Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Review

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Review
Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Review
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Users
  • 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

Sewing and quilting machines for home use are growing in popularity in sewing rooms the world over.

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter an ideal teaching machine

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter an ideal teaching machine

The Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is not only a sewing and quilting machine; it is an ideal teaching machine.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good for beginners
  • Lots of stitch options

Cons

  • Slower than some other machines in its class

At A Glance

One look at the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter and you know why the word ‘confidence’ is a part of its name.

The easy to thread and use guides are immediately obvious, as well as the quick reference stitch guide that slides out beneath the control panel.

The convenient, easy to navigate touch pad puts the 98 utility, decorative and quilting stitches at the fingertips of the user.

Features

Whether this is your first sewing and quilting machine, or if you are replacing an older model, we believe home machine quilting enthusiasts at all skill levels will be pleased with the features offered by the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter.

  • 98 built in utility, decorative and quilting stitches
  • 7 automatic one-step buttonholes
  • Bonus quilting accessories – listed below
  • Large extension table
  • Drop feed
  • Heavy duty meal frame
  • Programmable needle up and down

Working on the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter

See through bobbin cover

See through bobbin cover

Threading the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter and winding the bobbin are made simple with the easy to follow threading guide, top winding bobbin and see through bobbin cover.

This also helps the user keep track of the amount of thread available on the bobbin before starting a long stitching or darning task.

Imagine being in the middle of an intricate quilting design and running out of thread in the bobbin. It has happened to the best of us at one time or another.

Even the most talented of home sewers and the best of quilting machines equipped with a memory function will reveal a slight tell-tale sign of where the thread ran out and the pattern restarted.

With this simple feature in place, a simple glance will eliminate the need for trying to restart a quilting pattern without a hint of stopping and restarting.

Since the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is capable of both sewing and quilting, we decided to do something a little different for this review.

Rather than sample design and utility stitches on a one or two layers of light to medium woven fabric as is our practice with most reviews, we opted to use a piece of felt in order to sample the way stitches are produced on thick fabric.

We found the pull out quick reference guide to be most helpful in identifying and selection available stitch options.

A pull out quick reference guide for stitch selection

A pull out quick reference guide for stitch selection

As it turned out, the each of the stitches we selected were well defined, sharp crisp and evenly spaced.

Well defined, sharp crisp and evenly spaced stitches

Well defined, sharp crisp and evenly spaced stitches

Functional free arm

Functional free arm

The standard even feed walking foot made working with this thicker fabric as easy as if we were working with thin woven fabric.

The Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is quiet, and operates smoothly. The standard work table doubles as an accessories case which, when removed, reveals functional free arm for sewing those small items.

The large extension table is an added feature that makes large quilting projects as easy as can be.

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

The standard accessories included with the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter are considered to be essential by the seasoned home machine quilter.

  • 9 presser feet
    • All purpose foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Even feed [walking] foot
    • Open toe
    • Straight stitch foot
    • Darning & embroidery foot
    • Special purpose/Satin foot
    • Buttonhole foot
    • Blindstitch foot
  • Extra needles
  • 4 size 15J bobbins
  • Auxiliary spool pin
  • 2 spool pin felt discs
  • 3 spool pin caps (mini, small, large)
  • Combination seam ripper and lint brush
  • Seam guide
  • Quilting guide
  • Screwdriver
  • Dust cover

    Singer 7469Q accessories

    Singer 7469Q accessories

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

As far as quilting machines go, the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is possibly the best choice for the new home sewer.

This machine is capable of sewing as well as quilting and is very easy to set up and operate. The $449 manufacturer’s suggested retail price is not only affordable, it is also within reach of practically every home sewer.

The pricing is a reasonable expenditure for the beginning home sewer who has limited experience with any sewing machine as well as the experienced home sewer who has lots of experience with machine quilting and is in the market for a new machine to add to their sewing room inventory.

We do not, however, recommend this machine for use by children younger than 16 years of age.

Every sewing and quilting machine designed for home use has some of the standard features that can be found on the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter.

The standard features and accessories that accompany this home sewing and quilting machine not only enhance the sewing and quilting experience, they go a long, long way toward making sewing and quilting on the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter more efficient and user friendly.

The ergonomic design and useful function buttons, such as the twin needle capability and on board stitch guide, not only simplify the sewing and quilting process, they are major assets for any sewing machine.

We recommend the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter for anyone in the market for a new sewing and quilting machine.

The really good news is you can get one without even leaving home because this machine is available on line through Amazon.com

If, however, you prefer to try the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter or yourself before buying it, a personal demonstration by a professional sales person and all that it is capable of is as close as a visit your local authorized Singer dealer.

2 Comments

  1. I thought your overall review was good but you did mention it has drop down feed dogs and what I would like to know is how it does with free motion quilting.
    Cheers Michelle in Oz

    • Dear Michelle –

      Thank you for visiting sewinginsight.com.

      Dropping the feed dogs on the Singer Confidence Quilter 749Q is a little tricky. Page 12 of the owner’s manual will give you a very good illustration of how the process works.

      You must first remove the accessories tray. The switch that controls the feed dog level is cleverly hidden on the back side of the machine… behind the needle plate to be exact. I must admit, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a drop feed control in that position. However, once you find it, you’ll discover that it works quite well.

      Happy Stitching.

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