In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 9970 and Singer 9980. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Singer 9970 vs. Singer 9980: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Singer 9970 and Singer 9980 are both computerized sewing machines. Computerized sewing machines allow you to save new patterns and stitch types to the onboard memory. It is possible for users to create their own stitches, or even patterns, depending on the machine they work with.
In contrast to what you might think, digital machines may be the easiest to use. Rather than complicating our lives, they actually make them easier. In other words, they were supposed to simplify and speed up the process of making clothing.
Singer 9970 vs. Singer 9980 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer 9970 has 600 stitches. The Singer 9980 on the other hand comes with 820 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Singer 9970 sewing machine comes with 13 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer 9980 sewing machine has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Singer 9970 weighs approximately 17.8 lbs, while the Singer 9980 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.
Both the Singer 9970 and Singer 9980 come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.
Speed Control Slider
Both Singer 9970 sewing machine and Singer 9980 sewing machine have a speed control slider, which 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 Singer 9970 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 Singer 9970 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 Singer 9970 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.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Singer 9970 and Singer 9980 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 9970||Singer 9980|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||13 one-step||13 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 5||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes 2 LEDs||Yes, 2 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||17.8 lbs||20 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||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||All-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Underplate, Open Toe Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch Foot, Darning & Freehand Embroidery Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Adjustable Bias Binder Foot, Single Welt Cording Foot, Braiding Foot with Guide, Clear Piping Foot, Stitch in the Ditch Foot, Fancy Trim Foot, Chenille Stitching Foot, Edge Joining Foot, Gathering Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot and Seam Guide 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|
Singer 9970 Video Review
Singer 9980 Video Review
Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable 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 a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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 use 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine
A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.
Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine
A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.