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2009 | ATHENA™

Sew ahead of the curve

You'll be sewing in no time with the SINGER® ATHENA™ sewing machine with its features such as one-touch needle threading and our SWIFTSMART™ Threading and DROP & SEW™ Bobbin Systems. This machine also has a heavy duty metal frame for skip-free sewing during your important projects. With many more features, this machine is sew ahead of the curve.

Get started sewing faster.
  • Electronic Sewing Machine with Push-Button Stitch Selection
  • With just a simple push of a button you have selected the stitch and the optimum settings for length, width, balance, pressure and tension.
  • SwiftSmart™ Threading System
  • Digital technology makes threading a cinch! Just guide the thread directly from the spool to the needle area through a single groove and thread the needle by simply pressing the threading lever for truly one-touch threading!
  • Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System
  • There’s no longer any need to raise the bobbin thread before sewing. Just drop and sew!
  • 3 StayBright™ LED Lights
  • Not just one but three lamps illuminate the sewing surface for optimal viewing. The long-lasting bulbs (100,000 hours) stay cool regardless how long the machine is operated.
  • 30 Built-In Stitches
  • A large variety of stitches for clothing construction, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home decorating and decorative sewing
  • 2 Fully Automatic 1-step Buttonholes
  • Buttonhole sewing is a one-step simple process, providing reliable results every time. Each side of the buttonhole is sewn in the same direction, creating beautifully balanced buttonholes.
  • Built-In Stretch Stitches
  • Specially designed stitches that add strength and flexibility to seams, especially useful when sewing on knitwear and super-stretch fabrics
  • Hand-Look Quilt Stitch
  • This stitch is designed to look like hand sewing for topstitching or quilting. The Hand-Look Quilt Stitch is especially valuable to quilters, crafters and heir-loom seamstresses.
  • Automatic Tension
  • This system ensures stable stitch quality, whatever type of fabric is being used.
  • Automatic Presser Foot Pressure Control 
  • The amount of pressure exerted on the fabric by the presser foot against the feed dogs is automatic. Sew from the lightest weight tricots to the heaviest denim, without making presser foot adjustments.
  • Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter
  • Offers more clearance, which is needed when placing multiple layers of bulky fabric under the presser foot
  • Free Arm
  • Provides professional results and easy access to cuffs, collars, pant hems and other difficult-to-reach areas
  • Adjustable Stitch Length
  • Automatic settings for length can be overridden to personalize length choice.
  • Adjustable Stitch Width
  • Automatic settings for width can be overridden to personalize width choice.
  • Center Zigzag Taper
  • When tapering with the zigzag stitch, the stitch tapers to the center, not the left or right. This provides a more attractive look when tapering into or out from a point.
  • Automatic Tacking Stitch Function
  • Tie-off decorative stitches with just a push of a button. With 4 tiny tacking stitches the start and end of the pattern is reinforced. This ensures quality stitching and prevents unraveling.
  • Automatic Tie-Off Function
  • This function reinforces the start and end of seams for stronger stitching.
  • Automatic Reverse
  • Push the conveniently located Automatic Reverse Button to sew in reverse and reinforce the stitch.
  • Sewing Speed
  • With a maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches-per-minute, projects can be sewn quickly.
  • DC Motor
  • Provides instant start up and stop with no casting, for accurate and precise stitch placement
  • Automatic Bobbin Winding Clutch
  • Needle bar automatically disengages when winding the bobbin, making bobbin winding safer
  • 6-Segment Feeding System
  • This is a specially designed feed dog that ensures the fabric is picked up and supported from the front of the presser foot to the rear. This makes for much more accurate fabric feeding.
  • Box Feed
  • This is a feed dog motion that moves the feed dogs in a box motion, rather than the historic arc motion. Box motion assures perfect feeding throughout the entire feed process, as the feed dogs are always in perfect and equal contact with the fabric and presser foot.
  • Heavy Duty Metal Frame
  • The internal skeleton of the sewing machine. This rigid support holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for perfect, skip-free sewing.
  • Direct Drive
  • The needle bar is geared straight from the motor, rather than from a drive bar across the machine. This makes the machine more powerful and durable.
  • Thread Cutter
  • Located on the machine for precise thread cutting, eliminating the extra step of cutting thread with scissors
  • Snap-On Presser Feet
  • Easily change presser feet without a screwdriver
  • Soft-Sided Dust Cover
  • Keep the sewing machine free of dust and debris while not in use
  • On Board Storage
  • Have easy access to accessories while sewing
Get started sewing faster.
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What others are saying.
2nd Athena in 35 years!
Sandra S Fulcher | May 10, 2011
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

In 1976, I bought my first Athena 2000 Singer machine (with a matching cabinet). Loved the machine--had a stay-at-home business making wedding dresses and attendants clothing. Still using the machine when I purchased the new Athena 2009 in March 2011. While the new machine head is larger than the original model, I find that sewing with it is so much fun. I have just finished a clergy stole and it turned out beautifully. I have been 're-energized' about my sewing because it's so much fun now. I especially love the "self-threading" needle. I'd recommend this machine to anyone, beginner to advanced.

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Great machine
Karen Baum | January 22, 2012
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

I am very impressed with this machine. The selection of stitches available allow the machine to work in part as a serger, so stretch fabrics are easy to work with. I was also impressed with the ease of use and the low learning curve in using it. Instructional dvds were very helpful - especially in using specialized feet for the machine.

Great value for this machine!

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Frances/or Nicole Reyes | August 06, 2010
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

Product is amazing! I could not believe how many extra goodies I got with my purchase. Beautiful stitches and I don't even need to thread it!

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Athena ; great machine
germaine wieman | February 02, 2012
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

This is a fine sewing machine. The video instructions were an added bonus. I was impressed with the quality of stitching and extra attachments. I have only one wish about it. My previous machine had a switch that allowed one to stop with the needle "down", or not. I miss that.

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Nancy Olson | January 15, 2012
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use
Poor User Manual

for those new to sewing the users manual is lacking. No identifiers on additional feet and little info on how to use them.

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