Singer Simple 23-Stitch Sewing Machine 2263 Review
The Singer 2263 sewing machine is a reminder that machines that use front-loading bobbin features are far from being ‘simple’.
There are people who dislike the idea of placing front-loading bobbins in a machine – Not because they’re impossible to work with, but because they’re not just easy to use. A lot of people actually do like the 2263 with the exception of one of its issues – Repeated problems with the bobbin.
It’s a shame that a lot of people have chosen to ignore the 2263 since we did like the machine’s touches of blue – For us, it makes this machine look very trendy, much like plenty of Singer sewing machine models on the market today. We personally think it looks similar to the Singer 9960. In fact, we could actually picture this machine sitting inside a brightly-lit room on a summer day. The assortment of stitches in this machine is also quite wonderful – As well as its complete electronic functionality that will surely appeal to those who prefer the traditional sewing machine instead of a computerized one.
There are 23 variants of wielding stitches – Which includes a four-step buttonhole. So many machines that include buttonholes have at least one or two variants – In the case of the 2263, a four-step buttonhole, or just the typical one-step buttonhole found in most machines. The main difference here is just a matter of convenience.
Sewing machines that contain four-step buttonhole styles will need plenty of manual intervention for it to be finished. This ultimately breaks down the buttonhole into four segments – Two for the longer parallel lines of thread located at the sides of the buttonhole, and the remaining two are shorter parallel lines created for the ends. If you want to achieve a four-step buttonhole, you must pick the stitch for one side, choose another stitch meant for the ending, sew all of them together, pick the stitch for the other side, sew it again, and repeat the same steps for the final portion and sew it.
You don’t even have to move the fabric around too much – All you need is to gain control of the stitches’ length and width, and tell the machine which portion of the buttonhole you’re about to do next time. When it comes to one-step buttonholes, you have to assign the width and length settings in advance, instead of switching the dial or pushing these buttons, so it could move over from one length up to the next part. One of the great things about a good four-step buttonhole is that you can also create as many buttonholes as you so wish.
You can change the width of the stich to a minimum of 5 millimeters. Meanwhile, its length can be adjusted. This is completely normal – However, the zigzagged and straightened stitches can still be changed, and these are the ones that are usually changed the most often by the machine’s owners.
The Singer 2263 carries a wide selection of overedge stitches if you want to create sturdy seams and stretch out those shortened stitches, in case you want to work together with various sorts of fabrics. If you use the correct needle, this machine can power through several layers of the toughest denim as well as canvas – But probably not more than a handful of layers without experiencing some sort of difficulty.
This machine is equipped with three variants of snap-on presser feet. An extra presser feet, similar to a blind hem foot, a quilting foot, and a satin foot can be bought from an arts-and-crafts store or your local Singer sewing machine repair shop.
You can’t change the presser foot pressure – However, the machine’s height settings, which includes the standard up/down/extra high up can be, allowing you to place in thickened layers of quilting fabric beneath the presser foot. The lever responsible for moving the presser foot either upwards or downwards can be found right behind the needle’s arm. This includes both the presser sewing foot and the buttonhole foot.
Plenty of advancements have been created in regards to modernized sewing machines over the past few years. A lot of them are meant to do two types of things: Prevent the thread from jamming or breaking as you sew, or make the entire process easier.
Even though the Singer 2263 is a mechanical machine, it does have a couple of these advancements that are similar to the ones found in an automatic needle threader, along with a horizontal thread delivery. However, for some reason, they have utilized a front-loading bobbin system for this particular model. If you have operated a traditional old-school sewing machine, then winding up a bobbin in a mechanical sewing machine might be easy – However, this same process can be frustrating for beginners. Firstly, there’s a bit of a flaw when it comes to loading up the bobbin itself, then threading it, or placing the bobbin inside the machine. You’re much more likely to spend an equal amount of time fixing thread jams inside the machine instead of the actual sewing process.
There are dozens of advantages when it comes to using a front-loading bobbin, and this is the reason why sewing machine companies continue to do their job and create more products. If you take on sewing projects that require changing the machine’s head or the colors of the thread midway into a line of stitches, then you won’t be able to do the same when it comes to a top loading bobbin without taking off the project itself. That’s because the bobbin casing for the 2263 can be found right beneath the needle plate, much like the Singer 8280. But you can still reach out for the bobbin in case it needs replacing, without having to lift up the fabric in a front-loading bobbin. For plenty of types of sewing, a top-loading bobbin works just as well, not to mention it’s so easier to use.
The 2263’s features include: Horizontal thread delivery, an automatic needle threader, an automatic bobbin winding feature, adjustable top thread tension, free-arm sewing (take off the extension arm), changeable bobbin thread tension, a reverse sewing lever, and a bright LED light over the working space. There’s also a built-in manual thread cutter found on the side of the machine. The machine comes with up to eighteen needles – The bigger the size, the more it could handle thicker fabrics. A hole for the second spool pin can be found above for bigger threading spools.
The machine in itself is constructed from hard plastic resin, right over a heavy duty metal frame. It’s generally low-maintenance and only requires being oiled once a year. This is completed with an assistance of the service tech, in case you want to take the machine with you to the Singer service center for a checkup.
Accessories for the 2263 include the following: A soft dust cover, an L-shaped screwdriver, a pack of needles, a brush and seam ripper, three types of additional bobbins, a spool holder cap that keeps the spool locked in place, and a darning plate.
Each time you find a sewing machine similar to the 2263 – Like the Singer 7258 for instance – That’s also equipped with its own darning plate – We are reminded of those women dressed in petticoats sitting on a wooden chair with a pile of freshly-knitted socks in front of her. We’re pretty sure the word ‘darning’ isn’t even used anymore when it comes to topics like these – But you might be a bit mistaken, since the darning plates found in the 2263 are sure to come in handy soon enough. If you have ripped your favorite pants and noticed that the two seams have come together, then you will notice that it’s quite hard to follow these two seams, since bits of fabric have unraveled and have to be chopped off soon enough. This is the reason why darning plates can also come in handy for attaching buttons, or for performing free-arm quilting activities.
A lot of customers’ complaints regarding the 2263 have plenty to do with how the bobbin works, and its constant jamming. This happens very frequently with other Singer machines, like the Singer 4423 and the Singer 9960. It’s also a regular problem with machines that have front-loading bobbins and drop-in bobbins. Beginners and children will only get frustrated with this machine, so it’s not the best sewing machine for kids.
The Singer 2263 is indeed cute, since it’s got a trendy, crisp, and clean look – And even though we really do like this machine’s looks, we have this suspicion that even the most professional sewers would have trouble with the bobbin thread found in the machine. This is the reason why one must consider laying in the possible frustration that rookie sewers will experience – It just screams impending trouble for both the user and the machine, especially since there are better sewing machines out there that are in the same price range, but rarely have this sort of problem. Maybe you can’t pair up the machine’s slick appearance, but in the end, it’s the usability that counts.
Pros: Good stitch selection, has an automated needle threader
Cons: Too many problems with the front loading bobbin. A secondary spool pin hole is attached to the machine, you have to buy a separate one from the hardware store. Machine does not have a drop feed dog lever.