77.1 The Singer Curvy 8770 comes with 225 built-in stitches including many block alphabet and number stitches. It also includes a soft cover, an introduction DVD and a number of accessories.
The 8770 is a fairly feature-rich sewing machine but consumer ratings are not stellar. Owners like that the unit is sturdy and fairly easy to use, however it is a bit on the noisy side and there are sometimes issues with the timing.
There are actually a few Singer Curvy models. The 8763, the 8770 and the 8780. We previously reviewed the 8763 and there are some significant differences between the 8763 and the 8770:
- the 8770 is substantially more expensive than the 8763 (often a few hundred dollars)
- the 8770 has 225 stitches, while the 8763 has 30
- the 8770 has block letters and numbers, the 8763 does not
- the 8770 has an LCD control panel, the 8763 does not
- the 8770 has programmable needle up/down, the 8763 does not
You may want to read our Singer Curvy 8763 review. With respect to the 8780, we have not yet reviewed this model however our understanding is that it is essentially the same machine as the 8770 but with a detachable extension table.
We found 40 consumer ratings from a number of well-known online sites. These are shown in the table below. When averaged these ratings result in an overall score of 77.1 out of 100, or about 3.9 stars out of 5. This is a bit on the low side when compared to other Singer machines we have reviewed. You may wish to view our full list of sewing machine ratings.
|Source||Consumer Ratings||# Ratings|
|Amazon||4.0 stars out of 5||23|
|Joann||3.5 stars out of 5||10|
|Costco||3.7 stars out of 5||6|
|Overstock||5.0 stars out of 5||1|
A thorough analysis of owner comments reveals the following common 8770 likes and dislikes:
- Many decorative stitches
- Consistent stitching
- Includes many accessories
- Fairly easy to use
- Well lit sewing area
- Timing can sometimes go off
- A bit loud
- Can be difficult to sew in a straight line
The timing on this machine can sometimes be an issue. We have read on several occasions that the timing of the machine was off straight out of the box – in which case it had to be shipped back for servicing. In another case the timing would be ok for a while and then it would just go out of whack.
In addition, some folks seem to struggle with the automatic needle threader, while others feel it works well. It is possible that the needle threader is a bit difficult to figure out but once sorted then the threading goes more smoothly.
The tension is another area of consternation, but one helpful owner has pointed out that many of the tension-related problems can be solved simply by ensuring a 15J bobbin is used, NOT a 15 bobbin.
Other insights of note include that the 8770 may struggle sewing through heavy or thick fabrics, that it is a bit noisier than some people expect, and that dealing with Singer customer service can often (not always, but often) take a long time. You can read more customer reviews on Amazon if you wish.
- 225 built in stitches (6 Essential, 5 Stretch, 207 Decorative, 7 Buttonholes)
- 6 fully automatic one-step buttonholes
- 1 endless buttonhole
- Push button stitch selection
- Automatic needle threader
- Automatic stitch length and width (can be customized as well)
- Block alphabet and number stitches
- Automatic bobbin thread pick-up
- Twin needle capable
- 13 needle positions
- 3 StayBright LED lights (bulbs last 100,000 hrs and remain cool)
- Drop feed feature (lower feed dogs for free motion stitching)
- LCD screen
- Automatic stitch tie-off function
- Max stitch width of 7mm
- Programmable needle up/down
- Automatic tension (overrideable)
- Extra high presser foot lifter
- Free arm
- Feed dogs with box feed motion
- Automatic bobbin winding clutch
- Drop & sew bobbin system (for quick threading of the bobbin)
- Center zig-zag taper
- Sewing speed of 750 stitches per minute
- Automatic reverse
- Automatic presser foot pressure control
- Built in thread cutter
- Memory capability with editing (combine stitches, letters, numbers)
The 8770 comes with a number of accessories including several presser feet – All Purpose Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Zipper Foot. There is also a pack of needles, class 15J bobbins, spool pins, spool caps, a screwdriver, a seam ripper/lint brush, and a foot pedal. In addition, the Curvy 8770 includes a soft dust cover, manual, introduction DVD, quick start guide, and a power cord. There is on-board storage (inside the free arm) where most of the accessories can be stored.
The unit weighs about 17 lbs – neither lightweight nor too heavy. It has a built-in carry handle so it is portable and it can also be mounted to a desk or cabinet.
Like most Singer sewing machines the 8770 carries a 25 year limited warranty. When looking into the specifics of the warranty you will find it 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
For those looking for a more popular (higher rated) Singer sewing machine, you may wish to check out the following machines. These may not have the features you want or need however so look them over carefully.
|Model||Avg Consumer Rating|
|Singer Stylist 7258 sewing machine||93.1|
|Singer Heavy Duty 4452 sewing machine||88.6|
|Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist sewing machine||88.4|
|Singer 1304 Start sewing machine||86.4|
|Singer Fashion Mate 3333 sewing machine||85.3|
Sewing Machine Manual
You can find the manual for this sewing machine here.