Featuring over 60 built-in stitches, the Singer Sew Mate 5400 comes with a surprisingly inexpensive price tag that ranges between $80 and $120. In spite of its affordable price, however, this particular piece of equipment is enhanced with a plethora of handy features that will enable you to enjoy a smooth sewing experience. For example, it is enhanced by an automatic threader function designed to help you prevent eyestrain while saving you the hassle of struggling with the thread and needle- something that will undoubtedly come in quite handy to elderly users.
On the flip side, it does have a few downsides to its name. Indeed, some users have complained about the fact that the built-in light bulb was on the dim side, which was problematic for users who wanted to use the machine at night. A couple of other sewers also had issues with the bobbin, but these were rather isolated cases. Another problem reported by users was related to the machine’s loud motor: indeed, while sewing machines aren’t technically supposed to be quiet, a few people found that the motor was much too noisy for them to use the apparatus at night.
Other than these drawbacks, however, the machine received mainly positive reviews.
Doyousew Recommendation Level : HIGH
This particular piece of sewing equipment weighs 14 pounds so it’s quite average when it comes to weight. Thanks to the included hard-shell carrying case it can be easily carried around the house or to sewing classes. The case also comes with a handle for easy portability. It measures 16.5 x 8 x 12.5 inches, which makes it quite easy for sewers to find a standard-size table. Despite being on the lighter side, the Singer 5400 remains extremely stable during the entire duration of your sewing session, which means that you will benefit from even stiches, no matter what fabric you’re working with.
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
Despite being a computerized model, the Singer Sew Mate is quite easy to operate and comes ready to use right out of the box. Best of all, users will be glad to learn that this apparatus even comes with an auto-threading feature to facilitate this particular step for you: instead of fiddling about with the thread, all you have to do is push down on an ergonomically-located lever that will activate this option. By this token, you can be sure that the thread will move from the spool to the eye of the needle in no more than six seconds.
It comes with 60 built-in stitches, including eight stretch, eight essential and no less than 40 decorative stitches, which is quite impressive when you consider its price.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
The Sew Mate 5400 comes with no less than 13 different needle positions, which enables users to fluidly change the stitching angle in accordance to your project, such as topstitching, cording, zippers and the likes. To help you exploit your creative capacities, the Sew Mate also comes with a plethora of sewing accessories such as zipper, all-purpose and buttonhole foot, bobbins, pack of needles, auxiliary spool pin, thread spool cap, darning plate, spool pin felt, needle plate screwdriver, hard-sided dust cover, lint brush, seam ripper and many more.
Sewers will undoubtedly enjoy the machine’s automatic stitch width and length to adapt your stitches to each individual project. With this model, you can also enjoy an automatic bobbin winding system whereby the needle bar is instantly disengaged when you wind up the bobbin, which makes this task far easier for the sewer. The interior heavy-duty frame is entirely resistant to wear and tear, which allows you to us the machine on a daily basis.
It even features an automatic tension system to deliver professional-quality stitches on various fabric types. The removable free arm feature can be used to provide an extremely easy access to pant hems, collars and cuffs. Another function that will guarantee your comfort is the automatic presser foot pressure control which enables you to switch between fabrics without adjusting the pressure.
All in all, this machine is quite a recommended purchase, especially if you are a beginner but want a model with more features than the -more basic- Janome 2212 and the Brother LS2125 to have some room to grow. With its 60 stitch designs the Singer Sew Mate will continue to be up to the job even after you’ve become quite the expert sewer.