Singer 1512 Promise II Review In Detail

Singer 1512 Promise II Review In Detail

Singer 1512 Promise II is a beginner sewing machine. It has some nice features, but at the same time it misses out on some features like drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader, 1-step buttonhole etc.

Editor rating

Singer 1512 Promise II is a beginners sewing machine, no question about it. It is a a mechanical sewing machine. Let us have a close look at the machine and see if it is worth your hard earned money. Singer 1512 Promise II comes with 13 built-in stitches, which includes 11 basic stitches, a decorative stitch and a 4-step buttonhole.

Stitch selection is done by turning the dial. Another dial is provided for adjusting the stitch length. Tension can also be easily adjusted. Reverse sewing lever is of decent size and is conveniently located. Presser foot pressure is automatic on Singer 1512.  Presser feet is snap-on type, which is easy to change (pretty much the standard nowadays). There is a storage compartment to store away the accessories. Once you remove the storage compartment, you can access free arm for sewing cuffs and collars.

The extra high presser foot lifter on Singer 1512 is really handy while sewing multiple layers of fabric. Stitch width can be set to a maximum of 5mm on this machine. Two needle positions are also available. The machine is capable of twin needle sewing. A manual thread cutter is provided on the side of the machine. You can say that Singer 1512 is equipped with a reasonably powerful motor. The motor can deliver 750 stitches/min. A built-in sewing light illuminates the work space.

Ease of Use

First thing you will notice about Singer 1512 Promise II is that it has a very simple design. There isn't a lot of buttons and controls, which really helps, from the point of view of a beginner. The machine is very lightweight, it has to be said. It weighs somewhere around 10 pounds and the built-in carry handle makes it all the more portable. For the threading part, you definitely need to follow the user manual. The stitch quality is decent. The machine feeds well and it is consistent.


Automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin and 1-step buttonhole are features that we normally expect from a beginner sewing machine nowadays. Unfortunately Singer 1512 Promise II doesn't have them on board.


Built-in Stitches13
Automatic Needle ThreaderNo
Buttonhole Styles1 Four-step
Top Drop-in BobbinNo
Stitch SelectionDial
Stitch Width5mm
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo, Automatic
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed750 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Needle Positions2
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
TensionTension is Adjustable

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