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70.1  The Singer 3116 Simple is easy to use and it is not too expensive, however it has some issues.  Owners complain that it is difficult to set the tension and that there is frequent thread jamming.  Also, there are quite a few comments alluding to poor quality construction.  Having said that, it is not the lowest rated Singer we have investigated and there are owners that really do like it.  The 3116 has 18 built-in stitches and is fairly basic but it comes with a few bells and whistles.
 

Consumer Ratings
We have found over 300 owner ratings for the Singer 3116 Simple and they are provided in the table below.   The average rating for the sewing machine is 70.1 out of 100 (about 3.5 stars out of 5).  Compared to other machines we’ve reviewed on the site this is rather low.  As a matter of fact if you are keen on a Singer sewing machine (that is still reasonably priced) we would probably steer you towards a higher rated model – consider the Singer 7258 Stylist or the Singer Fashion Mate 7256.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  2.3 stars out of 5  19
 Sears  4.0 stars out of 5  23
 Joann  3.0 stars out of 5  47
 Viewpoints  4.2 stars out of 5  70
 Walmart  3.6 stars out of 5  144
 J&R  5 stars out of 5  2
 Epinions  1.5 stars out of 5  15

 

Consumer Insights
Owner comments often yield nuggets of information about a particular product and we’ve looked at many comments about this sewing machine.  Recurring likes and dislikes are shown in the pros/cons list below:

PROS
- Has a needle threader
- Not too expensive
- Includes carry handle
- Fairly simple to use

CONS
- Frequent comments about thread jamming and breaking
- Loud
- Knobs don’t turn easily
- Not well put together
- Light is dim
- Can be difficult to get the tension right
- Quite a few comments about things breaking on the machine

This sewing machine has a few bugs but it does work.  Some owners feel the problems are too difficult to deal with while others simply label the machine as temperamental.  But there are many comments alluding to breaking and jamming thread, difficulty in setting the tension, odd noises, a problematic reverse lever, and a dim light.  But when the machine works it does seem to sew fairly well and the stitching is smooth and even.  It is also quite basic and easy to work with.

We also found one owner who points out how she has solved the thread jamming/breaking problems.  You can read her review and solutions on Amazon here.

Key Sewing Machine Features
- automatic needle threader
- 18 built-in stitches (basic, decorative and stretch)
- adjustable stitch length
- automatic one-step buttonhole
- four presser feet
- adjustable presser foot pressure
- accessory storage
- class 15 bobbin
- front load bobbin
- free arm
- drop feed for free motion sewing
- reverse lever
- light

You can see the 18 built-in stitches in the image below.

Singer Simple Stitches
18 stitches - Singer 3116 Simple

The Singer 3116 Simple carries a 25 year warranty. The warranty, while always advertised as a 25 year limited warranty, actually provides the following coverage:
- sewing machine head: 25 years,
- motors, light assembly, stitches, wiring, speed control and electronic components: 2 years
- belts, rings, bulbs, attachments and adjustments: 90 days

An instructional dvd is included with the sewing machine and owners have indicated that it is fairly good, as is the instruction manual.  We have read that some folks who purchased the 3116 did not get the dvd however.  Four presser feet come with the 3116 (zigzag foot, button sewing foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot).  There are also several additional accessories such as a seam ripper, lint brush, foot pedal, seam guide, spool cap, bobbins, needles, a screwdriver and a power cord.  The machine weighs 15.5 lbs.

Video
The following video is an advertisement but it shows sewing machine features and is worth a look.

 

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