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The Tradition range of Singer sewing machines are as the name suggests, more of a conventional shape, with strong mechanical internals. It uses an aluminium chassis as a reliable and trouble free platform to build upon.
This is the Singer 2263 Tradition and it features 23 stitches, which include utility, decorative, home decor, dressmaking and repair stitches. For example, as well as stretch overlock stitch, it has a straight stretch. The machine sews two stitches forward and one stitch backwards hence it can be used for top stitching, a very strong seam repair or used to sew modern stretch materials together. The stitch will stretch with the material as it is sewn.
Button holes are the 4 step type which are sewn using the special sliding presser foot, which is included. Often this type of button hole is quicker to set up and start sewing button holes on garments. It is simple...turn the dial in the sequence as shown on the images 1, 2, 3 and 4 finishes the buttonhole bartack.
It is suited to anyone who wants to enjoy creative sewing and needs the option of doing buttonholes if needed. The Singer 2263 weighs in at only 8.5Kg, so is very transportable using the large lift up handle located at the rear.
Pattern width and length can be set to 5mm and 4mm respectively.
The Singer 2263 uses the front loading bobbin as used on many of the traditional sewing machines of the past. This type of hook and bobbin system is called the 15K type. I'm sure you will have heard of this at some stage. It is a reliable and well proven system and gives a good solid lockstitch to any seam.
Other features we like is the built-in needle threader and the reverse lever location, which is just above the needle. Push down to reverse is far superior than the push rearward button, which often rocks the machine, as the reverse button is pressed. Not the case when using the Singer Tradition 2263. Three needle positions for accurate seams and neater zip insertion.
Although it can sew at speeds up to 800 spm, the speed is electronically controlled by using the foot pedal. This special foot control allows full power to the motor, even at a slow controllable speed.
We have the full selection of accessories and attachments for all kinds of specialist sewing techniques like the even food foot that quilt makers use. Accessories included are instruction book, spare bobbins, extra needles, thread discs, zig-zag foot, zipper foot, button sewing-on foot, seam ripper and lint cleaning brush. Feed cover plate and a soft dust cover.
Product review by Mrs. P.Lanigan from Spain on Thursday, January 16, 2014
The machine does all it is supposed to do. Not the best but certainly not the worse on the market. Overall quite pleased and value for the money
Product review by Joy from Durham on Thursday, April 7, 2011
Very speedy delivery. Machine easy to use after initial practice, referring to a clear instruction booklet. Lightweight especially when compared with my (very) old machine! Pity it didn't come with blind hem and overcast feet but will order to add to the tasks I want to do with the machine. Very good value overall and excellent service. Appreciated the free gift, especially the set of scissors.
Product review by Corysoxy from Dubai on Saturday, November 27, 2010
I have purchased my 2263 Singer without the automatic threader and twin needle feature. I chose this machine as i have been reading it online the feautures however i was disapointed not having what i wanted. It does not come with it? do i have to upgrade it and buy separately?? help!!!!! (STAFF - I see you did not purchase the machine from us. The answer to your question... Yes, the 2263 we supply does have an automatic needle threader)
Product review by Donna from Greater London on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I am extremely happy with my purchase of a new Singer sewing machine from your company.
Your on-line product descriptions were clear and complete, ordering was very easy, and your free next-day delivery was wonderful.
The sewing machine is exactly what I wanted, and the owners manual gives detailed explanations of features and instructions for use. It has been a pleasure to deal with you.
Product review by Ehawlz from Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK on Sunday, December 13, 2009
So far, I am very happy with the product, despite my problems at first. I also like the whole look of the design, and it isnt terribly bulky, even sitting on my small desk, and once I got it all figured out, Ive found that it is easy to use, and makes my sewing much easier. I would recommend this product, especially since it was fairly inexpensive.