85.4 The Singer Special Edition sewing machine is also known as the Singer 90S or the 90S Special Edition. It is an easy-to-use machine with over 200 built-in stitches, an LCD screen and a simple control panel. You can also make basic monograms with the 90S. However, some owners feel the manual is poor and doesn’t provide enough information about the many features. The unit is also made with quite a bit of plastic (former Singer owners say their older Singer machines were more solid and made with much more metal).
We found 136 consumer ratings on 3 websites and they are provided in the table below. These generate an average score of 85.4 out of a possible 100 (or about 4.3 stars out of 5). This is a fairly good score but we’ve seen both higher and lower rated Singer sewing machines. You can check out our sewing machine ratings table if you wish – it provides scores for all the machines we have reviewed.
|Amazon||4.5 stars out of 5||56|
|HSN||4.1 stars out of 5||79|
|Overstock||5 stars out of 5||1|
An analysis of consumer comments provides the following list of common 90S likes and dislikes:
- Easy to setup
- Sews smoothly
- Easy to operate
- Easy to thread
- Many features
- Over 200 stitches
- LCD screen and simple controls
- Foot pedal feels a bit light
- Manual is rather poor
- Power and foot pedal cables are short
There are a number of comments from owners that the Singer Special Edition is a fairly lightweight sewing machine. Some folks even say they would consider using it to take to sewing classes. However, we have noticed that this lack of heft has resulted in some comments indicating the unit is a bit flimsy. Frankly speaking, it probably depends on what you are used to. Many owners compare the Singer Special Edition to their old Singer machine (from 20+ years ago) and indeed the older machines have much more metal and much less plastic in their construction.
Despite the light weight, is should also be noted that many owners who compare their old Singer to this newer model are often quite pleased with the Singer Special Edition’s performance and ease of use. As highlighted in the “Cons” above, there is a multitude of comments indicating that the manual is hard to follow and that it leaves out many things (you can check it out at the bottom of this review). As a result, some owners report being frustrated and not knowing how to get some of the machine’s options/features to work. Several have resorted to YouTube to try and find helpful “how to” videos.
Following is a video reported as being useful when trying to learn to thread the machine.
Additional insights from owners include the following:
- You can make simple monograms and the machine has the ability to embroider uppercase block letters, numbers and punctuation.
- Singer customer service can be slow should you need it. (Note: This is not the first time we have heard this and Singer customer service is often highlighted as an issue when we are reviewing other Singer sewing machines).
- Many folks report replacing their old singer unit with this one and being quite pleased.
- There are many comments from new sewists that the machine is easy to use.
- Some owners indicate that their children, even under age 10, like it and are able to use it.
You can read more Singer 90S customer reviews on Amazon if you wish.
- 231 built in stitches (212 decorative, 5 stretch, 7 essential, 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes, 1 endless buttonhole.) Note - Same stitches as the Singer One Plus.
- More than 1000 stitch functions
- 7mm max stitch length
- Stitch elongation
- Block alphabet and numbers
- Snap-on presser feet
- Automatic presser foot pressure
- Extra high presser foot lift
- 13 needle positions
- Twin needle capable
- Programmable needle up/down control
- Start/stop button
- Automatic tension control
- Drop feed capable
- 7-segment feed system
- 750 stitches per minute maximum sewing speed
- 3 LED lights (long lasting – 100,000hrs)
- Extra large sewing space (14.7 inch arm)
- Built-in thread cutter
- LCD control panel
- Stitch selection dial
- Automatic needle threader
- Speed control
- Built-in carry handle
- Accessory storage
The Special Edition carries a 25 year warranty. One should note however that this “25 year” warranty breaks down as follows:
- 25 years on the sewing machine head
- 5 years on the motor, light assembly, wiring, switches, speed control and electronic components
- 1 year on adjustments, belts, rings, bulbs ad attachments.
The unit weighs about 19 lbs. You will often see the weight of this machine quoted as 24 lbs but that is shipping weight (in the box).
Standard accessories include bobbins, needles, wing/hemstitch needle, spool caps and pin/felt, thread spool caps, screwdriver, seam ripper/lint brush, and a needle plate. The Singer Special Edition also comes with a soft dust cover. In addition, the unit includes several presser feet: zipper foot, all-purpose foot, blind hem foot, buttonhole foot, and a satin stitch foot.
Bonus (or value added) accessories include the following: edge joining foot, beading foot, chenille stitching foot, cording foot, freehand embroidery foot, fancy trim foot, braiding foot, fringe foot, roller foot, invisible zipper foot, open toe foot, wing needle, and a presser foot shank.
The box includes an instruction manual, quick start guide, foot control and a power cord.
Similar Machines from Singer
Should you wish to consider other similar machines from Singer, the 90S is similar to the following:
- Singer One Plus
- Singer One
- Singer 160 Anniversary
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