Even though Singer 2250 is designed for beginners, it doesn’t quite live up to our expectations. There is scope for quite a bit of improvement.
Singer 2250 Main Features
- 10 built-in stitches
- Adjustable stitch length
- Adjustable tension
Singer 2250 Review
2250 is a basic beginners sewing machine. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on this, it is very affordable. Sometimes the issue with low cost sewing machines is that they don’t really keep up with the quality benchmarks, so let us see how Singer 2250 comes out. 2250 comes with 10 built-in stitches which includes 6 Basic Stitches, 3 Decorative Stitches and a 4-step buttonhole. Being a mechanical sewing machine, stitch selection is done with the help of dials. The stitch length also can be adjusted, a separate dial is provided for that specific purpose. Stitch length adjustment will prevent bunching to a certain extent, thereby keeping the seams strong.
For safer bobbin winding, the needle bar will disengage while winding the bobbin. The extra high presser foot lifter allows more clearance while working with multiple layers of fabric. You can effortlessly change the presser foot without using the screwdriver, thanks to the snap-on mechanism. A manual thread cutter is provided to eliminate the use of scissors. Adjustable tension ensures consistent stitch quality. The machine weighs 13.6 pounds, which is pretty light.
Access to cuffs, collars and pant hems can be achieved by converting the machine into free arm. You will have to remove the on-board storage compartment to turn it into free arm. The machine comes with 25 years limited warranty cover.
The initial set up of Singer 2250 is not as easy as you would expect. Getting the right amount of tension is the most challenging part. Adjusting the lower bobbin tension is a tricky job, but the user manual has clear instructions on how to do it, still you have to go through that learning curve. The upper thread tension also requires intermittent tweaking depending on the type of fabric. The features also doesn’t help it either.
The best thing you can do is to read the instruction manual thoroughly and follow each step correctly. If you can get the tension and threading part right, it will sew beautifully.
Even though Singer 2250’s target customers are beginners, Singer failed to include a user-friendly 1-step buttonhole which is way more beginner friendly than a 4-step buttonhole.
The machine doesn’t feature a top drop-in bobbin, another feature that is a must for a beginners machine. It comes with old fashioned side loading bobbin, which requires the accessory compartment to be removed in order to change the bobbin.
Bobbin jamming and tension issues are the most common complaints about this sewing machine. These issues have seriously dented its reputation.
Is It Worth Buying ?
In an era of drop-in bobbins and 1-step buttonholes, I feel Singer 2250 to be a bit old fashioned especially when you compare it with less expensive machines like the Brother XL2600I. That Brother machine comes with 25 built-in stitches,automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole etc.