Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Sewing Machine Review 2021
The author’s sewing machine with a quilt in progress.
Photo: Courtesy of Jessie Randall
Sewing, for me, is like drawing: a skill that allows me to create anything I can dream of. My university sculpture teacher was moved by Edward Scissorhands, saying that the figure is a sculptor who cannot part with his tools. This is how I feel about my sewing machine. He sits right at my dining table, like a sixth member of my family. I joke that without Brian, my husband and business partner of our fashion brand Loeffler Randall, I would still be making shoes by hand in my kitchen. Even after being in the fashion business for 16 years – and right after opening our first Loeffler Randall store in Soho – I find myself spending more time than ever before doing things at home with my Singer sewing machine. Quantum Stylist 9960.
I have owned several sewing machines over the years, including a super-fast industrial machine and a Hello Kitty machine used by my daughter that is made in Japan and is quiet. While neither the quietest nor the fanciest, the Quantum Stylist 9960 has earned (and retained) its place at my table because the relatively affordable model can do so much, including quilting, embroidery, do hundreds. different stitches and bring fabric together, which makes it versatile enough to do most of the projects I throw at it (sew?). Since using it, I haven’t run out of things from Halloween costumes for my kids to little gifts for friends to a quilt of all the old swimsuits my sons grew up with. from scalloped and ruffled pillows for our new store, to scrunchies, to prototype Loeffler Randall slippers that sold out immediately after their release in the midst of the pandemic.
Speaking of the pandemic, I also used the machine to make reusable cloth face masks – some 1,200, at last count. A bunch went to frontline workers like my neighbor Christy, a doctor in Brooklyn, and her entire team. The machine embroidery function allowed me to write a short message (âThank you, heroâ) inside each one. Other masks I’ve made have gone to friends, the older ladies in my writing group (don’t worry, we’re meeting on Zoom now), and my family. My son Casper even went into the effort by filming a YouTube tutorial with me to teach people how easy it is to make a lot of masks very quickly. Which brings me to my favorite feature of the machine: when you’re done sewing, you can press a little button and it cuts the thread very close to the fabric. This saves so a lot time and thread, which is important for someone who sews constantly, like me, and who wants to be economical with their materials. When I’m sewing 30 face masks at a time or doing quilting, those extra bits of yarn really add up and are so unnecessary. But the Quantum Stylist 9960 fixes that. Plus I can move really, really fast because stopping and starting a stitch line is so easy.
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