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

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

At A Glance

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

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter an ideal teaching machine

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter an ideal teaching machine

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.


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

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

Functional free arm

Functional free arm

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.


  • 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


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


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
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

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.

Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
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 – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • Affordable
  • Good for beginners
  • Lots of stitch options
  • Slower than some other machines in its class
4.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (8 Votes)

9 Responses

  1. Michelle

    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

    • Vernelle

      Dear Michelle –

      Thank you for visiting

      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.

  2. John

    I have noticed that very few reviews of quilting machines ever make any mention of a machine’s throat size and its ability to handle large, thick quilts. But, with my wife’s current Brother sewing machine, the limited throat size is a real impediment to sewing larger quilts. Plus it’s not compatible with any free-motion feet. How does this Singer machine measure up regarding the throat size and the free-motion capability? Thank you, Vernelle!

    • Vernelle

      Hello, John –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      I, too,have noticed that there isn’t much difference between the needle to column space on sewing machines and machines designed for sewing and machine quilting. If you are in the market for a true quilting machine for your wife, I suggest you be prepared to invest in a machine that is designed primarily for quilting – like the Juki 2010Q. If you have the space to accommodate a larger quilting machine, you might consider the HandiQuilter Sweet 16, the Baby Lock Tiara II or the Janome Artistic Quilter SD.

  3. Kristin

    I purchased this machine during a short-lived quilting phase. Lately I’ve been using it to sew clothes and make zip pouches. I noticed the dog feeds don’t pull the fabric through on it’s own (i.e., guiding fabric with your hands in front).

    I find I have to help the fabric along from the side of the needle or gently tugging it through from behind the needle. If I don’t, the fabric just stays under the needle, or makes for a very uneven line of stitches. Is this normal? Or Is this machine simply not designed for what I would like to do?

    If not, I might consider investing in a new machine.
    Possibly a reasonably priced Janome.

    Any advice or other machine recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Vernelle

      The Confidence Quilter has an extra high presser foot lift. Make sure it is all the way down. If this doesn’t help, you will most likely have to take it in for servicing. Unfortunately, this is a problem I had with a Singer that I purchased back in the 1980s. The problem was never resolved to my complete satisfaction. Eventually, I sold the machine at a yard sale. Your decision to replace it – possibly with a Janome – might very well be your best solution.

    • Jacqueline Shaw

      also, make sure your feed dogs aren’t dropped. (switch on the back of free arm. )

  4. Mrs Patel

    I bought this machine from Ideal Home Exhibition trusting that it must be a reasonable price i.e £300.00 Later I found out that they are available elsewhere for £200.00
    This stall was by SINGER company itself. Despite paying the asking price I had to send it for repairs within one one year for multi problems. When I bought this machine my sister also bought with me and facing several problems. Very frustrating. I think it should have a five year guarantee instead of one.

  5. Sylvie DuPont

    I have tried to use the hand-look quilt stitch (02 setting) on cotton fabric, with both polyester and cotton threads (both in the top and bobbin), and using various stitch lengths, but I never get a clear quilt stitch, i.e. a long stitch preceded and followed by a “blank space”.

    I get a long stitch preceded and followed by very short stitches, apparent to the eye, so they do not look anything like “a hand-look quilt stitch”…
    Is this what they are supposed to look like?


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