones, it is probably best suited to someone who is still learning but has the basics down.

With its sleek retro appearance and featuring over two-hundred stitches, this machine will up your game and improve your sewing.

It will impress with its ease-of-use and has features that simplify sewing, including an LCD screen to preview stitches and an Automatic Needle Threader.

Let’s find out more…


Singer 90s Special Edition: The Details

The Look

What sets the Singer 90S Special Edition apart from most sewing machines appearance-wise is that the outside is more of a rounded silver, when most are white with square corners.

This gives it a sleek look with a sort of 50s retro influence tied in, arguably more stylish than its counterparts and therefore a nicer addition to any room.

It has a long arm for easier sewing and has knobs for more accurate setting adjustments.

Though perhaps not the lightest sewing machine on the market, it is on the lighter side, which is a plus in terms of transportation and portability.

Yet, it has a decent weight which grounds it when in use and makes it ideal for heavier use as well. It has the best of both worlds.

Specs

  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 9.5 x 13 inches
  • Stitches: 231 built-in stitches including 7 button holes
  • Speed: Adjustable, and includes half-speed for learners who aren’t quite ready to go full-throttle.
  • Computerized/Mechanic: Computerized
  • Bobbin: Drop-and-sew bobbin system
  • Warranty: 25 year limited warranty

Accessories

This sewing machine comes with all the standard accessories most machines have, as well as many extras that add to the value and make using the machine easier. These include:

Standard Accessories

  • All-Purpose Foot
  • Blind Hem Foot
  • Satin Stitch Foot
  • Buttonhole Foot with Underplate
  • Zipper Foot
  • Needles
  • Bobbins (Class 15J)
  • Spool Pin Felt
  • Auxiliary Spool Pin
  • Thread Spool Caps
  • Needle Plate Screwdriver
  • Lint Brush/Seam Ripper
  • Soft-Sided Cover

Bonus Accessories

  • Beading Foot
  • Braiding Foot
  • Chenille Stitching Foot
  • Cording Foot
  • Darning/Freehand Embroidery Foot
  • Edge Joining Foot
  • Fancy Trim Foot
  • Fringe Foot
  • Invisible Zipper Foot
  • Open Toe Foot
  • Roller Foot
  • Wing (Hemstitch) Needle
  • Presser Foot Shank

Singer: The Company

Singer have been around for over 160 years and is well-known for their sewing and embroidery machines.

They are famous for making reliable and long-lasting machines and are popular around the world for what they do. When you think of sewing machines, you’re probably thinking of Singer.

The Warranty

The Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine comes with a 25 year limited warranty, ensuring you are happy with the product.

The warranty covers 25 years for the machine head, 5 years for the motors, light assembly, wiring, switches, speed control, and electronic components, and 1 year for adjustments, belts, rings, bulbs, and attachments.

These warranties all come with the typical limitations and can be read here: singer-90s-special-edition-sewing-machine-warranty

Features

Part of what makes this Singer 90s Special Edition so special is that it comes with a variety of features that will improve your sewing experience.

SwiftSmart Threading

The automatic needle threader on this sewing machine is one of the easiest we’ve ever used. No practise needed here!

All you need to do is to guide the thread from spool to noodle through just one groove. A simple push of the lever will thread the eye of the needle.

Drop & Sew Bobbin System

The top drop-in bobbin system means that all you need to do to get started is to drop the bobbin in and sew. It has an automatic thread pickup function which means you don’t have the finickity job of raising the bobbin thread.

Presser Foot Sensor

Adding to the ease of use is the smart presser foot sensor which will help you to place the foot in the correct position.

It has an error message function and buzzer to alert you when you’re in the wrong position, which again makes the set-up very quick and easy.

Start/Stop Button

There is a start/stop button with speed control which allows for slower sewing, a good feature for beginners and those who like to exert a greater degree of control over their stitches.

Lots of Stitches

The machine features a whopping 231 built-in stitches. Amongst these are essential and decorative stitches as well as 6 automatic button holes and 1 endless buttonhole.

Additional decorative features include automatic twin needle control and a programmable needle up/down function. Great for quilters and garment makers!

LCD Screen

The LCD screen on the Singer 90s is easy to read and confirm that you’ve selected the correct stitch via the adjacent dial. You can also use the screen to adjust the length and width of your stitches, elongate stitch patterns and even mirror image.

Another feature we love is the ability to save and edit your stitch patterns for later use. Great for personalization and unique designs!

Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine: Review

The Singer Special Edition has many good qualities that make it a great machine.

But as with all sewing machines, there are still a few ways it could be improved.

The ultimate question is whether it is the best machine for you. We’ve mapped out the best and the worst for you to decide for yourself.

The Positives

Very Easy to Use

We’re not sure that we would recommend this sewing machine for beginners, but there’s no doubt that the Singer 90S is easy enough to master for a beginner all the way up to a more experienced hand.

This is due to the user-friendly features on board: a super easy automatic needle threader, the drop & sew bobbin system, presser foot sensor, stop/start button and the speed controls.

You can get started with a sewing project within minutes of unloading this machine from the box, and those of us with deteriorating eyesight will certainly be thankful for the helpful features.

Opportunity for More Creative Projects

The Singer special edition sewing machine is wasted on just general everyday sewing (although it can handle this no problem) as there are so many opportunities to test out some of its more decorative features.

The large sewing space and throat means that it’s well suited to quilting, while the huge number of stitches and abilities to personalize stitches and patterns is ideal for embroidery and even small scale garment making.

You can even indulge in free motion sewing and embroidery thanks to the easy to reach drop feed lever, which will lower the feed dogs and allow you complete freedom over your project, if you so wish.

There’s also a free arm to assist you in sewing sleeves and hems, and automatic twin needle mode — great for hemming!

It’s a great machine for sewers to try out new projects with and hone their skills — your talent and abilities should grow with the machine.

Sleek Appearance

This machine has a unique look that is difficult to find anywhere else.

The retro look means the Singer Special Edition Sewing Machine wouldn’t be out of place in the 50s or the future. Singer have worked to make the machine look vintage inspired and at one with the curves of their original design.

It’s a truly timeless piece and a great showstopper in your craft room.

Other Things We Love:

  • Programmable needle up/down function
  • Bright workspace
  • Automatic reverse stitch function
  • Extra high presser foot lift — great for quilting and thicker fabrics

The Negatives

Not Heavy Duty

While the Singer 90s sewing machine certainly covers the basics and plenty more besides, it’s not quite sturdy enough to be considered a heavy duty machine.

That means no multiple layers of heavy fabrics. As such, we can’t really describe it as a workhorse and would suggest you look elsewhere if you want something built for heavy garment making or quilting, for instance.

Although it has many advanced features, this type of machine may not be up to par with the standards required of advanced and professional sewing.

Not a Great Cover

The cover for this sewing machine does the bare minimum a cover can do. It covers the machine, protecting it from dust, but doesn’t do much else.

It would not be useful in the event of having to travel with the sewing machine, for example, and would do little to protect it from bumps or scratches.

For the most part, this isn’t something most people worry about with their sewing machines, since most machines remain on surfaces and aren’t carried around much. However, if you want to travel with your Singer 90s, you may have to invest in a better cover separately.

Not Portable

It isn’t too difficult for the Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine to be moved from one place to another if required. It weighs on the lower end of sewing machines despite the long arm it has.

However, it is not a machine made to be traveled with. Its weight is a bit too much to justify lugging around more than required and the size and shape aren’t made for travel either, not to mention the cover is sorely lacking.

It’s hard to measure just how big it is from the photos we have, so take a look at this video from HSN for some perspective:

Overall Verdict

The Singer Special Edition Computerized Sewing Machine would be best suited for someone whose sewing skills fall somewhere around the beginner and intermediate stage. Committed hobbyists who like sewing at home or in a studio will love it.

The many features of this machine are beyond the basic skills many beginner sewers learn and there are a lot of features that will allow new or even already proficient sewers to advance. We love all the opportunities offered to get a little more creative with your sewing projects.

It’s not great in terms of portability and is on the pricier end, but there’s no doubt that the Singer 90s Special Edition is a quality machine from a trusted company. Plus, it looks amazing!

Where to Buy the Singer 90s Special Edition

Although it’s undoubtedly a very popular machine in the sewing community, the Singer 90s is certainly limited in where you can buy it.

The one place where we can find where is available right now (with only limited stock) is Amazon.

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