Singer 9980 Vs 9960 Comparison

Singer 9980 Vs 9960 Comparison In Detail

Singer 9980 and 9960 are two advanced sewing machines from Singer that received quite a good feedback from its everyday users. Both are quality computerized sewing machines (there is no question about it). Both are feature packed as well. Honestly, it will be difficult to find better feature loaded machines than Singer 9980 and 9960 in the segment. So, what we want to know is, how much better is the Singer 9980 in terms of features and quality when compared to 9960?

Singer 9980 Vs 9960 - Major Feature Differences

Even though both the machines are pretty close in model numbers, there isn't much similarity in the design and layout. The position of the LCD screen and the control buttons are different. Singer 9980 comes in blue color whereas 9960 comes in white. At first, let us have a look at the difference.

Built-in Stitches

Singer 9980 is the winner here. 9980 comes with 820 built-in stitches whereas 9960 on the other hand has only 600 built-in stitches. The difference in stitches is limited to decorative stitches only (number of buttonhole and basic stitches are the same), so if you don't want a lot of decorative stitches, 9960 will still be a good option.


There is no clear cut winner here, as they use different types of controls and buttons. Singer 9980 makes use of arrow buttons for navigation whereas 9960 relies on normal buttons. You can't really say one is better over the other in ease of use. It is completely user specific.

Sewing Assistance

Singer 9980 projects 'sewing assistance' as one of its premium features. However, it is not very different from the ones that you see on Singer 9960 and other advanced sewing machines. The sewing assistance displays the selected stitch, length and width settings, tension, recommended presser foot etc on the LCD screen. So it is even stevens here.

Editor comment

Apart from the difference in number of built-in stitches and outside controls, both machines are identical and this reflects in their performance as well. Both are extremely quiet machines. The stitch quality is consistent across different types of fabric. These two have one of the finest stitch quality in their segments respectively. So you can't pick a winner here. 

In simple words, Singer 9980 has 120 extra built-in stitches and that sums up the comparison. So if you don't want those 120 extra decorative stitches, you can go with Singer 9960.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger 9980Singer 9960
Built-in Stitches820600
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderYesYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles13 One-step13 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push ButtonLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthAutomatic (with override option)Automatic (with override option)
Built-in MemoryYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5Yes 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureAutomaticNo, Automatic
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, 2 LEDsYes 2 LEDs
Feed Dog7 Segment Box Feed7 Segment Box Feed
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Exclusive Underplate, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning / Embroidery Foot, Narrow Rolled Hem Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Quarter Inch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Cording FootAll-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot and 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
Machine Weight20 lbs Approx.18.2 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYesYes
Needle Positions2525
Snap-on Presser FootYesYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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