Singer 9970 Vs 9985 - Comparison In Detail

Singer 9970 Vs 9985 - Comparison In Detail


Singer 9970 and 9985 are two quality sewing machines, there is no question about it. Both come in the same segment. As far as advanced sewing machines are concerned, these two are among the most feature rich sewing machines you can get in the segment. It is not just about features, it is about quality as well. Both Singer 9970 and 9985 received very good feedback from its users. But there are quite a bit of difference in features, which we will discuss in the next section.

Singer 9970 Vs 9985 - Major Feature Differences

If you go by external looks, both machines are poles apart. Singer 9985 has a squarish design, whereas 9970 is more curvaceous in style. 9985 is clearly the most advanced of the two, which is pretty evident from the model number itself. The question is, what extras do Singer 9985 offer in features, when compared to 9970?

Built-in Stitches 

This is the first thing you will notice. Singer 9985 comes with a whopping 960 built-in stitches, whereas 9970 has only 600. The difference comes down to the decorative stitches. So if you are looking for variety of stitches, 9985 is the way to go.

Monogramming 

Singer 9985 has 6 fonts for monogramming, 9970 has one less that is 5.

LCD Screen 

Singer 9985 comes with a large color touch screen. 9970 has a standard screen with just brightness control.

Built-in Memory 

The memory function on Singer 9985 lets you save up to 60 characters. It will not be deleted once the machine is turned off.

Presser Foot Pressure 

Singer 9985 comes with adjustable presser foot pressure. Singer 9970 on the other hand comes with automatic presser foot pressure in which the pressure is adjusted automatically. Fine tuning is not possible there (but still it does a pretty good job).

Editor comment

There isn't a huge difference in performance. Both perform very well on multiple layers of denim. The stitch quality is top notch on both machines. Both machines are unbelievably quiet as well. For us, the choice heavily depends on the number of built-in stitches you need. 600 is a big number, 960 is even bigger. You need to decide whether you want 360 extra built-in stitches or not. Essential stitches are all the same on both Singer 9970 and 9985, it is the decorative stitches that make a difference.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger 9970Singer 9985
TypeComputerizedComputerized
Built-in Stitches600960
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderYesYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles13 One-step13 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push ButtonTouch Screen
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes 5Yes, 6
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoYes
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
On Board StorageYesYes
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Underplate, Open Toe Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch Foot, Darning & Freehand Embroidery Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Adjustable Bias Binder Foot, Single Welt Cording Foot, Braiding Foot with Guide, Clear Piping Foot, Stitch in the Ditch Foot, Fancy Trim Foot, Chenille Stitching Foot, Edge Joining Foot, Gathering Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot and Seam Guide Foot.All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning & Embroidery Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch, Even Feed Foot
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYesYes
Needle Positions2525
Automatic ReverseYesYes
Snap-on Presser FeetYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes

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