Singer 8280 Sewing Machine

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The Singer 8280 is a simple, robust and reliable mechanical machine with a large stitch selection dial and 7 useful stitches. It’s suitable for sewing light to medium fabrics.

A simple reverse lever lets you sew backwards without having to turn your fabric; the twin needle function adds a decorative element to your stitching; and with a 4-step buttonhole and adjustable stitch length and width, this is an excellent machine for both beginners and more experienced sewers.

Other features on the 8280 include: stitch length adjustment to 4.2mm; stitch width adjustment dial to 5.0mm; built-in accessory storage; snap-on pressure feet; free arm; full accessory pack.

Full accessories include: All purpose foot; Zipper foot; Buttonhole foot; Button sewing foot; Screwdriver; Seam ripper/brush; Pack of needles; Bobbins; Edge/quilting guide; Darning plate; Spool holder

Hints & Tips: To produce the best results from your sewing machine please be aware that the needle should be replaced after approximately 8 hours of continuous use. We have a plenty of needle packs to pick from when the occasion calls.

Alphabet styles Information Easy way to sew letters
Auto thread tension Information Ensures stable stitch quality
Buttonholes Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
Buttonhole styles Information Gives flexibility when sewing different garments
Buttonhole type Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
H31 x W19 x D38cm
Electronic foot speed control Information Gives greater control, even at slow speeds
Eligible for International Delivery
Embroidery options
Hook movement Information Oscillating is a half-circle movement of the bobbin; rotary moves full-circle, reducing thread jams
Integrated drop feed Information Feed teeth drop down so fabric has free movement. Useful when quilting or embroidering
Integrated dual feed Information Provides equal feeding of top and bottom layers of fabric. Useful when quilting
Integrated needle threader Information Makes it easy to thread the needle
Knee lifter Information Lets you lift the presser foot when using both hands to control the fabric
Manufacturer's Guarantee
2 years
Max speed limiter Information Controls maximum speed of machine, irrespective of how hard the foot control is depressed
Model name / number
Needle up/down function Information Lets you to programme the needle so it always finishes in the down or up position. Useful when pivoting on corners
Reverse button Information Sews in reverse to reinforce the stitch
Sewing Bee Type
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Type
Sewing speed Information Measured in stiches per minute
750 rpm
Stitch memory Information Memorises characters, letters and numbers: useful for name tapes
Stitch options Information The more stitch options, the more designs you can use
Stop/Start button Information Lets machine be used without the foot control
Suitable for fabrics
All, including stretch and denim
Suitable for user
All, including professional use
Thread cutter Information Neatly cuts the thread after sewing
Tutorial DVD
Twin needle Information Produces parallel rows of decorative stitching in one easy step
View-through bobbin cover Information Shows you when your bobbin is low on thread
Weight Information Unpackaged weight
Width adjustment Information Lets you adjust the stitch setting manually

Brand Story

Established at the height of the industrial revolution in 1851, Singer continues to develop the world’s most advanced home sewing and embroidery machines today. With the ethos to offer products for every level of sewing, Singer are dedicated to helping you express yourself through the craft of sewing. 


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Named or Saturday UK delivery


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International delivery not available

We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.


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Q & As

Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 53 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Easy to lift About what I expected given the power wattage, ie OK for medium weight curtain seams but struggled where eg. the curtain heading tape is folded over onto a folded edge of the curtain material. Plastic bobbin didn't hold much cotton thread but my old metal bobbins fit so have gone back to using them. Pleased with the extras supplied and found the machine easy to use. And only about a quarter of the weight of my old (45 years) one! 14 July 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pleasantly surprised Bought this in a rush 6 months ago and it's been great! Although I'm used to the expensive Berninas at university, I'm still a beginner so this little machine does everything I need it to do, and it's easy to use and reliable. It sometimes has a little trouble getting through thicker materials and the needle breaks, but I think that's my fault most of the time. Would definitely recommend! Surprised to see so many negative reviews here. 30 June 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by basic instructions I have recently had this sewing machine bought for me as a Birthday Present. Have a problem with threading the needle as the eye of the take-up lever does not come above the top of the machine even when the needle is at it's highest point. Is this a problem with the machine or is there a trick to getting the thread through the lever? Once I eventually started sewing machine worked well 29 April 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Falling apart My mother bought this product for me for Christmas from John Lewis. One contact with the reverse lever whilst trying the product out, and the plastic lever BROKE. Very poorly made! I am now trying to source parts. 31 December 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cheaply made = unreliable Bought this for sewing at home. First machine broke halfway through the first project. The reverse stitching lever is really poorly designed and the plastic knob came away from the metal rod inside. JL very good and organised a replacement for the next day and picked up the old one. The second machine is faulty, keeps locking up underneath, also something is discolouring the top thread - white thread is now grey on the top of the fabric. Not very impressed with Singer. Am going to return this one and get a different machine. 11 November 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by great machine So simple to use and ordering and delivery super fast. Love the machine, have had no problems with it so far. Only think they could have included was a tiny screwdriver, as you need this to adjust the tension of the bobbin. 01 September 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Steer clear Used it once.... was hemming a skirt (light cotton) and power suddenly failed and no idea why! Checked fuse in plug, socket all ok and I have no idea what has happened - it appears 'dead'! I am used to an 'old fashioned' machine so it took me quite a while to get to grips with this new one BUT: I find the bobbin arrangement very odd and not user friendly, the needle hard to thread and the light poor! So all in all, VERY disappointed and it will be going back as a faulty item. 26 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Simple little machine Ido have a machine but it's too heavy and very old. I needed the one which I can move about easily. I have not used my new singer 8280 yet, but I am happy with it as it is lighter and looks simple enough to use it. I will add more view latter. 15 August 2014
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