Singer 9985 Review In Detail

Singer 9985 Review In Detail

Singer 9985 is simply loaded with features. Other than the slightly dim work light, there are not many things to worry about. It is almost picture perfect.

Editor rating

This is a feature packed sewing machine for advanced users. Singer 9985 has a whopping 960 built-in stitches on board, the highest for a sewing machine ever reviewed on Compare N Cart. The machine has a 25 year limited warranty.

960 built-in stitches include

•    10 essential stitches
•    21 stretch stitches
•    919 decorative stitches including alphanumeric
•    6 styles of alphabets and numerals with memory function
•    13 fully automatic buttonhole styles

The LCD display on Singer 9985 is more than just a display, it is more like your sewing assistant. It will give you recommendations based on your stitch selection. The built-in sewing advisor will give you assistance via voice and text. It is a nice feature that will come handy for new users. Forgot to tell you one thing, the  display is touch. It is very responsive as well. Once you select a stitch it will give you options to adjust the stitch length and width and also which presser foot to use. The LCD display is very sharp and clear. You will also get a live preview of changing stitch width and length on the left of the screen. The display will also tell you if some setting is not right. Singer 9985 has one of the best LCD displays in the market.

Ease of Use

The automatic tension for each stitch setting is just perfect. You can make combination stitches on Singer 9985. You can rely on the user manual, if you have any doubts. It is well written. Singer 9985 is a smooth machine and it is also very quiet. The quality of stitches are excellent.

It is easy to insert the bobbin as it loads from the top, which is not a surprise feature on a high end machine. Nowadays even the basic machines have this feature. The clear cover for the bobbin will let you keep an eye on the thread supply. The presser foot pressure adjustment is provided at the side of the machine. It easily snaps into place as you turn it. This functionality lets you adjust the pressure applied by the presser foot while sewing. The pressure is automatically adjusted by default, the adjustment option is for those who want to experiment.

The accessory tray is quite spacious. You can change the position of the needle while the machine is stopped, using the Needle Up/Down button. You can control the sewing speed from fast to slow (it gets really slow for your convenience). The automatic cutter cuts the thread when you press the button, so you don't have to grab the scissors for cutting them off.

The removable free arm lets you sew pant hems, cuffs and other stuffs. The memory on this machine lets you save up to 60 characters. You can lock your stitches by pressing the automatic locking stitch button. It has a foot pedal which you don't need most of the time (as there is a speed control slider).


The LED work lights are not so bright.

The automatic needle threader is kind of picky at times. However it works for the most part.


•    Tons of features
•    Needle up/down
•    Auto-pilot
•    Automatic needle threader
•    Easy to use
•    Quiet


•    Slightly dim LED work lights

Review Verdict

Overall, if you are looking for an advanced sewing machine that has tons of features, Singer 9985 will be a great choice. It is a sturdy, quiet and smooth sewing machine.


Built-in Stitches960
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles13 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionTouch Screen
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthAutomatic (with override option)
Built-in MemoryYes
Stitch Width7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 6
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes, LED
Feed DogBox Feed
Included FeetAll-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 Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Needle Positions25
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)Yes
TensionAutomatic (with override option)

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