Singer M1500 Review

Singer M1500 Review, the portable mechanical basic machine for the beginner, it has all the features for easy sewing projects you want to make.

This is just your basic mechanical sewing machine, without all those bells and whistles you will find on the computerized models.

The machine is not expensive and is easily portable so, it does make it an excellent machine for anyone starting out in the sewing world, and in the future if you want to upgrade, than this one can be used for your basic sewing or as a back up machine to have in the sewing room.

There is a heavy-duty metal frame under it’s exterior, and that will stop it from moving around while you’re sewing, plus the machine is very easy to get it set up and start sewing.

We will go through some of the features found on the Singer M1500, to give you a better idea if this machine would be a good fit for any of your sewing projects, or for a beginner sewer starting out.

How Many Stitches Come On The Singer M1500?

The machine has 6 different stitch types, satin, blind hem, scallop, zigzag, straight, and buttonhole.

The buttonhole stitches for this machine are made in 4 steps, which is not as convenient as the single step buttonhole, so might take a little getting used to it.

There are 3 straight stitches on the dial to the right of the buttonholes, followed by the satin, than 2 zigzag stitches, and 1 triple zigzag with the next being the blind hem, and the scallops stitch giving you basically 10 stitches to work with.

The instruction manual gives you diagrammed instructions for each stitch.

To tie off your stitches at the beginning or end of a seam, just press down on the reverse sewing lever located on the front right of the machine.

Another thing to mention is that the stitch length and width are preset, so no adjustments to be made.

The Bobbin and Threading On the Singer M1500

Singer M1500 ReviewThis machine uses the class 15 bobbins, and comes with 4 of them.

Winding the bobbin is the same as most machines, by following the guides on top with the thread than over to the spindle, and pushing it to the right, and pressing on the foot pedal wind the bobbin, 4 or 5 turns, than cut off excess thread and continue winding, and when bobbin is full it will slow down, release foot pedal and remove the bobbin, also always remember to move the winding spindle back to the left, or the machine will not sew.

The bobbin on this machine is front loading and the needle has to be fully raised. Just open the hinged cover and pull out the bobbin case, than put in your fully loaded bobbin with the thread coming off in a clockwise direction, and following the diagrammed instructions in the manual, leaving about 6 inches of thread extra.

For the threading down to the needle, just follow the numbered guides on the machine leaving about 6 inches of thread to the back of the machine, and you can use the manual thread cutter on the end of the machine which gives you about the right length.

Also, note that for the threading the machine should be turned off for safety.

Then turn the hand wheel to raise the bobbin thread and have both threads go to the back under the presser foot.

How To Set Up Thread Tension On The Singer M1500

The machine has the thread tension dial just above the needle area, and 90% of all sewing it will be set between 3 and 5.

In the instruction manual you will find a needle, fabric, thread chart that gives excellent recommendation for the different fabrics, and what needle and thread to use.

Free Arm Sewing On The Singer M1500

This machine can provide you with free arm sewing for sleeves, cuffs, pants, etc. By removing the extension table which just pulls off towards the end of the machine.

Presser Feet For The Singer M1500

This machine comes with 3 presser feet, the all-purpose foot, zipper foot, and the buttonhole foot.

Additional presser feet can also be purchased separately for this machine.

There is also a 2 steps presser foot lifter for when you are sewing thicker fabrics.

To change the presser feet, just push the foot from the shank, and install a new one.


The LED light just above the sewing area will turn on when the main switch is activated, giving some help when sewing darker fabrics.

Darning Plate

Singer M1500 ReviewThe machine is provided with a darning plate for any free hand sewing you wish to do, and a darning embroidery foot is recommended for this, which is an optional accessory.

You can find the darning embroidery foot for the Singer sewing machine on the specialty stores or you can purchase online (affiliate)

Accessories for the Singer M1500

  • 3 presser feet
  • Darning plate
  • L shaped screwdriver
  • Brush for cleaning
  • Seam ripper
  • 2 spool pin felt
  • Package of needles
  • 4, class 15 bobbins
  • Foot pedal
  • Power cord
  • Quick Start Guide

Specifications For The Singer M1500 Sewing Machine

  • 3 presser feet
  • 12.4 pounds with a carrying handle
  • 14.5 inches by 11.34 inches by 7.12 inches
  • Class 15 bobbins
  • 4 step buttonholes

Working Dials And Levers On The Singer M1500

  • Stitch pattern selector dial on the front
  • Thread tension dial above the sewing area
  • Thread cutter on the end above sewing area
  • Reverse sewing lever on the front
  • Presser foot lift lever to the right of the needle
  • Handwheel on the right end
  • Power switch also on the right end.

Warranty For The Singer M1500

The machine has a 25-year limited warranty, with the head and it’s parts are warranted for 25 years, and the electrics for 2 years, such as the motor lights, switches, and speed control. The belts, rings, bulbs, adjustments are warranted for 90 days.

We always recommend to look at the warranty when first buying this sewing machine.

The Pros and Cons


  • Simple basic mechanical sewing machine.
  • Portable to take to sewing classes
  • Has free arm and carrying handle
  • Easy to set up and start sewing
  • Not an expensive machine
  • Good machine for a beginner sewer.


  • 4 steps buttonhole is more difficult to get used to.
  • No adjustment for stitch length and width
  • We find the front loading bobbin more difficult than the top loading.
  • No automatic thread cutter.

Is The Singer M1500 Good For A Beginner?

The Singer M1500 is designed and built with the basic mechanical features on a sewing machine that is good for any beginner wanting to start sewing, it comes with basic stitching patterns but it will help you to work with ease on many different easy sewing projects.

This machine will help any beginners with the basics of sewing, once the beginner gets more skilled, it will easy to know what features you will need on a machine so you can choose another model to upgrade.

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Where To Buy The Singer M1500 Sewing Machine

You can find it on the specialty stores shelves, with the sewing machine dealer in your area and you can also purchase it online (affiliate)

Singer M1500 Review Our Final thoughts

We hope this review gives you a better idea on how it works, and if it’s a match for your sewing projects.

For anyone starting out sewing this is a good machine to learn on, and is not very expensive.

To use for your simpler sewing projects, the machine is ideal making a good addition to any sewing room.

Wishing you all the best on your sewing projects – Happy Sewing!

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6 thoughts on “Singer M1500 Review”

  1. I recently bought a Singer M1500. I like the sewing machine very much. However, I have a small complaint. It did not come with the oil bottle as it said. This was kind of disappointing because I did not receive everything it said came with it. Besides that, I’m a satisfied customer.

  2. This is a good comprehensive guide to this singer machine.

    While it is at the starter level, your review shows that it doesn’t mostly everything that you could possibly want at this level.

    I like the handiness and easy storage of the smaller models.  And it is made by a reputable manufacturer.

    With the make and your review, I would have no difficulty in choosing this sewing machine.

    Thank you and keep the reviews coming.

  3. Hi Alex. Another great review. Im sewing by myself for a while and I remember how difficult it was to choose my first sewing machine. This one seems as a great starting point, its simple, compact and in reasonable price. And Singer is great company with long tradition of high quality products. I wouldn’t choose it by myself as few more advanced options are missing, but I would recommend it to all beginners

  4. I fell in love with sewing my own clothes when I left college. This machine resembles my first sewing machine. It iseem to be a reasonable good machine and I like to work with a simple one, not the programmed ones. I like that free arm swing but would prefer my top loading, which is easier, but I am not excited about that button hole process. It seems like a great purchase to me. I might just get back into my sewing again while my family watches TV in the evenings. Thank you

  5. I will never forget the hours my Mother spent sewing on her Singer sewing machine.

    She had a simple, straightforward machine. It did everything that she wanted. I didn’t have added bells and whistles but a Singer machine that she would recommend to everyone interested to hear her opinion.

    She wasn’t wanting to learn how to operate a computer. She was very experienced at using her simple Singer sewing machine and had no reason to buy anything else.

  6. These sewing machines are great. Singer is by far my favorite, it’s the easiest ones to work with, when I jam it, which I always do, it’s easy to fix. The instructions are easy to follow, and changing the tensile strength isn’t guesswork. Some of those other ones are difficult, and I have to play with it and undo some of the work if I guess wrong.

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