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Michley SS-700 vs. Singer 1512 Comparison

The Michley SS-700 and the Singer 1512 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 the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Michley SS-700 vs. Singer 1512: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

Both Michley SS-700 and Singer 1512 are mechanical sewing machines. Although a mechanical sewing machine has fewer stitch options than a computerized one, they are easier to maintain and cost less.

Michley SS-700 vs. Singer 1512 : Built-in Stitches

There are 12 stitches on Michley SS-700. On the other hand, the Singer 1512 has 13 built-in stitches. Michley SS-700 comes with 1 four-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 1512 has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Michley SS-700 weighs approximately 8 lbs, while the Singer 1512 comes with a weight of 10.78 lbs.

When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.

Drop-in Bobbin

This Michley SS-700 sewing machine comes with a drop-in bobbin, which allows you to see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. While Singer 1512 doesn’t

Michley SS-700 Singer 1512
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Mechanical Mechanical
Stitches 12 13
Buttonhole Styles 1 four-step 1 four-step
Start/Stop Button
Built-in Memory
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Monogramming Font
Drop Feed
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes Yes
Speed Control Slider Yes
Weight 8 lbs 10.78 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter
Automatic Needle Threader No
Drop-in Bobbin Yes No
USB Connectivity
Stitch Selection Dial Dial
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width
Included Feet All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button
Tension Tension is Adjustable
Knee Lifter
Warranty
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Michley SS-700 Video Review

Singer 1512 Video Review

The Verdict

The Michley SS-700 and the Singer 1512 have a number of differences in terms of features. The stitch quality, however, is a common aspect. These two machines sew on a range of materials with reliable results. Any of these two machines would be my first choice if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation and the choice should be based on your sewing ability and experience.

Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine

A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.

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.

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 do I thread a sewing machine?

To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.

Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.

Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.

However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.