SINGER 7258 Stylist Model Sewing Machine Review

Watch out! Singer is making a comeback!  And with the Singer 7258 Stylist Sewing Machine, they may be very well on their way: 100 different sewing stitches; the option to sew without the use of a foot peddle; the option to adjust the sewing speed (beginners and kids love this one);  the option to have the machine stop with the needle either up or down automatically, with the push of a button, and more?!

Quiet, easy to use and set up, all this comes with an affordable price and a high user rating. Singer is on the right track with this winner!

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 In This Review:

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Quick Stats for Singer 7258 Stylist
Notable Features and Highlights
Reviewer Feedback
Video
Manual and Warranty
Singer 7258 Extras
Products

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 Quick Stats for Singer 7258 Stylist (Back To Top)

Price  Free Shipping with Amazon.com  
Sewing Stitches 100 Built-In Sewing Stitches for all types of sewing such as clothing, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative.
Adjustable  Stitch Length & Width: Automatically adjusts stitch width and length for optimal settings but can be overridden to personalize stitch choices.
Stitch Attributes Twin Needle Capability for creating two parallel rows of stitching for decorative features.
Button Hole Type(s): Automatic One-Step, 6-style  Buttonhole maker sews in one direction for perfectly balanced buttonholes.
Bobbin: Class 15 J bobbins are designed for this sewing machine, when purchasing additional bobbins, be sure they are Class 15 J.
Bobbin Type: Top drop-in bobbin with see through bobbin cover plate so you can easily determine when the bobbin thread is running low
Bobbin Winding System: Horizontal Winding System
Clear Bobbin Cover: Yes – The clear cover makes it easy to monitor the bobbin thread supply
Automatic Presser foot Pressure: Yes – Presser Foot Pressure is the amount of pressure exerted on the fabric by the presser foot against the feed dogs.  Sew from lightest weight to the heaviest fabrics without making presser foot adjustments.
Upper Thread Tension: Automatic Tension system ensures excellent stitch quality, whatever type of fabric is being used.
Built-in Accessory Storage: Yes – On Board Storage Storage of accessories are always handy.
Carry Handle: Yes – Built-in handle for easy portability
Darning Plate: Yes – Use the darning plate to cover the feed dogs for  free motion work and free motion darning.
Embroidery: Yes – some embroidery with free motion and decorative stitching
Quilting Yes
Free-Arm: Yes – Remove the extension table to convert to free-arm sewing for cuffs, pant legs, and other hard-to-reach places.
LCD Display: Yes
Light: Yes – Stay-bright™ LED Lifetime  bulb – lasts long (100,000 hours) and stays cool
Needle Threader: Yes – Automatic Needle Threader for effortlessly threading the sewing machine needle
Thread Cutter Yes – Manual thread cutter: Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them
Snap-on Presser Feet: Yes – Easily change from one foot to another with no need for screwdrivers
Thread Delivery: Horizontal thread delivery for easy setup
Operation Manual Yes – Easy to understand Manual with well-written instructions  (in 3 languages English, French and Spanish).
Limited Warranty: 25 Year Limited Warranty
Hard Cover No
Dimensions 15″ H x 7.75″ W x 12″ D
Weight 14.75 lbs
Shipping Weight 19 lbs

 

Notable Features and Highlights (Back To Top)

SEWING STITCHES

Wow! What a real winner this one is. This machine is very intuitive – easy to set up and figure out, and with 100 Built-In Stitches that’s a large selection for all types of sewing:  fashion, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative sewing.  

Utility Stitches:

This set of stitches gives you a lot of  options to choose from for your sewing projects. For instance, there are the usual utility stitches for basic sewing and mending such as:  

The Straight Stitch (00) is the most frequently used stitch for all types of utility sewing.  

The Satin Stitches are the closely spaced stitches used for appliqué, bar-tacks (A bartack stitch is basically a tight zigzag that is repeated back and forth over itself to reinforce a piece that is sewn together, such as in the pocket and belt areas of blue jeans), buttonholes, decorative stitches etc.  

The Blindhem Stitch (4) (7) is used mainly for sewing nearly invisible hems on curtains, trousers, skirts, etc.

The Multi-Stitch Zigzag (6) is a strong stitch that makes three short stitches where the normal zig-zag makes only one. Because of this it is usually recommended for overcasting all types of fabrics. It’s also great for bartacks, mending tears, patching, and attaching flat elastic.

The Straight Stitch with Auto Tie-Off Function (89) allows you to sew 4 stitches in forward and then 4 stitches in reverse for reinforcing stitches.

There are Stretch and Decorative Stitches:

Straight Stretch Stitch (01) is much stronger than an ordinary straight stitch because it locks three times – forwards, backwards and forwards and is most often used for reinforcing the seams in sportswear.

There are also decorative stitches for top-stitching and stitching borders, edge-joining, attaching laces and trims, overcasting.

There are stitches for quilting, heirloom, smocking.

And lets not forget about the Automatic Buttonhole Maker (94-99).  With the included buttonhole foot attachment you can make perfectly-sized and precisely-balanced buttonholes automatically. The system measures the size of the button and calculates the size of the buttonhole required then stitches it out –  this is all done in one easy step. Each side is sewn in the same direction creating beautifully balanced buttonholes, and you can choose from 6 different styles of buttonholes with a keyhole or a round end. There is even a stitch to sew on the button (90)!

… and the list goes on…That’s enough stitches to keep you busy for a while!

SINGER 7258 LCD CONTROL PANEL

The LCD Control Panel features electronic push-button stitch selection –  Select the desired stitch with just a simple push of a button. The optimum settings for length, width and tension are set automatically so you can just begin stitching.

Stitch Pattern Number Selection Buttons

When the machine is turned on, the straight stitch is selected and a pop-up screen for individual preference settings appears on the LCD display.To select stitch patterns, use left button for pattern number selection to select left digit and right button to select right digit referring to pattern number reference guide. Both left and right digits scroll up to 9.

Stitch Length and Width / Stitch Position Adjustment Buttons

 You machine is set to sew using an Auto/Default stitch Length and Width. Default settings of stitch length and width are underlined on the display. You can manually change the length, width or needle position for straight stitch according to your preference by pushing manual adjustment buttons.

OPERATION BUTTONS

Stop/Start Button

When sewing without using the foot peddle, the machine starts slowly when the start/stop button is pushed and continues sewing at the chosen speed until you press the button again. When it is pushed again, the needle moves and stops at its highest position. (When using the foot control, press it with your foot until you reach a comfortable sewing speed. Of course,  the harder you push, the faster the machine will sew).

Programmable Needle Up/Down Button

The Programmable Needle Up/Down Button determines whether the needle is up or down when the machine stops sewing. It is beneficial to have the needle stop in the down position when appliquéing, quilting or pivoting fabric. When removing the fabric from the machine, it is easier if the needle is set to stop in its highest position. Push the switch and LED lamp will be lit red and needle will stop at down position whenever you stop sewing. Push it again to stop needle at up position. NOTE: When foot control is connected, start/stop button cannot be used…….. 

Sewing Speed Control

You can control the sewing speed by using the Sewing Speed Control. The sewing speed control is moved back and forth horizontally so you can choose a comfortable speed. However, the maximum speed may be limited depending on the selected stitch pattern. When using the foot control, if the sewing speed control is set on a lower speed, then that speed is the fastest that the machine will sew, even if the foot control is fully depressed. That’s good to know if you are a beginner.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

 Automatic Needle Threader is for effortlessly threading the machine. What a great feature if you’re having a hard time seeing that little eye in the needle!

Top Loading Jam-Proof Bobbin System with Clear Cover ensures smooth, quiet, thread jam-resistant sewing. There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with constant jamming problems – a real sewing project killer! The bobbin loads from the top, so it is easy to insert and the clear cover makes it easy to monitor the bobbin thread supply.

Or 6-Second Threading allows you to thread the machine in 6 seconds! Just follow the arrows on the machine…and you are threaded in a snap.

Stay-bright™ LED Lifetime White Lamp brightens the whole sewing surface and the long-lasting bulb (100,000 hours) stays cool, regardless of how long you’ve been sewing.

6-Segment Feeding System is a specially designed feed dog that ensures the fabric is picked up and supported from the front of the presser foot to the back. This makes for much more accurate feeding when lining up and matching are of the utmost importance.

Center Zigzag Taper is for tapering the zigzag stitch to the center, not the left or right. This provides a cleaner look when tapering into or out of a point.

Twin Needle Capability creates two parallel rows of stitching  for an additional decorative touch.  Selected stitches can be adjusted for twin needle sewing by reducing the stitch width.

13 Needle Positions gives you the option to change the position of the needle (left, right, center) for individual projects, such as inserting zippers or cording and top stitching. This is just another example of the flexibility to what you can do with your sewing projects.

Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter provides 2 heights to the presser foot lifter. The second height offers more clearance, which is needed when placing multiple layers or bulky fabric under the presser foot.

Adjustable Stitch Length and Width set the optimal settings for length and width and are automatically adjusted when choosing a stitch. They can be overridden to personalize length and width choice.

Auto Tie-Off Function for Straight Stitch allows you to Tie-off straight stitches with just a push of a button. This helps to reinforce the beginning and end of seams to prevent unraveling.

Tacking Stitch with Auto Tie-Off Function for Decorative Stitches allows you to Tie-off decorative stitches at the beginning and end of a stitch sequence, with just a push of a button.

Use the Audible Tone to  confirm that your stitch pattern and function have been selection.

And with a maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches-per-minute, your projects can be sewn quickly.

Reviewer Feedback    (Back To Top)

Here’s what others are saying about the Singer 7258 Stylist:

LIKES:


First impressions: It’s quiet machine, it’s small but sturdy. It does the stitches really well and so happy I don’t have to worry about adjusting the tension control any more. I love the number of stitch options it offers and gives me the ability to be more creative. ..(Read more)


I am thrilled with my new machine! It came as expected and in good shape. I am just getting back into sewing and will need to re-educate myself, but this machine has so many possibilities! The collection of stitches is exciting–lots more than any other machine in this range. It seems sturdy and well made; even from coming off of…(Read more)


For me, the best features are the fact that you have the option to sew with out the use of a foot peddle. The sew speed can be adjusted. The seam allowance measurements are right on the plate, unlike the mechanical machine I had before. It is also very quiet compared to the other one, and much easier to operate. I also LOVE the fact that you can choose …(Read more)


I ordered this sewing machine for my granddaughter who is making designer hats and pillows etc. and she loves it! She has made several items and had to read the manual to start. She said it was so easy to learn because the manual is easy to use and very helpful. This machine is not a beginners machine but a beginner can…(Read more)

DISLIKES:

The only set back I have so far is the foot  press control. It’s not as responsive/sensitive … I will have to get used to it…Would be nice if it came with a solid cover instead of a plastic one.


 

BOTTOM LINE

The Singer 7258 Stylist is a step up for Singer. With 100 built-in sewing stitches and many advanced features, the machine is very easy to use. Smooth and quiet the Singer stylist gives you incredible functionality for the price and a high user rating to boot.

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Manual and Warranty (Back To Top)

Manual

Study the manual for the correct operation of the various functions of your machine. After you have finished reading the manual, store it where it can quickly be accessed for future reference.

Warranty
 
The SINGER® Stylist™ 7258 has a 25-year limited warranty including 25 years parts, 5 year electronic and 1 year labor.

Singer 7258 Stylist Extras (Back To Top)

Accessories in the Box

The Singer 7258 comes with a number of accessories. You will find them included in the on-board free-arm storage compartment.

1. Needles
2. Bobbins (4 class 15J – 1 in machine)
3. Auxiliary spool pin
4. Spool pin felt discs (2)
5. Spool pin cap (mini)
6. Spool pin cap (small)
7. Spool pin cap (large)
8. Buttonhole opener/Seam Ripper and Brush
9. Screwdriver for needle plate
10. Darning plate
11. Foot Peddle
12. Power Cord
13. Instruction Manual

9 Included Snap-on Presser Feet

Snap-on presser feet allow you to change from one foot to another effortlessly; it’s very helpful when you want to move your projects quickly from one function to the next.

The Foot that comes on your Sewing machine is called the General Purpose Foot and will be used for the majority of your sewing. The Satin Foot is another very useful foot and should be used for most decorative sewing.

*Zipper foot
*Satin stitch foot
*Blind stitch foot
*Buttonhole foot
*Overcasting foot
*Darning & embroidery foot
*Gathering foot
*Rolled hem foot


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