Product Comparison: SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 vs SINGER 9980

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General Specifications
Quantum Stylist 9960
About the Product
Give every piece a personal touch with five stunning fonts and 600 built-in stitches. Mix stitches and lettering to create unique stitch sequences for endless possibilities of customised projects.
The Quantum Stylist 9980 sewing machine has 820 different stitches to inspire your next project. Choose basic or stretch stitches for fashion sewing, quilting and heirloom stitches for quilts or table linens, or decorative stitches to embellish almost anything! Stitch selection is done with a simple touch of a button, and your stitch is displayed clearly on the LCD screen, where you can also view your stitch settings and recommended presser foot.
Key Specs
Number of Stitches
Sewing Speed
850 stitches per minute
850 stitches per minute
Max. stitch length
6 mm.
6 mm.
Type of Shuttle
What customers say about "Key Specs"
SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 Portable Sewing Machine
  • It has speed control, so you can adjust how fast it goes. At the lowest setting, no matter how hard you stomp the pedal, it will still sew slowly. This is great for my students, who are often intimidated by sewing machines that sew too fast.
  • My 1st project was a purse. Part of the construction was 8 layers of light/medium weight cotton and 4 layers of light interfacing. I used a medium weight needle, and the machine plowed through all 12 layers with no problem.
  • Machine is great for quilting and having fun with the 600 designs. Love it so much.
  • Beautiful buttonholes. I tried several types and they all came out really nice. Quite simple to do. Just put the button in the buttonhole foot button holder, select the stitch, press start and it just does it's thing.
  • I don't like the small plastic bobbin cover. It would be too easy to lose. It also has a tab on it to lock into the machine. Looks like it could break off easily.
  • On the Touch-tronic, I could wind the bobbin in place; no rethreading of the machine was required. On this machine, the bobbin is wound on top of the machine.
SINGER 9980 Quantum Stylist 820-Stitch Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
  • I bought the Singer Quantum 9980 a few weeks ago, so I am still learning. I have made 2 quilts and I absolutely love the machine. I had looked at a machine that cost twice as much and this machine has most of the same features. I would totally recommend this machine.
  • Originally, could not make up my mind which machine to order the Singer 9980 or the 9985. In the end, I selected the 9980 and certainly have not been sorry. It is truly a dream unit for it's selection of beautiful stitches as well as ease of use. Would definitely recommend this machine.
  • The machine is fairly intuitive in terms of finding the stitch that you want to use. Combining two decorative stitches is easy as well. You do need to read the manual, haha, it's not intuitive for everything.
  • I will be sewing a straight stitch and next thing its sewing a zig zag stitch and the thread gets stuck inside the machine and then your ruffling everything and you have to cut the thread to rethread it
  • Top drop plastic bobbin systems are regarded as less desirable and supposedly not as good as the side loading kind...however, I enjoy the little clear window that allows me to see how much thread is left in the bobbin.
Size & Weight
12 in.
11.8 in.
17.2 in.
17.5 in.
8.2 in.
8.2 in.
18.2 lbs.
20 lbs.
Speed Controller
Speed control slider
Foot speed control
Free Arm
Locking Stitch Button
Easy Reverse Button
Thread Tension
Buttonhole Sewing
Knee Lift
Self-Adjusting Tension System, Automatic Reverse Stitches, Programmable Needle Up/Down, Adjustable Stitch Length, Adjustable Stitch Width, Snap-On Presser Feet, Extra-high presser foot lift, Variable Needle Positions, Direct Selection Stitches, Drop Feed, Tie-Off Button, Stitch Elongation
Automatic Reverse Stitches, Adjustable Stitch Length, Adjustable Stitch Width, Direct Selection Stitches, Stitch Elongation, Tie-Off Button, Drop Feed, Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure, Self-Adjusting Tension System, Speed control, Start/Stop Button, Needle Up/Down Control, Snap-On Presser Feet, Extra-high presser foot lift, Variable Needle Positions
Included Presser Feet
All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Satin Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Foot, Cording Foot, Darning/Embroidery Foot, Even Feed/Walking Foot, Overcasting Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Quarter Inch Foot
All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning/Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Quarter Inch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Even Feed/Walking Foot, Cording Foot
Twin-Needle Function, StayBright™ LED Lights, LCD Screen, Heavy Duty Metal Frame, Thread Cutter, Built-In Needle Threader, One-Step Buttonhole, Built-In Lettering (5 Alphabets)
OneTouch™ Stitch Selection, Built-In Lettering (5 Alphabets), Twin-Needle Function, Presser Foot Sensor, Dust cover included, LCD Screen, StayBright™ LED Lights, Heavy Duty Metal Frame, 25-Year Limited Warranty Sewing Machine Head, Thread Cutter Shut Off, Thread Cutter, One-Step Buttonhole
What customers say about "Features"
SINGER Quantum Stylist 9960 Portable Sewing Machine
  • It cuts the thread for you when you're done sewing! Just stop and press a button. It cuts the thread and raises the needle, so you can easily remove your fabric.
  • Let there be light! The LED light above the needle is very bright. With my old Singer, I had to tape a clip-on reading light to the sewing machine to cast more light on the fabric, but that wasn't enough, so I added two task lamps to my sewing table.
  • It's quiet. And I mean whisper quiet! As long as you're sewing a straight stitch and going slowly, the motor makes almost no sound. When you speed up, it gets louder, but it's still much quieter than any of my previous machines.
  • There are a LOT of different feet included. They are labeled with either a letter or number designations. When you select a specialty stitch, the computer will tell you which foot to use.
  • Love the needle up/down button. It moves the needle to the highest or lowest point. No fiddling with the hand wheel to get it close.
  • The monogram alphabets are pretty lousy. I found them awkward and clumsy-looking! Fortunately, I have very little use for embroidered lettering, so this wasn't a deal-breaker for me.
  • Automatic thread cutter is a great feature but when it works, it usually unthreads the needle which is a giant pain and a flawed system.
  • There is no memory to save sequences of character/decorative stitches which you define.
SINGER 9980 Quantum Stylist 820-Stitch Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
  • I have an old Singer Sears fully mechanical sewing machine that was made in 2005. This new Singer 9980 is a dream to use. Auto tensioning is wonderful, stitch selection is great, customization is just awesome.
  • I couldn't find much difference between the 9980 and the 9985 other than a touch screen and a few more stitches. I decided to save a couple of hundred dollars and go with the 9980. It's perfect and I love it. It has already worked through some thicker fabrics easily.
  • The 9980 is the best. Super quiet. The LED light is pretty horrid but with an OTT light to your left I am more than satisfied.
  • It has tons of features that you usually only find in a higher end machine. I especially love the thread cutter and the needle threader. Both work well and are easy to use.
  • The LCD display is large and easy to read, and the simplicity of the computer selection buttons is "to die for" on all the other machines I researched. The large table attachment and free-arm are the crowing touches to a machine that can be used for just about any sewing project.
  • While trying to use the machine quilting function I used invisible nylon thread as suggested in the owners manual, it cut through the thread guide. Now if I try to use my machine the thread gets stuck in the cut and jams or breaks.
  • The threader has a tendency of not threading the needle properly and sometimes takes a few goes.
  • After using the automatic thread cutter, it has a tendency of removing the thread from the needle which is very annoying when you're just cutting a thread and have to re-thread it after seeing the needle go up and down on the fabric with no other results to show for it.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
349.99 $
499.99 $

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