A honest comparison between Singer 9980 and 9985. Both are quality performers, but they belong to two different price bands.
Currently there is a huge price gap between Singer 9980 and 9985, which may be the reason why you reached here. I will check out what extras you will get with Singer 9985 in comparison with 9980. Obviously the color difference is the first thing you will notice. 9980 comes in a blue shade, while 9985 comes with a light purple shade. It is not just about color, there are other differences as well, which we will discuss next.
Singer 9980 vs 9985 – Features Comparison
The Screen : 9980 comes with a simple LCD screen whereas 9985 has a color touch screen. 9985’s screen is larger, which is understandable for a touch interface. All the physical buttons that 9980 had, went into the touch screen of 9985. I don’t think, the input difference is a big enough reason to base your buying decision. It is more of a personal thing, some like touch screens while others like physical buttons.
Built-in Stitches : This is where the key difference lies. 9985 definitely has an advantage with 960 built-in stitches, whereas 9980 has only 820 stitches. The difference is in the number of decorative stitches only. Singer 9985 has 140 extra decorative stitches in comparison with 9980.
Monogramming Fonts : This is another area where 9985 scores. 9985 has 6 fonts for monogramming, whereas 9980 has only 5.
Stitch Memory : Advantage 9985 here as well. Even though Singer 9980 has memory to save stitch combinations, it will get deleted once you turn off the machine (I can’t understand why Singer included such a memory in the first place). 9985’s memory on the other hand will keep the saved stitches or combinations in its memory even when the machine is turned off. You can easily access the stitches once the machine is turned back on, which makes a lot of sense.
That’s it. These are the differences between the two.
|Sewing Machine Features||Singer 9980||Singer 9985|
|LCD Color Touch Screen||No||Yes|
|Built-in Memory||Yes (Loses when switched off)||Yes|
|Buttonhole Styles||13 1-step||13 1-step|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||Yes|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Bobbin System||Top drop-in||Top Drop-in|
|Motor Speed||850 stitches/min||850 stitches/min|
|Start/Stop Button & Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Alphabets For Monogramming||5||6|
|Mirror Imaging & Stitch Elongation Function||Yes||Yes|
|Max Stitch Width||7mm||7mm|
|Automatic locking stitch function||Yes||Yes|
|Electronic Twin Needle Settings||Yes||Yes|
|Presser Foot Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Bobbin Winding||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Stitch Length and Width||Yes||Yes|
|Extra-high Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Extra high presser foot lifter||Yes||Yes|
|7-segment feeding system & Box feed||Yes||Yes|
|Included Presser Feet||13||13|
|Machine Weight||20 lbs||20 lbs|
|Warranty||25 year limited warranty||25 year limited warranty|
Singer 9980 vs 9985 – Performance Comparison
In the performance department, there is very little to choose between the two, as both machines are built on the same platform and motor. The stitch quality of both the machines are top notch. Their performance on multiple layers of thick fabrics is simply outstanding. However the tricky automatic needle threader of 9980 has been carried over to 9985 as well. But it is not a huge thing considering the top quality performance on offer.
Normally on every comparison I do, I will have a clear choice in the end. But in this case, I can’t pick a clear winner. The choice is user dependent. Whether you want the touch screen and additional stitches of 9985 or you want to save some money with the 9980, it is up to you. I think 9985 won’t be a bad deal if it just costs around $50 more than 9980.