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Singer 7258 Stylist Review
Price: $300 List | $158.99 at Amazon
Pros: Great sewing performance, easy to use
Cons: A bit harder to set up
Bottom line: A fantastic machine for the price and a good bet for the serious user
The Singer 7258 stylist performed well across the board, earning above average marks in every rating metric. This machine delivered a fantastic performance, and only missed out on the top score by a single point. Offering exceptional value with its reasonable list price — frequently discounted at major retailers — this machine earned our Best Buy award. We would highly recommend this machine as a way to get the most bang for your buck when buying a new sewing machine.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The 7258 Stylist is a top scoring machine with a price that won't empty your wallet. This computerized machine has 100 built-in stitches and comes with 10 presser feet in the box. This model excelled at making buttonholes, had a good sewing performance, and was easy to use. Definitely earning its spot as a Best Buy award winner, this machine is well worth its cost and we would strongly recommend this to a friend.
Sewing performance is one of the first, and most obvious rating metrics that we looked at for this category of product. As expected of an award winner, the 7258 received one of the top scores for sewing performance, earning a 7 out of 10 . To assess this, we compared a variety of different stitches on different fabrics — some easy to sew, and some difficult. Ultimately, we settled on comparing each machine's performance using four stitches: long straight, zigzag, scallop, and attaching a zipper.
This machine had a great zigzag and scallop stitch, an alright long straight stitch and did an acceptable job at attaching a zipper. The 7258 did particularly well at the scallop stitch on polyester charmeuse and cotton, while doing an average job on denim.
It also did an exceptional job with a zigzag stitch on denim and corduroy, exemplifying what this stitch should look like.
The 7258 did not hit any parts of the zipper when we were attaching, and while it wasn't quite the best at it, we found nothing major to complain about.
Ease of Use
This metric was the second-most important in our test, making up 30% of the total score. Intended to make your sewing easier and more efficient, the best sewing machine will not be a source of any frustration, and will be designed with the user in mind. The 7258 was in the upper end of the pack, with a score of 7 out of 10 for its ease of use. We particularly noticed that this model excelled at being easy to select between stitches and had the ability to adjust the needle stop position.
The 7258 has 100 built-in stitches and is one of the easiest to machines to switch between stitches, using the arrow keys and the legend printed underneath the indicator screen. This machine is a computerized machine, and has automatic sewing capabilities, but lacks an automatic thread cutter, only having the standard shrouded blade on the back of the machine.
The printed directions on this machine weren't fantastic, as the lime green print on a white background lacks the contrast to be highly visible. However, this model did have clear directions for threading it, as well as the average length and width selections highlighted. The functions of each button were clearly labeled, though the speed control used a bar graph instead of fast forward arrows like other products. One thing we found that we felt made this machine much harder to use, especially for novice sewers was the lack of recommendations on which presser foot worked best with each stitch. The built-in worklight was mediocre, and would require supplemental lighting for most people to adequately see the fine details on their sewing project.
Ease of Setup
Many users will not have a dedicated sewing setup, and even for those that do, there is still a substantial amount of setup that must be completed before you can begin sewing in both cases. We evaluated these products on threading the machine, needle, and bobbin, as well as winding the bobbin. The Singer 7258 did not have a stellar performance, but ranked above average with a 6 out of 10. This machine gave us some of the most difficulties when it came to threading the machine, mainly struggling with a particularly difficult to catch thread guide.
There is a small diagram on the machine close to the bobbin cover instructing how to thread it, and we encountered a little difficulty in routing the thread around a small notch on the shuttle.
It was a little more difficult to set up the machine to wind a bobbin, but this machine did exceptionally well at winding a nearly perfect, consistent bobbin. The 7258 has the standard drop-down needle threader that is prevalent on most machines.
Our final metric that we looked at was buttonwork, making up 10% of the final score. The 7258 took home top honors in this metric, winning the first place spot with a score of 8 out of 10. This model was exceptionally easy to line up and actually making the buttonhole.
It was easy to line the marks on the presser foot with your mark on the fabric for the location of the buttonhole, though we did notice that the front bar tack of the the buttonhole tended to slightly exceed the marks on the fabric. Our only complaint with this machine when it came to buttonholes was the actual quality of the finished product. We noticed a tiny bit of bobbin thread poking through when we made buttonholes on sheer fabrics, but this flaw disappeared on the heavier fabrics.
Earning a Best Buy award, the Singer 7258 offers exceptional value. Offering a runner-up level of overall performance for a price that won't break the bank makes is a perfect choice for the budget-minded sewer. While the list price is a little high, it seems to be on sale extremely frequently and we would recommend keeping an eye out for a sale if you are looking at purchasing this specific model.
A great computerized machine, the Singer 7258 is a great choice for anyone looking to purchase a new machine or upgrade their existing one to a computerized model. This machine performed well, receiving the top score in button work and sewing performance. This machine doesn't have quite as many decorative stitches as the higher-end machines and lacked a handful of features, but this machine is more than capable of handling almost any home sewing project that you can think of.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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