Singer S16 Review In Detail

Singer S16 Review In Detail

Singer S16 is designed for sewing straight stitches and it does a pretty good job at it. We are really impressed with its fast sewing and consistent stitches.

Editor rating

Singer S16 is an industrial grade, straight-stitch only sewing machine. This is an ideal machine for professional sewers or quilters and they can get this machine without spending a fortune. This sewing machine won the Women's Choice Award for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014) for the best home sewing machine. Before you spend money on this machine, it is important that you know all its features. We are going to discuss each of its features. 

As professional sewers, before selecting a machine we will always look at its features. If we are satisfied with the features, we will have a look at the quality and performance of the machine. If we are satisfied with that as well, finally we will have a look at the price. These 3 things in combination make a good buying decision. In most cases, quality and performance is the area where the deal is made or broke. Let us see whether Singer S16 is worth it or not.

S16 is a true straight stitch machine. It is entirely focused on providing quality straight stitches with super precision. It has a specially designed needle plate for sewing fabrics of different thickness. It comes with a knee lifter, a feature which is very important for pivoting and quilting. It has a very impressive motor inside, which is capable of sewing at a speed of 1600 stitches/minutes. This will let you finish your projects in half the time required by conventional sewing machines.

The side-loading vertical full-rotary bobbin system adds to the precision. 9"x6" sewing space works great for large projects. It comes with a retractable spool guide. It has a presser foot sensor which prevents the machine from operating when the presser foot is raised. You can also adjust the presser foot pressure. There is an automatic needle threader and thread cutter. The independent bobbin winding system allows you to sew while winding the bobbin.

Other features include programmable needle up/down, extra-high presser foot lifter, automatic reverse, adjustable stitch length (1mm-6mm), speed control slider, 2 built-in work light, adjustable thread tension etc. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty. 

Ease of Use

Singer S16 is a solid machine. It is heavy as well. It weighs approximately 31.5 lbs. We absolutely love the quietness of this machine. It has a powerful motor and yet it doesn't make a lot of noise. From silk to denim, this machine works flawlessly. The separate bobbin winding feature is really useful especially while working on a quilt. The available sewing space on this machine is good enough to accommodate large projects.

Work light is pretty good, in fact it is one of the better lit machines from Singer. Singer has used metal parts wherever they could. So durability is never under question. We are really impressed with the sewing speed, it is extremely fast. It will finish heavy-duty projects with ease. 


Singer S16 being a straight stitch only machine, is bound to lack some basic features like free arm.

The user manual could have been more detailed.


•    Efficient
•    Quiet and stable
•    Sews through almost all kinds of fabric with ease


•    User manual could be better

Review Verdict

Singer S16 is a machine designed for people who sew a lot of straight line stitches. Its performance is heavily focused on doing straight stitches and it does a pretty good job. 


TypeStraight Stitch
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Top Drop-in BobbinNo, Side Loading Vertical Bobbin
Stitch Length1mm-6mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedDarning Plate
Free ArmNo
Motor Speed1,600 Stitches/min
Work LightYes, 2
Included FeetAll-Purpose, Quarter Inch, Free-Motion, Narrow Rolled Hem
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work Space9” x 6” to the right of needle
TensionTension is Adjustable
Knee LifterYes
CoverDust Cover

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