Even though Singer 8280 is good for basic sewing tasks, its quality and features are not really ideal from a beginner’s point of view. Better options are available.
Singer 8280 Main Features
- 8 built-in stitches
- 4-step buttonhole
- Free arm
Singer 8280 Review
I am not sure whether 8280 is discontinued by Singer or not. It is not a commonly available sewing machine in US nowadays. Singer 8280 is a very basic mechanical sewing machine. 8 stitches are available on this machine, including a 4-step buttonhole. The maximum stitch length is 4.2mm and stitch width is 5mm.
Stitch selection is done by turning the dial. A similar dial is provided for stitch length adjustment as well. For converting the machine to free arm, you can always remove the built-in storage compartment. The thread tension dial is located on the top of the machine.
The reverse stitch lever is very unique, it is not like other Singer machines (looked a bit flimsy to me). The reverse stitch lever looks like it came from another world. However it is conveniently placed in an easy to access location. The presser foot pressure can be adjusted on Singer 8280. The preset pressure works for most fabrics though.
The machine has a carry handle for easy transport. A manual thread cutter is provided on the side of the machine. Snap-on presser feet is easy to change. The motor is powerful and it can deliver 750 stitches/min. The machine is lightweight, weighing around 13 pounds.
My first impression is, too much use of plastic. The build quality of Singer 8280 is not the best. There is every chance to break the reverse lever. It is not designed to last. The machine is good for sewing light-medium weight fabric, however it struggles with multiple layers of thick fabrics. 8280 will be a good machine for basic sewing tasks and for occasional sewers.
Singer 8280 misses out on quite a few features that you normally expect from a beginner sewing machine. No automatic needle threader, no 1-step buttonhole, no drop-in bobbin are some of them. There is no drop-feed for free-motion quilting as well.
Is It Worth Buying?
Considering the low build quality and the lack of features, I can’t quite recommend this machine to you. If you are looking for a beginner machine in the $100 segment, the best machine I can recommend is Brother XM2701. It is the best in that segment. Brother XM2701 has 27 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, 1-step buttonhole etc. The best thing about this Brother machine is that it has a lot of features and the stitch quality is top notch.
If you are looking for a machine from Singer family, you will be better of considering Singer 2259. It has 19 built-in stitches including a 4-step buttonhole. However it lacks some features when compared to Brother XM2701.