SINGER 7442 Electronic Sewing Machine
- Fully electronic sewing machine with 30 built-in stitches and hundreds of functions
- Push-button controls; adjustable stitch length and width; reverse stitching
- One-step buttonholer for perfect buttonholes; needle threader; snap-on presser feet
- Free arm; LED light; on-board storage; full assortment of accessories included
- Measures 19 by 9 by 14 inches; 25-year limited warranty
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The SINGER 7442 is a fully electronic sewing machine that includes 30 built-in stitches and hundreds of functions, including quilting and decorative stitches (stippling, crown, domino) as well as all the actual construction stitches (zig zags, darning, zipper insertion). This machine also has wonderful features like a built-in needle threader; a one-step buttonhole in two styles (helps you make a whole row of identical buttonholes); easy stitch selection; automatic stitch settings; reverse stitching in the selected stitch pattern; 13 needle positions; clear bobbin cover to the drop-in bobbin; and thread feed either horizontal or vertical. The machine comes with a full assortment of accessories including an instruction book, a standard presser foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, blind stitch foot, satin stitch/special purpose foot, a feed cover, a pack of needles and bobbins, spool caps and pin, screwdriver, seam ripper, and lint brush.
Top Customer Reviews
Like most electronic machines, this one is pretty easy to use. Pick your stitch with just a few presses of a button, then you're ready to sew. Of course, you can modify your stitch length and width by sliding a lever or two, but it is nice to have everything set to optimum length and width automatically. The machine comes with a good number of stitches, although I honestly don't stray very far from the regular old zig-zag and straight stitches. I will say that the overlock stitch looks absolutely identical to the ones created by a professional serger.
The threading system is pretty nice, too. While it's not quite as easy as the one on the Singer Curvy (where all you need to do is pull the thread through a slot and press a lever) I'm used to the complicated ins and outs of my old machine, so anything is a huge improvement. Singer calls it their "six second threading system" and, so far, I've found that claim holds up. The drop-in bobbin is very handy, especially for someone like me, who is used to fussing with an old-school side-loading bobbin. I guess it would be nice to have a bobbin that didn't need to be drawn up (as seen in the Curvy and several newer machines) but it's not exactly like pulling teeth with this machine. The presser foot lifts up enough so that you can fit your fingers underneath and grab the little "loop" that the bobbin thread makes, so now I don't have to struggle with it at all.
One small gripe I have with the machine is that the needle always ends in the up position. I know this is for easy withdrawal of materials, but it would be nice to have the option for the needle to end in the down position, if one so chooses. I do a lot of applique work that requires pivoting around tight corners, so it would be nice to have this option. However, I've just learned to release the foot pedal a bit early and then hand-crank the machine into the next stitch, leaving it in the down position so I can pivot smoothly.
I think you'll also find that the feeding system is pretty reliable. The machine has a six-piece feed system that has been very nice so far. There's no feature to drop the feed dogs, but the included darning plate should suffice. The presser foot is pretty good at accommodating materials of various thicknesses without having to manually readjust the height (as in older machines). Finally, the little light is a nice, bright LED that remains blessedly cool no matter how long you sew.
Overall, it's just a really nice machine for the price. If you're interested in upgrading to something with all the bells and whistles, I suppose that the Curvy would be a better option, but if you want something that works well, is easy to use, and nicely priced, try this one out.