Think Before you Buy…
The Singer Stitch Sew Quick is portable, easily stored and can be used everywhere. However, you will be disappointed if you are looking for a real sewing machine.
Hand held sewing machines, including this one, are strictly for very light duty and they are definitely NOT suitable as a first sewing machine for an adult or a child.
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Some more experienced sewers feel that, if you are patient, read the manual carefully and work hard to understand how to use this little sewing machine, it would be OK for small, simple projects.
In fact, the Stitch Sew Quick was designed to do simple repairs and to fix items like curtains (still on the rod), sheets (still on the bed) and quick repairs to clothing (still on the person).
If you have a specific repair job in mind, like repairing a sleeping bag (which is hard to sew with a regular sewing machine), the cost of this little sewing machine is certainly less than replacing the sleeping bag with a new one. So, in that case, buying this mini machine could be a good investment.
But, for the most part, reviewers agreed that you would do better to spend your money elsewhere (even though the machine only costs $10-20)!
How the Singer Stitch Sew Quick Sizes Up
There are a number of reasons why the little Singer Stitch Sew Quick handheld sewing machine just doesn’t size up.
Here are some of the most common complaints that I’ve seen:
- You must tie the ends of the thread – The stitch is a lockstitch, and the machine does not go in reverse (to tie off the stitches). If you’ve ever unraveled a feed sack, you understand how a lockstitch works. If you get it started, your whole seam will unravel to the end.
- Many people complain of loose stitches or stitches that unravel. You must hand tie the stitches to keep them from unraveling. Most agreed that this is an annoyance at best! However, let’s face it. How much time does it take to tie a knot or two?
- Low clearance under the pressure plate – difficulty getting the fabric into place. This also limits the thickness of fabrics that you can sew. It also makes it easy to snag the fabric if it is delicate.
- Made of cheap plastic – advertised to be made of sturdy metal and plastic.
- Unable to sew thick or heavy fabrics – advertised to handle silk, crafts, denim, leather and wool. I seriously doubt that the Singer Stitch Sew Quick can sew leather.
- Hard to thread – this is not a high end sewing machine.
- Needed 3 hands – Another common problem was how to hold or use the Singer Stitch Sew Quick. It doesn’t sit on a table, it doesn’t lay on your lap. Somehow you have to hold it against your body while you lift the holding plate and still not put pressure on the needle arm, while you hold the fabric at the same time.It might work best with a third hand or a second person!
Not all reviews are negative. Some people found the mini to be frustrating, but they did get it to operate and do what they wanted to do. And some felt that the effort was worthwhile, and once they got used to it, they liked the Singer Stitch Sew Quick.
All in all, Singer is not living up to its reputation with this little Singer Stitch Sew Quick handheld sewing machine.
A hand held sewing machine is definitely not for beginners, definitely not for children, and it may not be for you.
Before you make a purchase, make sure you understand handheld machines’ limitations and the problems and headaches they can cause…
You can purchase the Singer Stitch Sew Quick at Amazon.
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