I have been using all sorts of quilting machines and there is this thing that I always desired and I bet that you will also agree. One of the biggest downsides of having a professional and heavy-duty machine is that it is 90 out of 100 times a big and heavy machine.
Not that that we have to move these machines on daily basis …
Granted that most of the people have a certain space dedicated to these machines and those machines get old, rusted and useless while sitting at the same space
But don’t we all want lightweight, smart and compact quilting machines that take less space and that can be easily lifted and moved to a new place whenever needed?
This is exactly what Singer’s 7258 achieves for its users.
Singer Stylist 7258 Review
In this section, I will review this quilting machine based on its unique features, pros and cons. I promise that after reading this review you would be able to compare this quilting machine with other such machines made by Singer as well as other top of the line brands.
Push Button Stitch Selection –
When they say that their machine enables push button stitch selection, what does this mean? In other words what does this mean top select a stitch style? We know that it is not all about the type of stitch that you want to apply, but also about its length and width etc. This machine allows you to select the desired stitch with one push of the button. The pre-set length and width automatically apply to that selection, although you can customize them.
100 Built-in Stitches –
You know what I love the most about Singer quilting machines – actually everyone who uses them loves the most about them? Wide range of stitches! There are other quilting machines that offer very few stitches. With this one, you get 9 basic stitches, 8 stretch stitches, 76 decorative stitches, 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes and 1 endless buttonhole.
Free Accessories –
Another plus point for this quilting machine is that the buyer would not have to buy anything separately/aftermarket parts. There is a wide range of free accessories that you get with this machine. Here are the accessories included in your purchase: a) wide range of presser feet such as all-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, darning foot, blind hem foot, satin stitch foot, gathering foot and quarter inch foot etc., b) 2020 and 2045 lightbulbs, c) pack of needles, d) Class 15J bobbins, e) thread spool caps, f) auxiliary spool pin and spool pin felt, g) darning plate, h) screw driver, i) lint brush, j) dust cover, k) foot pedal, l) power cord and m) quick start guide, instruction manual and machine introduction DVD.
Heavy-Duty Metal Frame –
One of the many complaints that I often get to read and hear coming from the buyers of quilting/sewing machines is that lightweight frame machines vibrate and move a lot. This machine comes with a heavy-duty metal frame that Singer machines are known for. Another plus point of heavy-duty metal frame is that machines like this are more durable and sturdier than the other type.
Large LCD –
I wish that they made it a backlit and colorful LCD, but all wishes are not granted. Well, at least you have a big LCD display (which many other quilting machines do not give you), at which you can see the selected stitch type, its length and width etc.
Customizable Length and Width of Stitches –
We know that push button stitch selection would apply the pre-set stitch length and width to any stitch style that you would pick, but in order to give you absolute control over your quilting experience, this machine allows you to customize the length and width of the stitches using LCD display and buttons right underneath it.
6-Segment Feeding System –
Unlike your usual feeding system/dog, the specially designed 6-segment feed dog makes it sure that not only the fabric is properly picked up, but it gets support from the front end of the presser foot to the rear end of it. In simple words, with such a system in place, you enjoy quick, easy and accurate feeding.
6 Different Styles of Buttonholes –
Yes, not only you can make a buttonhole using the presser foot for that purpose, but with this machine you can make 6 different types of buttonholes. The styles include, basic bar tack style, round end and keyhole styles etc.
Top Drop-in Bobbin –
Well, this feature does not need much explanation. This machine comes with a top drop-in bobbin. In case you do not know why new and better sewing/quilting machines have this type of bobbins, do know that not only top drop-in bobbins offer improved stitch quality, but they’re also easier to thread.
Programmable Needle Height –
Just like a few other quilting machines from Singer, this one also comes with programmable needle height. Program how high or low the needle should stop once you relieve pressure from the foot pedal. The high position can be useful in case of thick fabrics, while low one can be used while pivoting fabric.
Customizable Maximum Sewing Speed –
Singer attached a special speed control lever to this machine. You can use the lever to set/customize the ideal maximum sewing speed for your particular project. For delicate projects, you can customize it to remain slower, while for simple projects like curtains, you can keep it faster.
Easy Access to the Free Arm –
There is a removable storage compartment right underneath the needle plate. Let this sink in; you have a built-in storage compartment. But this is not all. If you remove that compartment, you get better and easy access to the free arm. This means that otherwise difficult projects like sewing around cuffs, trouser hems and children’s garments, would prove to be super easy because of this feature.
- 100 Built-in Stitches
- Easy Access to Free Arm
- Customizable Maximum Sewing Speed
- Two LED Lights.
- Nonadjustable Pressure of Presser Feet
- Short Cord for Foot Pedal.
As you can see, these pros have already been explained in the “Features” section, I’m going to explain the cons, because they need a little explanation each.
First of all, the presser feet that you get with this machine are all awesome, but there is no feature to customize or control or adjust the pressure of these presser feet. The pressure is automatically decided by the machine (problems of a computerized quilting/sewing machine) and there is no way to override this. Likewise, stitch width is maximum 5mm which is not good for those who need width bigger than this for particular projects.
Another problem is the short cord for foot pedal. Those who use foot pedals would agree that very often one has to move it from one place to another in order to avoid one’s leg from falling asleep. You cannot do this with this pedal, because the cord is so short that you can only keep it right in front of you.