The Brother CS770 and the Singer 9980 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Brother CS770 vs. Singer 9980: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Brother CS770 and Singer 9980 are both computerized sewing machines. If you buy a computerized sewing machine, you might also be able to save a few new patterns or even stitches to the onboard memory. Users may even be able to add new stitches, or even project patterns, depending on the machine they’re working on.
Contrary to what you might think, digital machines might be some of the easiest ones to operate. They were actually created to make our lives easier. Or, rather, they were supposed to make it easier and faster to make clothes in factories.
Brother CS770 vs. Singer 9980 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother CS770 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 40 to be exact. Within those 40 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer 9980 features 820 stitches. Similar to the Brother CS770, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Brother CS770 sewing machine weighs approximately 11 lbs, while the Singer 9980 sewing machine comes with a weight of 20 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Brother CS770 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer 9980 sewing machine does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.
Speed Control Slider
The Singer 9980 arrives with a speed control slider while the Brother CS770 sewing machine doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.
The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother CS770 sewing machine and the Singer 9980 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.
The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother CS770 and Singer 9980 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
There is free arm on both the Brother CS770 and the Singer 9980. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.
|Brother CS770||Singer 9980|
|Sewing Machine Type||Electronic||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||5 one-step||13 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||–||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||–||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes, 2 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||11 lbs||20 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||–||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||LCD and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Automatic (with override option)|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole Foot, Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Overcastting Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Monogramming Foot, ZigZag Presser Foot||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Exclusive Underplate, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning / Embroidery Foot, Narrow Rolled Hem Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Quarter Inch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Cording Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||Yes|
|Tension||–||Automatic (with override option)|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother CS770 Video Review
Singer 9980 Video Review
While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.
Q. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
Q. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.
Q. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?
A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.
Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
Q. How much electricity does a sewing machine use
A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.
Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine
A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.