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79.4 The Singer Professional 9100 is a computerized sewing machine with a ton of features and accessories.  It also sports over 400 stitches including stretch, decorative, alphabet/numeric, and buttonholes.  Owners report that it is very easy to use and quite a few folks really like the machine.  However there are also many reported issues with this sewing machine, from skipped stitches to difficulties with the tensioner to breaking needles.  Consumers either really like their Professional 9100 or they hate it.

Consumer Ratings
We found 71 consumer ratings for the Singer 9100 and they are provided in the table below (the reason for the significant difference between ratings on Walmart and those on Amazon is unknown).  When averaged these generate an overall score of 79.4 out of 100.  While this sounds fairly good it does not match up with some of the better machines on our site.  To compare please see our Sewing Machine Ratings table.

Source Consumer Rating #Ratings
Amazon 4.5 stars out of 5 28
Walmart 3.6 stars out of 5 42
Overstock 5 stars out of 5 1

 

If Singer is your brand of choice you may also want to check out the following higher rated machines. These all have different features so look them over carefully.

- Singer ONE
- Singer ONE Plus
- Singer Stylist 7258
- Singer 9960
- Singer Fashion Mate 7256

What are Owners Saying About the Professional 9100?
A thorough review of owner comments and ratings has shown the following common likes and dislikes:

PROS
- Easy to operate
- Good for quilting
- Plenty of stitches
- Decorative stitches look good
- Lots of features
- Has start/stop button

CONS
- Doesn’t always handle thicker materials well
- Issues with thread tensioner
- Needles sometimes break
- Sewing light is small and a bit dim
- Some folks struggle with the automatic needle threader
- Reports of several other features not working

Most owners are pleased with the large number of stitches available on the 9100 and, when all is working well, the stitches look pretty good.  Also the speed controller and the start/stop button are popular features.  

9100 Extension Table

Many folks report that the Singer 9100 is very easy to use and they also like the host of features and accessories that come with the machine.  Overall we see many people who are very happy with their purchase but there are also quite a few consumers who are disappointed.  These “love it” or “hate it” machines in our opinion are always something of a risk to purchase.

The automatic needle threader is a bit of a mixed bag with some people stating that it really makes threading the needle much easier, and others indicating that it is confusing and hard to use.  This is something we often see on sewing machines with this feature.  

threading the needle - singer 9100

Despite comments that the decorative stitches look good there are also some complaints that the script stitches aren’t great and that the sizes cannot be changed.

Other common criticisms include issues with the thread tensioner, problems with the buttonhole feature, breaking needles, skipped stitches, the machine getting stuck in reverse, broken feed dogs, etc.  To cap it off there are also complaints that Singer Customer Service is hard to contact and that they rarely return calls.  We have read of similar frustrations with Singer Customer Service on a number of previous occasions.

See pricing and more owner reviews on Amazon.

Key Specifications
- 404 stitches (13 essential, 4 stretch, 184 decorative, 194 alphabet & numeric, 9 buttonholes)
- 9 fully automatic buttonholes
- Over 1000 stitch functions
- 4 memory modules that hold up to 20 entries each (can be instantly retrieved)
- Extension table (great for quilting)
- 7 mm maximum stitch width
- Customizable stitch length and width settings
- Stitch mirror imaging and elongation
- Capable of sewing up to 750 stitches-per-minute
- Automatic locking stitch function
- LCD control screen
- Start/stop button
- Variable speed lever
- Automatic reverse button
- Automatic presser foot pressure adjustment
- Extra-high presser foot lifter
- Snap-on presser feet
- Automatic tension control
- Removable free arm
- 13 needle positions
- Programmable needle up/down
- Automatic needle threader
- Electronic twin needle control
- Built-in thread cutter
- Top drop-in bobbin
- Automatic bobbin winding declutching
- Drop feed capable
- On-board accessory storage

Stitches
Following are the range of stitches you will find on the sewing machine:

Singer Professional 9100 Stitches

Singer 9100 stitches

Accessories & Warranty
The Singer Professional 9100 also comes with a very large number of accessories including 10 presser feet: All-Purpose, Button Sewing, Gathering, Rolled Hem, Overcasting, Satin Stitch, Darning & Embroidery, Buttonhole, Blind Hem, and Zipper.

Singer 9100 Presser Feet

In addition you will find a package of needles, an auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt, spool caps, class 15 bobbins, a quilting guide, a seam ripper/lint brush, and screwdrivers.  The 9100 also includes a soft dust cover, a foot controller, a power cord, and an instruction manual, quick start guide, and also a DVD that has sewing tips.

The 9100 weighs 13.25 lbs which isn’t lightweight but is also not too heavy (if you are after a lighter sewing machine you may want to check out our list of highly rated portable sewing machines).  It carries a 25 year limited warranty including 5 years on electronic components and 1 year on adjustments.

Sewing Machine Manual
The instruction manual is 84 pages long and fairly detailed – you can see it here:  Singer Professional 9100 Manual.  You may also want to view the Singer 9100 Quick Start Guide.

 

 

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