This sewing machine is what inspired the creation of Autumn Weaves. It'll always have a special place in my heart for that.
I used to sew all the time when I was in middle school and high school, but I was just too busy to sew once I got to college. Nevertheless, I lugged that huge, heavy sewing machine everywhere I lived for 9 years -- never taking it out of its case even once. When I needed to do a serious purge of my possessions for my move across the country, that old sewing machine ended up on the purge list.
Only fairly recently have I felt a need for a sewing machine again. I finally took the plunge and dropped money on a brand new sewing machine. I'm certainly glad I did!
There is not a lot of detailed information about sewing machines out there so I thought I'd post this unboxing for anyone else who may be considering the Singer 7258.
The sewing machine is held together in the box in form-fitting foam. It looked very well packaged so it would have very minimal risk of being damaged during shipment.
The Singer 7258 sewing machine does not come with a storage case and instead provides just a very simple dust cover made from vinyl. In my searches, I haven't found any cases specifically for this machine, so if you want one you'll need to buy a generic sewing machine case.
The quick start guide and manual have great, easy-to-understand information about the machine. I haven't watched the DVD yet because the provided manuals are so clear. The quick start guide has everything you need to start sewing. I merely followed it step by step and was able to be up and running in no time.
All of the accessories and feet it comes with are really great. The only feet I felt I needed to buy was a walking foot, and a 1/4" foot with guide (the Singer 7258 comes with a 1/4" foot without a guide).
These are the main controls for the sewing machine. On the top is a reverse/lock button. When using a straight or zigzag stitch it will reverse the machine's sewing direction. On any other stitch-type, it will automatically make a knot. That is definitely my most-used button! I lock both the beginning and end of each line of stitching.
The slider controls the top speed of the machine. When using the pressure foot, the speed can still be controlled by how much pressure you exert on the foot, but will not go over the top speed set of the speed control. I find this very useful because sometimes its just more comfortable to fully depress the foot pedal while still having a slower speed.
The needle position button controls where the needle will be positioned when the stitching is stopped. Since this is a computerized sewing machine, it does extra conveniences for you like ensuring the needle is always in a specific position when the stitching is stopped. By default, it will leave the needle in its highest position. If you press the needle position button, a red light glows and the needle will then always be left in its lowest position -- piercing the fabric. This is very handy to prevent your fabric from slipping out of place when you need to stop and shift it while sewing.
The start/stop button is to enable sewing without the pressure foot. If the pressure foot is plugged in then this button does nothing. Combined with the speed control slider, the start/stop button allows you to sew something without setting up the pressure foot.
The Singer 7258 sewing machine has a threader and button hole lever. To use either you just pull it down. The manual goes into detail about how each is used.
The Singer 7258 sewing machine has an optional horizontal thread spool holder. With certain spools, it is easier for the thread to be deployed from the horizontal position. The holder easily folds down to be in-line with the handle when it is folded down, so I use the horizontal holder as my default. Otherwise I'd have to take off the vertical thread spool holder every time I put the machine away.
The Singer 7258 sewing machine has a top-loading bobbin -- which is glorious! It is incredibly easy to pop in the bobbin and start using it. The clear top also allows you to see how much thread is left in the bobbin and to quickly get an idea of what is causing a jam.
Refilling a bobbin is very easy. It also automatically stops when the bobbin is full!
All of the various types of stiches are great to have at my disposal. There is a healthy mix of utilitarian stitches (like stretch stitches) and decorative stitches (like a vine of leaves). Each stitch can be customized by changing its width and height.
The machine is relatively small at only 13" x 11". I was specifically looking for a smaller machine so it would be easier to store. The Singer 7258 sewing machine nicely fits on the bottom shelf of a bookcase.
The small size, however, causes the width of the throat to be sacrificed: it is only 5" wide. This may be a problem on projects that require a lot of material to be on the right when sewing.
My experiences with the Singer 7258
Right off the bat I was thrilled with the sewing machine. The weight of the machine is light enough to be easy to carry but heavy enough to prevent it from shaking and migrating when in use. Filling and changing the bobbin was a breeze, where I remember it was such a pain with my old sewing machine. I love the built-in thread cutter! It seemed like there was nothing the machine couldn't do!
But then, of course, I found some things that it had difficulty with. While working with denim I found several instances where the sewing machine would just give up. At first I thought it had difficulty actually piercing several layers of denim, but then I realized it was actually getting caught up with the fact that there were so many layers of denim that it just plain old couldn't fit under the foot. The fabric was getting squeezed under the foot and the feed dogs just couldn't move the fabric. If I could pull on the fabric then the machine would gleefully keep sewing. But, of course there were instances where there was just too much fabric and no amount of pulling would get it to slide under the foot.
So that's my number one pet peeve: there isn't enough horizontal space under the foot. Not everyone is going to encounter this problem, but quilters and those using multiple layers of thick fabric could find themselves getting quite frustrated. I encountered the problem when trying to sew over french seams in denim.
I have also started getting jams and broken thread. This only happens when I use non-straight stitches and happens even more if I change the width or length of the stitch. This has been frustrating. This may or may not be related to the timing going out of sync. While trying to force thick layers of denim under the foot, I may have abused it and started the timing's misalignment. It also may be a fault in the machine since several people have complained about the timing issue in the Amazon reviews. 16% of reviewers give this machine 3-stars or less, so the rate at which this machine goes out of alignment couldn't possibly be more than that.
I recommend the machine for non-quilters. It is very easy to use while also being light and portable. Its biggest flaw is the limitation of horizontal space under the foot -- but this could be true for any low-shank sewing machine. Quilters will also be frustrated with the narrow throat space.
I'm very happy with it, but I will consider buying another one that has more horizontal space under the foot and wider throat space so that I have a larger range of possibilities I can do with a sewing machine.