Singer have historically been one of the best sewing machine manufactures in the world. Their sewing machines are favorites among user because of their value for money and quality. The Singer 1234 perfectly embodies what Singer machines are about. It is focused to be an approachable sewing machine for complete beginners and it is a great introduction for kids. Read the rest of my review to find out why I think that this Singer 1234 a fantastic affordable sewing machine perfect for kids new to sewing. If you are interested in buying a machine for a kid please check out my list of best sewing machines for kids.
This machine is light and compact. Fantastic for transporting to and from sewing class and super easy to put away after use. With dimensions of 13 x 7 x 11.5 inches and weighing less then 10 lbs it’s a fantastic size for kids. Singer have done a great good with the design of the 1234. It is simple but really attractive. I love the mint green stitch selector and reverse switch. They contrast the white frame really well, as does the red Singer logo.
Something that is defiantly not standard are the decals that come with the machine. They are a great way to customize the machine. These are really popular among kids. Who love the ability to make their machine bright and colorful.
Since the Singer 1234 is an affordable machine aimed at beginners it is not packed with features but the features that it does have are implemented well. Most machines come with some kind instructional material but the Singer 1234 comes with a fantastic online machine owners guide. Taking you through every aspect of its setup and functions. This is a real standout feature. Perfect for beginners that have no previous experience.
Something that I love about Singer sewing machines is that they all feature a heavy metal frame. Having a metal frame makes the machine feel really sturdy and ensures great performance. Something some users may not like is that the 1234 features a front-loading bobbin. They are a little harder to load than a top loaded bobbin, tend to jam more and take longer to get to. On the positive side, there is an automatic bobbin winder, saving lots of time. Removing the extension table not only reveals the bobbin casing, removing it allows access to the free arm perfect for sewing cuffs and sleeves. There is space in the extension table to hold all the accessories.
Being a mechanical sewing machine all the stitches are selected via the stitch selector. There is a picture of each stitch on the stitch selector making it very intuitive to use.
The Singer 1234 features 6 built in stitches. A modest amount but plenty for many simple projects and a great starting point to learn. The included stitches are straight stitch, satin stitch, zigzag stitch, blind hem stitch, scallop stitch and 4-step buttonhole. Stitch width and length can also be altered for increased customization with the stitch width adjustable to 5mm. The 4-step buttonhole works great and will giving a professional finish.
SETUP AND ACCESSORIES
As you would expect from a machine that is aimed at beginners, setup is super simple. For complete beginners the online tutorials available are a perfect introduction to the features of the sewing machine. Even more experienced users would benefit from watching them since they clearly outline setup and use. There is also a comprehensive instruction manual that comes with the machine outlining all its functions.
There is a great range of accessories included that will give you everything that you need to get started. The included accessories are:
- Spool pin felt
- Seam ripper and lint brush
- Foot control
- Quick start guide
- Power cord
- Darning plate
- Tote bag project sheet
- Three presser feet.
As you can see Singer have included everything that you will need to start sewing straight away. The 3 included presser feet are an all-purpose foot, a zipper foot and a buttonhole foot. The zipper and buttonhole feet offer a fair amount of versatility in terms of making clothes. Particularly great for introducing kids to sewing since the opportunity to make their own clothes is sure to stark their interest. There are more presser feet available at around $20 each.
Something that isn’t included is a case. However, Singer have included a step by step guide on how to make a tote bag. Personally I love this addition. It gives beginners a clear goal for when you first start, allowing you to create something practical. I followed the instructions and the results where great. In the past I have always preferred to use a hard case to transport my machine however I think the tote bag is actually more comfortable and easy to carry.
For a machine that is so compact and affordable the performance is great. It is smooth, handling lighter fabrics wonderfully. It is possible to use it on heavier fabrics like denim and leather as long as you take your time and don’t sew to fast. In terms of speed it capable of doing up to 750 stitches per minute. The metal frame makes it feel very sturdy. Perfect for teaching kids.
Number of Stitches: 6
Stitch Speed: 750
Bobbin Loading: Front
Weight: 10 lbs
Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 11.5 inches
Included Presser feet: 3
Auto Buttonholes: 4-step Auto sizing
Auto Needle Threading: No
Warranty: 25 Years Limited
To conclude this review: The Singer 1234 is a great example of a simple machine aimed at beginners. Its ease of use and simple setup allow for anyone to get going straight away. The online tutorials offer unmatched assistance that you will not get with any other sewing machine. For those that have kids that are interested in learning to sew the Singer 1234 is a great choice, its compact size will not be intimidating and the great performance will ensure a safe learning environment. I recommend this machine for anyone new to sewing and more experienced users that just need a simple affordable machine. If this machine isn’t for you please check out my list of the best sewing machines in 2017.
PROS AND CONS
- Fantastic value for money
- Decals are a fun way to customize the machine
- Great for beginner and kids
- Tote bag project guide
- Front Loading Bobbin
- No automatic needle threader
- No case