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Singer 160 Limited Edition Review

Singer 160 Limited Edition Review
Singer 160 Limited Edition Review
Author
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease Of Use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

Introduction

This year, the Singer Company released a limited edition sewing machine to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the introduction of the very first Singer sewing machine for home use to the public.

The Singer 160 Limited Edition

The Singer 160 Limited Edition

This vintage looking machine has all the visual appeal of earlier models, but is loaded with features and specifications that definitely let you know that this is not your great grandmother’s Singer.

Just like Grandma, however, you can have the Singer 160 Limited Edition delivered right to your door by purchasing yours on line through amazon.com.

If you prefer to try it out first, all you have to do is visit your local authorized Singer dealer.

Pros

  • Vintage design
  • Center zigzag taper
  • SwiftSmart threading system

Cons

  • Limited stitch selection
  • Slower than other machines in this category

At A Glance

There is no way anyone over the age of 40 could possibly look at the Singer 160 Limited Edition without triggering nostalgic memories of watching their grandmother or aunt whipping up new dresses, skirts, blouses and curtains on her old black Singer sewing machine with the gold decals.

The Singer 160 Limited Edition with its carton

The Singer 160 Limited Edition with its carton

The Singer 160 Limited Edition has the same antique shape and shiny black patina. The decals are so close to the original Singer accents that I was tempted to look up photos of antique Singers to make a comparison of our own.

To our delight, the decals, while perhaps not exactly identical to the decals used on antique Singers, are extremely close.

Unlike Singer sewing machines of days gone by, however, the Singer 160 Limited Edition is loaded with up to date features and the latest technological advances, designed to make sewing on this beauty a true delight.

Grandma and Auntie would have absolutely loved to have had access to the many features and accessories that come with the Singer 160 Limited Edition.

Features

The Singer 160 Limited Edition is equipped with lots of great features. The most outstanding of all these features are listed below:

  • 24 built-in utility and decorative stitches
  • 2 automatic 1-step buttonholes
  • SwiftSmart threading system
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Quick-view stitch setting
  • Easy stitch adjustment prevents
  • OneTouch stitch selection

Working on the Singer 160 Limited Edition

Over the years, I have sewn on possibly hundreds of sewing machines. However, I have never seen one as easy to thread as the Singer 160 Limited Edition.

Threading this machine takes just three steps… pass it through the thread guide; down toward the needle and then press the lever on the left side to engage the automatic needle threader. It’s just that simple.

24 stitch option panel

24 stitch option panel

Winding the bobbin is just as easy. Again, the process takes only three steps. After passing the thread through the guide and around the bobbin guide to the bobbin, snap the bobbin winder into place and press the foot pedal.

Once the bobbin is filled, open the bobbin housing and drop it in.

Selecting one of the 24 stitch options is as simple as touching the icon of the desired stitch on the panel.

Once your stitch selection is made, the Singer 160 Limited Edition automatically sets the ideal length and width for you.

However, you can override that feature and set your own stitch length and width if you want to create a customized stitch of your own.

For this review, I tested several different stitch options and was pleased to learn that selecting and creating stitches on the Singer 160 Limited Edition is even easier than the manufacturer suggested on the website.

Regardless of the stitch selected, I found the stitches to be well formed, balanced and sturdy.

Well formed, balanced and sturdy stitches

Well formed, balanced and sturdy stitches

On board thread cutter

On board thread cutter

The box feed feature assures that regardless of the fabric thickness, the feed dogs remain in contact with the fabric at all times.

This is one of the best means of all to prevent fabric bunching up during the sewing process.

The on board thread cutter, drop feed, easy stitch selection, automatic needle threader and quick start reference guide make sewing on the Singer 160 Limited Edition one of the most pleasant experiences I have ever had.

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

If you think the Singer 160 Limited Edition has the same accessories of your grandmother’s old Singer, you will be pleased to learn that this updated version of Grandma’s sewing machine has lots of great 21st century accessories, including:

Accessories of Singer 160 Limited Edition

Accessories of Singer 160 Limited Edition

  • 5 presser feet
    • All-purpose foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Buttonhole foot with underplate
    • Blind hem foot
    • Satin stitch foot
  • Extra needles
  • 4 class 15J Bobbins
  • 3 spool caps (small, medium and large)
  • Extra spool pin
  • Spool pin felt
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam ripper/lint brush
  • Soft dust cover/carrying case
  • Instruction manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Introductory/instructional DVD

    Instruction manual, Quick start guide and Introductory DVD

    Instruction manual, Quick start guide and Introductory DVD

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

No doubt there are sewing machines on the market that are faster and offer more stitch options. Nonetheless, I think the Singer 160 Limited Edition is an ideal choice for anyone who loves to sew.

I also like this machine for the beginning sewer. It has all of the features that a new sewer would need to learn the art of sewing, but not so many features and bells and whistles that a novice home sewer might be intimidated.

The unique vintage appearance, ease of threading and operation are definite advantages for any sewer.

The older home sewer who may have reduced the amount of time they spend on the sewing machine could well be tempted to return to sewing most if not all of their clothes and home décor accents.

The new sewer will be delighted with learning on such a user friendly machine.

Add to all of that, the soft cover that was thoughtfully designed with an opening for the handle on top and you have a perfect lightweight portable sewing companion that is ready to go whenever and wherever you want.

A thoughtfully designed soft cover

A thoughtfully designed soft cover

The main thing to bear in mind, however, is that this fantastic machine with its reasonable $599 manufacturer’s suggested retail price is only available for a limited period.

Amazon.com offers the SINGER 160 Anniversary Limited Edition for around $350 (at the time of writing this review) which is a great bargain.

If you think a Singer 160 LE is in your future, don’t get left out. Get yours at Amazon.com or pay a visit to local Singer dealer for a demonstration.

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