Optimum stitch settings are automatic
100 stitch options, including 6 types of buttonholes
Choose to stop stitches in up or down position
Computer stitch selection is easy to use
Dust cover is foldable plastic, not a hard case
Singer Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine
We purchased Singer's 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
Investing in a sewing machine can be very costly. Even a beginning machine can cost more than $100, so what happens when you want extra features as your skills improve? You don’t want to end up with multiple sewing machines, each more expensive than the last. The Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine is our top choice for a sewing machine that is easy enough for beginners to use and special features to interest advanced sewers.
Performance: Balance of manual and auto select functions
Singer has a long history of making well-made sewing machines. Many professionals use Singer products, so getting to know their controls on a more basic machine is a great segue into becoming a professional. The best aspect of the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine is how well it suits most sewers, from beginners to intermediate and even advanced users.
We started testing this machine by trying out the straight stitch and zig-zag stitch. Quick trial runs on scrap fabric is a good way to get familiar with a new machine and learn how sensitive the foot pedal is. The Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine has 100 stitch options, including six types of buttonholes and 76 decorative stitches. This is more than many beginner machines, making it a great option for those thinking ahead to when they will want to try out more advanced projects. We have been sewing for 20 years and have not encountered a situation where we would want more options that we found in the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine.
The included buttonhole sewing foot is easy to use. Sewing buttonholes is often necessary if you want to try making clothing items, but can be intimidating for beginners. We avoided making things that required buttonholes for years when first starting. The Singer 7258 made it easy to select exactly what type of buttonhole we wanted and change out the foot. If you aren’t sure how to use a particular feature or accessory, the online video resources available on YouTube can walk you through each step.
We mostly used the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine to make doll clothes and accessories for our niece. We learned to sew on a simpler machine, so we aren’t used to all of the decorative stitches available. We really enjoyed adding these details to her dolls’ clothes. It made them look more professional and complemented the cute doll accessories she already owned.
For our own clothes and housewares, we prefer to add these details by hand. But for items that would get a lot of wear and tear, the decorative machine stitches looked nice and were very easy to add. We had to choose the stitch from the menu by selecting the number on the display and using the foot pedal to get started. The machine automatically adjusted the needle while keeping the ideal stitch length, width, and tension. We kept the fabric from bunching using very light pressure from our hands.
We find that cotton is the easiest fabric to use on a sewing machine, so it’s what we started with to test out the Singer 7258. We tried a row of different stitches and were happy to see that they all turned out great. We didn’t have any jams or skipped stitches, and the tension remained consistent the entire time.
Other accessories include a zipper foot, blind hem foot, satin stitch foot, overcasting foot, darning and embroidery foot, gathering foot, rolled hem foot, and quarter-inch foot.
We particularly liked that the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine could do basic embroidery, as this is not a feature often found on beginner-friendly or portable sewing machines. We would expect to purchase a separate embroidery machine, which is both costly and takes up a lot of space. The option to have stitches stop in the needle down position works well with embroidery and other projects that require you to pivot the fabric while continuing your line of stitches.
Design: Intuitive tech
One of the reasons we tend to avoid high-tech sewing machines is how difficult it can be to learn all settings and controls. The Singer 7258 is computerized, but the symbols are still easy to understand and use. To select a stitch, we just had to set the computer to the corresponding number using the diagram printed directly on the machine underneath the LCD screen display. We could also select the stitch length and width on the same display.
The ability to take on more control by moving from auto to customized selection makes this a great machine that will take you from beginner to advanced.
We liked that the ideal stitch length and width for the type of stitch are auto-selected. For those just starting, this takes a lot of the guesswork out of trying new stitches. However, you can manually change the stitch length and width if you want. This customization is something that more advanced sewers will appreciate. The ability to take on more control by moving from auto to customized selection makes this a great machine that will take you from beginner to advanced.
The accessory drawer is just the right size for all of the extra sewing feet, bobbins, and other accessories that come with the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine. It has a latched door to keep everything secure in the compartment when not in use. We usually store items like thread, needles, and bobbins in a separate compartmented basket. But for things like brushes, specialized sewing feet, and other maintenance items that we only use with one specific machine, storing them in the accessory drawer keeps them from getting lost.
Taking off the accessory drawer was ideal when we started to sew tiny doll clothes. For small items, having this option is great. If you prefer a more rigid work surface, you can leave the accessory drawer in place.
The carrying handle made it easy to move the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine around. We used it on a standard-sized desk set up in our home office and craft area. When working on a project, we left the sewing machine out over a few days until we were done. We then stored it on a nearby shelf. It was lightweight enough to move, but we opted to leave it where it was unless we needed that space for something else. It seems easy to use as a portable machine, but it lacks a hard carrying case. If we were transporting the machine a lot, we would hesitate to buy it without a case.
Setup Process: Easy on your own, easier with help from Singer
Singer has a great collection of YouTube videos online to demonstrate how to use the 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine features. The tutorials are machine-specific, so all you have to do is follow along to master all of the controls. The included DVD is another great resource to help you get started.
Before starting, we tested out winding the bobbin using the automatic bobbin winding clutch. The diagram printed directly on the sewing machine helped us set it up correctly, and we were able to wind thread onto the bobbin in just a couple of minutes. The bobbin winder automatically stops once the bobbin is full. This helps keep the bobbin wound adequately, reducing wasted thread, and making sure that it is ready to use when it’s time to start sewing. We put the bobbin into its compartment and put the clear cover back on.
Threading the machine was just as easy, again following the arrows and printed steps on the machine. The Singer 7258 does have an automatic needle threader, which helped us set up the machine quickly. We had to change our thread to use different colors frequently, so saving time on this step was very beneficial.
Selecting a stitch from the menu was one of our favorite aspects of the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine and set it apart from other computerized sewing machines that we tested. Instead of a complicated menu of symbols and options, all we had to do was select the number that matched the kind of stitch we wanted, which were all conveniently printed directly below the display. We also had the option to change the stitch length and width, although the preset automatic options were just what we wanted. Having these preset made us feel more confident trying out new stitches that we had not used before
When you are ready to put the sewing machine away, the included dust cover can help protect it from dust and dirt. We always recommend storing your sewing machine with a cover to prolong its life. If you get a lot of dust and dirt in the machine, it can impact its performance and increase the maintenance you need to do. The dust cover is a foldable plastic cover. It is adequate to keep dust and dirt out, but won’t protect the machine from any falls or bumps. If you plan to use the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine as a portable machine, you will want to purchase a separate tote or hard case. This additional cost will save you money in the long run by protecting your machine.
Price: A good mid-level machine
If you worry about spending money on a beginner sewing machine that you will soon outgrow, the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine is a good balance of value and features. It is more expensive than some introductory models but will last through learning to sew and taking on more advanced projects. It also makes a great gift for those interested in sewing. It’s simple enough for beginners to use but still has the right amount of special features and stitches to keep more advanced sewers interested.
We particularly liked that the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine could do basic embroidery, as this is not a feature often found on beginner-friendly or portable sewing machines.
We recommend purchasing a hard case or tote when you initially buy the Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine. You will be happy that you took the best care possible of your new machine from the first day and that it is protected from falls or items being dropped on it. This is particularly important if you plan to store your machine or transport it.
Competition: Sewing machines for all levels
Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine: Advanced sewers will love the 600 stitch options, including basic and decorative stitches in the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 Computerized Portable Sewing Machine. It is more expensive, so it is probably a better purchase for those who have already mastered the basics and know they love to sew. It’s also heavier and bulkier than other machines, making it a better option for a designated sewing area instead of an on-the-go sewing machine.
Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine: If a computerized sewing machine is too advanced for your needs, the Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine has dial controls that provide all the options a beginning sewer needs. It’s also cheaper, at around $100, making our recommendation for those just starting. It’s a great way to learn how to sew without investing a lot of money until you know you enjoy it.
Yes, buy it.
The Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine was our favorite of the three machines that we tested. It was just the right balance of high-tech features, automatic and manual control options, and the right price. This was the machine that we could see ourselves using for years to come on a variety of basic to advanced projects.
- Product Name Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine
- Product Brand Singer
- Price $469.99
- Weight 18.85 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 14.5 x 12 x 7.5 in.
- Warranty Limited, 25 Years