A Review of the Silver 25 Anniversary Range of Sewing Machines
The Silver range of sewing machines is manufactured and distributed by Silver Viscount, a British company. As far as we can tell Silver is the only British sewing machine company in business today.. To celebrate their 25th year in business (a couple of years ago now) they released the Anniversary range of sewing machines; the 25-1, the 25-2 and the 25-3.
We do want to add at this point that More Sewing is an agent for Silver Sewing Machines. We do like these machines, Mr. More Sewing, our resident sewing machine servicing guru, loves the fact that these are well made machines that offer great value for money across the range.
The 25-1 is the entry level sewing machine with 8 stitches
The 25-2 has 19 stitches including stitches for sewing with stretchy fabrics
The 25-3 is the highest spec sewing machine in the range with 32 stitches including stitches for sewing with stretchy fabrics and the ability to individually adjust stitch widths.
All three sewing machines in the 25 Anniversary range have the same great build quality with a 4-step buttonhole, an auto threader and adjustable foot pressure. These are all great features on a budget sewing machine. Although these are budget sewing machines, that does not mean they have compromised on quality. They all have metal bodies which gives them a good stable weight when sewing heavier fabrics. Each machine in the range also has a needle threader, a very welcome addition and good to see at this price. When you go to wind a bobbin, just push the bobbin winder to the right and the needle bar automatically disengages. Again a nice touch. Adjustable foot pressure is another great feature, allowing you to ensure that fabric feeds properly under the presser foot,
There are some concessions to the budget price such as a soft cover for the machine. Great for keeping your machine clean not so great at protecting your sewing machine from knocks and bumps. These machines also have a 4-step buttonhole function. More expensive machines have a 1-step buttonhole function xxx
These machines are easy to thread with guides to follow and the needle threader.
The 25-1 and 2 has a zig zag stitch, the width of which can be adjusted incrementally on the stitch selector dial. This, in itself does not present a problem but it does mean you cannot offset the needle on straight stitching if you want to.
The 25-3 adds a separate width selection dial which solves this problem.
You cannot drop the feed dogs, you get a plate to cover the dogs if you want to do any free-motion sewing.
What is good is these machines are standard front-loading machines (they have a metal bobbin case that you snap in place on the front of the sewing machine). This means that they take generic accessories, presser feet, bobbin cases and bobbins. These parts are cheaper are more readily available. Stitch and tension are great straight out of the box – no adjustment needed.
We have sold dozens of these machines over the last couple of years and we have never had one back because it has a fault.
To be honest there is not much wrong with these machines; you can buy cheaper machines but in our experience most of these compromise of quality to keep the price down. Too many plastic parts, cheap tension units and flimsy foot pedals.
Enjoy More Sewing!