Singer Vivo 1004 Review

Singer Vivo 1004 looks a good beginners machine. But it needs to fix some common issues reported by the users.

Singer Vivo 1004 Sewing Machine Features

  • 12 built-in stitches
  • Top drop-in bobbin
  • Free arm
  • Lightweight

Singer Vivo 1004 Review

Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : LOW

Vivo 1004 is an inexpensive beginners sewing machine rolled out by Singer in U.S. It is a beautiful looking machine, but only a closer look will reveal whether the performance of this machine is as good as its looks. This is a sewing machine designed for basic stuffs. You can repair, trim or fix your garments quite easily. It is compact in size and is portable. It weighs just 7.6 pounds, so it won’t be difficult to carry it around. Singer Vivo comes with 12 built-in stitches and 23 stitch functions. The built-in stitches include 5 straight stitches, 1 satin stitch, 4 ZigZag stitches and 2 blind hem stitches.

The top drop-in bobbin with a clear cover is really a good feature for beginners. You can keep an eye on the bobbin thread supply, thanks to the clear cover. You can sew in two speed settings, High and Low. You can sew with the foot pedal also. Singer Vivo is free arm capable as well, so that you can sew cuffs and sleeves without any difficulty.


Even though Singer Vivo is a good looking sewing machine, its usability is not as good as we expected. Thread breaking is the most common issue associated with this machine. The build quality is not really great to be honest. It will work for very basic stuffs like fixing things here and there. You can’t rely on this machine for bigger projects. Many users have questioned its durability as well.


There is no buttonhole stitch on this machine. This will make Singer Vivo lose a lot of points in competition as there are better machines available with more features and that too for fewer dollars.


  • Good looks
  • Portable


  • Thread breaking
  • Not so great for big projects

Is It Worth Buying ?

Singer Vivo may be good for the basic needs of an occasional sewer, but if you are really serious about sewing, you need to look for something else. Singer needs to fix those issues immediately. If you are looking for other alternatives, I suggest Brother XL2600I which comes with 25 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, one-step buttonholes etc.  It is the best sewing machine in the under $100 price category. Or if you want to stick with Singer, then the Singer 2259 would be a good machine to consider in the same price range.

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