Singer 9980 Vs 9985 Comparison In Detail

Singer 9980 Vs 9985 Comparison In Detail

Here we will check out what extras you will get with Singer 9985 in comparison with 9980. Obviously the color difference is the first thing you will notice. Singer 9980 comes in a blue shade, while 9985 comes with a light purple shade. It is not just about color, there are other differences as well, which we will discuss next.

Singer 9980 Vs 9985 - Major Feature Differences

The differences between two models are given below

The Screen 

Singer 9980 comes with a simple LCD screen whereas 9985 has a color touch screen. Singer 9985's screen is larger, which is understandable for a touch interface. All the physical buttons that 9980 had, went into the touch screen of 9985. We don't think, the input difference is a big enough reason to base your buying decision. It is more of a personal thing, some like touch screens while others like physical buttons.

Built-in Stitches

This is where the key difference lies. Singer 9985 definitely has an advantage with 960 built-in stitches, whereas 9980 has only 820 stitches. The difference is in the number of decorative stitches only, all the essential stitches are common. Singer 9985 has 140 extra decorative stitches in comparison with 9980.

Monogramming Fonts

This is another area where Singer 9985 scores. 9985 has 6 fonts for monogramming, whereas 9980 has only 5.

Stitch Memory 

Advantage Singer 9985 here as well. Even though Singer 9980 has memory to save stitch combinations, it will get deleted once you turn off the machine. 9985's memory on the other hand will keep the saved stitches or combinations in its memory even when the machine is turned off. You can easily access the stitches once the machine is turned back on, which makes a lot of sense.

Presser Foot Pressure

Singer 9985 comes with adjustable presser foot pressure, whereas 9980 has automatic presser foot pressure. The adjustable presser foot pressure on Singer 9985 gives you that extra bit of customization option.

That's it. These are the differences between the two.

Editor comment

In the performance department, there is very little to choose between the two, as both machines are built on the same platform. The stitch quality of both the machines are top notch. Their performance on multiple layers of thick fabrics is simply outstanding.

Normally on every comparison we do, we will have a clear choice in the end. But in this case, we can't pick a clear winner. The choice is user dependent. Whether you want the touch screen and additional stitches of Singer 9985 or you want to save some money with the Singer 9980, it is up to you.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger 9980Singer 9985
Built-in Stitches820960
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/WidthAutomatic (with override option)Automatic (with override option)
Built-in MemoryYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5Yes, 6
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureAutomaticYes
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, 2 LEDsYes, LED
Feed Dog7 Segment Box FeedBox 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, 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
Snap-on Presser FootYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)YesYes
TensionAutomatic (with override option)Automatic (with override option)

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

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